You read it right, reader! We got three new effects that’ll knock your socks off, plus a couple of tiny tweaks and tools that’ll just like, warm your socks up, but still. It’s February, who doesn’t like warm socks? Read on to learn some more about ’em or hop right into the Editor to explore for yourself. There’s even a new Black & White effect group!
What used to be more of a Collage trick is now a full-fledged feature. The Mirror effect (down in the Artsy group) turns your image into a duplicative work of art, worthy of the finest museums in the land—or at least your Instagram.
Mirror comes with options for mirroring the left, right, top, and bottom parts of your image, plus a slider to control the image offset (how wide you want it to be, basically). We’re pretty jazzed, so you oughtta try it.
It’s got the whole look. It’s the amped up, high contrast, gritty black and white you were probably thinking of. What exactly makes it super? The brightness and contrast settings are right there! Those are the exact things you need for excellent black and white looks.
Tri-X mimics Kodak’s Tri-X film, the best-selling black and white photographic film in the world. Tri-X film defined the intense and evocative photojournalistic aesthetic, no big deal. The film was renowned for its exposure latitude, and became a popular film to push. (Pushing a film is when you expose and develop it as if it were a higher-ISO film.) Anyhoo, people pushed 400 to 1600 all the time, so the effect mimics both 400 and 1600. Now it’s yours, only a click away.
The Silverscreen photo effect turns your image into a frame of classic cinema. Under the hood, it’s applying an autofix, introducing some noise to make it look like film grain, and making curve adjustments that look moody and mysterious enough to make you pull up your trenchcoat collar before you set out on your secret rendezvous. On top of that, there’s a super light green filter—because that soft tinting is common with old film—to get the effect just right. See for yourself, here.
Black & White
This effect doesn’t give you the luxe contrast of Super B&W, but what you do get is a color picker! The Contrast filter field mimics the colored filters you stick on the front of your lens for black and white photography.
“Color for black and white?! What are you talking about??”
Well, glad you asked. The filter lets the brightness of its own color pass right through to the film, or sensor. It blocks the complementary color. Complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel. So, a color filter darkens its complementary color (plus the complementary color’s adjacent colors, but to a lesser extent). Ever wonder how Ansel Adams got his white clouds to pop out so much against a darkened blue sky? Red number 25, that’s how! Each color gives the image a completely unique look, so go try it out.
And hey! We added this neat lil button that rotates your crop area. Might not sound like much, but it’s convenient and time-saving, so, how could we not? Try it out here.
Fit to window
Next time you zoom, check out the little zoom menu in the lower-right corner of the canvas. It’s got a cute new button that will automatically fit your canvas to the size of your window. No biggie, until you really want it.
Keep your eyes peeled for more new stuff coming from PicMonkey, including our recent updates to Collage!
Some of these bad boys are Premium, so maybe it’s time for you to upgrade!