Picmonkey vs Photoshop: Comparing Two Really Awesome Tools
Let’s compare two highly popular graphic design tools…Picmonkey vs Photoshop….Who wins? Which one is right for you and YOUR needs? Whether you’re working on greeting cards, invites, or some of the projects here that involve paper or cardstock….it’s going to make things a little easier.
These 2 are my favorite tools and the ones I use the most often. Per the advice of some of my blogging buddies. I’ve been a Picmonkey subscriber for about 2 years, and a happy one too. Prior to, I was using some other free venues, some good and some with limitations (or annoying ads).
Photoshop, on the other hand, is de rigueur if your whole career is photography. Now let’s dive in …
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Features, In’s and Out’s of Picmonkey
Both Picmonkey and Photoshop will let you do amazing things with graphics. I use them both to craft designs for products in my Etsy shop, and I use Picmonkey almost exclusively to edit and embellish all my pictures right here on this blog.
Let’s take a look at Picmonkey first – If your goals include doing things like creating designs for greeting cards, invitations and labels for cute storage bottles, you will have a plethora of excellent graphics and templates at your fingertips.
In addition, you will have ample access to basic, and not so basic, photo editing tools, so if you want to embellish those latest photo vacations with color overlays, filters, or frame cutouts, it’s in your hands.
Templates are available including all those reflecting major holidays and social occasions.and come in preset sizes including:
- Flyers and posters
- Business cards
- Website banners
- Social media graphics
This is an example of the social media templates…As you can see it’s got all the bigwigs!
Generally these are the pros and cons…
- Wide range of preset templates and graphics
- A web-based platform, so there is nothing to download or register.
- “Hub” storage feature lets you save and manage works in progress.
- Social/Team Collaboration feature
- Autosave keeps your work from getting lost
- Doesn’t have some of the more advanced photo editing tools
Features, In’s and Outs of Photoshop
Photoshop has been around since Hector was a pup; my first experience dates back to graphic art class in 2005, in which the version I was using was CS2. We were having to master a lot of info in short order and having to hit the ground running.
If you are kind of “green” like I was, you may find yourself getting overwhelmed at the work space with all these tools at your disposal and not knowing what all of them do. Even today three are some tools I have no idea about. Because photography is its bread and butter, I think Photoshop is best suited to career photographers.
- More sophisticated photo editing tools
- Supports many file types
- Supports social sharing
- Offers a subscription service in addition to software
- The latest software edition may be expensive
- May be a tad advanced for someone looking to explore the niche of photo editing
What Are the Key Differences?
In my humble opinion, Photoshop works best for professional photographers, people looking to do video editing, things like that. If you are a blogger like me or a creative hobbyist, you need a platform with a ready to access graphics at your fingertips. I think you would enjoy what Picmonkey has to offer.
Here are some not so obvious differences to keep in mind:
- Picmonkey uses a web-based platform so there is nothing to download or register. Photoshop is mainly a software program on its own, however it has evolved now to also have a subscription service offered, which may give you some flexibility (See section about Price)
- Picmonkey supports 3 main file types (jpeg, psd, and png) but Photoshop supports a wide range.
- They both offer social sharing and team collaboration options.
- Although both include helpful tutorials on site, I find Photoshop to have more of a “learning curve”
- Picmonkey has an extensive amount of graphics and templates to work with already in one spot. If you want to use templates for your work on Photoshop, you may end up having to create an account with Adobe Stock, which would be an extra fee (although you do get one month on the house!)
👍I Can Save and Organize My Work Like a BOSS on Picmonkey!
With Picmonkey you have access to something called a “Hub” where you can store all your files and works in progress. Another cool feature of the Hub storage is that I can create different sections for different project types.
I have created one “Collection” for my Etsy shop designs and one for my blog images here, as you can see below:
👉 A Few Quirks To Keep in Mind:)
One thing I ran into the other day, I can’t just select certain layers a la carte and merge them together over in the Picmonkey image editor…Either it’s not present or I haven’t discovered it yet.
When I work in Photoshop, I just tick off the layers I want to merge and hit “merge visible” from the drop-down menu.
The second quirky thing now, since the update, my text layers sometimes have missing letters….I sometimes have to go back in and retype. I think that due to the new Autosave feature maybe it is the result of file caching or something??
I find that I have to counteract this by breaking down long sentences by creating a new text layer for each of them, as you can see in the work above. Annoying maybe, but definitely not a deal-breaker.
It’s a drop in the bucket to get access to all the great features in Picmonkey I’ve described above!
I have the Basic plan which is $7.99 per month. There are 2 other upgrades, Pro, and Team, which is best for groups. It’s best to choose the annual subscription as it’ll give you the best deal.
With the Basic plan, I have access to 1 GB of storage with the Hub feature…That’s more than I need as I delete some of my stuff periodically. Pro and Team will give you unlimited storage with the Hub.
With the Pro / Team plan you also get the addition of email support, the ability to upload your own fonts, and the option to export pdf files. Three additional benefits…There’s scads of fonts so I didn’t need that option, so the Basic plan suits me just fine.
Cost of Photoshop – Depends on if you’re buying or renting!
Photoshop’s latest edition can be a one-time cost if you’re looking to have your own software for your personal use -but it can be steep. My late husband had “sticker shock” when doing a little comparison shopping there, but later on he discovered you can choose a Creative Cloud membership plan instead that is about $20 per month. which is the least expensive way to get started
Although you can do even better, and choose their Photoshop/Lightroom sub, which is 9.99 a month and an AWESOME deal, if you really want to brush up on your photo retouching skills.
The only way to acquire a less expensive copy to call your own is to look for an older version. However you want to perform due diligence here, as most likely it was preowned, it was previously registered.
This chart below may prove helpful in seeing side by side features more easily.
|Type||Web-based||Software and web-based|
|File Formats Supported||Png and Jpeg|
Pro/Team plan: Pdf, Png and Jpeg
|Png, Jpeg, Eps, Tiff, Gif, Pdf|
|Mobile device access?||Yes - iPhone, iPad||Yes, iPhone, iPad|
|Tutorials on site?||Yes||Yes|
|File storage||1 GB (Basic plan)|
Unlimited with the Pro and Team
|100 GB, 20 GB if you choose the Photography plan|
|Price||Basic is $7.99/mo ($72/yr) Pro is $12.99/mo ($120/yr) and Team is $33.99 ($300/yr)||Cloud subscription is $20.99 (single app)($239.88/yr) Photoshop plus Lightroom is $9.99/mo.|
|Free Trial?||Yes - 7 days||Yes - 7 days|
I realize this was a lot of information to digest in one place….I hope it will be helpful for you though, and set you on the path to creating graphics and editing photos galore as your needs are seeing fit.
Good luck to you and let me know what you find, and how well it works for you!