I’m sure by now you’ve heard of PicMonkey, an Internet based photo editing program. If you haven’t, you need to go edit some pictures. Like now. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.
PicMonkey is my favorite photo editing program. It’s so easy to use and that little monkey is so cute. I use PicMonkey for all of my photo editing on the blog. I just discovered a fun trick on PicMonkey that I couldn’t wait to share.
How to Change the Background Color of a Picture in PicMonkey!
You have no idea how useful this is. So many times I’ve taken a picture and thought “This would be so much better if the background was < insert color here. >” And then I get all mad that I didn’t think of it while I was taking the pictures and I have to resort to a plain white background. Sadface.
But the wait is finally over. I have figured out how to do it and now I’m gonna share it with you.
Start with whatever picture you want to edit. Personally, I would go through all your basic edits first (exposure, sharpening, etc.). Once you are ready to change your background color, just click on the lipstick.
Scroll down a little bit until you see Lip Tint. Then click on the colorful button on the right.
Slide your cursor around until you find the color that you want for your background. I wanted my background to echo the yellow in the cupcake liner here.
Outline your background keeping your cursor pretty small. You can always adjust the zoom as needed to get into all the little nooks and crannies.
Adjust your cursor to make it really big. I like to put change it to at least 100.
Now, just fill in the rest of your background. Don’t worry. There’s always an eraser if you make a mistake.
Now go ahead and finish off your picture with text and frames and whatever else you want. You can see my handiwork on my Popcorn Cupcakes.
I have found that this works the best with lighter color backgrounds. Yellow, pink, light green. You can also adjust the color after your’re done drawing as long as you don’t hit that little green Apply button. That way you can pick out the perfect color background for your photo.
Thankfully, this tip uses only the free features on PicMonkey. If you want to get more serious with your photo editing, PicMonkey offers a paid subscription to use their premium features. Awesome fonts, effects, and overlays for only $33/year. If you’re interested, I would love it if you would use my affiliate link.