tutorial: how to make photo editing NOT a total pain in the neck

Yep, we've all been there. "I don't want to edit those photos...it's too much work." If I had a penny for every time I thought the above sentence, well...you know what I'd be doing. (EXACTLY WHAT I'M DOING RIGHT NOW. #suckingoffparentsdontcare) Let's face it: editing photos can be tedious and time-consuming. But I'm here to tell you that it doesn't have to be all that bad. Here are some tips and tricks for making photo editing fly while using PicMonkey. I highly recommend this website for editing photos. It's free and super easy to use. You can also get more awesomeables if you subscribe for Royale. (SO WORTH IT.)

1. it doesn't have to be complicated.
If your photo has good composition (like the above une -- pah-chaaa) then it doesn't need that much extra sparkles! For this shot, I did two effects: Film Stock (Velvia) and Yester-color (sans rounded corners and with a fade of about 60%) Boom:
2. ctrl+c exists for a reason. exploit it.
Time saver! Copy the chunk of the file name that you’re going to keep using. Mine was originally “IMG_3879” but I want to call it “edited_photo_01” Copy just the “edited_photo_” and every time you’re ready to save a photo, do a quick “Waah—!” and BOOM: CTRL+V or +V. Remember to type in the number at the end of each file name (ie: 02, 03, 04, etc.)

3. a little epic goes a long way.
You don't need a ton of filters upon filters upon filters to make a photo POP -- in fact, I think the aforementioned process can yeild just the opposite effect. All I did for this seagull photo is Auto Adjust Brightness and Intrepid.
4. save your new photos in the same folder as the old ones. 
We all worry about cross-contamination, yes -- but just do yourself a favor (and save yourself LOTS of time) by saving photos in the same folder. PicMonkey has a redirect feature that brings you back to the folder you last SAVED a photo in. (Not opened -- it's annoying, I know.) So just make things easy for yourself and don't venture beyond the regions of the one folder. FOLDERS HAVE COVERS FOR A REASON. THEY KEEP US SAFE FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD. I'm living in a computerized dystopian universe halp. 

What photo editing tips and tricks do you have? Care to share?? Does anyone out there use PicMonkey besides me? *echo echo echo* I hope you liked this tutorial. THOUGHTS. Write 'em down. Below. ↓



  1. Wow. This post saved my life. Every time I try to edit my own photos, I feel like I'm drowning in all of the effects and filters, and I don't know what they all will do, or what will actually look good. Thank you so much for the tips! I'll definitely be bookmarking this post for the next time I use Picmonkey. :)

    1. I know right? Photo editing can certainly be overwhelming. Thank you, Hannah dear!! I'm so glad this tutorial was helpful to you! :)

  2. YOUR BLOG HAS BEEN GIVING ME SO MUCH TROUBLE AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IT'S LOADED FOR E V E R. It usually takes me to some thing like when you type in an address that doesn't exist. (i.e. turtletoes.com just takes you to a place to buy the domain name???? whatevs.)

    But yessssssssss. Lovely tutorial. *grins*

    1. URRGH. Thank you for telling me that, Cally...I have to figure out what's going wrong with the blasted domain name. I keep getting the exact same screen, but only sometimes. It's so aggravating. But fear not -- I shall figure it out. And thank youuu, I'm so glad you liked the tutorial! ❤️


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