Oh, PicMonkey, how I love thee!

Editor’s note: While I personally wrote this particular blog post, this kicks off a series of guest posts from my social media students at Eastern Michigan University. Follow the conversations at #sm379 and @ginaluttrell.

Yes, I’m publicly declaring my love for PicMonkey. I’ve always loved editing my own photos. Before Instagram and PicStitch I used the Adobe suite of products to enhance, edit and manipulate photos.

PicMonkey makes having fun with photos even easier than ever though and I’m here to spread love.

Why I love it:

  1. It’s easy. I mean SUPER easy! All you have to do is drag and image or images and begin editing. When you are done, save to a file on your computer and there you have it!
  2. It’s FREE! Did you read that – F.R.E.E!
  3. Ton’s of options to edit your photos that include everything from text overlays to getting rid of blemishes, adding lipstick and even red-eye reduction. There are so many filters, too many to mention, and a myriad of textures, fonts, and effects.
  4. An AH-MAZING blog to give you creative ideas and get you on your way!

What I don’t love about it:

  1. Hmmmm… in this case, there really isn’t anything. For me this is a “can’t live without tool.”

Let’s take a look at this random image of the ocean and the fun I had changing it:

Original Image

Original Image

First time around:

Edited Image 1: Brighter, more vibrant orange sunset.

Edited Image 1: Brighter, more vibrant orange sunset.

Second time around:

Subtle effect, with a polaroid effect.

Subtle effect, with a polaroid effect.

And for a final, completely different look:

With text and the Warhol effect!

With text and the Warhol effect!

So there you have it… one picture, a few effects. Now it’s your turn!

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