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PicMonkey’s Premium: Is Royale too high for you?


I’ve mentioned here numerous times and to anyone I talk to about editing how much I love PicMonkey. In fact, I love even more than it’s predecessor, Picnik. But I haven’t made my mind up yet if I love it so much I need to upgrade.

PicMonkey Finally Starts Charging for Royale Features

PicMonkey's Royale Features

We were given more than ample time to get used to, not to mention become completely reliant, on all the awesome features of the online photo editor. It was a great strategy from the company because I think it has quickly become a tool that many, especially bloggers, quickly incorporated into their photo routines.

I just got back from my first cruise and went to make a quick collage when I noticed the change had gone into effect. No! How was I going to get rid of those telephone poles? What about my favorite fonts?

My first instinct was to upgrade immediately. I checked to see how much the upgrade would be since I was willing to pay a yearly or even monthly fee.

What is your limit?

The $4.99 monthly fee is very reasonable but I had to sit back and really think about it. In my mind I had already rationalized that if it was the same price as a Flickr pro account I would get it. Flickr used to cost me $25 dollars a year while PicMonkey would add up to $60.

When I compared the two I knew I couldn’t justify it. At least not right now. After all I have GIMP and Lightroom 3. Do I really need another monthly payment?

Great comparison of features

Check out City Mom’s post that breaks down the free versus paid features especially if you’re on the fence about upgrading.

An Annual membership in the works?

There’s been a lot of talk about an annual membership in the works. I’m interested to see what kind of discounted fee it is and am curiously waiting for news.

What would you spend five dollars on?

A coffee, a lunch or monthly memberships to services like Duotrope and PicMonkey? How much are you willing to pay for convenience?

I’m absolutely thrilled with the program and will continue to shout about it’s awesomeness but for right now I will dodge and burn my pictures another way.

Here are a few pictures I’ve edited with their free features to show how much you can still do! Though I usually use PicMonkey to make collages or add text to photos that I’ve already edited.

What one man can invent, another can discover. Sherlock #quotes
My favorite PicMonkey feature is collage!

16 Responses to PicMonkey’s Premium: Is Royale too high for you?

    • Hi Michelle! Yeah, even though I use it a lot I’d rather do a discounted yearly fee than a monthly one. I don’t like having a bunch of automatic monthly payments. Have a nice weekend!
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  1. I did decide to upgrade, I use PicMonkey exclusively to edit my photos and do collages. I can justify it as I use images for all my posts, and for my freelance writing as well. So yes, $5/ month, I can do. If they go ahead with an annual, reasonable fee, I’d probably sign up for that. I can’t do without it!

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  2. I have to agree with you. I LOVED Picnik and had it for years, and was so glad when PicMonkey came about. I have photoshop, Lightroom, etc, but go straight to PicMonkey for my collages. If they were offering a yearly plan, I’d jump on it, but $4.99 a month is just not reasonable to me. Honestly, I don’t even use it evey month to justify the payment. I really do hope they come up with a better plan.

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  3. I was just thinking about this very thing this morning! I think PicMonkey is awesome and was bummed when I couldn’t use some of the features anymore. My computer came with Photoshop, but I still have really no idea how to use it (I’m hoping to learn) and I think PicMonkey is so intuitive and easy to use and they have some great features. I also feel that if I’m going to use their service so much that I should support them.

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  4. I like PicMonkey better than Picnik too! Which is great, because I was really upset when Google got rid of Picnik. I don’t think I’ll be paying for the pro content just yet, though!
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  5. I believe that the $5 is reasonable, just wasn’t expecting it! lol
    (even though I should have been!) I don’t edit or make collages all that often so I’m not sure if I’d be willing to pay $5 a month for something I rarely use! :/