PicMonkey: How to Easily Use a Popular Photo Editing Site in 2022

By: | September 4, 2016 | Tags: , , , |

Update: PicMonkey is now a paid tool. The basic plan starts at $7.99 monthly.

Let’s dive in and learn how to use PicMonkey.


PicMonkey helps bloggers edit graphics

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.

PicMonkey Tutorial

This post will explain how to make this graphic used in the article Successful Blogging: Do You Need Certain Qualities?

PicMonkey is a graphic-design tool

  1. Go to https://www.picmonkey.com/
  2. 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.”
  3. Click “Open” to get a saved photo you want to edit.
  4. I clicked “Canvas Color” to get a background color. Bright colors do well on Pinterest. Pink went with the mood I wanted to create.
  5. Click “Apply…” to save what you did.
  6. I clicked Text to write over my canvas.
  7. 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.
  8. Resize your text box.
  9. Off to the right, you will see a place to change your text color. Black is the default. I changed it to purple.
  10. I clicked “Texture” but didn’t like what I chose. I clicked “Reverse” to discard the change or “Cancel”.
  11. I chose “Water” and was happier. It seemed to fit the mood I was going for.
  12. I chose “Frames,” “Simple Edge.” There are more creative frame choices you can pay for.
  13. I clicked “Outer Color” and changed the default black to purple which I thought which match the letters.
  14. I reduced the frame thickness from the default 20 to 16. I clicked “Apply” to save.
  15. 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.”
  16. 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.
  17. 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 easy.
  • PicMonkey has ready-made templates. Choose “Themes” to use them.
  • PicMonkey has a blog with tips and tutorials explaining how to use the company’s graphic design tools. 
  • 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.

PicMonkey vs Canva

People ask which is better– this tool or Canva. Canva is considered the most popular graphic design tool. In addition, Canva has a free plan, but PicMonkey doesn’t. 

On the other hand, Canva’s paid plan starts at $12.00 monthly, but PicMonkey’s paid plan starts at $7.99 monthly. 

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 this 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.

#Bloggers use photo editing sites to turn #photos into #graphics..


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PicMonkey FAQ

How much is PicMonkey?

The basic plan costs $7.99.

Is PicMonkey free to use?

No. Years ago PicMonkey was a free tool, but it’s not anymore.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Tracy,
      Thanks for commenting on my PicMonkey article on Sunday. Nice to see you again.

  1. Lidy

    Tried using Pic Monkey before but found it not as easy to navigate. I prefer and love using Canva.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lidy,
      I also love Canva, but I might use PicMonkey for the quote graphic again like I had in the post. Thanks for commenting on my tutorial. Great to see you here.

  2. anita

    Of all the sites I have visited, I love Picmonkey the best. I don’t usually have much luck if its too technical, but Picmonkey is so easy and the results are beautiful. Who needs PhotoShop?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Anita,
      I appreciate you writing and for your comments. I always admire people who use Photoshop, but I don’t have a budget.
      Thanks for the visit.

  3. Bill Kasman

    I use several resources for images I use online. PicMonkey isn’t one of them but I may investigate it now!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Bill,
      I appreciate your comments on my PicMonkey article. I’m glad I could introduce you to a new tool. Let me know what you think of it. Which resources do you currently use for images?

  4. John Doe

    As soon as I read your blog I immediately downloaded the photo editing app. It looks great thank you for the help

    • Janice Wald

      Have you tried PicMonkey yet? I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with the color purple! Thanks for writing.

  5. Becky

    I love PicMonkey – and have the subscription. I have tried to use others but they never seemed to be “free”. PicMonkey gives you tons of bang for your buck! Great post!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Becky,
      I am so glad you enjoyed my PicMonkey article. Kind of odd, though, that the others never seemed to be free. I have never spent a penny at Canva. I feel they have enough selections for my needs. As far as PicMonkey, I did purchase the trial membership. Thanks for commenting on my tutorial. Nice to see you.

  6. dgkaye

    Interesting how people gravitate to different preferences. I’m still trying to get the hang of Canva and used Picmonkey for years with no problems. 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Debby,
      Thanks for writing. I think I will use them both for different purposes. I agree with what you wrote. Reading the comments it is clear that different people have different preferences.

  7. Lisa/Syncopated Mama

    I’m a big PicMonkey fan, too. I just use the free version and I’m sure the paid one could do more, but I’m lazy and like keeping things simple! 😛

  8. Marilyn

    Hi, I was using Picmonkey too for a long time, but then I needed something more advanced. And I discovered Photopea 🙂 Have a great day!

  9. photo editing services

    Hi Janice,

    I additionally adore Canva, yet I may utilize PicMonkey for the quote realistic again like I had in the post. A debt of gratitude is in order for remarking on my instructional exercise. Extraordinary to see you here.

  10. Rahim mia

    This blog is very help for graphics designer.I am also graphics designer so its a very helpful blog for me..

    • Janice Wald

      There’s been a lot of comments on this post lately. It’s old now. May I ask where you found it?
      Thanks and thanks for writing,

  11. James Anderson

    I appreciate that. Pickmonkey is highly needed for bloggers to make their time easy with graphics design.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi James,
      My PicMonkey post is doing pretty well of late over at Google. I assume that’s where you found it. Thanks for clicking my link over there. Yes, PicMonkey is popular among bloggers since it helps with graphic design. Thanks for your comments.

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