My Official Picmonkey Review!
Welcome to my official Picmonkey review! If you’ve stumbled here, then you’ve been curious about this cool tool and its design interface. As a subscriber for about a year and a half, I’m prepared to give you the straight dope. Are you a designer looking for a tool you can use anywhere you’ve got Internet access?
Have you been exploring and comparing different graphic programs to see how they size up?
Or perhaps you’re a blogger like me, and you know that images are everything.
I read somewhere that images have 80% more emotional “pull” than written text 😲 (!)
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Holy cr@p, I spend HOURS on my image designing. Don’t get the wrong idea, it’s fun work and all, but I probably spend more time editing my photos than my articles! That’s exactly how important images are in this day and age.
Something you saw that made you smile, or laugh, or even cry has a way of staying with you. Ergo, I need equally great tools, to emphasize it!
There are many to explore here, and there are new ones being added periodically, which I will cover too.
I use Picmonkey and Photoshop, among a few other tools, to create designs for products I carry (print on demand coffee mugs, tees and tote bags) in my Etsy boutique. At the present, it’s just a little side hustle; I don’t do as much to it until Q4 is approaching (summer is sloooow)!
(Here is the shameless self-promotional link for my shop if you want to have a look 😁 . It’s also in the sidebar )
The main features are access to photo editing and creating designs..You can start with one of the dozens of pre-designed templates, or you can start from from scratch. I do both.
Templates far and wide include pre-designed for social media platforms, website banners, greeting cards, invites, business cards, infographics, flyers, and more. All of the elements present on the templates can be manipulated or changed.
I find them a huge time-saver on those days when I just want to have a nice ready-made layout that I can swap out the pictures and headline for my own, slap on a few flourishes and be good to go!
This is something that has been introduced recently; I noticed this the other day when the pop-up box for saving displayed “Private” or “Shared” view. This new feature allows for team collaboration on designs, real-time feedback sharing and commenting.
People on your team can be added via email or a special link and have viewer access to works in progress ( you can choose who to grant permission to and for what purposes) as well as co-edit works in progress.
If you’re part of a design firm or something similar and looking for a great way to make your workflow more efficient, this can be a great time-saver! As for how well this feature works, I can’t comment since I haven’t tried it; as I’m pretty much a solo-preneur. I will say if I had an opportunity to work with someone, I have no qualms about it.
Store Your Designs in Picmonkey’s Hub
The Hub feature really rocks – it’s where I keep all my designs when I want to go back and finish them later, or if I want to take one and change a few elements instead of starting from scratch.
Best of all, I can label designs that fit a certain category and when I want to retrieve something, I know just where to look!
For the price of gourmet coffee,I have access to 1 GB of space with the Basic plan …I’m not sure how much that is, but I have plenty of room; ever so often I do a de-clutter and delete the stuff I don’t need anymore.
I really love this one…Have you ever dealt with the sudden loss of your work when something on your computer crashed out of the blue? Bummer, right? The Autosave feature, which has been instigated since last fall, keeps that from happening.
Only negative I notice, is that when I am attempting to type out longer sentences, I find that some of the letters are missing. I believe that this is due to “data caching”.
Mobile App Option
You can also download the Picmonkey App for your android or IOS device. I attempted to download the app sometime last night but I got informed indirectly that my device is incompatible , unfortunately 😞
If you want to use the Picmonkey app, you need to at least have “Lollipop” which is equivalent to 5.0. Not being a techie type, I found out my phone – a three year old Samsung – is running version 4.3, also known as Jelly Bean.
My “other” device, a Kindle Fire tablet, isn’t compatible either, so I guess that’s just the breaks.
In a nutshell:
♣ Lots of fonts to choose from
♣ Lots of pre-designed templates suited to various projects, including social media graphics, cards, invites, etc.
♣ Library of vector graphics is varied (and appealing)
♣ Autosave feature keeps your work from getting lost in case of Murphy’s Law
♣ Storage Hub feature to keep all your designs handy, as well as the ability to label them
♣ Shared Spaces option for interactive team collaboration
Only real con that I have to mention, is the lack of a royalty free stock image library, something that a few other online tools offer….Not something I have any issue with. As for my photo endeavors, I take my own photos most of the time, but I also use a few from Creative Commons CC0.
(“CC0” means they can be reused or modified – as long as you include the attribution link) Not hard to do .
I guess the other con may be the possibility that you may not be able to download the mobile app if like me, your phone or tablet is a little older.
Price and Subscription Plans
I’m happy to report that I do get my money’s worth, especially since I’m using Picmonkey just about every day. I remember back in 2016, when I first started this blog and tried them out, it looked like there was a totally free plan; some features were accessible and some weren’t, indicated by a little crown icon,
I think that there was a upgrade plan called “Royale” and you had two options, “Premium” and “Supremium”. These were the monikers given until the middle of last year, when I first became a paid subscriber.
You can play around with the different tools, but when you’re ready to save or download your work, you do have to chose a paid subscription , however you do get a week long free trial.
The plans are, respectively, “Basic” “Pro” and “Team”. The “Team” option is best for groups of 3 or more – it’s like a group discount.
👍The Picmonkey Verdict
Picmonkey is an indispensable part of my toolbox – save for not being able to try out the mobile app which has been the only negative for me so far. I do use a variety of tools from time to time, but this one gets my vote for most features and best value.
So whether you are a designer, an entrepreneur, or a member of a creative firm, I hope this information will be helpful for you, and good luck to you as well!