Update: PicMonkey is now a paid tool.
Are you on the lookout for new, free tools that will help with your blogging tasks?
One of those tasks is engaging your reader. By having a graphic that represents your content, your readers will understand your information better and be drawn in as well.
Also, studies show they are more likely to share your posts if they are accompanied by graphics.
The Digital Age in which we live is increasingly becoming a society that learns by looking at pictures and enjoys doing so. This explains the astronomical popularity of sites like YouTube and Pinterest.
Since writing 89 of the Best Free Blogging Tools that Will Save You Time Blogging and This is How You Spruce Up Your Visuals with Free Tools, I discovered PicMonkey, a popular photo editing site.
By the end of this article, you will be able to use PicMonkey to make designs, edit photos, touch up photos, or make collages.
This post will explain how to make this graphic used in the article Successful Blogging: Do You Need Certain Qualities?
- Go to https://www.picmonkey.com/
- At the top of the screen, you will find your choices. Click Edit, Touch Up, Design, or Collage. Under “Free Trial” you can also click “Details.” If you want to edit a photo, click “Edit.” If you want to make a design, like I did, click “Design.”
- Click “Open” to get a saved photo you want to edit.
- I clicked “Canvas Color” to get a background color. Bright colors do well on Pinterest. Pink went with the mood I wanted to create.
- Click “Apply…” to save what you did.
- I clicked Text to write over my canvas.
- Scroll down until you find a font that you want to use. Click it. You will see a text box on your canvas you can edit.
- Resize your text box.
- Off to the right, you will see a place to change your text color. Black is the default. I changed it to purple.
- I clicked “Texture” but didn’t like what I chose. I clicked “Reverse” to discard the change or “Cancel”.
- I chose “Water” and was happier. It seemed to fit the mood I was going for.
- I chose “Frames,” “Simple Edge.” There are more creative frame choices you can pay for.
- I clicked “Outer Color” and changed the default black to purple which I thought which match the letters.
- I reduced the frame thickness from the default 20 to 16. I clicked “Apply” to save.
- I wanted to add my blog name which I use instead of a watermark, so again I clicked “Text,” chose a font I liked, and then clicked “Add Text.”
- I reduced the size of the text and aligned the text so it would be centered. A tool box to the right will enable you to make those changes.
- I clicked “Save,” so it would save to my computer when I was done. To my pleasant surprise, PicMonkey evaluated the quality of my graphic.
Advantages of Using PicMonkey
- This tool is popular among bloggers. If you need help, most bloggers are familiar with how to use it.
- PicMonkey interfaces with many programs. Those sites ask if you want to open your graphic with PicMonkey.
- PicMonkey is free.
- PicMonkey is easy.
- PicMonkey has ready made templates. Choose “Themes” to use them.
- The tools are easy to use.
- I made the graphic above quickly. Someone was waiting for me while I made it, in fact. Without typing these steps as I went, it would have taken just a few minutes. Over time, you will be familiar with the choices at PicMonkey, and it will take you even less time than that to make a graphic. Also, PicMonkey takes less time to use since you don’t have to take the time to sign in if you have a free plan.
- There are paid plans that allow you to use more creative tools. For example, the canvas in the top graphic is available with a paid plan. It was made with a texture called “Edifice.”
According to Pineapple and Main,
PicMonkey is an incredibly simple photo editing site that I find much, much easier to use than Photoshop. I probably use this tool more than any other photo editing tool. PicMonkey makes it very easy to create images for blog posts, Twitter, Instagram, and pins for Pinterest.
Are You Ready to Try PicMonkey?
In conclusion, PicMonkey is easy, free, and fast. I had heard it allowed for greater creativity than other photo editing sites, and I agree; it does. I even had fun using it! You can too!
Blogger’s please share, so other know about the ease of PicMonkey as a graphic design tool.
What is your experience? Have you tried PicMonkey? Would you recommend it? If not, what graphic design tool would you recommend? I look forward to your views in the comment section.
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