How to Create Awesome Designs Using PicMonkey

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(Graphics created via PicMonkey)

When it comes to creating designs and graphics for our blogs, Canva and PicMonkey are the two most popular names which would usually come on top. Both sites have features that can be used in order to create incredibly awesome design ideas which we could use for our online projects. Although they are different in various features, both are great sites which we could use to create high-quality graphics and images. 

Not so long ago, when people talk about design programs,  it was expected that before we could use designing programs, one should undergo a training or enroll in a short course in order to learn the basics. Thankfully, Canva and PicMonkey were developed thus, giving those non-designers a chance to create awesome blog graphics and designs without actually enrolling in any course. 

We are aware that images are a vital part of a blog post. As the blogging industry grows more each day, the situation becomes hyper-competitive. We cannot stay in our old ways, otherwise, we would be left behind. 

At this juncture, let us continue with our discussions on the different tools every virtual assistant should be using. For today's topic, we will talk about PicMonkey. 

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(Screenshot of the PicMonkey logo)

PicMonkey is an online software which specializes in photo editing and other photo enhancing features. The site is highly recommended for bloggers, virtual assistants and other online workers including Instagram users. PicMonkey is convenient to use with an easy to navigate interface that even those who have a little knowledge of designs could use.

I haven't tried PicMonkey yet, but friends working as virtual assistants and other bloggers are saying that they really like PicMonkey when it comes to photo editing. So, I decided to open an account with PicMonkey in order to know what it can offer. 

Why Do We Need to Attach Relevant Image to Our Blog Posts?

Images have significant roles in ensuring the profitability of our blogs. I mentioned in my previous post the importance of having an attention-grabbing graphics for our blogs in order to encourage viewers to read our blog posts. Such attribute of a blog post would help us in driving traffic to our sites. Thus, giving us an opportunity to gain higher income.

Images and graphics are an important part of an article not only for design purposes but for other reasons such as giving emphasis on a certain point, comparison, and as an additional guide especially when our topics involve how-to guides. 

Some Key Points to Know 

  • Most People are Visual Learners

One the things that could easily grab our attention are images, graphics, and videos. We love looking at beautiful images of places, foods, fashion accessories and other photos. We certainly stop when we come across something unusual, or amazing.  Videos can keep our eyes focus. This is one of the reasons why Facebook is using autoplay videos. 

  • We are incredible at remembering pictures.

    Hear a piece of information, and three days later you'll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you'll remember 65%. (Source: Brainrules.net)

  • Blog articles with images get 94% more total views. (Source: Jeffbullas.com)
  • The brain processes image 60,000 times faster than any other information (Source: louisem.com)
  • 90% information transferred to the brain is visual (source)

Getting Started with PicMonkey

Here we go! I click the link and below is the homepage.

Although PicMonkey is imposing a minimal fee for the use of their system, we can avail of their free trial which is good for 7 days. We can cancel the subscription before the lapse of the 7-day period just in case we decided not to avail of the paid program. 

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Premium Account includes:

  • Save, export, and share your images
  • Re-editability for 50 images
  • Storage for 50 images across all your devices
  • Great fonts, overlays and touch up tools
  • Tons of social media and design templates
  • Top-shelf features in our mobile app

While Supremium includes:

  • Includes all Premium features plus:
  • Re-editability for unlimited images
  • Unlimited storage across all your devices
  • Design organization with Collections

 Source: PicMonkey.com

 With this offer, I decided to avail of the 7-day free trial to see what the site can offer for the improvement of my blog and other online related activities. I noticed that we cannot just start using the program without giving payment information. So I gave my PayMaya credit information which was accepted immediately.

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As an added information, PayMaya is a Mastercard. It's an online debit card powered by PLDT which can be used for online purchases and other transactions.  To be able to use this card offline, we need to buy a physical card which is available in some department stores or Smart offices. 

Now that payment information was accepted, I can now access the site.

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Showing on the screen after signing up are the four (4) main design and editing features of the site. 

(1) Edit Photos

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We can edit photos using the basic edit functions such as cropping, rotating adjusting the colors, sharpening and resizing the image. We can also remove unwanted backgrounds from our photos.

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(2) Touch Up

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Another feature of PicMonkey is enhancing photos. This can be done by adding effects, applying make-up for our personal photos, adding texts and frames and a lot more.

(3) Create Your Own Design

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With PciMonkey, we can create our own design starting from the size of the canvass and use our own photos as background. There are also ready-made templates customed sizes which perfectly fit for uploading to our social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and others. 

(4) Photo Collage

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Grouping several photos together is an easy task with PicMonkey. Just choose from your own files the photos you want to collate and there are templates that you can use to achieve a great design. 

Additionally, PicMonkey allows us to import photos directly from our other sites such as Facebook, Dropbox, and OneDrive.

I must admit that I find the PicMonkey somewhat different from Canva in several aspects. Like with PicMonkey, we can remove the background of a photo while this feature is not available in Canva. Just like any other program, being new will find it somehow complicated at first, but as we began exploring, we will know that everything is easy. We just need to practice using it to create more awesome photos and graphics. 

On the final thought...

Learning how to use the different online software is an advantage on our part especially if we are into the field of virtual assisting or blogging. 

Here is another video which you could use as a guide when you want to erase the background of your photo. Enjoy watching!

Video Credits: BrokeLipoff via YouTube

 

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