How to Edit Baby Pictures Like a Pro Using Picmonkey

Update: Now Picmonkey charges for some of their actions, but there is a free website called Ipiccy that has identical software.

I own Photoshop, but I actually prefer the simplicity of Picmonkey! Plus, most of the actions are free & it’s so simple anyone can use it! 

Today I am going to show you how you can make you baby photos (or really any photos) shine using this free software. One note: I have found that sometimes using this software compared to Photoshop decreases the pixels and thus the quality of your image, so keep that in mind if you want a super high quality photo.

Here is the Photo I started out with. Cute, huh? Well, we’re going to make it cuter!
Quick Note:
circled or highlighted every important move or action I made in pink
(just in case you didn’t notice 😉 The pink box on the left side of the
pictures will be where to find the particular effect I am using in each
So, first off, I cropped my image.
I wanted my picture to be lighter. I love using Curves for this. It gives pictures a pure creamy source of soft light & it is so easy to control and get the tone you want.
Next I wanted to sharpen my image a bit, so I used Eye Brighten around the main focus of my image. I prefer this tool over the Sharpen Tool Because you can control what gets clear and what stays blurred.
This is a close up of what she looks like after using Eye Brighten to sharpen her face.
I like to sharpen her dark features (bow & eyes) with Mascara just to make them stand out a little more.
Now I used Exposure to give more contrast (lighter lights and darker darks) I played around with the shadows & brightness until I liked it.
Now I cleaned up her skin (bug bites!) using Wrinkle Remover, because I am picky like that! 😛
Next I used Cross Process to change the tint of the picture to a more creamy green. I faded it to about 70% so it would be very subtle. 

Here’s the before and after. It all comes down to your preference. Some people like the antiqued look and some like natural. I like a combination of them!
Using Curves again (my favorite 😉 I used the color override to dilute it. Before I “applied” the action, 
I erased where I wanted all the color to be so it would pop more.

Call me crazy, but I like my pictures to be as clean as possible, so I used Clone to replace this ugly leaf in the grass with more grass.  
All better!

There you have it! all The steps might look insignificant until you see the before and after! 🙂
It’s all about playing around with your picture until you like what you see!


If you haven’t tried Picmonkey out, you really should! Ever since Picnik closed, it has been the best free photo editing site I have found!

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  1. Lucy

    October 1st, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I looove picmonkey, but it makes both of my computers go waaay too slow, I still use it sometimes because it's so easy to use!

    PS. I THINK I'm on your babycenter birth board.

  2. Hannah Hathaway

    October 1st, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    It does freeze up every now and then, but as long as I don't have too many other windows up it works great! Thanks for stopping by my blog. See you on the board! 😉

  3. The Yarbrough's

    October 23rd, 2012 at 1:55 am

    I used to use Picnik and I was sooo disappointed when they closed. I have had alot of trouble trying to find a photo editing program similar to Picnik. I loved Picnik. It was so easy to use. I'll have to try Picmonkey. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Hannah Hathaway

    October 23rd, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I know! Picmonkey is an offshoot of Picnik, so it is pretty much identical. I love it! Hope you give it a try! <3 Hannah

  5. Michele

    March 11th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Unfortunately, it's no longer free. 🙁

  6. Hannah Hathaway

    March 12th, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Yes, unfortunately not all the features are free anymore. Try (it has similar features, in a different setup)

    Hope that helps!

    <3 Hannah

  7. Anonymous

    April 10th, 2013 at 12:22 am

    it asked me to update to use curves.

    I thought this was a free site, any secrets?

  8. Hannah Hathaway

    April 10th, 2013 at 1:15 am

    At the time this tutorial was written All of Picmonkey was free. However, they have decided to "charge" for some of their features. 🙁

    Try (it has similar features, in a different setup)

    Hope that helps!

    <3 Hannah

  9. Kittie

    April 10th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I use PicMonkey all of the time. It does charge now for some of the features but it is well worth it. Also have been using Ribbit. It is the identical set-up of Picnik.

  10. Jul

    April 20th, 2013 at 5:21 am

    I really don't understand the curves function and the difference between dodge and burn. Can you explain them to us?

  11. Hannah Hathaway

    April 20th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    When using curves, you drag the line either up (for a lighter picture) or down (for a darker contrast) The two actions I used it for were 1) to lighten it and 2) to dilute the color.

    I didn't use dodge and burn, but in my experience, dodge and burn can be used to make it "pop" more.

    Hope that helps! The best way to learn and figure it out is to play around with it on the website! 🙂

    <3 Hannah

  12. Sako

    May 20th, 2013 at 4:51 am

    i try to use PicMonkey…,its its easy to use but no longer free.,

    Thanks for sharing…,

  13. Hannah Hathaway

    May 20th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Yeah, I'm sad it's no longer free, but as I mentioned above at the top of the post, try using ipiccy which is pretty much identical (and free!) 🙂

  14. Ana

    May 24th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I absolutely love Pixlr. (I use pixlr express htp:// ) You should give it a try. It's by far the easiest one to use, very intuiive and full of nice effects 😉

  15. Melissa@Julias Bookbag

    July 24th, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Super helpful post!! I've never used the curves feature, but I'm gonna now!!

  16. Sofia

    April 23rd, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Hannah,

    I think the curve doesn't exist anymore… at least I cannot found it…

  17. Sofia

    April 23rd, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Oh boy!!! Found it!!!!!

    Thank you so much for your great tutorials!!!! and for all the help!

  18. Anonymous

    December 1st, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Where is the curve feature now?

  19. Hannah @ We Lived Happily Ever After

    December 1st, 2014 at 1:45 am

    At the very bottom of effects. 🙂

  20. Ann

    January 1st, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I love Picmonkey. I use it exclusively. It is well worth the small yearly charge. I have one complaint. When editing photos they are often degraded too much to maintain a decent quality for enlargements. Especially when converting to b/w. Any suggestions? ann

  21. Hannah @ We Lived Happily Ever After

    January 16th, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I agree- the only suggestion I have is to edit and save it under the highest quality (when editing, click the tool icon in the upper right options and click "King Kong") Hope that helps! 🙂

  22. photo editing service

    December 8th, 2016 at 10:26 am

    PicMonkey is great. I am using it since last year. It has some exclusive features which impressed me much. But Sometimes It hang when I work for a long time. Can you please give me any suggestion?

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