Tutorial: Using Touch Up Wisely

If you’ve seen Kung Fu movies, you know the bow. The left hand, in a fist, is met by the palm of the right hand, with fingers wrapped around it. Some say this is meant to symbolize power (left) and discretion (right). So it is with Touch Up, grasshopper. PicMonkey’s Touch Up tools wield tremendous power over your portrait photos but, like the sifu master, you must exercise restraint in using that power.

PicMonkey staffers submitted their own portrait shots to Design Sifu Jen Shetterly for tips on retouching. Here’s her work and her comments on how she did it. Open a portrait in Touch Up and test your skills!

First of all, I want to point out that photo retouching isn’t about making anyone perfect. It’s more about bringing out the best of what’s already there by getting rid of inconvenient truths like harsh light, stray hairs, or a brow that your subject didn’t intend to furrow.


Jenn is a ray of sunshine with great taste in music and an easy laugh. She manages our community efforts and figures out solutions for folks whose browsers are behaving badly.



Jenn was a good sport to demonstrate that embarrassing food-in-the-teeth scenario. If someone didn’t do you the favor of telling you “Uh, you got something in your teeth,” well, Clone is your new best friend.

When using Clone for a face, choose a small brush size to fit the area you’re cloning and zoom in to see the detail. For Jenn’s teeth I used a size 4 brush. Teeth have subtle shading and color so I sourced different areas of clean teeth to clone. To get a nice smooth tooth surface I did a second application of Clone with the “Fade” slider set to around 30%. Check out our Clone tutorial Use Clone to Remove That Stray Thumb  if you want to become a Clone Master.

Teeth Whiten

When whitening teeth, use a small brush and adjust the fade for a natural smile— you don’t want that glow-in-the-dark look. If you get some on the gums, click the “Undo” button in the top toolbar or click the Teeth Whiten “Eraser” button to remove any stray marks.

Lip Tint

I brushed Lip Tint on with the default brush size and then switched to the photo eraser tool to clean up around the edges, using a smaller brush size for the mouth corners. I used the “Intensity” slider to adjust the brightness of the color and the “Tone” slider to adjust the contrast. For Jenn, I wanted a natural look so I kept the color a shade darker than her natural lip color.


A little goes a long way with Airbrush. Jenn has beautiful skin, so I used the “Natural” setting with some fade to smooth out her complexion, just like putting on face powder.

Final polish

Clone helped get rid of some stray hairs around the face and head. A bit of Eye Brighten made the eyes pop. And lastly, I applied Film Stock (in the Effects tab) using the “Velvia” filter to add some warmth and rich color.


Charlie’s our awesome chaos wrangler; he keeps the trains running on time, and chases down bugs and engineers. He’s mad for Cross Fit these days, and we always know when he’s had a great workout because he comes to work exhilarausted (exhausted and exhilarated at the same time).

photos of Charlie showing Touch Up stages

Wrinkle Remover

Don’t go too far with Wrinkle Remover or you’ll end up looking like Joan Rivers or Bruce Jenner. Charlie was squinting a bit, so I applied a little bit between his eyebrows and around his eyes using a size 3 brush so I didn’t blur out the great freckles on his face. Then I did a second application using a size 20 brush to soften the lines cast by the sun, under his eyes.

Eye Tint

Charlie has hazel eyes but they needed to stand out more so I brushed on some teal eye tint, adjusting the fade to 80%.

Final polish

I went minimal with Charlie. I brushed on Teeth Whiten to polish up his smile and then Cross Process (in the Effects tab) using the green filter to complement his eyes.


Lisa’s a human cyclone. She directs marketing and connects with PicMonkeyers at conferences and in social media. She can work on five things at once, and riffs killer headlines, puns, and word associations like other people breathe.

photos of Lisa showing Touch Up stages

Basic Edits

Lisa’s original photo was a bit dark so I used “Auto adjust” in Exposure (Basic Edits tab) to lighten it up.

Eye Brighten

Lisa has beautiful eyes but the photo wasn’t showing them off. I used Eye Brighten with a small brush and then adjusted the “Lighten” slider to make those baby blues really sparkle. You can also apply this effect to the whites of your eyes if they’re looking dull.


Mascara is the Wonder Woman of our Touch Up effects. Apply it over the eyelashes, use it as an eyeliner, or as a quick eyebrow pencil to darken light eyebrows. I used it on the eyelashes and eyebrows in this portrait.

Final polish

To smooth out the skin around Lisa’s eyes, forehead, and chin without making her look Barbie-plastic-y, I used Wrinkle Remover with the fade set to around 30%. Then a quick application of Lip Tint, Teeth Whiten and Clone to remove a couple stray hairs. To give Lisa’s photo that finished look I applied Intrepid (in the Effects tab) with the fade set to 60%.


And here’s me: designer chick. Sometimes people think that all designers live this Martha Stewart life with everything perfect and coiff-y. I’m more casual, and I like to keep things real. So I don’t always try to make my shoes match my purse, especially while I’m slaying Orcs in Lego Lord of the Rings.

portrait of Jen showing Touch Up stages

Blemish Fix

This is the easiest Touch Up effect of the bunch; with a mouse click you can cover a zit, a mole or whatever you want to hide.

I applied a bit of Wrinkle Remover around the eyes and forehead. I also like to use this as an alternative to Airbrush. A quick dash of Eye Brighten, Lip Tint and Mascara were faster than putting on real makeup. And then I disciplined some bad boy hair strands with Clone.

Spray Tan

For my fair skin (hello, I’m Irish!), Spray Tan gave me a little sun glow without the sunburn or spray fumes. To avoid streaks, turn up the “Darken” slider all the way so you can see where you’re applying your color. Then play with the “Intensity” and “Darken” sliders to set your color.


And to finish up my pic, I applied Tranquil (in the Effects tab) at about 40% fade which gave a soft look with a bit of blue tone. Try different effects to see what looks good with the photo’s colors and lighting and how it enhances the personality or mood of your portrait.

And there you have it: a Fab Four of photo touch up jobs to inspire and inform your own portrait editing. Go forth in subtlety, friends.

Check out these other great articles:

10 Steps to an Edit-worthy Group Portrait

Bring the Radiance: Editing Wedding Photos

Profile Yourselfie: Creating the Best Profile Pic

You really oughtta treat yourself to Royale.

  • http://www.jansmallpaints.com Jandi

    I LOVE all things PicMonkey (yes, I have the Royale)…and these features make it even better. Currently I am using the Collage Maker a lot because I am creating a whole new website for my paintings. Thanks for this post…I love seeing the people behind the PicMonkey magic…you are all beautiful.

    • https://www.facebook.com/dianna.nichols.3 Dianna Nichols

      Is anyone else not being able to remove red-eye. It doesn’t work like it use to.

      • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

        Hi Dianna. Try clicking and dragging across the pupil that needs fixing. It used to be a one-click operation and now it’s changed.

      • Somebody Important

        It doesn’t work, at all! I’ve tried it many times, dragging the box, clicking directly on the eye, etc. Their software doesn’t recognize the “red eye” so it’s not effective.

        • http://PicMonkey Sandy Nichols

          I love everything about the site, but I too cannot get red eye removal to work. I have a granddaughter who always has red eye and I am making her a scrapbook. It is very irritating that this will not work.

          • http://www.picmonkey.com PicMonkey

            Heyo Sandy,

            We want your photos looking just perfect, so hit up our support team and we’ll help you out: http://www.picmonkey.com/help/support/new

          • catherine

            I find that if i use the red eye it doesn’t fully remove the red eye either. so after i use the red eye i go to the eye tint and that has worked for me.

  • seonaidh

    Dang, this is really helpful!

  • Measie

    You guys look great just the way you are! I use it on a daily basis and I appreciate everything you all do to keep this site crackin’! xo

    Users: If you don’t have the Royale, what’s the matter with ya? Do so! It is well worth it!

    • jaki

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  • Dee

    PicMonkey is my favorite place to spend time.. You guys are all great.

  • http://www.crescentsunsebooks.com/ Jacob Drake

    I make eBooks covers (as well as write fiction and format eBooks for others), so I’ve been using Pic monkey daily and strenuously for a long time. Lots of great things I’ve learned on my own, but I am curious if there is a way to blend more than one pic together to create a composite pic.

    • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

      Jacob, there is! You pretend that the second photo is a texture. Walking through it: open one photo. Click the Textures tab. Click Your Own (at the top of the textures menu). Click the yellow “Open my texture” button when it appears. Move the “Fade” slider to adjust the opacity of the top photo. Or you can experiment with the paintbrush to specify where on the first photo you want bits of the second photo to appear. (Play with the “Reverse effect” button and the “Effect” and “Original” buttons, too).

      That works if you want to stretch the entire top photo across the full size of the bottom photo. If you need to shrink or expand your top photo, open it as Your Own, in the Overlay tab. You’ll have an eraser and fade tool here, too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jane.wells1 Jane Wells

        Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you – Jacob for asking such a great question and PicMonkey for having an answer!

        Whoo-hoo! The options are now truly endless!

      • Lynn

        i’ve tried to figure that out too Jacob, SO happy to have some great help on here now!

    • Danielle Marlow

      Thanks for all the tips. I am starting a photography business and I bought the royale package because I wanted access to everything. I have played around with almost everything and it is well worth the money! I love the clone feature too! Everyone always says my pics look so good. Thanks picmonkey for helping make my dreams come true :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/elenh.miltiadou Elenh Miltiadou

    you should have more things without royale ..it us unfair

    • http://www.aacphotography.weebly.com Cnikkit

      picnik charged to. if you want something good, you gotta pay for it. simple as that. it’s not even expensive to begin with

  • mb

    Avid PicMonkey user….love it! I would also love if you guys gave us an option to add a set of top and bottom lashes that could be re-sized/faded!!!! :)

  • CCattano

    Love PicMonkey! 😉

    • jennifer pineda

      really cool how you get to do all this stuff huh. but some of them u have to upgrade

  • http://twitter.com/MyRecipeJourney Lillian Russo (@MyRecipeJourney)

    Its nice to meet the staff…re-touched or not! Thanks! =D

  • Karen

    Love my pic monkey….I would love more collage shapes that have a big picture and moveable small ones around the big one and then be able to put text on it, where you want! lol is that asking for too much?

    • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

      Hi Karen! Don’t forget that you can totally fiddle with the layouts to arrange the sizes the way you want. See our tutorial “Learn Collage Before Another Butterfly Dies” in the blog here.

    • http://www.aacphotography.weebly.com Cnikkit

      figure out where and what you want each photo in your collage than save it. upload it than you can do stuff to it

      • Lynn

        I just wish we didn’t have to save it to our computer and then x off it on picmonkey, then reupload it… to add text, frames, etc… lol that is lazy huh? I wish we could keep the collage on the screen and continue working from there… Is There any way to do that?

        • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

          Lynn, check out the new changes we made to Collage. You can add text, frames, and overlays with a quick jog over to the editor (no X ing out), just like you wanted. Click the “Edit” button on the top toolbar.

      • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

        Lynn, have you seen the new Collage capabilities? Got a blog article that explains it all.

    • Lynn

      you can totally change the sizes of the boxes in the collage area. I am always putting new fb covers up of all my Gkids using the collage!

  • http://heartandsoulphotographybykat.com/ Kat

    I just love your site…I’ve used all these tools many times. The cloning is amazing because my camera has two bad pixel spots on every photo, so I clone, it’s gone! =) Thank you for all the great goodies, it’s worth the money to have all that you offer!

  • Madeline Holder

    A suggestion, I count on your website to help teach my students beginner photo editing. Is there anyway you can have a free trial of all the Royale effects so my students can print their finished creations?

    • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

      While we think Royale is awesome, your students don’t need Royale to do amazing photo edits and print their finished creations. Over 60% of PicMonkey is free!

  • http://twitter.com/simplygloria1 Gloria Phillips (@simplygloria1)

    It is so great to see who all works on this amazing site I use every single day! I have used it for my blog, personal pics, invitations, graphic art designs…I think I’m addicted to PicMonkey!

  • Fay Cantwell

    I love it I use picmonkey all the time. I do my editing on this program. I have the Royale.

  • Linda

    For cloning, is there a way to add an option of uploading two pics(so I can take a bad head, and replace with a good head) and not use the collage setting to di it? I want to retain size, while having both pigs side by side. Please advise, thanks!

    • Lynn

      I never thought of doing it with the clone setting! I have so many pics that everything looks great but my face so I don’t post it on FB but if I could put a different face/head shot of me on there, that would be awesome! Linda can you resize the photos larger to begin with so you don’t lose the size?

  • Linda

    Eek, sorry about spelling errors!

    • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

      Hi Linda, no worries about spelling. Your collage method is probably the easiest way to have two pictures side by side to clone from. We’ll keep this in mind for the future.

  • Jill

    I don’t like the Nip Tuck app. on Pic Monkey, it’s hard to do certain areas. I’ve used Fotoflexor in the past and I like it much better. …Maybe you could try an app more like that one.

    • http://www.aacphotography.weebly.com Cnikkit

      try clicking the the pumpkin. than click on demons. click on gnarlifier. use this on the opposite side of whatever you are trying to make smaller. it will give it a curve and might work better.

  • http://www.aacphotography.weebly.com Cnikkit

    picmonkey has been the best ever! seriously. its made my photography 10 times better. when i can’t use my other program, i default to this because its so much better and easy to understand.

    • http://www.photo-fx-rsw.comwww.facebook.com/rebeccawalker.photofx Rebecca Walker, Photographer and Graphic Artistry

      I am a native Picmonkey user and yeah..it was nice when it was free, but its even better now that it costs a little bit…peanuts compared to my other editing programs!! The additions you have made since charging for it are fantastic! I have used many of PicMonkey’s Royale features as my last ‘step’ before watermarking my work. I still use CS5 and Lightroom for more complicated art. However, there are times I just don’t need to edit so much and Picmonkey can do the job perfectly in much less time! To add, I love the addition of the Picmonkey app on Facebook too!! Thank you.

      • jen

        picmonkey is the best ever..!!!
        its look you beautiful and perfect and fabulouse..!!! :) thanks picmonkey <3

      • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

        Thanks Rebbeca and Jen! We love hearing that we’re making the world of photography easy and quick.

  • http://www.bornorigingal.com Teresita Gal

    This is pretty awesome! Thank you for sharing!!!!!

  • Carine

    i am from Belgium and i LOVE pickmonkey!!! The problem is that i don’t understand everything wath’s explaened in the tips and trix. Is there a way to put the site in my one langues?

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  • http://www.lovedovetarot.com Lisa Frideborg Lloyd

    I’m in the UK and use PicMonkey every day in my work as a pro blogger and Tarot reader. Really lovely to ‘meet’ the staff behind this fabulous website! Keep up the great work – you rock!

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  • http://twitter.com/citizenrosebudz Citizen Rosebud (@citizenrosebudz)

    Totally worth kicking down the bucks for the Royale. Seriously- LOVE Pic Monkey and how easy and awesome it is to use. Well worth the yearly price still cheaper than a photoshop program by far.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tessa.creacyshutwell Tessa Creacy Shutwell

    I LOVE Pic Monkey! I have the Royale subscription and can’t imagine operating my photography business without it. It is so user friendly and affordable.

  • Leasa D

    I have told all my friends about you and now they are “addicted” too! 😉 But now with these fab tips I’ll have to them take note – just as I did!! Thanx

  • melody

    No deberian haber prohibido algunas cosas en picmonkey, Tiene que ser gratuitu

    • lacroixel

      I use the overlay tool (make your own) over the base photo

      • http://www.fosters-photography.com Jodi

        I dont work at picmonkey but I use it everyday & if you choose add your own image then layer it over the one you are working on & then use the eraser option get rid of xtra picture you dont want showing & it is done …

  • http://www.ambersdesignphotography.com Amber

    I’ve been a photographer for many years, and I prefer to use PicMonkey over my basic photoshop, so much easier and faster. But I would like to know if there was a way to cut an object out of one photo and add it to another.

  • http://gravatar.com/lacroixel lacroixelliz

    I would love it if we could get some more photoshop like actions! Like tranquil, but some different option! :)

  • mandy

    i <3 picmonkey muahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Tania

    I use photoshop but I always finish in Picmonkey. I luuuuuurve this site! :-)

  • http://www.raqueldeville.com Raquel

    I love PicMonkey, you just make me look so much better! Thank you for posting your photos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marites.mabugat Marites Mabugat

    I use “Mascara effect” under the Touch Up tool on almost anything not just on eyes and eyebrows (portraits). It is a good tool in applying darker touch ups with controlling on its strength. Great for the most detailed parts of a picture that are less sharp coz applying Mascara + a bit of “Eye Brighten” will give out a sharper area of the photo (on some not-too-perfect zooming or macro shots), ex: insect eyes, body texture and wings, centre of fowers, tree barks and branches, details on leaves, and more. I love how these tools can easily apply on “Erase” for the unwanted stray of brush strokes.

    My most used tools can’t be easily picked as 2 or 3, because I use almost everything! I do have other photo editing sites on the side including Adobe Photoshop (sadly on a trial base only; not every creative person (elite artists and amateur photographers) can afford owning an Adobe Photoshop graphic tool, and hey, why bother with the latter when PicMonkey does photo editing so conveniently (a shortcut from using multiple layers).

    1) I wish in the future that PicMonkey could add a tool that puts 2 photos side-by-side that eases cloning + photo manipulation right there. For now, I drop photos onto Paintbrush, save the first photo, then paste the second photo having them side-by-side, then re-saving the file as one jpeg. The next step is opening the new jpeg in PicMonkey where I apply the Clone tool to do photo manipulation. Works like magic, but a bit time consuming.

    2) I’d be most happy to see more “soft play” vintage colour effects, not limited to Saturation, Cross Process, Dusk, Intrepid, Tranquil, Black & White, Sepia, Daguerreotype, Polaroid, Time Machine and Yester-color, and oh, even Dodge. I play around these effects to achieve what I want, but would like to find one that makes me exclaim, “Voila! That’s it!” without taking too much time. :)

    Would PicMonkey agree? Please PicMonkey, say yes!

    P.S. I love the new “Sunglow effect” and Themes. Please keep the Themes there forever. There are effect tools that can be used not just for the “occasion”.

    Thank you, PicMonkey! More power and stay on top!


  • http://louisandmel.wordpress.com louisandmel

    I use PicMonkey to edit my hand-drawn comic strips to make them more appealing to the eye. Don’t know what I’d do without it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/amandamaru Carrie Demerera Backus

    Love Picmonkey! I use it every day. Is there a place where users can submit their edits, just for fun? Would be great to see what people are doing with it. :) Thanks for a fantastic site!

    • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

      Hi Carrie. Check out the PicMonkey Flickr community!

      • zohaib shaikh

        its owsume. i use every day.

  • http://pandevida alejandra

    como puedo utilizar todas sus funciones sin costo’

  • Judy

    Picmonkey is Picmagic! I love it. I have confidence knowing everything will turn out alright. What fun hours we’ve spent together. I’m forever grateful to have such a cheap and easy to use tool on hand. Thank you, and thankyou for reminding us of the human side to our computer driven world. You guys are great.

  • http://thebrideworeglasses.tumblr.com/ Joy Northrop

    I have enjoyed PicMonkey for a long time and will continue to. I don’t/can’t use Photoshop, so I’ve learned enough in PicMonkey that I’ve used it exclusively to get two of my digital art collages published in Somerset Digital Studio recently – without PicMonkey, I couldn’t have realized that accomplishment!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DJSPhotography Dionna Smith

    I have been using PicMonkey for at least 3 years for pictures of all kinds. This past year I actually started getting “clients” wanting to pay me to take their photos and edit them. I have to say that it has really been a lifesaver for me this first year. I am now taking editing classes as I get more advanced but I truly believe that I would have never even had my first client if it wasn’t for this site. LOVE IT and it’s great for my kids as well. They are always doing stuff on it. I hope we get some cloud overlays! That would be so awesome! Thank You PicMonkey!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DJSPhotographyPage Dionna Smith

    ^^^^^Well that links to the wrong photography page on my name! Maybe this one will work :)

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  • Annie Howland

    Using PicMonkey is like a having secret you don’t want to share because then everyone will know how you worked your magic…but you’re so amazed at the magic, you can’t help telling everyone how easy it was!

  • alexis

    i like the picmonky is fantasy

  • Carol

    I use PicMonkey lots, and knew right away how much more could be done with the Royale version! I got Royale the first day on PicMonkey! But, I have to take my work to another site for texts. There are a lot of fonts on PicMonkey; they are mostly for halloween, though. It would be great if we could have a more diverse group of fonts- could that happen?

    • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

      Bummed you’re not completely happy, Carol. We do have more than Halloween-y, though. We’ve got your basics like Overlock, etc. and then a bunch of Handwriting fonts, Script fonts, Display fonts, and some of the fonts that are within Halloween features are not exclusively Halloween-y. Stay with us, there’ll be more down the road.

      • Carol

        Thank you- just what I need. I will hang on for more fonts!

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  • Julianna

    Hey guys ….Do you think you could add more overlays like clouds or a rainbow ?? I love the ease of this site I was a member for years when it was picnik and when they shut down couldn’t wait for this site to start up ..You guys are amazing !!!! cudos to all !!

  • http://aaaaa dagmara

    hey guys do you think coul add more

  • http://flickr.com venus

    it’s nice too to picture perfect..

  • http://flickr.com venus

    veri good nature….

  • Brianne

    I absolutely love this editing program and would love to share a few of my before after photos if you had a place!! I am a local photographer and I would love to share.

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  • patti

    Got a ? for you how would you go about taking a light outlet out of the back of a family photo?

    • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

      Hi Patti, Try using our Clone tool- you can find it at the bottom of the list under Touch Up. We also have a great tutorial on the blog about how to use Clone- see the blog’s home page.

    • Lynn

      clone on a section of wall without the outlet, then click or mouse over the outlet,, it “paints’ the outlet without looking like the paint tool, which I can’t ever get to look good. I’ve just found the clone tool can do a lot of corrections on photos!

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  • http://twitter.com/Homemakermom Homemaker Mom (@Homemakermom)

    I won a 6 month sub to Picmonkey Royale and I am LOVING it! Its fantastic! I love this before & after post gang! Great job!

  • lindsay

    I love this editing website! I learn something new everyday.

  • http://www.twitter.com/RainCloud.intan Intan Karnina Putri

    I really love this website ,, =3

  • Kayley

    I looovee this website, especially because its way easier than other photoshop programs ive ben trying to figure out for years. But for some reason my computer will not let me save my finished photos .. maybe its my computer.. is anyone else having this problem?

  • http://www.ztamphotography.co.uk Kelly Murdoch

    I’d loved to know how you edited the first photo on your home page ( lady applying lipstick) I love this edit and could use it with a lot of my portrait work, but just cant get my photos to have the same effect.. would be great to see before and after photos, like you have done with the picmonkey team.. :)

    • Lynn

      I can’t get lipstick to look good on any photo I’ve ever tried to use it on.. fake looking, looks like I’ve copied and pasted a clip art lip on.. I would love to hear how people use the lipstick tool

      • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

        Lynn, if you make the Brush size small enough, and lower the Intensity, that should help.

  • Raf

    pic monkey is super sexy. is there any android app for it? I am willing to shell 0.89$ for it

  • http://Picmonkey Webkin

    I love picmonkey! I have adobe photoshop elements 11, but that is too complicated for me. I am glad that I can go to picmonkey and do the things I need to. Thanks for making it easy for me! :)

  • Victoria

    Very good program

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  • Cristina

    Awesome. I miss the days when PicMonkey was free. I can’t afford even small payments, so I have stopped my photo-editing hobby :(

  • Chistine

    60% of it is free!!

  • Chloe C

    So sweet to see some of you!
    There is so much information here, you are all so good!
    Wish I had more time to spend with Pic Monkey. XOXO

  • te olvidare

    pickmonkey es genial pero por que cobran algunos efectos? yo estaba mas conforme cuando todo era gratuito :c

  • https://twitter.com/EmmaNazima01 Emma Nazima

    i love it

  • jazmin campbell

    genial efectos

  • http://gravatar.com/thewittypatriot Melinda Deason

    Why can’t I save my images in the same size dimensions as my original photo. If I want to print them at the highest quality at poster size like a 20×30, I can’t use pic monkey. (for instance 5184 x 3456) I use Lightroom and Photoshop first, then I bring it in here to add little things that I like better in your program (such as merging two different effects that you offer, which saves me hours in Photoshop doing layers.

    I feel like as a Royale customer I should be able to save my photo in the full size. I tried saving it at a large file size, but the size I tried to type in said it was too large, but it was the same size that I put the picture into pic Money at when I started.

    I was able to save a different photo (that was originally 4926×3283) at 4876×3250,which is close, I realize, but what is the max size I can same my image at and would you please consider letting Royale customers save their images at full size please? :)

    • http://mdeason28.wordpress.com thewittypatriot

      never mind- I looked it up after my rant and figured it out-the undo button-awesome!

  • Darina

    Thank you for this program I enjoy one)and thank you for advices)

  • carcajada

    this program is awesome but now everything is royale so now i use some other program many friends of mine agree with this you should at least give a free trial or something i don’t think it’s fair because many of the functions got changed to royale. please answer my comment

  • http://naruforeversasu.deviantart.com/ Cheyenne

    I love PicMonkey! LOVE IT! I always come here to edit all of my pictures! I hope to see more great things from PicMonkey!

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    is very pretty picmonkey

  • Tania:)

    Me agrada el editor:)

  • Daniela Aguilera

    i don’t have money to have this aplication:( but i really wanted

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  • darlene

    Any plans to be able to upload and edit an album in the near future? One at a time is sooooooooooooo slow!

  • http://syracuseimagephotography91623995.shutterfly.com/ Tracy DePaola

    Absolutely LOVE picmonkey! Try using tools for things not as obvious.
    For example I use the wrinkle tool on HAIR to make it smooth. Or the hair highlights on many other parts of the image–eyes, clothing, floral or anything. I use hair highlights on the white parts of the eyes and make sure you fade the tool so the white is not too white. Here are a few things I would love to see:
    before and after (side by side comparison)
    more script font
    I would love to be able to cut out something from one image and add it to the image I am working on.
    Oh another tool I use is the blush brush—for DARK hair roots–just choose the white color blush and go over dark roots.
    For other eye shadow colors–use hair highlights.

  • ParrotHead

    Love PicMonkey so much. I am a Royale user and this is the best photo editing site on the web and worth every penny I pay each month. I do miss the faded frame option that your guys use to have under the old name and I hope you bring it back soon.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevensphotography-wi/ Steve

    Love this site for my high fashion glam work.

  • http://creatievelisa.wordpress.com creatievelisa

    I love everything about this (I’m also using Royale) the only thing I miss with the collage maker is an option to use your full picture..
    But the rest is perfectly fine ^^ very good website =D

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    i love very good :*

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  • nathalia

    i loved

  • Savanna

    You guys r the greatest… u make editing so much easier.. and ur affordable!!! XOXO

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  • http://www.joancarruthersphotography.com Joan Carruthers

    Question: How do I watermark my images with a copyright included. When I cut and paste it from Word, it says it cannot use docx.; it wants me to use a .jpg file…doesn’t make sense for a text box. Help!

  • http://Www.facebook.com/womenofrefuge Poetry Travis

    Thanks Guys for a wonderful editing tool for us Photographers…We greatly appreciate you!!! :^)

  • ziyah

    how do i sign up

  • http://www.suzirummel.smugmug.com Suzi Rummel

    I’m considering purchasing after spending time last couple of months using the “free” features. I’m curious. If you have 2 similar photos but the one you like has closed eyes…is there a way to copy the eyes from one to the other and resize if slight resizing is needed? THANK YOU!

    • https://www.facebook.com/aallenshipman Amanda Allen Shipman

      Suzi, put your main image in, then go to overlay, add your own (the image u want to clone the good eyes from), stretch as needed to match, fade in/out to see where, then use the erase tool to add in the good eyes or brush (its one or the other). try that! i just learned today. 😉

      • http://www.suzirummel.smugmug.com Suzi Rummel

        Amanda…I tried this and I don’t want to replace the entire photo with the background…I just want to fix the brides closed eyes. Maybe I don’t know what I’m doing but when I bring the overlay photo over with the open eyes…I must also have to use the groom standing next to her. I don’t want to…I just want to open the brides eye. Think I have to hire someone who knows photoshop. Thank you!! That is great if you have a background and want to place people in it!! Thats for sure!!

    • http://www.suzirummel.smugmug.com Suzi Rummel

      Amanda…..OMG…I will try this. I had NO idea this was possible…but I’m going to try!! Thank you so much for replying!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/MKPhotographyTX Amanda Shipman

        Yw! Did it work? Hope so! I was trying to only clone in a hand for a newborn photo, not the entire photo and it was working ok but the pose wasn’t exactly the same angle so I just left it. I have been trying to look up picmonkey tips on Pinterest also. Do you have a Facebook photography page? Would love to see your picmonkey edits. Mine is http://www.facebook.com/MKPhotographyTX 😉

      • http://www.suzirummel.smugmug.com Suzi Rummel

        Hi Amanda…I couldn’t get it to work. I can’t figure out how to do just an eye or a hand. When you have an entire photo and bring it over in overlay. This was a bride and groom and her eyes were closed…had another similar (but different) with her eyes opened and when I brought the good photo over …. you can crop, but it crops the entire photo…so the groom stays in the photo. Probably not explaining properly! :-) I do have a FB page but I’m new to pic monkey.
        I’m having to dissolve my photography business due to moving in to help my mom who is in the early stages of alzheimers. I’ll continue to dabble but no more big weddings. For a fact I’ve been so busy haven’t posted on my photo page in forever but here it ishttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Over-The-Threshold-Photography/112945635469586

        My other website is http://www.suzirummel.smugmug.com

        Thanks Amanda for trying!!! :-)

        • http://PicMonkey.com PicMonkey

          Suzi. Try this: open the good (eyes opened) photo first. Open the bad (eyes closed) photo on top of the first photo as an overlay using the “Your Own” button on top of the Overlays menu. Click “Eraser” at the top of the Overlay palette that pops up next to your image. Erase the bad eyes to reveal the good eyes underneath.

  • carmen

    bueno, en realidad era un excelente editor, pero ahora las aplicaciones mas usadas son pagas, y no debiera ser asi …. perdio popularidad

  • hillcountrycook

    Love it! Thanks for the tip! Fun to see the staffers :)

  • Xiomara Haro

    Como se utiliza esta cosa!!

  • sarah

    Thanks to you guys my photography business is running amazingly !

  • nengkece

    Thanks to you guys my photography business is running amazingly !…………………………….

  • http://twitter.com/ISSolutions4U Valerie (@ISSolutions4U)

    Thanks for the tutorial!

    • https://www.facebook.com/aallenshipman Amanda Allen Shipman

      i agree! picnik was that way. its was nice!

      • https://www.facebook.com/aallenshipman Amanda Allen Shipman

        i agree! picnik was that way. its was nice!

  • Paige Carter

    Hi, LoVE LOve pic monkey…I am a member. One of the things that i feel would greatly improve pic monkey is if there was a feature where your current edit could be saved for working on at a later time. (after you log in again) I realise that i can save and re-open and add to the edits but once it is saved I cant un-merge all my edits. I use this to create labels and docs of all kinds and sometimes need to leave them to come back to. If the browser goes down my work is lost. Anyone agree??

    • Tina Mullins

      Oh yes, I agree Paige. Would be a nice enhancement. Thank you Picmonkey for all you do!

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  • Hilda

    Me encanta picmonkey

  • Jessica

    I love this. I wanted a good photo touch up software to edit photos for greeting cards and other things I want to be proud of, but photoshop is way too expensive for the minor edits I wanted to do. other software only does basic crop, saturation, and contrast. The royale is a perfect solution

  • rohmah fitriani

    very good :)

  • http://www.doblelove.com Marina27

    Excellent program.

  • Bebe

    Does PicMonkey offer a way to denoise a photo?

    • http://www.picmonkey.com PicMonkey

      Not sure we know what denoise is. Go to our Talk to the Monkey page and describe it more fully — http://www.picmonkey.com/help/support/new. Maybe we can figure out a feature that’s similar.

  • Susan

    Just wondering about an effective way to clone out stray hairs on a subject’s face. I have a hard time finding a perfect match on the skin to clone the hair away. It seems most of the time the skin shadows or colors are not exact. Any tips? Thanks!

    • http://www.picmonkey.com PicMonkey

      You should constantly refresh the clone source, so that you’re always grabbing pixels that are closest to the place where you want to erase. That way the clone source matches the clone target best.

      • Susan

        thanks! I’ll try that.

    • Jess

      If you’re still having trouble…(I know this is 2 months later) you can clone….but then adjust the fading. Sometimes I do this two or three times until I get the desired effect. This way it blends together nicely :)

  • Sally

    I have 8 people in a group photo. How do I remove 4? Please reply ASAP. It’s for my Christmas card. I cannot get “airbrush” to work properly. I have Royale.

  • Rishikesh

    picmonkey is very nice. love it. i use it all the time.
    how bout adding a new frame that has before n after pics…?
    so we can see all the changes we did n its cool to make before n after pics…

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  • http://MadisonsManor.Com Tracy Walters

    Need to remind myself to go to your blog post to learn all these new and fun applications every once in awhile, just blended two photo’s together…so cool! Thank you, thank you, thank you for PicMonkey… I use it nearly daily and love how easy it is to use and how affordable…

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  • theresa

    Help please! Why can’t I put PicMonkey on my desktop shortcut? It says free but I had to pay to use. I went to my programs after paying and it is not in my programs. I’m very new at this, any suggestions are welcome.

  • Patty

    I use PicMonkey all the time. I even used it when it was PicNic. My fear is that somethng will happen and it will no longer be there. I would be lost without it. Thank You

  • https://www.facebook.com/barb.meyer.777 Barb Meyer

    I am in love with PicMonkey!!! Can I marry it?….hahaaa! Seriously thou, I do love it! Fun and easy to use…I have Photoshop Elements 10 and I would still rather use PicMonkey! Layers, textures, so many great ops to use and great results! Thank you PicMonkey!

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  • Shawn

    love you Pic Monkey….Am a member and would be lost without it too. I can’t wait to see what you ‘ll come up with next….

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    Picmonkey c’est juste une application a avoir..!!!

  • natasha_alley

    PicMonkey <3

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  • chiqui

    necesito ayuda no se como cambiar el color del cabello

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  • syracuseimage@gmail.com

    Is there any way to see a before and after side by side? I wish they had that feature!

    • http://www.picmonkey.com PicMonkey

      You can either upload the two photos in a collage or you can add them to a canvas using “Your Own” in Overlays.

  • bronwynivy3

    Thank you so so much for this! It helpes me so much. I’m have a small photography buisness and am consedering buying Royale!

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    soy una colombia y no puedo escribir en ingles

  • http://www.gonecoastaldesigns.com Denise Reynolds

    Is there a tool to remove reflections from a glass like a photo frame?

  • Jess

    Awesome tips! I actually use PicMonkey on homes for real estate…I trim bushes/trees, fill in holes in gardens, remove boxes from within homes, make windows a little brighter, remove a garden hose that was left across the driveway, straighten my homes, and SO MUCH MORE! Thank you for all these amazing tools! Royale is worth it!!!

  • Jennifer

    If you save your project as a PNG file instead of a JPG file, you should be able to re-open it later without all of the edits having been merged :)

  • lori

    I would like to see them fix the sharpen effect to sharpen only certain things in the picture. This would help me tremendously. Also like someone said earlier…I would really like to see something that would take those terrible glares and flash affects out of eye glasses. Please help PicMonkey!

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    At this moment I am going away to do my breakfast, once
    having my breakfast coming yet again to read more news.

  • evelyn

    please tell me whats the use of nip tuck and how it works

  • evelyn

    please tell me about how to use nip tuck

  • AA

    Hey, I use picmonkey a lot for my photography. One thing I find is that it is really very slow now, even though I am using a very powerful computer and fast internet. It used to be fast, but I don’t understand why it is so slow now. I’ve wanted to upgrade to royale for a long time now, but do not feel comfortable doing so if the speed is not going to increase. Can you tell me if going royale makes a difference in the speed? Thanks.

    • http://www.picmonkey.com PicMonkey


      There is no difference in speed between Royale and regular, but if you email info@picmonkey.com we can get some more specific information and help you out!

  • belinda nelson

    Hi I have a question and maybe a suggestion. When I open picmonkey sometimes it gives a popup that wants me to stop script , sometimes in the middle of when I am editing. I was also wondering if you have a way of painting a color onto a pic in certain places, ex. painting fall colors onto leaves . I found something like it (can’t remember what I did ) but there was no fade slide. Please let me know if I am missing something on that .

  • ;Julie Niehenke

    I am desperate to find a way to make a collage of pictures with blending the pictures together. I would like to layer and turn pictures and then blend them together. Is it possible to do this?

  • Kim

    When using black and white, there really needs to b an eraser there. I like to black and white all then maybe color the jersey of football player, of I go out of lines I have to start all over. Unless I’m missing. A way to do it. Thanks Kim
    P.s. I love everything else!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.smart.58511 Sarah Smart

    Nice 😀