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What to Use When Photoshop Would be Overkill…

By Erin  |   Websites: The Basics

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Photoshop is expensive. It's got a substantial learning curve. It takes time to launch.

And sometimes, all you want to do is crop a damn photo.

A fantastic Photoshop alternative

Luckily, you don't need Photoshop whenever you want to tweak an image for your blog, website, or sending via email.

There's a fantastic online tool called PicMonkey.com that can easily take care of all your basic image-editing needs instead—things like cropping, rotating, and resizing.

Plus, it allows you to go much, much further than basic editing without dealing with a learning curve.

In addition to handling all the basic/standard image editing tasks, it lets you instantly and intuitively...

  • add text using cool fonts
  • combine your photos into collages
  • add overlays to create impressive visuals
  • wrap your images in a variety of frames
  • blend textures on top of your images' backgrounds
  • touch up human faces (airbrush, remove wrinkles, whiten teeth, tint lips)

...and of course, it lets you do much, much more.

Here's a screenshot of me playing around with blending in a space + stars background to a daytime photo of leaves:

screenshot of picmonkey interface

What's it cost?

There's a free version that lets you complete the most common image-editing tasks (like cropping and resizing).  

There's also a paid, deluxe version (for $4.99/month or $33/year) that's ad-free and that lets you have lots of fun via fancy effects, fonts, overlays, and texture.

Try it out

A number of our clients use PicMonkey and absolutely love it. Our guess is that you will, too.

Enjoy!

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