Photo Editing Fun: How Did You Do That Easy Free Picmonkey & GIMP Step By Step

Like to know how you can recreate an image just like this with your own photos for free*? Simply follow my quick and easy step by step guide to transform your photo. Don’t worry if you are a beginner, it’s simpler than you might think! You don’t always need Photoshop to create beautiful images (but of course, that wouldn’t hurt!).

I’ve broken the tutorial down into two parts, easy peasy!

Part 1: Image – Edit using PicMonkey
Part 2: Text – Chose option [1] Edit using PicMonkey (beginner), or [2] Edit using GIMP (advanced)

*at the time of writing, Picmonkey is free to use

Photo Editing Fun How Did You Do That? Before & After

Kaye’s note before we begin: remember, each step can be adjusted to suit your image. Every photo is different, so experiment with the intensity of your effects or text to get the perfect fit. To recreate this effect closely, aim to use photos with similar colouring and brightness as my ‘before’ photo. Also, to avoid overwriting your original image you can: 1- save your final image to a different folder, 2- change or append the file name when you save.

Step 1 – Visit PicMonkey (free use online*) > edit a photo > select your image > open

Photo Editing Fun How Did You Do That? Step 1

Step 2 – ‘Effects’ option > select ‘Tranquil’ > apply

Photo Editing Fun How Did You Do That? Step 2

Step 3 – ‘Effects’ option > scroll down & select ‘Curves’ > click dropdown menu under ‘Presets’ > select ‘Film Stock Tri-X 400’ > color override ‘0%’ > apply

Photo Editing Fun How Did You Do That? Step 3

End of Part 1: Image

There are two options for applying text to your image [1] within (beginner) [2] using program GIMP (advanced).

Option 1 – Picmonkey (beginner)

Step 1 – Go to ‘Text’ option > chose desired text > add text > select ‘Type your text here’ box > enter your text

Beautiful Kayekie Photo Editing Fun Picmonkey Add Text

Step 2 – click outside text box to deselect > change text properties (colour, size, transparency etc) using ‘Color’ floating menu > reposition where you desire

Step 3 – repeat steps 1 – 2 for addition text/font you would like

Save Image – Your Done!

Option 2 – GIMP (intermediate)
If you are not satisfied with the fonts available from Picmonkey, GIMP allows you to use fonts you have installed onto your computer.

*If you are using this option, save your image at the end of Part 1: Image to be used for Part 2: Text

Step 1 – open GIMP program (mine is version 2.8) > file > open > choose image > open

Step 2 – ‘toolbox – tool Options’ > ‘Text Tool’ > click image to place desired position of text (you can reposition later if needed) > type desired text

Beautiful Kayekie Photo Editing Fun GIMP Add Text

Step 3 – highlight text > change text properties (colour, size, etc)

Step 4 – move and reposition to desired position > click anywhere outside text to remove text properties box and preview, click within text box to use text properties again

Step 5 – repeat Steps 2 – 4 for each additional text/font you would like

Step 6 – file > export > chose/append file name & saved location >;export > (export image as jpeg window will open) select ‘Quality’ & options to suit > export

Congratulations, your done!

Need help? Just ask! I’ll be happy to help 🙂

One down, three to go – I am officially the mother of a middle school student! There’s still a week left of school for 2012, but as I hold his certificate in my hand, my eldest son Mr J has graduated and is onto the next exciting chapter in his life beginning in 2013.

This photo was taken before his farewell dinner with classmates, and it was a beautiful yet emotional time for all. Of course I was there, camera in hand to capture some moments, and thankfully in life no matter what changes in the future there will always be memories and pictures! (and photo-crazy loved ones to take them) 🙂

PicMonkey Photo editing made of win

10 Comments on Photo Editing Fun: How Did You Do That?

  1. Lauren Rogers
    December 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm (5 years ago)

    Hey Kaye,
    I found your blog through the GIG blog hop, I love this post! So Helpful! I’ve been using and haven’t been too pleased, I’ll have to try out, the picture of your son looks amazing!


    • Beautiful Kayekie
      December 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi Lauren! So sorry for the delayed reply, your comment ended up in spam.

      Good luck with Picmonkey, I use it so much for quick and fun photo edits. Matter of fact, I recently had to clear out my computer of all the photo edits I’d done, haha. Twenty versions of the same photo: black and white, bright, retro… I just can’t help trying everything on there. I know you’ll like it as much as I do 😀

      Thanks for your kind words about my Son! xx

  2. Nerdy Girl
    December 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm (5 years ago)

    HI from a fellow GIG blogger! 🙂 Great blog! I can’t wait to dig through your archives! 🙂

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      December 12, 2012 at 12:05 am (5 years ago)

      GIG rocks! Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy reading! 😀 xx

  3. littlefashionistas
    December 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm (5 years ago)

    Very nice! thanks for sharing with us!
    Big kiss

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      December 12, 2012 at 12:06 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you so much, really glad you liked it! Hugs back lovely! xx

  4. cinnaspring
    December 12, 2012 at 1:24 pm (5 years ago)

    Great editing tips! 😀 Found another program to use from you! Good to see GIG-members here!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      December 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm (5 years ago)

      Woo hoo! So glad you found it useful, I would love to see anything you create. I will definitely be doing more of these as I experiment some more, it’s a lot of fun!

      As I always say, GIG rocks! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  5. nursefrugal
    December 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m totally going to do that for my next pictures 😉 Such a useful tool!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      December 12, 2012 at 11:03 pm (5 years ago)

      That’s awesome! I hope your photos turn out fabulously! I can’t wait to see if you happen to share 🙂


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