Sunday, 24 September 2017

5 Photo Editing Dupes for PicMonkey

It was dark. I was uploading a video to my YouTube channel, scheduling it to go live in a couple of hours. My video still needed a thumbnail, so I clicked over to PicMonkey, my usual online photo editor of choice. Edited the picture, nothing too fancy, clicked 'save'...

...and a box popped up suggesting I 'treat myself' to the privilege of being able to save my image for just £8 a month.

The world ended. It was a very dramatic moment. Twitter was abuzz with bloggers and vloggers having a go at PicMonkey - and rightly so, to be honest. I can see why they did it from a business/finance point of view, but also... way to lose all your customers in one swift move?! It was like the devastating loss of Picnik in 2013 all over again...

Luckily, there are plenty of other online photo editors that are almost exact copies of PicMonkey, without the need to part with your coinage. I'll start with my favourite, which is...

I've been using iPiccy alongside PicMonkey for a few years now. It offers almost the exact same features as PicMonkey, but where some of these features were premium on PicMonkey and required payment, they were free over on iPiccy. I tended to switch between the two, so most if not all of my thumbnails you can see on YouTube today were made with a combination of both. It can be a bit slow sometimes, but hey, you can't have everything.

I've only used this once, and it's not completely free: like PicMonkey, there are some premium features you have to pay for. But it's easy to use, intuitive, and if the features you want are free, why not?

I used to use this all the time, and I think the only reason I stopped is because my editing style changed; there was nothing wrong with the website at all. It's also an app - it's where everyone gets their snazzy overlays of chemical burns. Which isn't a sentence I ever thought I'd type. But if you've seen them, you'll know what I mean.

Canva is amazing and probably the best out of all of these, but I hardly ever use it. In fact, I don't think I've ever used it for photo editing (although, having looked at it, it is again very similar to PicMonkey) but actually for designing awesome PDFs. Want to make a media kit? Use Canva. Class presentation? Canva. A poster? For the love of god, step away from WordArt and get yourself on Canva. It can take a bit of getting used to but your life will improve.

As you can probably tell by now, I don't stick to one photo editor, and often one of my images can go through a couple of them. LunaPic offers similar features to PicMonkey but also allows you to make the background of an image transparent, which is very handy when you want to edit Ryan Gosling's face over a picture of your friend for bants. And yeah, you could use Photoshop, but for the technologically-disadvantaged time-challenged amateurs like myself, an online editor will get the job done and is a much friendlier experience.

These will make the PicMonkey grief much easier to deal with, and they don't let you spend ages on an edit only to then tell you you have to pay... yes, I'm bitter. But hey, I bet all of these editors and more are enjoying a nice spike in hits?!

What's your favourite photo editor?


  1. Nice post! I was devastated when I found out you have to pay to save a picture on Picmonkey and I had no idea what I was going to use. Thank you for making this post as it has helped a lot.

  2. OH MY GOD YOU CAN'T SAVE WITHOUT A MEMBERSHIP ANYMORE? *incoherent blubbing noises* Well ... it's a good job you've given me some alternatives.