Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey

(This post is part of my Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Yesterday I shared a layout (on the Challenge to Use Teal, Orange and White) which used a photo with overlays from the Rhonna Designs App. It’s a really fun app to use if you have a smart phone! But if you don’t have a smart phone you can still add overlays to your photos, my favourite other way to do this is in Picmonkey.

I’ve talked about Picmonkey on here before, I’m not affiliated with them in any way, I just love to use it! I do subscribe to the paid service, which gives me more options for things I can do, but for this tutorial I used only free elements of the site.

Here’s a photo I’ve refreshed in Picmonkey:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Here’s how the photo started:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

When you go to the Picmonkey site this is the landing screen. You have the option to ‘Edit’, ‘Touch Up’, ‘Design’ or ‘Collage’ – for today we want ‘Edit’. Click there and it will ask you to upload your photo.

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Once your photo is uploaded the screen will be something like this:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

I wanted to crop my photo first, so I clicked on ‘Crop’ in the left sidebar, and chose ‘Square’ from the drop down box. I could then drag and adjust the box on my photo so it cropped how I wanted, when ready you can click ‘Apply’:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Now click on the Butterfly icon in the left hand menu to take you to the overlays. There’s quite a selection!

I started with ‘Corners’ and chose this corner:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

See the ‘Overlay’ small panel that has appeared? It means you can recolour, flip, fade, or delete your overlay! You can also adjust the size, and rotate it, using the handles on the image itself:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Now I added a flourish and changed it to grey:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

You can place the overlays so some of it hangs off the edge of the photo. I dragged this flourish so you could only see half of it:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Keep adding overlays until you are happy! I added some from ‘Sparkle Stars’, ‘Nautical’, ‘Spirographs’, and ‘Garnishes’, recolouring, adjusting, and fading them until I was happy with it:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Then you can add text by clicking on the ‘Tt’ symbol from the left-hand menu. Choose the text you like then click ‘Add Text’, a box will appear for you to type in. I chose the font ‘Ecruyerdax’, and adjusted the colour and size of the text just like I did with the overlays:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Then you just click ‘Save’ to download it to your computer:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

Cool huh?

Here’s another one I did in the Rhonna Designs App on my phone:

Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey by Jennifer Grace

I love taking landscape shots but don’t always scrapbook them or use them any other way. Adding overlays is a fab way to turn them into something special – to scrapbook a quote or emotion, or to frame, or you could even just use them as a desktop background.

Be Inspired:

Add an overlay to a photo, either in a program like Picmonkey or by adding transparencies on top

Add a flourish or twirly corner to a project

Go out and take a landscape photo to inspire you

Do you have any landscape photos that need a little extra something to make them special?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any other over this weekend, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE! {NOW CLOSED}

Back soon!

Jennifer x

  • Frances

    Nice work. Thanks for the tutorial.

    June 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm
  • I like the idea of writing quotes etc across the photo, shall most certainly be pinning this to refer to in the future 🙂

    June 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm
  • I’ve never used picmonkey, picasa and rotr are good but I might just try your suggestion 🙂

    June 8, 2014 at 7:27 pm
  • I’ve tried picmonkey a few times but can’t seem to get on with it….i’ll have to give your turorial a try and alter a photo x

    June 8, 2014 at 7:32 pm
  • Thanks for a great tutorial. I’ve never used Picmonkey but may have a go now 🙂

    June 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm
  • Jen

    Beautiful what you did with that! I still pretty much stick to straight 4×6 prints that I crop once I get them but this is something I’ll keep in mind.

    June 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm
  • That’s fabulous! I’m off to try it out.

    June 8, 2014 at 9:09 pm
  • Sarah

    I use picmonkey quite a lot for resizing and collages etc and love it but always forget about adding images and text to photos! I’ll give it a try!

    June 8, 2014 at 9:17 pm
  • so cool – thanks for sharing, I’d not heard of this website before

    June 8, 2014 at 9:57 pm
  • ooh that is brilliant I am definitely going to investigate picmonkey and the phone app

    June 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm
  • I often use Picmomkey, but have never added overlays….will give it a try.

    June 8, 2014 at 10:07 pm
  • barbara macaskill

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Picmonkey here I come!! This is so cool and I can’t wait to try it! Hubby may have to cook supper because I think I am going to get addicted! TFS!

    June 8, 2014 at 10:12 pm
  • Karen Schroeder

    Thanks for the ideas. I’ll have to check out both!

    June 8, 2014 at 10:35 pm
  • I love Pic monkey too … so many different things to play with

    June 8, 2014 at 11:06 pm
  • Have bookmarked this post. I am technophobic with new programs to use so this should be extremely helpful – THANK YOU!

    June 9, 2014 at 2:05 am
  • You are absolutely right – I don’t really scrap landscape images because they seem…weeeeeell, missing something – but I love what you did by adding words..that makes a huge difference! I think I ‘ve got a new ‘thing’ to do now!!! Thanks heaps for this!

    June 9, 2014 at 2:17 am
  • Wow, that certainly makes quite a difference in the photo!

    June 9, 2014 at 3:20 am
  • Heather Pham

    I’ve used the Rhonda design app on my mom’s phone (since I don’t have enough room on my phone to download it). I love it. The quotes are cute and make great filler cards for project life on top of a scenery picture. :3

    June 9, 2014 at 5:42 am
  • gemma steele

    That looks great! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

    June 9, 2014 at 10:52 am
  • Janet

    That is awesome! I will be taking some of my Monaco pics and doing this!

    June 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm
  • Annie

    What a good idea – I use Picmonkey and I think it’s brilliant, but there is obviously so much more I could do with it …

    June 9, 2014 at 12:59 pm
  • I used to love PicMonkey but am now a Fotor fan!

    June 9, 2014 at 6:36 pm
  • Lindsay

    I love landscape photos but I, like you, don’t tend to use them very often. I’ve found that lately I’ve been messing around with putting quotes over them. I love what you did in the examples. They look very professional.

    June 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

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