It's been awhile since I have touched on PicMonkey pricing here on the blog.
You may or may not know that PicMonkey is one of my “go-to” online photo editors that I use to create images for my posts and also for my social media profiles.
I have been a PicMonkey member for years and years and the service has gone through quite a transformation over that time.
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Today's PicMonkey looks nothing like the one from days of old.
Recently they totally revamped the whole platform and now you can do all kinds of cool things like
- resize images for different social media platforms without distorting them (yay!)
- create easy masks (meaning that you can give texture or add photos to different elements and text)
- use layers to add each of your elements
- auto-save your projects to the PicMonkey Hub
- and edit the projects that you have stored in Hub.
The days of keeping your browser window open until you were completely satisfied with a project are long gone – thank goodness!
With all the new and upgraded features, PicMonkey has also upgraded their subscription plans.
There is no longer a PicMonkey free plan, although they do offer a free trial here.
And the old Royale plan is gone as well.
PicMonkey pricing is now quite simple – you have only two plans to choose from.
You can view the plans here on PicMonkey – but the following is a summary.
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The PicMonkey Basic Plan
This plan offers all of the photo editing features inside PicMonkey with the following features:
- 1 gb of Hub storage
- export files as JPG or PNG
- use of all the PicMonkey fonts
At the time of this writing the cost of the PicMonkey Basic Plan is $5.99/month (billed annually) or $7.99/month billed monthly.
The PicMonkey Pro Plan
The PicMonkey Pro Plan includes all the features of the Basic Plan plus
- unlimited Hub storage
- export files as JPG, PNG, and PDF
- use of all PicMonkey fonts as well as custom fonts from your computer
At the time of this writing the cost of the PicMonkey Pro plan is $9.99/month (billed annually) or $12.99/month billed monthly.
Why I Chose PicMonkey Pro
Personally I am on the annual PicMonkey Pro Plan for a few reasons.
First, the unlimited Hub storage is so convenient. I can store as many images and projects as I want and don't have to worry about limits.
Second, exporting files in PDF format means that you can use PicMonkey to create printables for your blog. For bloggers, this is a great way to create freebies and lead magnets.
If you are not a blogger – you can use the PDF format to create flyers, party invitations, and other documents.
Third, I tend to download lots of pretty fonts from Creative Market to my computer – especially the free ones that they offer each week.
With the PicMonkey Pro plan you can use your own custom fonts in your projects, which is really nice.
PicMonkey vs. Photoshop
I have a son that went to college for digital media design and the gold standard among those digital types is Adobe Photoshop.
Try as I might, I find Photoshop to be really difficult to learn. Sure – it is very powerful. But I think that the learning curve is steep.
On the other hand, I think PicMonkey is very easy to use even if you don't have a lot of experience with graphic design.
PicMonkey offers some really good video tutorials as well, so you can be up and running in no time.
As a blogger, I don't want to spend a lot of time learning how to use a photo editor.
Rather I want to create as many images as I can in a short amount of time.
If I am using my own photos, I usually need to make a few adjustments to the lighting and exposure, crop the pictures, add overlays, and resize.
Alternatively, if I am using a stock photo, the lighting is already pretty good so I just need to work with overlays.
I don't need all the power that comes with Photoshop (don't get me wrong, PicMonkey is pretty powerful as well!)
And when it comes to Picmonkey pricing vs. Photoshop – well, they are somewhat similar.
You can get the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan for $9.99/month which is the same as the PicMonkey cost for the Pro Plan billed annually.
Since I opted for PicMonkey and do not use Photoshop I cannot really compare the features knowledgeably.
Take the PicMonkey Free Trial
If you are not familiar with PicMonkey or have not used them in quite some time – I suggest that you sign up for a free trial here.
Test the all new PicMonkey by creating some images for your blog, Pinterest, and other social media – and see what you think.
P.S. – I'm not sure if a blog post should have a PS but writing an article like this puts a lot of pressure on myself to create some kind of super, awesome image. Yikes! I am not a graphic design genius – so I put this image together using the easy masking features in PicMonkey. I used masks on the text, the outer rectangle, and the inner rectangle – just in case you were wondering. 🙂