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PicMonkey LLC
Type of business Private
Type of site
Image editing service
Available in English
Founded Seattle, Washington, USA
Headquarters United States
Key people Jonathan Sposato, CEO,[1] Brian Terry, Justin Huff, Charlie Whiton, Lisa Conquergood
Industry Internet, computer software
Website www.picmonkey.com
Advertising yes
Registration yes
Launched 2012-03-01
Current status active

PicMonkey is an online photo editing service headquartered in Seattle, Washington, which was founded in April 2012 by two former Picnik engineers, Brian Terry and Justin Huff. Upon learning that Google planned to shut down Picnik in 2012, Terry and Huff left Google to create PicMonkey as a "more efficient and feature-rich replacement." PicMonkey was founded with additional backing from former Picnikers Jonathan Sposato, Lisa Conquergood and Charlie Whiton.[2]

PicMonkey uses a freemium business model, offering ad-supported free features as well as a set of premium features "Royale" available for a subscription fee, on an annual or monthly basis. PicMonkey has basic features similar to Picnik's (Crop, Rotate, Textures, Overlays, and one-click effects) and advanced features like Curves, Touch Up, Design, and Collage.

PicMonkey’s service is cloud-based, allowing users to upload photos from their computer and services like Facebook, Flickr, and Dropbox. Individuals can then share to Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and We Heart It.

PicMonkey has an open API for developers to integrate them directly into a website. Some current API partners include Facebook[3] and SmugMug.[4] PicMonkey’s affiliate partner is ShareaSale.

PicMonkey was recognized as a Top 100 Website in 2013 by PC Magazine,[5] listed as hosting one of the Best April Fools’ Pranks of 2014 by TIME Magazine,[6] and recognized as one of the most affordable online services for startups.[7]


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