Not only can you edit your digital images in Microsoft Office and Adobe applications that are computer-based, you can also edit them with online image editors. One of these online image editors is PicMonkey. In this video, author Richard Harrington demonstrates how to use PicMonkey to adjust digital images.
- Another popular online image editor is PicMonkey. It offers a lot of commands available right within a web browser. For best results, you're going to want to use Google Chrome. Now some of these options are only available if you have a paid membership but they do make several choices and commands available for free. To start, visit picmonkey.com. You can start a free trial, if you'd like to, to explore the premium features. For now, I'll stick with the free features.
Click the Edit button and make sure that you enable Flash. Now you can edit a photo. There's a getting started menu that you can explore if you'd like to learn more but it's a fairly simple tool to use. If you're using the free version of PicMonkey, you'll likely see ads. These cannot be hidden unless you activate your membership. Let's go ahead and open up an image from my computer.
I'll choose this image here called Sky and click Open. It's loaded into the web browser. You can decide which resolution you want to work with. You'll notice that it supports different resolutions here. Seven megapixels is a good size for both printing or a slide, so I'll choose that and click Save. Now the image opens. On the left are several different categories of edits.
We have our basic edits, the ability to add effects, a collection of tools just for portraits, the ability to add text and overlays as well as frames and borders, textures, themes, and templates. Let's start with the Basic Edit here and try the Auto adjust option. It'll analyze the image and attempt to fix it. From the Crop category, you can easily choose to target a set dimension.
Let's go with a 5x7 here and flip that for dropping into a document. You'll notice as I adjust the crop, the aspect ratio is maintained. I'll place that intersection point there using the rule of thirds that you learned about earlier. And now I can click Apply. If needed, you'll find other options here. For example, we could tweak exposure. Let's darken down the shadows a little bit to get them richer and brighten up the highlights for brighter stars.
There we go and a little more contrast. And now the photo of the Milky Way looks a lot more dramatic. You have other controls here to resize and sharpen and adjust color, it's really quite an extensive editor. Now as you start to explore other areas, you may notice that some adjustments may be locked. The ones that have a crown for example are part of their premium collection and you'll need to have a paid membership to access those.
However, there are a lot of great useful ones here and you can simply try some of these out to see the effect. These allow you to adjust them and you can even paint parts of the original photo back if you'd like. This allows you to mix an effect in for partial areas. I'll click Cancel though here for now. Just show you a few of the others here. Lots of different options here that are quite nice for easily adjusting and stylizing the image. Some of these are very intense and dramatic and others are pretty simple.
If you change your mind, just click Cancel to remove the effect. Now one of the options I really like is the ability to use Themes or Templates. The Templates option here give you a wide range of designs to work with. These could be quite helpful if you need to do things like design a cover for a Word document or a report or to create fancy slides. You'll find for example, several different options here including social media.
Let's visit the Business category. Here, there are different choices for the printed size and you'll find a wide range of templates that you can use dropping in your own images and text that you can modify. I also find themes to be quite useful as these combine image edits plus text so feel free to explore those. Additionally, if you do have pictures to retouch, you'll find that there are a nice variety of tools here to remove blemishes and improve pictures such as Teeth Whitening and other controls.
Now many of these are locked as part of the Premium Collection but there are a lot of great choices here that you can take advantage of. PicMonkey is a useful tool with an extensive blog, a large community, and a lot of support. Feel free to try out the free version that's ad supported and if you do find that it's useful and you want more capabilities, then you can consider one of their paid memberships to unlock additional features for each month.
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