As you know, PicMonkey and I have a love affair going on for about 2-3 years now. Since I use their Royale product often, blog about it, and they are a cycling team sponsor, they are kind and gift me a yearly subscription to PicMonkey (the Royale upgrade). You can use the regular PicMonkey for free, but I like all the fonts and effects that come packaged in the Royale upgrade (which costs a mere $33/year).
On our roadtrip out to Colorado, Mr. UpCyclist took this photo of Jedi at one of our stops. I love how this photo tells a bit of our roadtrip story. In it, Jedi is yawning outside of Freddy's in Hayes, Kansas, which was a great, local place to pick up burgers, fries and milkshakes. Though, I like the photo and the story behind it, I don't like the wet spot, french fry, dog bowl and extra space on the right side of the photo. All those things "have" to go, in my opinion. Plus, the photo is a bit dark. See?
So, I cropped the photo, cloned out the wet spot & fry and lightened it up with PicMonkey's awesome effects. If you don't know how to clone, see my post about cloning here. It really is so easy, plus you feel like a graphic designer superstar when you clone.
Here is one version of the cloned Jedi photo. I used the Lomo effect for the photo below. I love how the texture of his hair is emphasized in this photo and the color now pops. Notice the wet spot and fry are gone from cloning!
I also tried the Fancy Focus effect to really concentrate on his face & neck (my favorite body parts of his) and make the photo less color saturated. See how his legs and the bikes/car are slightly out of focus and blurred?
This next one was created with the Film Stock effect. It probably is the most natural of the effects I used. No blurring, no color saturation.....
I wanted to see Jedi in black and white, so I used the Focal Black and White effect. Notice how you can still see his pink tongue. Cutie pie with a pink tongue....
To achieve a more artsy look, I used the Posterize effect below. This one reminds me of a Warhol piece.
And lastly, I thought a touch of sun would be fun on sweet Jedi, so I used the Sunglow effect. It looks like he is yawning towards the sun (even though it was super overcast that day). I wish I would have lessoned the orange tint in this photo, oh well, next time.
To my favorite one, this....
I heart PicMonkey, all its cool effects and this dog. Oh, I love this dog.
How do you like to use PicMonkey?