Rose Love - Easy Photo Editing with PicMonkey

Pink Garden Roses ©CindyRippe2013
I took this pink garden rose photo at the Chicago Botanical Garden.  Adding overlays and text made it even more romantic!
Many of my friends have been asking advice about digital photos and editing.  Some of the things I take for granted are new to them. I have so much fun sharing tips and techniques for all of those pictures that are still on their camera.

Even though I've used Photoshop for many years I find myself using PicMonkey.com more often now.  It's fast for me and easy for anyone to learn. PicMonkey has a large selection of free editing tools (along with an option to upgrade for more), and several tutorials on their blog.  Note: The tools with the CROWN symbol are only available in the paid version.

Since they updated the site with Valentine themed tools this week I decided to create a romantic image for you.  Here's how I did it:

1 - I clicked EDIT a photo (selecting my Pink Garden Roses from a file on my computer)
2 - I CROPPED it to size in the BASIC EDITS section
3 - Added the two CUPIDS from the Cupidity files in THEMES (this is on the bottom left side - a heart symbol right now because it's new)
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The new "Sweethearts" editing tools on PicMonkey were the perfect addition to my rose photo.

4 - I changed the color to WHITE with the color slider A that shows up when you click on the CUPID.
5 - I flipped both of the CUPIDS with the left-right arrow tool. B
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The option to recolor, flip and re-size overlays is really easy.  You always get the option to "apply or cancel".
6 - I added text by clicking on the P symbol on the left which opens a drop box.  I wanted to try the new free font "Sacramento".  After you choose the font you want to use, click on the box at the top that says ADD TEXT.  A new box opens over your photo.  Click on that and start typing. 
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Select fonts, along with many other editing tools on the left side of the screen.
A box will open on the right side again which allows you to change the color, size and transparency of the font.  If you want to change it after you've typed you can highlight the words and make changes as many times as you want to.  This works for all the elements that you add.

Please let me know if you tried this, especially if you had fun or have questions.  ENJOY!

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.  Hebrews 13:16


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5 comments:

  1. Love your tutorial. What program do you prefer for watermarking your photos?

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  2. Thanks Maria. I've been using PicMonkey for the last few months. After I watermark with my name I use the FADE slider, the COLOR slider, and RE-SIZE until I like the way it looks. You can also move it around on the picture. Takes less time to actually do all that than to type the instructions :)

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  3. Great article as I find Photoshop a tad too clunky for me, or overwhelming I should say.

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  4. Thanks for the comments Jenny and Chris!

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