I was a total zero with editing when I first started this blog as you will probably notice in my earlier posts and video tutorials, however, I was lucky enough to stumble upon an online editing tool that offered amazing filters, editing options and tools without it being confusing. Perfect for a noobie like me! Before I got around using Photoshop, PicMonkey was my go to photo editing tool and I thought I would share this with those of you who want quick and seamless photos with that vintage, dreamy touch.
PicMonkey has a free and paid option, however, I highly recommend the free plan if you are in and out for a quick edit. Almost 75% of PicMonkey's features are free, so that is definitely a plus for those of you who are not photo editing maniacs like I am. I however, opted for the paid plan because I found it really cheap and I daresay it is almost as good as Photoshop.
4.99USD a month
33USD a year
Alright dudes, now on to the tutorial. I am going to show you how to achieve my signature vintage, dreamy look I always use for my photos. Although I do them now on Photoshop (thanks to hours and almost 10 months of practice), I always come back to PicMonkey for quick little touch ups. This tutorial will be done solely on PicMonkey alone. If you would like a tutorial on how I achieve my fashion or craft images in Photoshop, let me know in the comments below and I will cook something up for you guys.
Note: Left click on screenshots to enlarge.
STEP 1: UPLOAD A PICTURE ON PICMONKEY
Go to PicMonkey
STEP 2: GETTING TO KNOW FUNCTIONS
1) Basic editing tools (ie: image cropping, rotation, exposure, colors, resizing)
2) Filters, effects, and advanced editing tools (this is the magic that is PicMonkey)
3) Image touch up tools (used mainly for self portraits. There are tools to whiten teeth, remove blemishes on the face and so forth)
4) Fonts ( a huge variety of them. This, I use all the time)
5) Fun Overlays (cute little icons, emoticons, banners, doodles)
7) Textures (Upload your own textures, or use ready made ones from bokehs, to clouds, you decide)
8) New effects, textures, overlays arranged according to season, plus, new effects
STEP 3: ADJUST CURVES IN EFFECTS WINDOW
STEP 4: FUN PART! PHOTO FILTERS!
STEP 5: ADD GLOW EFFECT
This effect is optional, but I love that dreamy, fantasy like effect 'Sunglow' has when applied to a picture. This works especially well with landscapes. Now lets scroll down to the 'Sunglow' effect. Once you click on it, you will see something like in the screenshot above. Use your mouse and drag to move this effect to any part of your picture. I am going to put this somewhere on the top left and reduce the glow size to about 50% and fade it out to about 51%.
STEP 6: REDUCING CONTRAST
In photoshop, I usually achieve this using multiple layers.
STEP 7: TEXTURES
FINAL STEP: ADD VIGNETTE
Remember that these effects can be adjusted according to your picture. If you feel a little adventurous, try your own combination of effects and send me a picture! I would love to see your little vintage creations.
Below is a before and after of the picture we edited today. I hope you enjoyed this tiny tutorial and have a great weekend people of the internet!
Disclaimer: This image does not belong to me.