Hub, Hub, Hooray! Get to Know PicMonkey’s Smart Storage

Hub, Hub, Hooray! Get to Know PicMonkey’s Smart Storage
July 25, 2016 Tanya Friedland

Let’s talk about PicMonkey’s image storage platform, Hub. It’s a nifty feature that lets you edit your images after you’ve saved them—and it’s included with your PicMonkey subscription! Hub also lets you keep all your photos in one convenient location, so it’s easy to pull them up when you want to edit them. No more emailing (*shudder*) your mobile pictures to your computer in order to work on them in PicMonkey.com. With Hub, they’re literally one click away!

Hub works a little bit differently for PicMonkey.com vs. the PicMonkey mobile app, so hold onto your eyebrows while we fly through the different features.

Using Hub with PicMonkey.com

“This Hub-majig sounds cool,” we hear you saying. “But how would I use it?”

Let’s say you’re in the middle of a really intense design sesh, when you look at the time and realize that you’re about to be late to your championship adult kickball game. The team needs you! But you’re not done with your design and you’re not totally sure that the text is the right font. Normally, you’d either save the picture how it is, or you wouldn’t save and hope that when you come back to it later, you won’t have to start again from scratch.

You can easily open images stored in Hub when you're already working in the PicMonkey Editor.

To add an image to Hub, click Save in the top toolbar.

Save your images to Hub, PicMonkey's integrated storage system, and you can re-edit them later.

…give ‘er a title and click Save.

But when you add your image to Hub, you can go to the game and win with the blazing focus of a thousand suns, since you won’t need to worry about the precarious fate of your project. Simply click Save in the top toolbar, title that sucker, then click the Save button underneath your title.

Boom! You’ve saved an image to Hub.

When you want to edit again, hover over Edit, Touch Up, or Collage on the homepage and then select Hub from among the storage options. Find the image you want in Hub and then re-open it by clicking it and then clicking Edit.

Open Hub, PicMonkey's integrated storage system, from the PicMonkey.com homepage.

To open an image from Hub select My Hub from your storage options…

Add pictures and designs to PicMonkey's Hub and you can re-edit them later.

…then select the image you want and click Edit.

Here’s where that re-editing magic happens: With trophy safely in hand, you can change your graphics and text even though you already saved the image. Fix that typo you hadn’t noticed ’til now and consider yourself part of the image-making hall of fame. When you’re ready to save your updated version to Hub, click Save, just like you did before. If you want to keep both the original and updated versions of your image in Hub, click Save a copy. To replace the first version with the latest version in Hub, click Update.

Bulk uploading with Hub

In addition to adding an image to Hub from the Editor, you can also add multiple images directly to Hub from the homepage. To bulk upload, just select Hub from among the storage options on the homepage and click Upload in the top right corner. This will allow you to upload multiple images to Hub from your computer. You can also drag image files from your desktop and drop them straight into Hub.

Storing collages in Hub

You didn’t think we forgot about Collage, did you?! Collages have their own home in Hub, separate from other images. To see your collages in Hub, click Collages above the gallery. It also happens that collages behave a little differently than other Hub-saved images. When you open a collage from Hub, you’ll be able to change all the collage-y things about it, like the layout, photos, number of cells, and background color (to name a few).

Collages stored in PicMonkey's Hub can be re-edited later.

Collage layouts are re-editable if they’ve been opened from Hub.

However, if you added text or graphics to photos in the cells, those images will be flattened and won’t be editable the next time you open them.

Using Hub with PicMonkey mobile

If you’re using our mobile app, there’s more Hub mojo to love. When you want to edit a photo on your phone or iPad that’s stored to Hub, tap the Hub icon on the bottom of the app’s home screen. Ta-da! You’re in Hub. Tap the picture you want to glamorize and get editing.

Use Hub (PicMonkey's integrated storage feature) to access pictures and designs on your mobile devices and PicMonkey's desktop tools.

To open an image from Hub, tap Hub (the monkey icon) in the bottom-right corner of the PicMonkey app.

It’s important to note that, unlike saving to Hub from PicMonkey.com, everything gets flattened when saved from mobile. Text and graphics that stay editable on PicMonkey.com become embedded into the image once they’re opened on your mobile device, so you can’t make changes to them. Collages behave just like regular pictures. However, you can always layer on new effects, text, etc.

To save a picture to Hub from the PicMonkey app, open a picture from your phone or iPad, tap Save in the top right corner and you can choose Hub from the save options.

Save pictures (like this pic of blue feathers) to Hub from your phone or iPad, and you can access them on PicMonkey.com.

To save a photo to Hub, tap Save in the upper-right corner and tap Hub from the pop up menu.

Unlike Hub on the website, when you save a pic to Hub on mobile, it always creates a copy if there’s an original already in Hub. To declutter, just tap the photo you want to delete from Hub, then tap Delete (the trashcan icon).

Using Collections in Hub

You can also keep your Hub squeaky clean with Collections, our built-in photo organization system. Have a bunch of summer vacation photos, brand assets, and pet pics floating around in your Hub? Group them into “Summer Vaca,” “Brand assets,” and “Cute pet pics” collections, and find what you’re looking for supa fast. Collections show up in your Hub on PicMonkey.com and in the PicMonkey mobile app, so you can easily find that one photo or design you’re after wherever you roam.

If you have any questions about Hub, be sure to check out our Help center help pages or drop us a line.

 

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Tanya Friedland
Tanya is a copywriter at PicMonkey, a company that has greatly improved her life by allowing her to Zombify her friends and Santa-ify her enemies. A native Seattleite, she dreams of one day being a contestant on The Price Is Right.