I’m so excited to be able to introduce you to this week’s Guest Tutorial Blogger. This is the first in a series of PicMonkey Tutorials that Lindsey (who blogs at The Accidental Wallflower) will be contributing for At Home Take 2 readers. Be sure to check out her blog.
If you’d like to be a Guest Tutorial Blogger, please contact me at athometake2 (at) gmail (dot) com. I’d love to take a look at the tutorials you can share with At Home Take 2 readers! Check out what’s been done so far.
Now… meet Lindsey, and learn the ins and outs of PicMonkey.
Hello, everyone! My name is Lindsey and I am the blogger behind The Accidental Wallflower. As the mom of the cutest baby boy ever (that opinion may be slightly biased), I blog about raising him along with cooking, crafting, fashion and life in general. I take tons of pictures and my blog posts are usually very image heavy, so today I will be doing a guest post on how to make the most out of your pictures using the online photo editing tool, PicMonkey. There are a bunch of different editing websites and I have found PicMonkey to be one of the most user-friendly.
Here’s a picture of that cute baby I told you about. It’s a decent SOOC (straight out of camera) picture, but I know I can make it really stand out with the help of PicMonkey.
Today we will focus on the Basic Edits available with the software, the other fun options will be featured in another post. After you upload your picture to PicMonkey you’ll be taken to the main edit screen, which looks like this.
Anytime you make an edit you’re not happy with, remember you can simply click the undo button above the picture.
If you’re new to photo editing or are short on time, the easiest way to edit a picture in PicMonkey is to click the Auto Adjust button. You probably won’t get amazing results from this simple action, but it can create a little depth to your picture.
- Cropping a picture can allow you to change the aspect ratio, create a close-up or focus on a specific part of the picture.
- If your photo uploads horizontally when it’s a vertical picture, or vice versa, use the Rotate option to fix it.
- The Resize option will change how large the picture file is.
Now let’s talk about the other three tabs, Exposure, Colors and Sharpen.
Exposure has to do with light. Play with the controls to fix any lighting issues in the original picture and to enhance the overall feel.
Even just working with the light the colors seem to pop a lot more in the picture, dontcha think?
With the Colors tab you can change the hue, saturation and color temperature of your image.
The Neutral Picker tool is awesome. Basically, it white balances your picture if the color is off. While using the Neutral Picker click on a white, gray or black area and the colors will correct themselves. You might need to try this a couple of times to get the best look.
Saturation controls how deep and vibrant the colors are. Pulling the slider all the way to the left will give you a black and white photo. The Temperature option adds more red or blue tones to your image.
This is a great tool to use if your image is slightly out of focus. The results are very subtle so move the Sharpness slider all the way to the right for optimal results.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you’ll follow along next time when I delve deeper in to what PicMonkey has to offer.