Photos and Fun: Picture Yourself Using PicMonkey and Finding Time!

Photos and Fun 1Photos are fun to share and use online.  If you have an online business, you know that images and photos are a big draw and a key component of effective marketing.  And it goes without saying that in social networking venues, attractive and interesting photos are what gets shared first and most often. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter … and increasingly, Linkedin, too … are teeming with visual images.

Your Photos or Someone Else’s?

Photos and Fun Warhol StyleIt can be very difficult to find nice images to use that aren’t costly.  My online colleague Shelley Webb offers an excellent free report titled “20 Great Royalty-Free Image Sites for Blogs” that we have used often to help find free images that we can use without violating someone’s copyright protections.

But more and more, we are finding it easy (and enjoyable) to use our own images for blog posts, infographics, and sharing on social networks.

Photos and Photo Editors

Photos and Fun 2Using our own photos is fun – and we don’t worry about royalties or copyrights.  And along the way we have learned a bit about photo editors.

My VA is primarily a PC user, so she is familiar with Microsoft’s tools for working with photos.  Unfortunately, the replacement of Microsoft Photo Editor with Microsoft Picture Manager has meant a decline in Microsoft’s photo-editing capabilities.  The designer that I work with is well-versed in Adobe Photoshop – and that continues to be a powerful and flexible tool for her work with graphics.

Photos and Fun with FocusBut for smaller jobs that we want to be able to complete fast and have some fun with, we are finding that PicMonkey is a tool that meets those needs … and then some!  Throughout this post you’ll see an image of our barn, with some PicMonkey effects applied – all in a matter of minutes.  You can click on any of the photos to open up a larger version for a closer look.

PicMonkey is free, easy to use, and offers quite a nice number of options.  Here’s a quick video that shows some of the ways that you can use PicMonkey:

Photos. Fun, and Finding Time

Photos and Fun 3So, I highly recommend PicMonkey for working with photos for your blog or website.  Flexible and fun to use – the only possible drawback that I see is that it may be so much fun that you need to limit the time you spend playing with it.  (Try using a timer to make sure you stop and move on to other tasks when you need to!)

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have no material connection with PicMonkey and have not received any compensation for sharing this content.

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