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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

23 thoughts on “Refreshing Your Photos In Picmonkey”

  1. 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.

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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!

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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

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  6. 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 …

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  7. 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.

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