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5 More Things I Really Love About Picmonkey.com

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Some of you may have caught the announcement on Facebook or noticed their nifty new ad in my sidebar, but for those of you who haven’t: Something Swanky has officially partnered up with Picmonkey.com to bring you lots of new DIY Blog Design tips this year (both on the blog and at the Build Your Blog Conference in SLC next month)!

I wrote a post about Picmonkey when they first made their appearance back in the summer. It was called 5 Really Cool Things You Can Do with Picmonkey (that you couldn’t do with Picnik). In a nutshell, this is what I loved about Picmonkey from the very start:

  1. The ability to merge images into one layer
  2. I can see the edges of my white images since Picmonkey has a dark background
  3. The “instagram” frames
  4. The coolest overlays ever
  5. LABELS overlays! Love!

I still love all those features and use them regularly. But Picmonkey has come so far (collages yo!) since I wrote that post and have introduced so many new design elements to their site that I thought another post gushing over Picmonkey would be appropriate.

Especially since we’re all cozy and BFFs now ;) .

So here’s my new “top 5″ list of things I’m crushing on over at Picmonkey.com these days…

fonts

 

Picmonkey has seriously upped their fonts game since they were good ol’ Picnik. And thank goodness! Nothing brings a little class to a blog design quite like a good font. These are some of my faves:

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craft scissors

 

I just think this is so cool…

craft scissors map

 

You can either cut crafty edges on your photo like this:

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Or you can add a crafty border, like this…

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collages

Obviously I couldn’t make a Top 5 list without mentioning Collages! They were the hot topic when Picmonkey first launched without them and all of us bloggers had a collective melt down! Remember that? It all worked out though, and really even better than we expected! Picmonkey delivered some really fabulous collage options:

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They provide lots of great layouts for collages. But my favorite features are the social media-ready collages! As you can see above, there are 4 different layouts to create a perfectly sized Facebook Cover. And just below it are the Pinterest layout options to help you create a collage sized perfectly for optimal visibility on Pinterest.

ribbons banners and labels

I have been desperate for these types of overlays to be more easily available. I’ve been using clip art sillhouttes of ribbons and banners for ages, but the options on Picmonkey are so. much. better. And quite a few of these are BRAND new– like, as of today! So if you haven’t had a chance to check out the new overlays, here’s a quick peek:

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These are fabulous for blog headers! And you can see how I’ve used one of the ribbons on my background:

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seasonal themes

I’m am completely obsessed with Picmonkey’s seasonal Themes. They are AWESOME. For each new season, they create a new batch of overlays, fonts, and frames. And you get to keep them all year! Here’s where you can find them on Picmonkey and a few of my favorite elements (for blog design use) from each:

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In summary, if you haven’t taken the opportunity to check out Picmonkey, go do it right now! There are a LOT of features you can use for free, and an upgrade to a Royale Membership is SUPER affordable! If you’re looking to use Picmonkey for a little blog designing, paying for one month at $4.99 may be just right for you! But, if you’re like me and use Picmonkey all the time, the new yearly subscription is available for $33.00/year (that’s just $2.75/month)!

And if you’re looking for DIY Blog Design tutorials, check out my DIY Design tab in the navigation menu up top!

Disclosure: I am receiving various forms of compensation as a result of my partnership with Picmonkey.com, including free Royale services. However, these opinions are 100% my own. Don’t believe me? Check out some of my previous DIY design posts. I’ve been recommending these guys and their paid services for a loooooooong time, even before we established  a partnership.

   

21 Responses to “5 More Things I Really Love About Picmonkey.com”

  1. Liz posted on January 21, 2013 at 11:29 pm (#)

    Good for you, look forward to seeing what you can teach us all!

    LB
    http://www.accordingtol.com

  2. Lizy B posted on January 21, 2013 at 11:55 pm (#)

    I’ve been using picmonkey here and there and have been so happy with the royale features! Can’t wait to learn lots of new tips from you!! The blog looks beautiful!!!

  3. Shirley posted on January 22, 2013 at 12:02 am (#)

    I did not know about the new banners and ribbons! Will have to check that out ASAP. I subscribed earlier this month, tired of all the ads and how they slowed down my computer. I love some of the stuff they have to offer too, and I loved your tutorial on how to make PicMonkey collages before PicMonkey even offered them. Can’t wait to see what your new collaboration brings.

  4. Justin posted on January 22, 2013 at 1:23 am (#)

    I think I may be slightly in love with PicMonkey now. I have been looking for a way to create collages for my blog without having to have Photoshop, and thanks for this I now have a way. So glad I saw you share this post on your FB fanpage. Thanks!

  5. Brenna posted on January 22, 2013 at 9:44 am (#)

    Congrats on Picmonkey as a BFF! I can’t wait for new tutorials. I think I have used everyone of your tutorials somewhere on my blog already.

  6. Shiloh Barkley posted on January 22, 2013 at 10:49 am (#)

    I love love love that you got yourself a contract with them! I have been using the exposure/color/sharpness part of picmonkey since your post in onlineblogcon, and recently I’ve been experimenting with overlays. I have collected so many fonts though on my computer and I’m not ready yet to use the text services…

    Love your new blog design!!!! I really need to step it up!

    • Ashton replied: — January 22nd, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

      Thank ya!

  7. Shiloh Barkley posted on January 22, 2013 at 10:51 am (#)

    Also, I don’t understand how you’ve taken the ribbon graphic and turned it into a never ending background on your page…

    • Ashton replied: — January 22nd, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

      I’ll do a tutorial on it, but all it really takes is selecting the “tile vertically” box on the background page in your dashboard. You just have to make sure the top and bottom of the graphic are “seamless,” and don’t have any “chopped off” images.

  8. Caroline posted on January 22, 2013 at 11:21 am (#)

    YAYYY picmonkey! yay for your partnership! double yay for an annual membership fee! I had switched back to photoshop for everything since I couldn’t justify the $5/month on top of what I spent on CS5. $33/year though? totally worth having both. Score. :) thanks for all the tips – you rock!

  9. Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens) posted on January 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm (#)

    I LOVE picmonkey!

  10. Joan@Chocolateandmore posted on January 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm (#)

    Ashton, you always make everything look so easy! I love the banners and Picmonkey should be partnering with you, You were singing their praises for free!

  11. Julie posted on January 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm (#)

    You totally convinced me to sign up! :) I’m looking forward to putting all your tips to work.

  12. Lisa posted on January 22, 2013 at 11:36 pm (#)

    Congratulations on your partnership with PicMonkey!! This is SUCH a long time coming!

  13. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on January 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm (#)

    Oh I know that you will have amazing things to teach us all!

  14. Sue posted on January 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm (#)

    I had no idea all of these options existed on picmonkey! I guess I was just focused on my same old routine! Thanks so much for pointing out all these fabulous features! I am going to go ahead and pay for the yearly upgrade:)

  15. Kelly@ Here Comes the Sun posted on January 31, 2013 at 11:22 pm (#)

    I love all your design tutorials! Congrats on your partnership with Picmonkey!

  16. Julie posted on June 7, 2013 at 10:37 am (#)

    I’ve just discovered your neat blog! Thanks for all your fun ideas and great recipes! I love your fonts and was checking out picmonkey. I don’t understand, however, how to download the fonts to my computer and use them in everyday typing (as you do in your posts). I love that I can add text to my photos now though.

  17. Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} posted on March 10, 2014 at 10:53 pm (#)

    I have recently discovered (and fallen in love with) PicMonkey and started my own food blog. I noticed that the photos I’ve edited in PicMonkey translate to being some very small Pinterest pins, and I was wondering if you had any advice about sizing for a larger pin. I don’t necessarily want to do collages, but more along the lines of resizing a single photo to be a large pin. I would love any advice you can offer, being the PicMonkey pro that you are ;) Thanks!

    • Ashton replied: — March 11th, 2014 @ 8:57 am

      Hmm…. I resize all of my photos in picmonkey for web use to 565px wide (original proportions). And they look pretty normal on Pinterest. When I want to capture more “real estate” on Pinterest, I usually go for a collage. I don’t know if that info helps at all, but it’s all I’ve got! :) Love hearing from another Picmonkey fan!!

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