Here at PicMonkey, we’re not life coaches (though believe us, we’ve tried). But we do think there are some things you should get the most out of, like PicMonkey Premium. We’re constantly updating our Premium offerings to bring you the latest, greatest, spiffiest, niftiest editing experience this side of the internet, and we don’t want you to miss a thing.
So today, we’re going to walk you through our very favorite features, from well-known to up-and-coming, that make PicMonkey Premium a great life decision. Follow along and get down with your crown self!
Easy photo effects you’ll use again and again
No tour of Premium would be complete without a shoutout to Clone. Yes, Clone can solve stray hairs (and thumbs that have strayed into the edge of your shot), but that’s actually selling it short, because Clone’s fixer-upper powers are practically unlimited. Here’s a quick sampler of what Clone can accomplish:
- Smooth out noisy backgrounds.
- Hide scars and stains.
- Work like Airbrush to soften under-eye bags, laugh lines, and other distracting thingamajigs.
- Totally get rid of an object in your picture that for whatever reason, you don’t care for. You’re in charge! You can have whims and they don’t have to make sense to other people! Let them eat cake.
- Give you a dozen mouths.
Because who wouldn’t want a dozen mouths? But seriously, you could probably find a new use for Clone every day of the month—and actually use that use, since Clone’s as easy to learn as it is multipurpose.
Tip: If you’re having trouble getting the Clone tool to do what you want, one simple tip will help you out. Clone is dynamic: in other words, when you select a part of your image to clone, you’re really picking a starting point. Our Clone brush follows the movement of your cursor to copy a path within your image.
If you’re ever like, “Wait a minute, what am I cloning now?” look for the green circle. It shows you exactly where the tool is cloning from.
Mirror: the Effect
Once upon a time, PicMonkey had this cool tutorial for making a mirrored image in Collage. And we could’ve been like, “Cool, that’s happily ever after enough,” and ended it right there, but that’s not how we roll. Now we have an entire Mirror effect! Look it up in the Effects tab under Artsy, and marvel at how gorgeous and flexible it is.
Save your own custom effects
Next time you come up with a killer combo of photo effects, immortalize them in PicMonkey. With one click of Save custom effect (located at the top of the Effects tab), Premium members can save any combination of photo effects to use next time they sign in.
Edit after saving with PicMonkey Hub
Hub is PicMonkey’s sweet storage platform that’s just for Premium users. When you open pics from Hub, you can edit text and overlays that you previously saved. In case you’re missing the potentially earth shattering ramifications of this feature, this will allow you to start and stop editing projects at will, fix typos and misaligned overlays without having to start from scratch, and it’s a great way to build and use templates for your monthly community bake sale.
Hub allows you to access all your photos, whether you’re online or using the PicMonkey mobile app. Plus, you can rest easy knowing that Hub is keeping all your photos cozy and warm.
Chic-it-up with designer-crafted templates
Speaking of templates, PicMonkey now comes with a library of beautiful designs that you can fully customize to fit your needs. Having Premium gives you access to each and every template in our trove and because you have Hub, it’s easy to save and reuse your designs. Whether you need an invitation for a wedding or a birthday party, or you’re looking to up your personal brand with some slick business cards, with Premium you get the best of the best.
The best and most popular Touch up effects
Premium unlocks the full capabilities of PicMonkey’s touch up tools, including rock stars like Airbrush, Wrinkle Remover, and Nip Tuck. (And of course, the aforementioned and ever-astounding Clone. It’s so good, it’s in two tabs!) Whether you’re looking to work miracles or monstrosities, there’s something in the Premium toolkit for you.
Can you still do some fabulous touching up without Premium? Yeah, you can, but think of it this way: would you rather have just the Incredible Hulk, or all the Avengers?
That’s what we thought.
Expanded design capabilities
Text effects (and the fonts that make them worthwhile)
We’re proud to offer our PicMonkey Premium members not one, not two, but three premium text effects you can apply to any font, ours or yours. And by “text effects” we mean “DROP SHADOW PARTY.” Use drop shadow every zippity-doo-dah day, you guys. Make up reasons to send people cards so you can outfit the text with drop shadow. Tell your mom you love her with drop shadow! You can’t take it with you, but you can put a sweet drop shadow on it.
(Now we feel bad for Knockout and Inner Shadow. They’re good text effects too. Maybe you should give them a try so they don’t feel like we just called Drop Shadow our favorite kid.)
Not to mention that Premium gives you access to some of our very choicest fonts, like the perpetually useful Futura Medium and high-end Channel. More fonts > more design options > more outlets for your creativity.
The best flower overlays
Flowers aren’t just reminders of our eventual mortality, kids. They’re also some of PicMonkey’s secret overlay powerhouses. Here’s a couple things you can do with our Premium-level flower overlays:
- Use Vintage Blossoms to give your projects a dainty, antiquarian feel.
- Build your own graphic garden with a custom combo of Leafy Stems and Floral overlays.
- Give graphics a mod flavor with a minimalist color palette and overlays from Bursting Blossoms.
You may or may not know that PicMonkey’s based outta Seattle, so it only makes sense that we’d give a nod to our chief export (aside from coffee): grunge. Look no further than Grunge Labels. These overlays are spattery, unpolished, and oozing with cool—and you can only get ‘em with Premium. Try rocking a grunge label on one of these projects:
- Create a gig poster—whether it’s for your friend’s band, or for a fictional concert by the Weird Sisters from Harry Potter.
- Add some anti-establishment flair to your Etsy wares by making labels and thank-you cards that feature grunge overlays.
- Art it up! Add multiple grunge labels to the same image and make ‘em partially transparent. Adjust their color, size, blend modes, and fade until you’ve hit big, bold, colorful perfection.
In-cell editing for Collage
Sometimes, we like to razzle and dazzle our Premium members with photo-editing pyrotechnics and feats of design derring-do. But we love style and substance, so we get just as jazzed about those solid, reliable features that quietly workhorse their way into your heart. The ones that make your life that much easier and your projects that much better.
Enter in-cell Collage editing. With a pared-down list of effects and streamlined basic edits, in-cell Collage editing may seem like it’s no big. But it’s actually a huge big, because it makes it way easier to give every image in your collage a unified look. Not to mention, if you wanna go to town and unleash the full power of the Editor, you can send an individual image to the Editor for a makeover, then bop back to Collage without losing your progress.
A front-row seat to the next big thing
Last but not least: we’re always adding new Premium features. So if you have a Premium account, you’ve got front-row seats to whatever new and shiny awesomeness we have cookin’. That means every time you catch a new feature on the blog or in email, and you think, “Oh, man, that sounds cool,” you can rest in the knowledge that as a Premium member, it’s already yours.
Although you probably won’t wanna rest at that point. And why would you?? There’s stuff to edit!
So tallyho, you majestic monarchs. And if you’ve got a favorite Premium feature we didn’t mention here, drop us a line and let us know!
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