This past October, PicMonkey, one of the world’s most popular online photo-editing sites, revamped its free software editing and blog styling offerings. While you can still edit photos for free, there’s a catch. In order to export your Pinterest-worthy masterpiece, you’ll have to pay. But exactly how much might surprise you.
In order to export or save your work you’ll have to shell out cash in the form on one of their three-tiered plans: $5.99 USD per month, billed annually at $51.88 or billed monthly for $95.88 for basic editing services, and their Supremium service, not costs $8.99 USD per month, for a grand total of $107.88 billed annually.
A large sum for such a simply rendered service site and mobile app offerings. Nearly half of what I pay per year for web-hosting services as a whole!
Keeping in mind that the digital app still works nearly the same, but without many of the previously enjoyed editing perks. As you’ll need a paid membership to unlock the app’s powerful touch-up tools and hub, which lets you start a project on a desktop, work on it on your phone, and finish it on your iPad—after paying for a premier membership. Making it useless for many common blogging needs.
This is, of course, not taking into consideration their initial 7-day free trial, which, of course, requires a credit or debit card for use.
And how did I come to find out this awesome tidbit of information? Without warning. In the middle of the evening. While I was editing a photo for an upcoming blogging campaign.
Why the sudden need for compensation? The oversaturation in the number of online bloggers, business owners, and digital influencers using and recommending the site to others. And while PicMonkey is an amazing editing site and app, whose service I have thankfully used for many years, I’m not sure I can legitimize their cost hike during my current No-Spend Challenge Year.
But this is not the case for many digital influencers. Who despite this corporate pay increase in the blogging world will continue to tell you Picmonkey is their go-to for editing software online.
Me, however? I like to think of myself as a maverick. Someone always questioning the status quo. Which set me on the path to see if there were any other free sites or apps comparable to PicMonkey. And let me have the pleasure of telling you, there is. There is a lot of competition in the photo editing space without the pay-for-play model.
While there are the obvious big names, such as Photoshop and GIMP, there are a lot of other alternatives too! Which is why today I’m sharing with you 9 Budget-Friendly Photo Editing Sites For Bloggers and Digital Influencers that may help you maintain a debt-free work budget this coming season:
Stencil as a site is one of the best alternatives to PicMonkey online. Currently, you can choose a free membership plan. The plan gives you access to over 50,000 icons, 200,000 custom background photos, an easy to use Chrome extension and much more online. Stencil definitely gives PicMonkey a run for its money online!
Canva is another online photo editing site that is actually quite similar to PicMonkey and Stencil in many ways. It’s super simple to use and has over 10 million registered users to date. You can quickly choose a template to start designing images like a pro, or you can upload your own images to customize them online. Using Canva is free, but you can upgrade your account to access even more amazing features. I use Canva to design media kits, holiday gift guides, e-books, and much more!
Pizap is an online photo editor that is also great for making collages and combining numerous photos into one single shot. One of the greatest things about Pizap? It’s available in the Apple App Store as well as in the Google Play store, making it easy for you to edit photos on the go. If you’re looking for an easy to use image editing tool, check out Pizap!
Pixlr is one of the best editing sites online. They have a more complex platform, which actually feels a lot more like Photoshop. The photo editing tools are of extremely high quality, so if you have basic photo editing experience, you’re going to have a blast using Pixlr. You can make professional creations and really design like a pro, regardless of your level of photo editing experience.
LunaPic is a completely free photo editor online. The site allows you to edit as many images as you like. One of the greatest features available at LunaPic is being able to remove the background of an image. This is great for making logos with transparent backgrounds or even for making a more minimalist sidebar icon.
BeFunky is a feature-dense site that allows you to touch-up existing images, design new photos and makes incredibly beautiful creations without cost. Some of their best features include an easy to use cutter tool, collage creation features and tools for planner stickers and YouTube thumbnails. BeFunky is very simple to use and also has its own app, allowing you to edit images on the go too!
Fotor is one of the most underrated photo editing tools online. You can use stickers, make collages, edit existing photos and even create beautiful infographics. Fotor is really easy to use and allows you to design images without any image editing experience. They too have a mobile app, allowing you to edit images from your phone or give it a try through their website for free!
iPiccy is a menu-driven site that allows you to create a free image from scratch or edit existing ones from your computer, a remote URL, a webcam, from Flickr, and even Facebook. The site also features a free blemish corrector, eye and makeup brighter, tools designed to add mascara, whiten smiles, remove eye redness, remove wrinkles, and much more. You can also overlay images, change the color balance between shots, manage layers, utilize your history of changes, add even select holiday-themed frames and textures for projects too!
Ribbett is a free online photo editor and collage maker that features beautiful filters, seasonal effects, stickers, and fonts. All of their free site offerings! The site also features free cloud storage for your uploads, unlimited editing history, thousands of free elements, frames, textures, filters, and basic effects including resize, crop and auto-fix as well. You can also import your own custom textures and elements, and use fonts installed on your computer or apply touch-up effects to apply virtual makeovers. Perfect for creating your own headshots at home!
While I understand that companies need to make money, and the best way of doing that is by selling subscriptions. But sometimes more should be expected. Including allowing users to have access to every tool on their site, and not simply allowing them to save their work on a pay-to-play model.
Which is why I hope PicMonkey reconsiders this business model. But until that time comes, I encourage you to check out the 9 budget-friendly alternatives above for all of your editing needs.
Now I want to ask, do you currently use PicMonkey? What do you use it for? Have you been using the free version? If so, what do you think of PicMonkey making you pay to save your images? Are you likely to now buy a PicMonkey membership or will you be switching to a more budget-friendly site or app this year? Please let me know in the comments below!