PicMonkey Update: New Mobile App and Hub Smart Storage

There’s lots of exciting news about two of my favorite apps! Recently, Canva introduced a new iPhone mobile app with an Android version soon to follow. Not to be outdone, PicMonkey, made a couple of big announcements, too.

Here’s the big PicMonkey update:

  1. Hub Smart Storage (beta): Store your stuff!
  2. Mobile app: Design on the go!

I can’t stand all this app goodness! While I compose myself, keep reading to find out more about these two new PicMonkey updates and why you should be excited, too.

PicMonkey Update #1: Hub Smart Storage

Why all the excitement about Hub? PicMonkey Royale (paid) subscribers can now store finished graphics in Hub Smart Storage. So, no more lost work! That super awesome graphic that you PicMonkey-ized doesn’t disappear when you close the app. This is such a huge time saver!

Love your new creation and want to create a template? Just copy it (to keep the original) and edit to make a new design while keeping the same general layout. And, of course, you can save it right inside Hub.

Not finished working on your image? No worries. Save it to Hub so you can edit it later. You won’t have to start from scratch if you want to make changes. Keep in mind that when you update an image, you’ll be replacing the original.

And, yes, you will still have access to your pictures when you use the mobile app. Are you excited yet?!

PicMonkey Update #2: Mobile App

If you love using the PicMonkey web app and have been searching for a mobile app with similar features, your search is now over! Download the new mobile app in the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) to take a closer look.

Once you open the app, you’ll see the photo, camera, and Hub icons at the bottom of your screen. You’ll need to authorize PicMonkey to access camera and photos. Then, you’ll see all the photos on your phone.

Simply select an image, crop or adjust it, and then save and share right from the app.

And, look at all these awesome options you have to adjust your images:

  • Draw
  • Add stickers
  • Apply text overlays
  • Use layers of photo effects (check out the video below)

So, what are you waiting for? Grab the new, shiny PicMonkey mobile app so you can make fun graphics on the go.

Three More Reasons to Love PicMonkey

1. Touch up your pictures

This is perhaps one of the coolest PicMonkey features. You can add finishing touches to pictures to enhance them a bit. There are tools to remove red-eye, whiten teeth, remove blemishes, and even add makeup (plus a whole lot more).

I recently added makeup to the photo below. It was a test shot that wasn’t intended to be used. My photographer, Barry, just wanted to check the lighting. My makeup wasn’t finished yet when he took the photo, but I really loved picture!

So, I used PicMonkey to add a little lipstick (using the Lip tint tool) and eye shadow. This is the photo you’ll see on my website under “Meet Deb” and it’s also the featured image on my social media sites.

Before PicMonkey Photo Editor

Here’s my photo before any PicMonkey edits. Click image to enlarge.

Deb Lee, Digital Business Coach | DAllisonLee.com

And, here eye shadow and lipstick have been added. Click image to enlarge.

2. Get up to speed with design tutorials

Scratching your head and not sure where or how to start? PicMonkey has tons of tutorials that will help you figure out what to do.

Here’s one you might want to check out first so you can learn how to add a watermark to your images. Watermarks can be creative while branding your graphics.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can test out other features to really make your graphics pop. Still need to get your creative juices flowing? Looking to switch things up a bit? Check out PicMonkey’s Inspiration page to give your creativity a jump start.

3. Design with special features

Create all kinds of awesome graphics from scratch with a little help from PicMonkey. Use overlays and special features to make:

  • A Facebook cover photo (already pre-sized)
  • Collage projects
  • Infographics (PicMonkey Pro Tip: Rotate “Ducks in a Row” layout in Collage to make a stacked infographic)
  • Invitations
  • Cards
PicMonkey Facebook Template

Update your Facebook cover photo with PicMonkey.

So, what you’re favorite photo editing or graphics creation app? Have you tried PicMonkey yet? Share in the comments and let me know what you think.

 

*Original image credit for lead graphic: PicMonkey

Hey there, I’m Deb. I’m a Digital Business Coach, Certified Professional Organizer®, speaker, and productivity consultant. I’m also addicted to apps and love helping Small Office and Home Office entrepreneurs use technology to be more productive.
Comments ( 6 )
  • Stacey Agin Murray says:

    Thanks for the PicMonkey updates. I’ve been thinking about making graphics for my Facebook/Pinterest pages as well as’ pull-out quotes graphics’ from my book. I tried Canva once a while ago–I may consider trying PicMonkey instead. Despite my background in graphic design, I don’t have much time or ‘brain bandwidth’ lately to learn a new program–it has to be really easy. I’ll be watching that watermark video and I’ll be bookmarking this post for future reference–thanks for sharing your knowledge!

    • Deb Lee says:

      I love the idea of pull-out quotes, Stacey. You can’t go wrong with either PicMonkey or Canva. Canva also has templates for quotes that you might like. Let me know which one you decide to try. =)

  • Janet Barclay says:

    I’ve been using Photoshop Elements for over 10 years, though I’ve also used Canva and Pablo. I haven’t used PicMonkey for graphics yet, though I have used it to edit my own photos. It’s very inviting, but I haven’t decided whether to invest time and money in another program, or if I should just keep going with Photoshop Elements.

    • Deb Lee says:

      Hey Janet – I think that if you like what you’re using, stick with it! If you want to try something new in your spare time, PicMonkey is a great app to play around with. It’s also inexpensive (free or $33/year). #JustMyTwoCents =)

      Btw, how do you like Pablo?

  • Janet Barclay says:

    Pablo’s great for quickly creating quote images, but I haven’t been using it lately. I’ve started playing with PicMonkey (couldn’t handle the peer pressure!) and so far I love it!

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