Recent Site Improvements: See What's Different

If you’ve noticed that the PicMonkey environment looks a little different lately, that’s cuz we’re sprucing up the joint! Based on your feedback and requests for more design space to work in, we’re making improvements to the site layout and functionality over the next few weeks — and we think you’re gonna dig them. As we roll out the changes, we are committed to keeping you informed and educated about what's different and why it's better. 

As the updates are implemented, you can bet you’ll find more info right here. As always, if you have any questions please contact our knowledgeable support team for additional assistance. 

Thursday, June 18: Streamlined navigation in the editor

What’s different?

We’ve cleaned up the top and bottom navigation bars, added a File dropdown menu to consolidate the file functions like Create new and Edit a copy, made the editor window “closable,” and moved a couple of the bottom navigation palettes into a single Settings icon. 

Why the change? 

To make more room for editing to provide to a cleaner, sleeker aesthetic in line with other modern-day software programs.

A sleeker top navigation menu

Perhaps the first big change you’ll notice is that the old navigation menu at the top of PicMonkey is now gone. Don’t be alarmed! All that stuff is still right at your fingertips, just tucked away a little better so that you have more room to work.

Top navigation bar

  • The CREATE NEW button is now in the File dropdown menu. (see #1 below)

  • HUB is accessible by simply clicking the “X” in the upper right corner (see #4 below).

  • EDITOR  if you’re not in the Editor, then you’re on your homepage. You seriously can’t get lost.

  • TEMPLATES are accessed from the left tools tab.

  • LEARN is now its own dropdown menu on the right (see #3 below).

Secondary toolbar

  • Add an image: Clicking on “Photos” in the left toolbar will show you the “Add your own image” button. From here, you can choose where you want to add a photo from. 

  • Smart Resize: On the new navigation bar, over on the left by the File menu

  • Edit a copy: Find it under the File menu (see #1 below).

  • Download and Share: On the new navigation bar, over on the right side.

Walk me through the new stuff

See the corresponding numbered sections below to learn what has changed in these particular areas of the editor.

1. File dropdown menu

The new File dropdown menu consolidates a number of functions that were previously taking up space on the secondary navigation bar. Now when you open the File menu you’ll find “Create new” relocated to here, as well as “Edit a copy”.

Also, you can move or rename your file from this menu without having to go to Hub. “Close” closes out the editor and returns you to the Homepage (see #4 below), while “Settings” launches the new “Settings icon” (see #6 below) where the Alignment & Grid, and the Workspace palettes are located.

2. File name & save status

The name of the file you are working on has relocated front-and-center on the top navigation bar. Here you can rename the file by clicking on the name. Clicking the “Saved to Hub” caret allows you to move your file into any of your folders, or you can create a new folder for your file.

3. “Learn” dropdown menu

We shifted “Learn” over to the top right and made it a dropdown menu so you can quickly find what you want to know in the blog or in the help sections. Previously “Learn” was on the top navigation bar alongside Hub, Editor, and Templates.

  • Getting started will take you to the PicMonkey 101 section of the blog where you’ll basic tutorials to get you up to speed.

  • Tips & Tutorials goes to the main blog page. 

  • What’s New is the page where we announce new features like tools, graphics, and templates. 

  • Help & Support connects you to our searchable help section where you can find answers about your account, technical difficulties, and how stuff works in PicMonkey.

4. “X” to close the editor window

In the upper right corner of the editor window you’ll now see an “X” which will allow you to close the editor window, taking you back to the homepage where Hub is located. You can also close the editor window from the new File dropdown menu (see #1 above).

5. Collapsible tool tabs column

On the left of the editor are all your tools — effects, photos, graphics, templates, etc. — you can now expand and collapse this tabs column to make more room for editing. Just hover on the border until you see the two-way arrow cursor, then click!

6. Settings icon

On the bottom navigation bar in the editor we’ve done away with separate Grid & Alignment and Workspace palettes and instead combined them under one new Settings icon. Use these setting options to configure your canvas, and to customize the work area surrounding your canvas.

7. Account details on homepage

To see your current account settings like subscription level, billing status, and referral program progress, click on your name in the upper right corner of the Homepage.

Monday, May 11: Hub is now your homepage

What’s different?

Hub, your cloud-based storage system in PicMonkey, is not a separate destination anymore. Now when you sign in to PicMonkey, your Hub and your Homepage are one and the same. Easier, right?

Why the change? 

So you can jump right into your projects after signing in. 

Let's walk through the new stuff

Check out each numbered section below to learn what is new and improved in the corresponding area of your new PicMonkey homepage.

1. The Home icon

The Home icon is new to the top of the Hub menu. Click it whenever you are in your Brand Kit or in a folder to get back to the main Hub/Homepage. You’ll notice that the “Recents” folder is gone. All your recent projects are in the Unsorted folder, or accessible from the top row — “Auto-saved to my Hub”.

2. Brand Kit

The Brand Kit icon lives at the top of the Hub menu for easy access. When you are in Brand Kit, click the Home icon to return to your main Hub homepage.

3. Your Hub Folders

These are still your private folders, viewable for your eyes only. It’s easier to make a new private folder now — just click the “+” sign.

4. Shared Hub Folders

These are your shareable spaces, same as before. You can now collapse the Shared Folders section of the menu by clicking the “^” carat. So space saving!

5. HUB on the top navigation bar

The Hub link on the top navigation still functions as before, but head’s up! With the improvements we’re making, you won’t need this navigation bar anymore, so it’ll be going away to make more space for designing. We will keep you posted.

6. Scroll arrows to view recent projects

Your recents will always be in this top row on your homepage. Click the ”<” and “>” arrows to scroll through your recent projects.

Notification bell tells you what’s new

We replaced that huge right panel announcing new features with a trim little notification bell. 

When we have something new to tell you, you’ll see an orange dot and you should definitely click it to find out what’s up! 

  • We’ll let you know about new features and link you to tutorials on how to use them. 

  • We’ll announce when we’ve made improvements to the site and link you to this page with further explanation. 

  • And comments left on your shared files will still live here, too.

We’re always striving to serve our customers while adding powerful features to continually increase the value of your subscription. We welcome your feedback, so let us know what you think by clicking that little smiley face icon in the upper right corner next to the bell. Thanks for being a valued PicMonkeyer!

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Sarah Gonzales is the content marketing manager at PicMonkey. Over time she’s evolved from a cat to a dog person, a Diet Coke to a La Croix person, and a heels to a flats person. However, she will forever remain loyal to the LA Dodgers, coffee, and Mac products. She’s still deciding if she’s a city or a country person having sampled both after living in Alaska, Los Angeles, San Francisco, (Alaska again), and now Seattle.