PicMonkey Updates Collage and Editor — And it ROCKS! (With Video Tutorial)

by Janice

This week, PicMonkey made their GREATEST UPDATE EVER!

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We have loved the Monkey since he first brought back fabulous online photo editing options to us former-Picnik devotees. It was a harsh shock to us bloggers when Google closed down Picnik. But the brilliant minds behind Picnik rescued us with PicMonkey and restored peaceful online photo editing amongst the blogosphere.

BUT, as much as we adored the Monkey and appreciated his free and low cost online photo editing solutions, there were a couple things that made us a wee bit crazy — the inability to resize images in Collage and having to save a photo collage and then reopen it in editor to use the editor functions, such as adding text. We survived and made the extra steps, but we longed for an easier way.

PicMonkey SOLVES the Problem

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With the latest update, PicMonkey users can now edit their images IN their collage cells and take their collages directly to the Editor, with no saving!

Edit IN Collage

YES – you can make basic edit changes, (Resize, Rotate, Flip and Exposure,) to your images WHILE they are in their collage cells. Need to resize your photo to fit properly in your collage? No problem! Zoom and pan right in collage. Are some photos a little darker than others in your collage? Don’t panic. You can increase the exposure on each individual photo in your collage.

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If you want to do more editing to an image in your photo collage, you Royale subscribers can add six of the most popular one-click effects – Orton, Cross Process, Dusk, Intrepid, Tranquil and Black and White – to your photos right there in their collage cell.

Open a Collage Photo In Editor AND Bring it Back to Collage!

Even better, Royale subscribers can “Open image in Editor” and the image jumps into the Editor where you can play and perfect your photo with all the power PicMonkey packs into his Editor.

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Once your image is perfect and ready to go back, a simple click brings it back to it’s spot in your collage. Now, was that easy or what?

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If you cropped your photo before taking it from Collage to Editor, it will remember the cropped size when it gets back into Collage. As well, if you move your photos to different cells within your collage, all your edits remain. Yes, breathe in the peace and tranquility.

Collage Complete? Proceed DIRECTLY to Editor — No Need to Save

When your collage is complete, you no longer need to save it to your computer and reopen it in Editor. Now, with a quick click you can send your entire collage to the Editor and add your PicMonkey pizazz, such as text, overlays, effects, frames, etc. THANK YOU PicMonkey, THANK YOU!

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Just remember that once you send your collage to the Editor you cannot send it back to Collage. So make sure it is all perfect before you leap over to the Editor.

PicMonkey Editing Video Tutorial

Want to see these changes and how to maneuver around the NEW PicMonkey features in real time? Click and watch my PicMonkey Video Tutorial where I walk you through the new features and show you how to make fabulous photo collages on your computer.

Don’t Miss Our Upcoming PicMonkey Twitter Party

This Monday, July 22nd, 8-9pm Eastern, we are having Twitter Party with PicMonkey. So make sure you hop on the hashtag, #PicMonkeyFun, as we share:

  • Editing tips and tricks
  • Our favorite PicMonkey tools
  • The fabulous NEW features at PicMonkey
  • AND we will have PicMonkey partying right there with us, answering all your PicMonkey questions…

Click here for more info and to RSVP for our #PicMonkeyFun Twitter Party.

Written and photographed by Janice Croze, co-owner of 5 Minutes for Mom and owner of Janice Croze Photography

Please Note: PicMonkey is sponsoring a Twitter Party with 5 Minutes for Mom on July 22, 2013 and is sponsoring our BlogHer 2013 coverage here at 5 Minutes for Mom. We love PicMonkey and we are so grateful for their support and their appreciation of the mom blogging community. As always, our opinions are 100% our own.



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Tiaras & Tantrums July 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm

oh I adored Picnik and hopped over to GIMP. I have not heard of PicMonkey until the other day – off to explore!

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2 Candi July 23, 2013 at 12:07 am

What a great tutorial and since I was one of the winners of the Royale version, I was really excited. I had no idea Picmonkey could do any of that. someone mentioned on the twitter party and I see you have saved your watermark, what program did you do that in? I redo mine each time I use picmonkey. Thanks

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3 Forgetfulone July 23, 2013 at 11:45 am

I have been meaning to comment for a while, but my life is so busy that I hardly have time to read, much less comment. I still comment on some of your giveaways. Since my kids are older, some of them appeal to me, but many seem geared toward moms with young children. No big deal. I haven’t won a giveaway online in years, though. My main point of this comment, though, is how I have seen your content change since I started blogging in 2005. The majority of the posts are some type of advertisement. There is less and less personal content, so I spend much less time on your site than I used to. I’ve really wanted to make this comment for a while, just so you know how alienated some of your readers might feel. Thank you for listening.

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4 Angela England July 25, 2013 at 12:16 am

Oh Janice! This is perfect – what a great tutorial!

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