I have been using PicMonkey since 2014. I am loyal and love how simple it is to use. Here are my top 5 reasons why I love it!
1. The Hub
You get 1 GB of Hub online storage with the Basic plan, which is enough for us bloggers. I love it because I can access the images from my phone via the PicMonkey App. This makes is so simple to download images I create in PicMonkey on computer to my phone so I can post on Instagram. This is a huge time and headache saver for me. I know it seems like a simple concept, but not having to save the image, then load it to another file share/cloud tool that I then have to access separately is so convenient. At first I was not into the HUB because I thought I could just figure it out myself, but once I really learned how it worked – I was sold!
2. The Templates
I know that most online graphic tools have templates. But I’ve found that PicMonkey’s are the best and easiest to use. While yes, sometimes you need to make a graphic specific size for your website, its nice to have the premade templates for Facebook Covers, Instagram, and especially Pinterest. I usually use the template for inspiration and design because I’m not that creative. I especiallly love the holiday themed templates.
They even have video and YouTube templates, etsy page templates, kindle ebook cover templates, apple book cover templates and more. This creates the size you need without having to think about it.
3. The Mobile App
I know I mentioned the Mobile App in number 1, but I its more than just access to the Hub. You can pull in photos from your phone or create a new graphic right there in the app. Again, they’ve made it simple and quick. On the app you can edit a photo, upload photos in a group, access the hub or create a new
4. The Intuitive Functionality
Somehow, PicMonkey intuitively knows what size to import an image. Whether is one of theirs or one of your own you’re pulling in. I am always amazed that it can usually pop it into the image at almost exactly the size I needed. they must have some kind of voodoo magic code algorithm thingy that tells the tool what size to make the graphic or image based on the canvas size and other graphics already present. Anyhow, I really appreciate it and the time it saves me.
Also, it somehow knows whether to add text as black or white depending on where you click to add it in the graphic. If you’re adding to a darker area, it makes it white automatically. So convenient! Additionally, it remembers things as well, such as I always save my images as jpg low res, after two or three times of saving it that way, it does it automatically.
I guess for me, its the little things that make a big difference. But any tool that’s going to save me time is aces in my book!
5. The Graphics and Themes
The graphics are super fun and there are so many. They are constantly adding new ones. They refresh them for upcoming holidays as well. This is a great way to keep your graphic fresh. Additionally, they are customizable. For example, I didn’t like the colors of a 4 leaf clover for St. Patricks Day, so I just adjusted. So simple!
Here are a few of the ones I use most often;