When I started blogging, I knew very little about photography. My point and shoot camera produced very dark pictures, so I soon learned to use the free editing tools at PicMonkey.
Is it easy? Of course. If it weren’t easy, I would have never figured it out on my own.
The basic service is free. Click the PicMonkey block ad in my sidebar to get started. (I will get credit for your visit, so thank you!) All you need to do is create an account and upload a digital picture you want to edit (click edit in their top menu bar).
From the left sidebar menu, click each menu item to see the different editing aspects PicMonkey provides.
My new Canon Rebel camera takes very large pictures (approximately 3300 x 2200 pixels). The first thing I do is reduce each picture to something more manageable for my blog page (usually around 600 x 400 pixels). Reducing the size speeds up the editing process, as well.
To resize a picture, click the first sidebar menu item, Basic Edits. A secondary menu appears. Scroll to the bottom tab called Resize, enter the new dimensions, and click “apply”.
Here is my reduced picture of gourds in my window sill. I made no other edits, except my blog name. Notice how dark the picture looks.
Here is it again after lightening.
To lighten a picture, select the Exposure secondary menu item under Basic Edits. Adjust the brightness sliding bar to make the picture lighter and click “apply”.
Next, select the Sharpen secondary menu item under Basic Edits. Adjust the sharpness and clarity sliding bars until they are clear and sharp and click “apply”. Here’s my sharpened image.
Often, I go back into Exposure to lighten the picture a little more.
There is no formula for the editing. Have fun and play with the features until you reach the desired look. If you “overdo” a picture, simply leave the picture without saving and upload the original photo again. This allows you to start fresh.
I watermark pictures with my blog name (through the text editor – “Tt” on the main sidebar menu). For personal use, you might want to add a note or the date.
To save a picture back into your picture file, click save in the menu bar above the picture, then change the picture name or number slightly before saving. I simply add an a, b, c, or d to my picture number, and that changes it enough for saving the new picture while keeping the original.
These are just the basics. There are many more things you can do to your pictures using PicMonkey. I like to advertise the services I can truly endorse, and PicMonkey is one I personally use daily. If you blog, you may want to upgrade to Royale for more editing features. I love it!
So, what do you think? Can you see how a few basic edits enhance my pictures? You’ll see improvements in your pictures, too.
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