11 May 2012

New Photo Trick Up My Sleeve

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

Searching for a Picnik replacement, 
I have been experimenting with free online photo editors such as

So far I found PicMonkey to be the most user-friendly editor,
coupled with Picasa

I stumbled upon PicMonkey's 'Highlights' feature
which is intended for highlighting hair

But I found when I want to pinpoint color adjustment, this does the trick

A recent Stockholm photo is my newest canvas
You can see I am starting to put red on the closest building

I don't feel it is cheating;
it is adjusting the image to emulate the way it looked (or felt) in person

Besides, photography can be artistic expression
So get your edit on, girl
Guilt free :)

Below is a raw photo of Sissinghurst Garden in Kent

The photo has potential, but the person needs to be cropped out,
the browns are the same, and the blue window pane has no pop

As with most photos, I adjusted the lighting to increase contrast
but this was my first attempt to 'paint' with the Highlights feature

Unlike Saturate/Burst,
I was able to change the undertones of each brown item
to provide subtle contrast
{ green-brown door, red-brown patio }

I used 'Burn' to accentuate the cracks in the door
and 'Dark Edges' to finish the photo

It was so fun!
Quite a transformation, eh?

I admit I'm a fan of the 'Weight Loss' feature too :)

- all photos by me -

More: PicMonkey


Sunray Gardens said...

It's always fun learning new things. Looks like a decent program.

Cher Sunray Gardens

Rustic Vintage Country said...

I love PicMonkey, been using it for some time along with Photoscape. I like what your doing to the buildings, no worse than the touch ups the famous get! x

Ariana said...

I have never used a photo editing program before, but now I will definitely have a look and see what I can do! I really love the results on your last photo. Thanks!

miss b said...

Interesting - the difference in the last photo is amazing. Will check this out - thanks.

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Laura,

Thanks for the info! Coincidentally, I just posted a tutorial earlier this week about editing your old photos with Picasa. I used my pictures from our trip to Ireland (and a few from England) to demonstrate what you can do. I'm planning to do some posts later this summer about our trip to England. I hope you'll try to check them out. It was a short, but fun trip.

Are you enjoying your new home? I'm sure you're looking forward to summer in England. That must be the best time of year there. And this year you've got the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend.


Priscilla said...

I've been using the monkey, too. Between the PGTips monkey and this one, my live has become a ZOO

Chelsey said...

Oh, did you just fall in love with Stockholm? <3

Pondside said...

I've looked at Pic Monkey but haven't had time to play yet - but what fun it seems to be. That second photo says it all.

Laura said...

I'm so jealous that you got to go to Sissinghurst! I think I could just spend a lifetime mooching around the gardens there! Love the beefed up shot and thanks for the Monkey tip. Lx

ZielonaMila said...

Fantastic place. I am greeting

Down by the sea said...

That looks like fun amazing the difference in the Sissinghurst picture! I will have to give it a go.
Sarah x

Jill said...

love it...go-to girl x

Emma said...

Wow! I am impressed! Will definitely investigate photo editing sites today! x

Filipa said...

Back in 2008 I almost went to Stockholm... but then work didn't let me.. :(
Hope I can visit soon.

greenthumb said...

Like what your doing with your photos.

Me said...

THanks for this - really appreciate the apps you suggested. Love what you have done with the photos - good work !

Thanks again and have a great weekend !

barefoot mama said...

I really miss picnik:(( thank you soooooo much for the suggestions!!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Popping over now to see your post :) Yes, this year is very busy with Union Jacks everywhere!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

It was LOVELY!!! And the people were the friendliest!

Jane said...

Loving your work, Sweetheart! I'm also trialling iPiccy which is promising imminent integration with Flickr which would be my dream. Fingers crossed! J x

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I forgot about that one. I'll need to trial it too! Thanks for the reminder :)

laurak@forestwalkart said...

NICE!! i'll check out your suggestions!!
have a happy weekend & mom's day!

likeschocolate said...

I will have to revisit them again! I did when they first came out, but wasn't as impressed as I was with picnik. Great photo edit!

Beth said...

I'm just starting to get to grips with picmonkey and so far I like what I see. Your last shot just shows the power of a bit of editing. Great stuff.

Privet and Holly said...

Wow, Mrs. M, that
is SUPER cool!

I love Picmonkey and
it is now my go to for
editing. Wish I had more
time to play, like this!

xo Suzanne

GirlSprout said...

I miss Picnik. It was so easy to use. I'm trying Picasa now, but it doesn't have the breadth. GIMP and Fotoflexer were also suggested to me. I'll add Pic Monkey to my list of options.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I'm going to add Fotoflexer to my list. Thank you :)

Tina @ Girl Meets Globe said...

I recently discovered pixlr.com. I have a thing for photo filters and they have a nice selection of them.
I'm going to enjoy looking through your blog as we anticipate moving to England in February!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Good luck on your move! Email me if you have any questions ;)

Kate and Russ said...

PicMonkey is my favorite so far, too. It doesn't totally replace my beloved Picnik, but it's the closest I've found so far.

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

wow that editing software is amazing! I'm currently doing a photography course so will check it out pronto! xx

Jane said...

You know how much I adored this post, Laura. Just stunning, you clever minx - what a transformation you created! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the POTMC ☺. J x

Catherine said...

You've done a great job on editing that photo is so much brighter. It's such a pretty photo too. :)

Gina said...

I've discovered Picmonkey too but you have used it in a far more exciting way than I have managed so far! I love the blue window in your edited photo. Really stunning!