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Okay so you may or may not have seen that as of 9/19/17, PicMonkey no longer has a “free” option. I know that this may totally throw a wrench in your product photography editing. So I wanted to suggest a few other options for you to explore!
Before I move away from PicMonkey, though. I do want to say that it is a FABULOUS site! So that is why I’m starting with it as the first of the six sites we’re going to look at today!
1. PicMonkey has been the go to for many crafters. It has great features and it’s super easy to use. They did do away with their free option but you can click here to get a Free 7-Day Trial to see if it works for you before purchasing. Pricing is $3.99/mo when paid in full for the year, so $47.88 for 12 months, and $7.99 if you pay monthly. In the grand scheme of things, if you use and love PicMonkey, you have to weigh the pros and cons of sticking with something you know and love, or going through learning a new product/software. At the end of the day, it’s a write off for your business and if it keeps you moving at a better speed… you may think about sticking with it. It’s super powerful and arguably the closest equivalent to Adobe Photoshop in terms of “final result” of your images, but with a much simpler user interface.
2. Adobe Photoshop. Speaking of Photoshop. This is the top of the line with photo editing. There is a steep learning curve, but the possibilities are endless! If you purchase through the website you can do month to month for $9.99/mo. That may not be in the budget for everyone, which I understand. Photoshop is very powerful. But if you don’t have time to learn it, take that into consideration because there is a learning curve… but it’s worth it!
3. Pixlr Editor is a free cloud based editor similar to PicMonkey with a little bit of a different feel. It is pretty powerful but does also have a little bit of a learning curve with it. One cool thing about it is that it has a mobile app as well if you were use to PicMonkeys mobile experience. If you use BigCommerce as your webhost, then this is the built in editor they use! So you may already be familiar with it! If you’re looking for a new photo editor as well as a website host. I do love BigCommerce! And if you click here, you can get a 2-week trial for free!
4.Fotor has free and paid options. Their paid options are similar to PicMonkey but their monthly is more expensive at $8.99/mo and their yearly being a little cheaper at $39.99/yr ($3.33/mo.) Their free option has the same feel as Pixlr’s cloud interface. If you’re looking for collages, you can easily do them with Fotor! They also have a lot of design templates if you’re looking for blog or social media branding.
5. Canva. Canva isn’t so much for photo editing as the others, but it is a great thing to mention nevertheless! It’s database is growing exponentially! You can do so so so many things with Canva, easily! You can create social media text images, or Facebook page banners, or even brochures and greeting cards. There are many different options and layouts. It is just super, super simple to use. There are many free items, but some do require a small payment of $1 or so for the “nicer” things. But they’re free library is great! It’s super easy to look like a pro with Canva! You can even upload your own images if you have images, logos, or backgrounds you want to use. Again, it doesn’t have the same photo editing options as the others, but it is a fun thing to play with!
6. Befunky is new to me and I haven’t played with it too much yet. But many people use and love it! They also have free and paid options but they are lower than PicMonkey. Monthly being $4.95 and yearly paid in full being $34.92 ($2.91/mo). Like I said, I haven’t played with this one much… but it seems… funky! If you try it out, let me know if you like it!
I hope this is helpful to some of you. I know there are other sites out there so if you use one that you absolutely love, feel free to share it in the comments!
What it all comes down to, is that you have to be efficient when you own your own business. If you were using PicMonkey and loved it, I suggest to just bite the bullet and pay the yearly amount and just keep on going. No reason to stop everything to learn another program. If you are looking for a heavy duty photo editor, and have time to learn it, no doubt go with Photoshop.
Most of the time, your pictures are the ONLY thing your customers see before having the item in their hand. That means your pictures are WORTH investing in. <3