Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Quick Photo Editing

I love taking pictures! I took several classes in college, and I really fell in love with it.  I have always thought of pictures as the best way to remember a moment.  I look at a photograph, and I can remember how I felt when it was taken.  I enjoy being behind the camera just as much as I enjoy being in front of it! And I love to edit photos, as well.  I have photoshop, but not everyone does, plus sometimes it can feel overwhelming. I took a college course in design... the entire class was on how to use photoshop!  It was very informative, but very involved. 

A few weeks ago, my good friend Jen took some pictures of my husband and me.  I asked her to send me some of the unedited photos so that I could play with them.  I wanted to experiment with different photo-editing websites.  I used to use Picnik for online editing, but it is no longer up.  For this demo, I will be using Picmonkey.com
When you type in picmonkey.com in your web browser, this is the first screen you will see.  Click the blue "Edit your photo" button.  You will be taken to a smaller window to select the photo you want to upload.

After you select your photo, you will be taken to this screen.  I wanted to take out the light fixture in the top left corner. To do this, I will use the "clone" tool.

To access the clone tool, click on the science-y looking, beaker-shaped button.  Scroll down to the bottom and select clone.  A drop down menu will... drop down. Click on the source you want to use to cover the unsightly object and then "paint" over it. Click "apply" (the green button).  Next I wanted to make my image black and white...

On the same tab as the clone tool, scroll up until you see the "Black and White" button.  Click it, then hit the green apply button.

Next I wanted to add text.  Click the "P" button, and it will take you to the text menu.

Here, you can select your font, font size, and color. When I add font, I add one word at a time, so I can move them around individually if I need to rather than having to move an entire phrase. I chose a quote from an Avett Bros. song, "There is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name." When the words are arranged how you like, click save at the bottom left of the screen.

And here we have the finished product.  Picmonkey has tons of other features to play with that I didn't show here.  Best part is it's free, and in just a few clicks, you can have a beautiful, personalized, edited photo without having to pay the big bucks!




20 comments:

  1. Photo editing is one of the artistic ways of modifying a photo for a better appearance and added style. However, photo editing requires proper knowledge and skills in digital photography as well as the use of photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular photo editing software programs because of its many features that enable you to add effects and styles to photos. Not all computer users know how to use Adobe Photoshop that is many bloggers share their knowledge and experiences about the techniques in photo editing using the Adobe Photoshop software. This is a very informative article thank you, keep it up! (SHARED TO SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES)

    Mark Cruz
    MaxStudio

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    1. I couldn't agree more! And thank you for the kind words!

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  2. This is great thank you! I was using fotofixer.com but I think this looks a lot easier! Im your newest follower!
    Samm
    www.LittleHouseintheBigD.com

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  3. I just discovered PicMonkey and I'm so excited about how it will improve my blog!

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  4. I love pickmonkey, stopping by from the blog hop

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  5. Great information! I have pinned this to my Photography & tips board. And I would love to have you come by and link up this post at the Creative Corner Hop. The linky party begins every Monday and stay open all week.

    Sandy
    Cherished Handmade Treasures

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  6. Very informative.....just what I was needing! Thanks so much for the great tutorial! Blessings!

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  7. I'm using Picmonkey too! Love it!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  8. My sentiments exactly! I love taking photos and capturing moments in time. And like you, I love going back to that place and remembering the feelings and mood. I've been playing around with ipiccy and a little bit with picmonkey. I do get lost in time when I start editing. I have always loved photography...so glad you shared this great tutorial at Show & Tell.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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  9. Very cute!! I love that pictures. PicMonkey is pretty easy to use. I have also used ipiccy and love that, especially since you can do collages.

    Thanks for linking up at Romance on a Dime!!

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    1. I like iPiccy as well. I really liked "Picnik" since it had everything, but *tear* it's gone now

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  10. thank you for the tutorial, very useful! I've found you through Rose's Fine Craft Guild.

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  11. I have been using Pic Monkey for awhile now however am still working out how not to over edit photos. I am however using a mobile camera and a small digital camera- I think nothing beats a decent quality camera. Will need to get saving :P

    Samara

    http://thesecretlifeofsamara.tumblr.com

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    1. A good quality camera is a great investment! You may find you don't need to do as much editing as before when you use it!

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  12. Hi Rebekah! I've been hearing about PicMonkey and I'm looking forward to checking it out. I actually have some photos that need editing, so this is perfect timing! I missed Picnik too but I've found that if you edit your photos from Picasa, it takes you to the old Picnik editing features just as before, so I guess Google kept it, but just made it part of Picasa. They call it creative tools or something like that. Thanks for sharing your PicMonkey tips. I'm heading over there now to give it a try! Have an awesome weekend! ~Mary

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  13. This is a great tutorial. I've heard some great things about PicMonkey and have yet to try it out. Am so glad I found this. I'm pinning it now. Also, I would love to have you link this up to Titus 2 Tuesday next week on Cornerstone Confessions.

    Hopping over from Women Living Well.

    Kathy

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  14. I was so worried about what I was going to use after picnik went away and I do still miss it but Pic Monkey has really filled most of my needs. I only wish they would store photos for me too.
    Your photo is just so great and your tutorial will be very helpful to a lot of readers. Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful.
    p

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  15. I've never heard of Picmonkey. I used to use picnic too, so this is a great tip! Thanks for linking up! I'm featuring this tomorrow!

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