Love stories are really beautiful. And each one is different. You hear about the 'love at first sight' stories, like my very own. It was the summer of 2004, on a warm July afternoon. It was a Wednesday. I unexpectedly found myself at a camp in northern California, watching a good-looking, well-dressed guy walking into the dining hall to meet up with his ( no doubt ) smelly junior high campers. And I thought, I'm going to marry that guy. I even wrote it in my day-planner. Does anybody even use a day-planner any more? No? I didn't think so. ( smile ) Well, long story short, that handsome and very shy guy finally talked to me and eleven months later, we were married. ( So, the wedding picture below-- it is over seven years old-- and I just realized that my eyes are closed. True story. )
Now, PicMonkey on the other hand, is a different story. You see, I kind of viewed it as not attractive and, well, not for me. But I decided to overlook a few things and give it a try. You know what? I'm so glad I did. I realize that Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop Elements would be wonderful. I've toyed with both and like what I see, but my wallet, darn it, has other commitments right now. And so, I'm doing what I can with what I have where I am-- Theodore Roosevelt, you would be so proud! And so, while some love stories are short and sweet, others take time to grow, like this one. And here are my favorite things that I've grown to love and appreciate about the free online picture editing software we all know as PicMonkey.
Favorite options? I love using the round labels from the Overlay menu ( top photo ). I love that I can make a circle photo by simply cropping my original image into a square and then maxing out the rounded corners option. I love that I can make collages, like the one above! I especially appreciate the collage option when I am working on a 'reserved listing' picture for my Etsy shop. Being able to combine text and photos make the listings a breeze.
Speaking of rounded corners, you'll find that option under the Frames menu. You can choose to make the corner radius large or small.
Every now and again, I really enjoy the product of the 'tranquil' filter.
( The 'dusk' filter is pretty legitimate as well. ) Hands down, the feature that I use the most on PicMonkey is the 'curves' option on the Effects Menu. I love to lighten pictures just a tad so that they have that airy, gentle look to them.
I always enjoy discovering new tricks and tips and hope that this little tutorial gives you a few new ideas. Thanks so much for reading here. And, a little warning-- I am going to be talking about hair conditioner in the next post. Don't judge-- it was a good gig, ha!