Saturday, 16 August 2014

Tutorial: How to brighten pictures with PicMonkey

Tutorial on how to brighten pictures using PicMonkey:
I have Pixelmator and Photoshop on my iMac, both of which I can use, however most of the time I use PicMonkey which is a free to use (basic tools) online editing application.
It's perfect for those who are new to editing or those who don't want to fork out the money for Photoshop, or simply for those who don't have a lot of spare time. 

Here I'm going to show you how to brighten up your pictures using PicMonkey.

First of all you want to open up PicMonkey ( and select a picture to edit. I've chosen this one that I'm going to use for my shop. On the left hand side you will see some options on what to do. Click on Exposure.
This will then give you an option to 'Auto Adjust' or to use the sliders to manually adjust the brightness, highlights, shadows and contrast.
Usually I'll just stick to adjusting the brightness and highlights of the picture - but I have used the other two as well. I just don't think that all my pictures need them.
Go ahead and have a play around with them. Try not to make the picture look too washed out or too highlighted though as you still want your viewers to be able to see your picture.

You're probably thinking that this looks fine as it is, and if so then save it and use it. However I live in Britain and the darker days (and soon to be nights) are always a pain for photographing products for my blog. I usually have the light on when I take pictures which can give my photos that horrible yellow tone to them.
To combat this, click on 'Colours' which is underneath the Exposure option on the left. Then click 'Neutral picker' and click on a yellow area of the picture which you'd like to be whiter. I usually click on any shadows that the product creates. 
Have a play around with this until you get the correct shade that you're looking for. Sometimes it can make your picture look a little blue or grey so it's best to click in several areas.

And this is the difference that it makes!
Again, it's just simple editing as it's only an online editing site, but for beginners or for those who don't have a lot of time to edit then this application is perfect. I use it for most of my picture editing on my blog as I find its quicker than PS - and it's free!

Let me know if this tutorial helps you.

Would you like more tutorials like this?

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  1. Great post! I love Picmonkey, such a handy tool, plus it's free! I definitely feel your pain with the gloomy English weather - my photos usually need a little brightening to make them blog-worthy! xx

  2. I love this post! I use Pic Monkey to brighten my photos but have never used the neutral picker - I'll definitely be giving it a shot! x

    lillies and lipbalm

  3. This is such a great tutorial, your photos are beautiful!

    Salt and Chic // UK Fashion Blog


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