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Free Photo Editing with PicMonkey: Before and After Pics
Have you tried PicMonkey?
It's a free online photo editing website that's just too much fun! It's easy to use, and most features are free (Royale membership ($33 a year) gets you additional cool effects, fonts, overlays, and textures, but I just use the free version).
With PicMonkey you can:
- make collages
- apply virtual cosmetics and teeth whitening
- add text to your photos
- use a variety of overlays to create a cool effect
- enhance your photos
- frame your photos
- create logos
- share your pics on Facebook
- create holiday cards etc.
So I decided to make a photo hub with examples of my (pic)monkeying around. I always loved before and after pictures, so this is my photo editing debut as a PicMonkey enthusiast.
How to Make a Photo Collage with PicMonkey
I love making collages. A collage allows you to create a unique "bouquet" of images that compliment each other. It's like instant art. And with PicMonkey, it's so easy and fun!
- First, you go to PicMonkey’s homepage and hover over a button that says "Collage".
- Pick your photos (tip: you can select multiple photos at once if you press and hold the Control button on your keyboard).
- Choose your layout. This is really neat because you have a variety of cool layouts, from a traditional card layout to a Facebook cover or even Pinterest-friendly layout!
- Drag photos into your layout. You can also add new cells, background color, adjust spacing and corners, and resize your photos any way you want.
- When you're done arranging your images, click "Edit" to add text, overlays, and other personalized touches. There's no going back after you click "Edit," so make sure you're happy with your collage and ready to move on to the next stage.
- Pro tip: with PicMonkey you can also add a watermark to protect your image from unauthorized use. Read the tutorial here.
How to Create a Professional Profile Pic with PicMonkey
A picture is worth a thousand words. This notion is especially true for your self-representation in the freelance writing world. But even if you're not a freelance writer, the right picture can do wonders for your profiles on LinkedIn and other professional networks.
PicMonkey has the tools to turn your mediocre selfies into striking self-portraits any employer would be impressed with.
- First, select a flattering picture of yourself, preferably with a neutral background and wearing a professional outfit according to the career you want.
- It has to be an authentic representation of you, where your true personality shines through, so don't try to look too "academic" or mysterious if it's not who you are in real life. Photos with a relaxed, natural smile are best.
- Try not to use profile pictures from other social media sites. Your professional profiles have an entirely different purpose from your social media profiles. Your profile pic should reflect that.
- Crop your image to a square that displays only your head and shoulders.
- Now you're ready for some professional editing with PicMonkey. If you're a writer or any other intellectual professional, black and white portraits give you this great timeless look. With PicMonkey you can go to the "Effects" tab, and click Black and White (free feature), or click Daguerreotype and select “Brady” (premium feature) Whoah! You instantly look like Hemingway.
- For a softer look, go to the "Effects" tab, and click Orton, Tranquil or Soften.