Okay, I am (obviously) not a photographer, and I don’t normally publish my own photos online. I’ve added this one as a simple example of what you can do with the online photo editing tool, Picmonkey.
One other thing: I have no relationship with Picmonkey at all. I’m just an appreciative user of their service.
They’re a “freemium” service, which means there are two levels–free and paid. I’ve never used the paid option. The free tools have always been exactly what I needed. Sometimes you don’t want to open Photoshop or Gimp for a quick cropping or text overlay, or maybe you don’t even have Photoshop or Gimp. Maybe you just need to edit a photo for your blog or web site.
What can you do with Picmonkey?
You can resize, crop, add filters, text, graphics, and more. You can edit a single photo or create a collage by choosing “collage” at the home page, then uploading, dragging, and dropping them into your chosen collage arrangement. Pretty nifty!
The interface is very well-designed: very intuitive and easy to use. Even if you have no experience with graphics editing, you can totally do this, believe me. My kids have a blast dragging the “creepies” (horns, fangs, zombie eyes) on their photos with the holiday-themed graphics.
What’s nice about the free version? There are quite a few font choices, more than I would have expected. You’re not stuck with Helvetica or Arial unless you want to be. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Helvetica. I actually love Helvetica, and quite a few sites use it brilliantly.)
For the photo above, I used the “boost” feature to play up the reflection of the sky in the water. The font is Sacramento.
Picmonkey is just a simple tool for your DIY WordPress toolbox. I’m all about simple, useful, problem-solving tools, and I’ll be sharing others in the future.