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This is an archived post from our old blog. It's here for the sake of posterity (and to keep the search engines happy). Our new blog can be found at http://blog.fracturedatlas.org.

#TechToolTuesday: PicMonkey

There's that saying: "a picture is worth a thousand words." And we know that the way people consume content on the internet is extremely visual. Readers confronted with a block of dense text will likely only read the first paragraph before moving on. Quality images are key to conveying key information to readers in a concise and effective way. However, too many times have I visited an arts project's website only to be smacked with a really low-quality, poorly framed, or unflattering image. Image quality directly impacts a reader's sense of value of your project. Ideally, you have access to photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP. But these software solutions often have a high technical barrier of entry for newcomers. Learning how to use a photo-editing software can require a lot of time and energy.

Enter PicMonkey, Photoshop for the rest of us.

PicMonkey is an online photo-editing application that allows users to upload images and edit them online, without even needing to register. This is a quick and easy solution for that artist who just needs to adjust the color balance of a production shot, or an arts administrator who needs to create a quick image header for a website.

The app lets users crop, rotate, edit exposure, adjust color levels, sharpen, and resize images, along with a number of nifty tools like effects (essentially instagram-like photo-filters), photo touch ups (for those DIY headshots), fonts, overlays, and more. If you want some extra features, you can always upgrade to a "Royale" membership which includes more effects and fancy features.

This is an easy, intuitive, and cost-free way for artists to edit their photos on the fly. It definitely lacks the pure oomph of a dedicated photo editor like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP, but it's definitely a solution for those of you who just want to make simple edits to photos.

Check back next Tuesday for a new #TechToolTuesday!