Am I the last one to the party?

Am I the last one to know?

And I would still be sitting by the phone waiting, if it weren’t for Shannon and Kelly.

The question here is how?


How have I lived and breathed and taken tables out to turtle-filled fields without knowing about Pic Monkey?

I think Pic Monkey is to photography what the DVR is to television.

Remember the first time you watched TV with a DVR and your best friend called and you really wanted to talk to her about the new sale Target was having and you were about to tell her that you would call her back during the commercials because you didn’t want to miss your show and all of a sudden you realized…..

           … could pause live TV.

And that realization was so overwhelming and such a general paradigm shift to your television watching routine that you had to stop and catch your breath.

Pic Monkey is just like that.

There are borders and effects and shading and tones and brightness and teeth whitening and wrinkle reducing and cropping and arrows in great abundance.

And it’s FREE!

How does it work?

Here’s the picture from my artistic turtle-filled fried chicken expedition.

It’s fine.

And I’m not really a big fan of fine.

Here’s the same photo with the Posturize effect.

Kind of looks like an episode of the Twilight Zone.

Hmmmm….not quite right.

Here’s the same photo with the Orton Effect.



Much more artistic looking.

Maybe just a little too bright and sunny.

Here’s the same picture with the Infrared Effect.

Like an old photograph.

I like old and I like photographs, but not really what I was going for.

Here’s the same photo with the HDR Effect.


But maybe just a little too paint-by-numbers.

So I tweaked and brightened and reproduced green grass where there was none and retouched the turtle holes and the mud and cropped the table and I found a little artistic did exist in the back pasture after all.

One more time.

Here is the before.

And here is the after.

I bet those turtles are smiling now.

PS  If you were already attending the Pic Monkey party, I would love to hear your tips 🙂

PPS  You still have just a few more days to like up to our “It’s a Cinch” party.


  1. Image for Heidi McCarty Milton Heidi McCarty Milton

    Well, you're not the LAST to the party, because though I've heard about Pic Monkey, I have yet to go there. I'm still trying to get to the pom pom pillow from last week- lol!. Now I'll add this to my "to do" list. :D Happy Friday!

  2. Image for Laura Laura

    I am so loving picmonkey. It has made it so much easier to let go of picnik. BTW, picmonkey is from the same people who started picnik and I think it is so much easier to use. They are even getting collage, though that part will probably be a premium feature. Hugs, Laura

  3. Image for Peggy Peggy

    OH thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You see I've been all in a dither and a panic about what to do once Picnik disappears and now you come along and tell me there is a replacement! "sigh of relief!" So I will say it once again.... THANK YOU! (and apparently I've been living with my head in a hole... or a paint can as it may be because I had never even heard of picmonkey!)

  4. Image for Anne Anne

    I downloaded it and got a blue screen! so I unloaded it!! pronto! Glad it's given you something to do other than clean chicken pieces out of your car. Your table looks awesome & the photos are amazing! TFS! xox

  5. Image for Aunt Amelia Aunt Amelia

    You asked about the "Mary Jane's Farm" book........ I will never be a true Farm Girl, but I am enjoying looking through this book. Love books one can look-at-here-and-look-at-there. Not have, have, have to read from cover to cover, like. :-) They make a great change, now and then. I recommend you take a peek. I really do! Gentle hugs, "Auntie" "I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

  6. Image for everton terrace everton terrace

    You are not the last one invited to the monkey party. I had no idea. I have an older version of photoshop but I think it's probably more complicated than this monkey business. I use it every day for my Etsy photos. Perhaps Pic Monkey is easier and free? Free? Thank you for the invitation!

  7. Image for Kelly Kelly

    I recently heard about Pic Monkey too, but haven't used it yet. I thought I would have to resort to it after Picnik closes next month. It's another photo editing alternative similar to Picnik. Glad you found it. It really made a difference on your photo!

  8. Image for Kolein V. Carlson Kolein V. Carlson

    What's a DVR? Remember, you and I? We are standing there together in Phys Ed waiting for our names to be called. I think I know who got picked last. ;( ~K ps - how are all these nifty devices free to us? someone tell me, please!

  9. Image for Diana Diana

    Karianne, Wow, it looks like Pic Monkey can help even a photo novice turn into a pro. Thanks for sharing this information. I will have fun playing with it and seeing what trouble I can get in to! Ha ha

  10. Image for judi judi

    nope...i'm one of the last to know...this is great timing especially since picnik is closing it's virtual doors in april. i've been looking for another place to tweak my pics that was also FREE. thanks to you, i don't have to look any further. judi

  11. Image for casteb casteb

    Wow, what a difference! It has almost a 3-D effect. Love it! I'm going over to check out Pic Monkey right now! CAS

  12. Image for creativehome8 creativehome8

    Very cool, Karianne! I like how you did your pictures in those different ways. I am so terrible at this sort of thing, but I will definitely take some time to check it out.

  13. Image for Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    I LOVE Pic FUN to play with! I use Photoshop Elements, too, but find Pic Monkey so easy for adding a little something! Probably no one but me would notice, but I used it to create a frame and drop shadow on my header photo and added a little grunge, too!

  14. Image for Shannon Fox Shannon Fox

    So glad you are enjoying your new toy ;) As long as you don't over use it... we don't want to have to stage an intervention to get the picMONKEY off your back. Sorry. I've been in the house for 3 days.

  15. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

    Wow I have never heard of pic monkey but I will be checking it out and giving it a try as I want to learn how to do more with my photos............that Infrared Effect was really cool............

  16. Image for Peggy Peggy

    Thank you for introducing me to Picmonkey! After I injured my foot today (while painting...) it gave me something to do while my foot was iced and elevated. (not to mention all the time I have spent here being inspired!) (now I'm off to do a little hand embroidery or something crafty from the sofa...) Have a wonderful weekend!! :)

  17. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    First of all, when I saw your title to your post, I immediately had fond memories of my mother saying "Monkey See, Monkey Do..if they jump in a lake, would you too?" That was her standard response when I asked or wanted to do something that "everybody else" was doing.....So, should I jump into that lake of Pic Monkey? are not alone...I think I was the last hold out years ago for a DVR, vs the VCR.....When I use Picnik, they keep saying, the ants are coming...well why are they the picnic is leaving...ants don't leave picnics! So I shall go against the advice of my wise mother and seek out the "monkey do"

  18. Image for Melissa Melissa

    I have never heard of pic monkey but I am on my way over to check it out. Thanks for letting me know. And thank you for dropping by and leaving me a sweet comment on my Spring flowers post. Mel

  19. Image for kellyatvatw kellyatvatw

    I can't get over the fact that you got a real-life photograph of the elusive wild side-table in its natural grassy habitat! it looks frozen, deer-in-headlights, ready to escape, uncertain if you're a predator.

  20. Image for KristenK KristenK

    Yes, the PicMonkey team apparently tried to buy back Picnik but google wasn't having it, so they basically re-built it. I am hoping they'll more fonts soon too :) So easy to use!

  21. Image for Deborah Deborah

    I love Pic Monkey! I'm sorry you didn't know about it. Actually I only discovered it a few weeks ago when I was looking for a replacement for Picnik. I can't wait until they introduce the collage feature. It just keeps reading, "coming soon." Your table is quite artistic even without the turtles. That last picture is actually pretty cool. Secretly, I don't blame your hubby...I love fried chicken...especially in the middle of a pasture. In fact next time bring some iced tea, a little bit bigger table and some biscuits with the chicken. Then call me and I'll be right over :) Deborah

  22. Image for Brenda Brenda

    Hi! I just had to tell you that the Monkey has seen your table in the field and is *dying* to swing by and hang out with you there! That's the thing about the Monkey. If anyone says anything nice about PicMonkey, he just basks in the glow and takes all the credit and wants to visit and hear more! We have to work hard to keep him in line! :) Thanks for the great post. And I'm sure you weren't the "last at the party." The party only kicked off 3 weeks ago and it's only just getting started! Cheers, Brenda ~~ PicMonkey Team

  23. Image for TJ @ Any Given Moment TJ @ Any Given Moment

    I know!! I had been loving on Picnik for so long and wept when I heard it was ending and then very recently i came across Picmonkey- what a lifesaver! And apparently some of the folks from Picnik are behind the scenes of it so I know it will be good :) thanks for sharing- your picture is fabulous!

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