The 3 Essential Menu Items You Need to Know when Getting Started in PicMonkey
PicMonkey has made my blogging life so much better and getting started isn’t difficult at all. As bloggers, we need to be able to manipulate and edit images in order to best represent our brand and blog posts. With so many options out there, I wanted to take some time to share with you why PicMonkey works so well for bloggers and how easy it is to use.
First of all, when starting out it can easily become overwhelming with all of the many options out there. I tried a variety of them and ended up narrowing down to the ones that best suited my needs. It took a while, though. We don’t always know our needs early on, right?
I settled on PicMonkey because I found it to be the most straightforward program to use. A simple layout with easy labels and navigation helped me find the tools I needed right away. Plus, PicMonkey offers the majority of those tools completely FREE! When my blogging budget was little to none, FREE was right in my price range.
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When I decided I wanted to upgrade to have even more options, I did pay. But it was one low fee FOR THE YEAR! (It’s now $3.99/month if you pay for the year up front or $7.99 if you pay monthly…still a great deal!) So even the PicMonkey Royale (premium version) is well within a low budget. I love my upgraded PicMonkey, but truly you don’t have to upgrade if you don’t want. You’ll find tons of great options in the free version.
If you’re an experienced blogger or just plain need fancy tools, you’ll be able to create, edit, enhance with PicMonkey and their more advanced tools. That’s another reason I love it; it’ll grow with you and your experience.
But if you’re just starting out, that’s great too. Here are the top 5 essential tools you’ll need to understand when you’re getting started with PicMonkey If you can use these tools, you’ll be able create the blog images you need!
1. Basic Edits – Under Basic Edits, you’ll find Crop and Resize. There are other tools there so take time to explore, but if you can crop your pictures and resize them correctly for the various platforms then you will be on the right track.
2. Text – Bloggers need to be able to add text to their images. PicMonkey offers a variety of font options, many of them free. If you see a little gold crown by the font (or by any tool in PicMonkey) that means it’s part of the premium version and you’d have to pay that $30/year, but there are many fonts that are totally free.
3. Overlays – Overlays are exactly how they sound; they are any object that ‘lays over’ the initial image or canvas. An overlay could be another image, a shape, or a sticker/design. I use geometric shape overlays to emphasize my text.
Now, PicMonkey can do so much more than these three things, but get familiar with these first and you’ll be able to do everything you need…maybe not everything you WANT, but everything you need. 🙂
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Check out this video tutorial I made to show you how I create a featured image and a pinnable blog post image using these three menu items:
**NOTE: Just as mentioned in the video, the Hub is a premium feature (I double checked). You can sign up for a free 7 day trial and have access to all premium features to try them out.
Master these three menu items and you’ll be able to effectively create images for your blog. If you never go further in PicMonkey, you’ll be just fine. I think, though, that you’ll keep going. Once you see all you can do, you’ll be like me and get hooked. Come back here to learn more of the great things you can do with your pictures in PicMonkey.
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