Use PicMonkey to Easily Blur Faces in Photos (for PC and Mac)

PC users rejoice!
Earlier this week I posted a video tutorial for Mac users on how to remove details from images (such as faces or student names) before posting photos online. After a little experimentation, I have a great solution for all of you PC users (or Mac users that would like another option) using the site PicMonkey.

If you are not already familiar with PicMonkey, prepare to have your socks knocked off. PicMonkey is a wonderful web-based photo editing application. It has many fun and powerful tools and is very user-friendly. You are not required to register, login, download, or install anything – just hop on the site and start editing. Oh, and did I mention PicMonkey is FREE?

Now that you know how fabulous PicMonkey is, want to see it in action?
I made a video tutorial to show you exactly what to do. And because I know you teachers are super busy (even on summer vacation) so I kept it short and sweet.

How will YOU use this retouching feature of PicMonkey?

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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  1. I noticed the fee as well. Not to be deterred, though, I found a online picture editor that works almost exactly the same way and it doesn’t require an upgrade (at least not for the wrinkle removing tool used to blur faces). It is called iPiccy and can be found at http://ipiccy.com/

    Click Edit a Photo then Upload Photo Then at the top bar the third on in is Retouch. After clicking retouch, look on the side panel on the left for Wrinkle Remover and follow the instructions just like in this video. Works the same way and requires no fee. Have fun!

  2. Not sure if this is too late, but another good site is pixlr.com, just select the face and choose either pixellate or gaussian blur from the filters tab.

  3. Thank you so much for this tutorial! So helpful! I wanted to post a picture of my son’s birthday party invitation but wanted to blur out our address – this worked perfectly! I love Picmonkey and I’m glad I’ve learned a new way to use it.

  4. I love your tutorial. Unfortunately Picmonkey is not free anymore!! I tried wrinkle remover to blur a student’s face and it wanted me to upgrade to Royale account. Bummer!

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)

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