Overall, my goals for the blog this year encompass making improvements in how I do things as well as growing in readership. I am spending more time on education for myself in different avenues of blogging. A particular area that I was longing for more instruction was in creating professional looking images. Hence, my excitement to do a review of my blogging friend Richele’s new book Monkey See, Monkey Do (a PicMonkey Tutorial.)
What You’ll Find Inside Monkey See, Monkey Do a PicMonkey Tutorial
Richele begins the ebook with a little education on colors and fonts as well as what size images should be for popular uses such as on Facebook or Pinterest. That information is important for those doing any kind of marketing as different colors fit for different outreach.
She then goes into the ‘meat’ of the book: How to get those professional looking images with PicMonkey. After walking you through what you’ll see on the screen with PicMonkey, she begins to show you how to use the different tools to achieve the effects you want.
Finally, the third section wraps it all up to with tutorials on making an ebook cover and a flyer as well as other blog bling items (logo, button, Facebook cover, and pinnable image.)
My Thoughts on Monkey See, Monkey Do a PicMonkey Tutorial
I have been using PicMonkey off and on for several months. I had the Royale version for a few months, but must admit that I barely scratched the surface of what can be done in that time. I’m now seriously considering paying for the year just so I can do everything Richele shares about in this tutorial.
That being said, even a casual user of PicMonkey could benefit from this ebook. Not every process covered in this ebook requires the Royale membership!
My goal using this tutorial is to create images that POP a bit more than they do now. I’ve relied on the auto adjust on some of my previously published images and can see that taking the time to use individual aspects will be to my benefit in the long run. I just needed to see some of it in action to feel more comfortable with what I should be doing. I foresee use of the cloning tool in my future to remove those ‘extras’ in photos that distract. Like in this photo from a recent review product that I elected to not publish because of background clutter:
One thing that I’ve longed to do is create a few ‘printables’ to share on the blog. I did a quick one for date night coupons using Publisher this past holiday season as I was not feeling comfortable enough with PicMonkey to pull it together. I’ve added that dream to my to do list for this year now.
Like any other software, PicMonkey has a learning curve if you want to fully embrace what it is capable of doing. Thanks to Richele’s ebook, that learning curve might be a little less steep for me and others who choose to use her tutorials.
Buy Monkey See, Monkey Do a PicMonkey Tutorial
Monkey See, Monkey Do is normally priced at $8. Personally, I find that a great price for the tutorials on using PicMonkey. During launch week, you can grab this fantastic ebook at half price ($4) and it will come with some extra tips as well. Don’t wait too long as it goes back to regular price on March 20th!
Even better, if you really want to work on improving your blog and blog outreach is to purchase the bundle with The Essential Guide to Successful Publicity Kits. I have that one on my computer as well now and will be creating a brand new media kit for Day by Day in Our World.
Do you use PicMonkey to do any photo editing or creation of blog materials?