Bring the Radiance: Edit Wedding Photos

Bring the Radiance: Edit Wedding Photos
April 22, 2014 PicMonkey

DIY wedding photos that look like you spent a fortune? Check! Edit wedding photos with PicMonkey for the tools you need to create beautiful, professional-looking images you’ll treasure forever. We’ve brought together our top seven favorites ’n fixers to get you jazzed about the big day (and the fun you’ll have editing photos afterwards).

Open our photo editor to play along at home.

1. Stand out from the crowd

To edit wedding photos that stand out, try Daguerreotype and selectively color the lucky couple.

When you danced for the first time as a married couple, did you feel that you were the only people in the room? Capture this feeling for eternity with selective coloring.

Tips: Click the Effects tab and apply the Daguerreotype effect using the Brady setting. Click the paintbrush icon to paint the color back onto your photo subjects. You can also do the same thing with the Black and White effect, but we like Daguerreotype/Brady for its richness.

2. Go vintage, go retro!

Add a retro throwback after the fact: edit wedding photos with PicMonkey and apply one of our retro filters.

Vintage weddings continue to be a hot trend this year and you can give your photos the look with Picmonkey photo filters. Make your current image classic with the Sepia effect, and Dark Edges. In seconds you have a timeless photo just like grandma’s.

3. Let the sun shine in

Before and after: the Sunglow effect gives the bride her due, providing a warm, pale-gold radiance.

You have the power to control the weather with the click of your mouse. Wedding day a little grayer than you hoped? Add a warm, glowing feel to your photo with Sunglow (Effects tab). Who knew being omnipotent could be so easy?

4. Set the mood for love

Edit wedding photos with the Bokeh effect and recall the festive atmosphere of the big day.

Disco ball or no disco ball, sparkling up the scene evokes warmth and delight. Get the look with Bokeh (Effects tab).

Tip: Play around with the size slider, and the exact placement of the effect on your photo. Click the paintbrush to erase the effect from faces and other areas where you don’t want to see it.

5. Say it proud

Wedding photo with first dance lyrics applied as text over image of dancing couple.

Nothing says “just married” like your first dance song. Create a stunning keepsake of the moment, by tattooing the lyrics of “your song” on a photograph.

Tips: Open your photo in the Editor and apply whatever effects, touch up tools, or textures you like. In the Text tab, choose the font that matches your wedding vibe (we have over 100 to choose from!). Click the Add Text button and paste the lyrics of your song into the text box. Play with font style, size, color and placement until your masterpiece is perfecto!

To get more tips on using our text tool check out this video tutorial.

6. Keep their eyes on the bride

Before and after: Edit wedding photos to remove distracting tan lines.

You look fabulous, but your tan lines are stealing the show. PicMonkey swoops in to get the focus back where it should be: hello, gorgeous!

Tips: Erase away tan lines with the Dodge Tool found under the Effects tab. Want your skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom? We’ve got you covered; check out the Airbrush Tool (Touch Up tab). And while you’re there, make your eyes pop with Eye Brighten.
Get hints for retouching photos in our Using Touch Up Wisely tutorial.

7. Erase the mistakes

Before and after: a photographer's intruding finger is removed from frame using the Clone tool.

Have a thumb in the corner of a great shot your friend captured with her digital camera? Get rid of that thumb using Clone, and you’ve got another pic for your album!

Tips: Choose Clone from the Effects tab. Click an area you want to copy (the clone source).Then click the area you want to get rid of — poof! Keep covering the bad with the good this way until Thumbuddy vanishes before your very eyes!

Find more detailed steps in our tutorial How to Use Clone.


Photo credits: Many thanks to talented photographer Cameron Freshwater for taking these gorgeous photos. (We added that thumb to the last one, just so we could show how to erase it!) And thanks to John and Rachel for sharing their big day with us.

Looking for more wedding-related design tips? Check out our DIY wedding invitations page to learn how to make your own from scratch. And if you’d like a lil’ more assistance, take a look at our designer-crafted wedding invitation templates. Our templates are completely customizable and work seamlessly with our editing tools, so you can easily create a look you love almost as much as your fiance. (And if you need thank you cards, save the dates, or bridal shower invitations, we’ve got those ready for ya as well).

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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make powerful images that level up your business.