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Eye-Gasmic Photo Editing with PicMonkey

For all of you who are sad that Google has closed Picnik, beat your chest and howl: PicMonkey is here!

This great new in-gallery program is brought to you by the fine former folks from Picnik. But it’s better. Faster. More powerful. And it’s packed with a gazillion incredible features for both serious and sassy shooters using any SmugMug account.

Edit. Adjust. Embellish.

Log in and look under the Tools button in any of your galleries. Choosing the “Edit with PicMonkey” option will pop up their Flash editor and present tons of tasty options:


The categories are: Basic Edits, Effects, Touch Ups, Text, Overlays, Frames, Textures. It may not sound like much but we bet you’ll spend the next hour going through each of them to see what they do. We did.

You can do the usual stuff like straighten a tilted image, crop and remove red eye.

But did you ever think an online photo editor would have neat features like weight loss, spray tan, teeth whitening, hair highlights and blemish removers? You can quit the gym, break up with your stylist and buy a doughnut on your way home.

They’ve even got advanced tools you usually find in expensive programs, like Curves:


And these days it’s mandatory for photo editors to have cool retro filters, effects and fun stuff. PicMonkey has this and way more. Like film frames:


Once you’ve gotten the perfect photo, you can save it over your original image, or save a copy.

What’s with the monkey face?

Some of the tools you see are previews of premium features available soon. Use them now for free and stay tuned when PicMonkey launches their Royale subscription packages.

But I’ve already paid for Picnik Premium!

A lot of us did, too, and we’re just as sad about the timing. Please remember that your payment went to Google, not SmugMug, so while we love to help we cannot give refunds for your upgrade. You should have already received your refund, but if not please check out Picnik’s terms of services for details on their money-back policy, or contact them here.

Anything else to know?

  • By default, PicMonkey resizes your image to 2800 pixels as soon as you open it so that it edits quickly. If you don’t want to compress it that much you can hit the Undo button (the back arrow in the bottom left corner) right away, and your pic will remain big, up to 16 megapixels. Read more about it on their help FAQ.

We think that you’ll love this new photo editor as much as we do. It’s got all the features you know from Picnik and lots more for good measure. And it’s totally free to use. Have fun!

  1. Dee
    April 20, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Woohoo…can’t wait to try it out :-)

  2. April 20, 2012 at 7:09 am

    looks promising. Decent online editing is the only thing stopping me switching from a laptop to a tablet. Is this stuff ready for commercial editing, or is it more for the odd niggle on your holiday photos do you think?

    • April 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Paul, we don’t feel right making business decisions for you so your best bet would be to fire it up, play around a bit and see if the edited images are good enough for you. We’d love to hear what you decide. :)

  3. Smile
    April 20, 2012 at 7:59 am

    como se utiliza xDD?

  4. April 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Fantastic ! Love PicMonkey , Great choice SmugMug !!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. JoAnn Jardine
    April 20, 2012 at 11:25 am

    It’s tons of fun but does the editing/altering of the photo compromise the size/quality of the file?

    • April 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Hi JoAnn, we have a little info about this in the bullet list above. By default, PicMonkey resizes your image to 2800 pixels to make editing faster, but you can undo it as soon as you open the editor. The max file size right now that you can save back to your gallery is 16 megapixels, so if your original is larger than this it will be resized.

  6. April 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    The birth of PicMonkey is the best news since sliced banana bread. And knowing that the stealthy Sorcerers integrated with SmugMug is almost criminally wonderful. THANK YOU, Smuggies. Since Evil Empire Google announced plans in January that an ICBM was being readied to obliterate Picnik (what were they thinking?!), I have alternated between a fetal position and catatonic state, fearful that I would have no choice but to attempt anew to learn Photoshop, so unduly complicated that one would surmise that it was developed by the British. As has been surreptitiously leaked by several Support Heroes who for humanitarian reasons shall remain nameless, Son of Picnik is indeed better, MUCH better. Now, don’t you think the escapee principals ought to name their oh-so-cute mascot? How about having a contest among SM subscribers? Winning entry gets all-expenses-paid trip to Seattle, where, I am told, the monkey HANGS out.

    • Chris MacAskill
      April 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Hahaha, thanks Thomas for a great laugh! Honestly, we’ve been stressing about a Picnik replacement for a long time and couldn’t believe it when PicMonkey came along and looked so good.

  7. Lori
    April 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Stumbled across this last night… and WAHLAH… it’s connected with SMUGMUG which makes me even more SURE I will renew my upcoming May subscription!

    • Lori
      April 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      BUT just fixed a photo, saved it, and it still shows in my display as the “original” photo… any help there?

      • April 23, 2012 at 5:20 am

        Hi Lori, try refreshing your page and let us know, thanks!

  8. DaveB
    April 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    1. I’m glad PicMonkey is part of the SM Team.
    2. PSE and PS all have liquidify filters, but, I’d like to see liquidfy include brush strokes dimensionality(if that is a word). Flat fluidity only takes me so far. Sort of like Autodesk’s Fluid Fx, but, better, and lives comfortably on desktops, not just iOS (all bow)

    • April 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Hi Dave and thanks for the awesome feedback. Have you shared this your ideas with the PicMonkey team? They seem pretty approachable: http://help.picmonkey.com/

  9. April 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Been with you a couple of months and learning that the SMUG MUG newsletters are worth opening and reading … this (the new PICMONKEY) is most exciting! Can’t wait to try it all out .. yeah!

  10. Cat
    April 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Picnik was great because it was compatible with my Mac Power PC, no Windows. I was so excited about the PicMonkey but can’t use it because Flash no longer supports Power PC’s. Picnik was so great and easy to use, I am really bummed! We all can’t just go out and buy a new computer.

    • April 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Cat and thanks for the feedback. We did weigh the pros and cons of the Flash question but since Picnik and PicMonkey are so similar (including their basis in Flash) we decided to go with it because it was the smoothest transition for Picnik users. There are other photo editors out there you may want to try, but you may need to just edit your photos before uploading to SmugMug.

  11. gms
    May 21, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Why are premium Pic Monkey features planned for later launch expected to cost Smugmug’s subscribers extra?

    Could you articulate your take on what is the expected Smugmug subscriber benefit? Sharign more details in terms of the agreement with Pic Monkey would be greatly appreciated.

    It seems Smugmug would be driving all these additional paying customers to Pic Monkey and help them drum up business with their premium features. In a sense, Pic Monkey is already getting additional value just from having Smugmug subscribers test drive their premium feature trial versions.

    I get the Pic Monkey part of the quid pro quo, but need some help from Smugmug explaining how this benefits their current paying subscribers…

    Thanks

    • May 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Hi gms, just like Picnik in the past, we wanted to give people a way to edit their photos after they’ve already taken the time to upload them into their galleries. This is very useful for people who don’t already have a photo editor on their computer. You don’t have to pay for the additional features if you don’t want to, and there are certainly lots of things you can do using the free tools. It’s up to you. Hope this helps.

      • gms
        May 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm

        Hola schmoo

        Thanks for summing up the original blog post; beyond that your comment doesn’t address my specific questions and seems to be saying take it or leave it. Which is fair enough… and also clear from the original announcement/blog post.

        Does your reply represent Smugmug’s position or simply personal opinion? So far you have 5 out of 19 comments on this thread and keep saying “we” but does it mean you speak/work for Smugmug? Pic Monkey? A concerned passer-by?

        At last check, Pic Monkey doesn’t show up on http://smu.gs/Lel6TL — which would make sense if it actually represented a value to Smugmug’s paying subscribers.

        To paraphrase the often quoted cliche – on the Internet if you’re not paying for a product, you’re the product. And in this case, I’ve been paying for Smugmug’s product all along with the reasonable (to me) expectation that I won’t become another product…

        So, any chance for a more informative reply to the questions posed earlier?

        Would Pic Monkey work on iOS? Has Smugmug looked at Aviary too?

        Many thanks for taking the time to read this.

  12. May 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    gms :

    Hola schmoo

    Thanks for summing up the original blog post; beyond that your comment doesn’t address my specific questions and seems to be saying take it or leave it. Which is fair enough… and also clear from the original announcement/blog post.

    Does your reply represent Smugmug’s position or simply personal opinion? So far you have 5 out of 19 comments on this thread and keep saying “we” but does it mean you speak/work for Smugmug? Pic Monkey? A concerned passer-by?

    At last check, Pic Monkey doesn’t show up on http://smu.gs/Lel6TL — which would make sense if it actually represented a value to Smugmug’s paying subscribers.

    To paraphrase the often quoted cliche – on the Internet if you’re not paying for a product, you’re the product. And in this case, I’ve been paying for Smugmug’s product all along with the reasonable (to me) expectation that I won’t become another product…

    So, any chance for a more informative reply to the questions posed earlier?

    Would Pic Monkey work on iOS? Has Smugmug looked at Aviary too?

    Many thanks for taking the time to read this.

    Hi, first – Schmoo indeed works for SmugMug :D And so do I. I’m not sure what else I can add – you can use PicMonkey right now, and there’s tons you can do without laying out a dime, included with the SmugMug / PicMonkey integration. They will be offering premium services, and it’s your choice if you want to avail yourself of them – no requirement to do so. I wish I had more to tell you on that.

    As to iOS, no, I’m sorry it’s flash based so it won’t work on iOS. We did look at Aviary and we love their HTML5 implementation (especially on iOS devices!) but there was a lot missing there and so we went with PicMonkey. Hopefully we’ll have something in the future that is iOS compatible as well. Holler back with any questions.

  13. gms
    May 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Greetings Andy — glad to learn that schmoo’s actually speaking for Smugmug.

    Would PicMonkey consider offering premium feature discounted access to Smugmug paying subscribers? After all, folks that come in to PicMonkey via Smugmug would not see the tool if not logged in, correct?

    Thanks.

  14. October 18, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Great fun……..I love Photoshop CS6 but this is great fun

  15. Wendy Dunne
    October 19, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Love Smug Mug. Love PicMonkey too, I use them both regularly. One time-saving question….once my photos are uploaded into the gallery, isn’t there a way to open PicMonkey just ONCE and edit all photos at one time? Currently I have to press “Edit With PicMonkey” individually – for each picture. I’ve looked under Many Photos and it does not offer opening PicMonkey for many. Am I missing something? Many thanks.

    • October 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Hi Wendy, right now you can edit each photo individually, but the gallery option sounds intriguing. Thanks for your feedback!

  16. Sundar
    June 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    On a related note – can I get RAW support from SmugMug so that editing is nondestructive?

  17. August 13, 2013 at 1:31 am

    yeah, picmonkey is a wonderful software , i have used before. but recently i found a free online photo editor software named Fotor, it’s really amazing, you can have try, http://www.fotor.com/, i hope you will like it !

  18. December 31, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Ive never seen this software before it looks great I must try it out

  19. Sherrie
    April 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Did this not say for FREE?

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