Creations, Photo Effects

I was playing around with photo editing effects and decided to make a visual reference chart for myself and thought I’d share some of the results with you.  Whether you use PicMonkey, PhotoShop, Apps or other editing methods, the possibilities are endless…

Here is the still life photo that I used to try out various effects

still life

I tried over 50 different things on this photo in PicMonkey and here are my favorites

Focal B&W

Focal B&W

Light Trails 3

light trails 3



Warhol Blue and Green

Warhol blue and green

Burn [added to inside of lower left daisy]


Dodge [used to soften dark blue outer areas]


Tint Pink

Tint pink


paint effect

Water 2

water 2

Water 6

water 6

Cross Process

Cross Process Blue







Draw [colored the background left side]

draw blue



Comic Heros, Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel

And this last one is done with Waterlogue App for iPhone/iPad

Painted in Waterlogue

So many possibilities!!

Juicy Details

PicMonkey is a free on line editing service.  You can pay a small yearly fee to upgrade for access to more effects, fonts and other options.  You can use it to add text to your photos, edit faces, crop, resize~ then simply save the photo back to your computer and print or have it printed.    Even if you’re not a blogger, you can use PicMonkey for tons of stuff.  I use it to make printable menus and tags, and it has a great collage feature

Many of the PicMonkey effects have several variations within them, so Water 6 means that the 6th option was used for that photo

Waterlogue App is available through the App store for $2.99

Feature photo was done with Dark Edges and Frost

Turn any photo into a work of art!


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10 Responses to “Creations, Photo Effects”
  1. Lorraine says:

    That’s a great demo! I use PicMonkey and have fun using all the effects. Sometimes it’s hard to pick the one I like best. I think I used that posterize effect on a photo of my husband to put on his business cards. I really love that watercolor app. I don’t have it, but it looks amazing.

    • Thanks Lorraine, I really learned a ton from this experiment, I can’t wait to really explore further~what a great idea using the posterize on the business cards, that is one of my favorite effects, love the simple and dramatic graphics it generates~

  2. These are nifty Jenna. I love playing around with several editing programs.

  3. Jodi says:

    so many fun possibilities – I must get that waterlogue app!! 🙂

    • Yes Jodi!! It will really inspire your watercolors! I often print out my painting source photo with different effects to break down the composition and tones, a great painter’s tool

  4. Lynn says:

    It’s always fun to play:@)

  5. Teddee Grace says:

    Is it possible to get and use an App, such as the watercolor App, for a desktop computer?

    • hi Teddee, the waterlogue app only works on iPhone/iPad, but if you have Photoshop there is a watercolor effect in it. Also there are free online editors, but the only one I’ve used is PicMonkey so I’m not familiar with the others.

  6. Mary says:

    Fun photo effects Jenna! I wish I could combine the features of Picasa with PicMonkey since there are bits of each I prefer over the other 🙂

  7. plutrell says:

    Love the way you did this…thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!!

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