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For 3 months in 2012, the whole Internet community was boiling from the news about sudden Picnik shutdown. Picnik was a tremendously popular online image editor. Since April 2012 it does not exist any longer. Google, the Picnik owner, suggests everyone switch to Google+ network or Picasa as a Picnik replacement. But these options do not attract all hard core Picnik fans. However, there’s a hope for the good. Meet PicMonkey, a new and dead simple Picnik alternative made by ex-Picnik developers.

When Did PicMonkey Come out?

PicMonkey came out on March 1, 2012. Launched over 9 years ago, PicMonkey is like a reflection of the old good Picnik. Like Picnik, PicMonkey can do all editing jobs: rotate, crop, edit, apply effects, improve pics, adjust light, colors, add frames, text, objects, watermarks, etc. An avid Picnik user will notice a lot of similarities in the 2 online picture editors.

What Did You Get in Old PicMonkey Version?

In the old version of 2012, PicMonkey app has inherited the following from Picnik:

  • similar features wrapped in all-one online app;
  • easy image upload;
  • smooth and fast online editing;
  • premium and basic features;
  • no account registration;
Photo Frames in PicMonkey
PicMonkey app interface in the old version as of April, 2012

Besides, PicMonkey image editing behavior resembles Picnik. It means that when you edit a picture or apply an effect, you can customize its quality, depth, level, etc. Thus, some pic manipulations may be more complicated than in unpretentious Loonapix, Photomontager or Pixlr-o-Matic. But yet, PicMonkey’s solid photo editing toolbox may offer more control to advanced users and will not cause troubles to Picnik fans.

Edit Photos in PicMonkey
Old PicMonkey editor, April 2012

There are minor differences. For example, in PicMonkey the well-known editing menu with key features like “Edit”, “Effects”, “Touch Up”, “Text”, and “Frames” was moved to the left working panel. The same panel was located on the top in Picnik. However, there were no an inbuilt collage making feature for the moment. For collages, you’d better try special web apps like Photovisi, piZap, Polaroid Tagger or BeFunky (see the links below the review).

Upon the whole, PicMonkey of 2012 was good at image editing for a new web app. Since PicMonkey is really young, it promises more cool stuff to come soon. It sounds reasonable to add such necessary things as:

  • upload ready images to online picture sharing sites like Facebook, Flickr or Photbucket;
  • mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. In 2012 PicMonkey worked only on computers that supported Adobe Flash technology;
  • transparent pricing plans and options to get rid of PicMonkey watermark on premium elements;
  • offline printing solutions;
  • online picture storage and accounts for regular users.

Let’s wish good luck for a small and brave image app and see whether PicMonkey authors can repeat Picnik success story or not.

What’s in New PicMonkey Editor?

Many things has changed in PicMonkey new picture editor app since 2012. In 2021 PicMonkey doesn’t need Flash anymore and works on every device: Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad, etc. New PicMonkey version has dozens of smart and useful features including collages, adding glasses to photo, filters, stickers, layers, background removal, retouching, color change and much more. Here’s an ultimate video session with UX designer from PicMonkey team showing and comparion old and new versions of PicMonkey picture editing apps. Take a look below:

PicMonkey Pros & Cons

PicMonkey is an easy-to-use and powerful photo editing tool that allows you to quickly and easily edit your photos. It has a wide range of features that make it a great choice for professional and amateur photographers alike.


1. Easy to use: PicMonkey is designed to be easy to use, with a simple and intuitive user interface. This makes it ideal for both beginners and experienced users.

2. Powerful tools: Wide range of powerful editing tools, such as layers, effects, filters, and brushes. This makes it easy to create professional-looking photos.

3. Flexible pricing: So you can choose the plan that fits your budget.

4. Affordable: Plans starting at just $4.99 per month.


1. Limited features: PicMonkey doesn’t have as many features as some of the more expensive photo editing tools, such as Adobe Photoshop.

2. Limited support: Not as much customer support as some of the more expensive photo editing tools.

3. Limited file formats: So you may not be able to edit all of your photos.

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  1. layla

    thank u for this article….luv it…

  2. Galina

    Hi everybody,

    really useful post & plenty of details. thanks for yr time

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