How To Create A Ray Of Light Effect In PicMonkey

In the last tutorial, I showed you how to create a gradient in PicMonkey. This tutorial, using a similar method, I will show you how to create a ray of light effect.

The photo below is the before and after. The image on the right is what we will create.

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How To Create A Gradient In PicMonkey

PicMonkey is a simple photo editing tool that’s easy to learn and use. While tinkering with PicMonkey, I did notice some limitations and tools that didn’t exist such as the gradient fill often found in Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and others. It doesn’t mean it can’t be created in PicMonkey, it’s just a different way to create the same visual effect.

Simply follow the steps below to create the gradient.

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How To Create Your Own Instagram Or Pinterest Collage Using PicMonkey


There are a variety of ways to put your Instagram or Pinterest photos in your sidebar. To jazz things up a bit, this tutorial will show you how to create a photo collage image to link to your Instagram or Pinterest account. This is useful especially if you want your image a little more eye catching and not something that looks like what everyone else is doing. And why not? Your site is unique.

Now you may be thinking, “Oh no…does this require working in Photoshop? That’s too complicated!”.

No, you don’t need to use Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, or Gimp. Yes, those are very complicated software tools and very powerful for advanced photography adjustments or designs created from scratch (e.g., realistic water, replicating a photo portrait digitally drawn, 3D textures and effects, etc.). For most users, you don’t need to use Photoshop for your blog.

There are easier and simpler alternatives. In this tutorial, I chose to use PicMonkey after spending some time with it, it’s quite simple and a friendly interface—and this is coming from a long time Photoshop user.

Are you ready to create your own images? Let’s get started!

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Morning Reading List – January 19, 2014

  1. How the Target Hackers Did It
  2. Meet the Man Google Hired to Make AI a Reality
  3. This Phone Lets You Send Smells, Not Texts
  4. The iPod of Prison
  5. Tech companies shoot holes in President Obama’s surveillance speech
  6. Investors Drop Big Money On Dropbox So It Can Beat Box
  7. Dropbox Fundraising Could Actually Be as Much as $400 Million
  8. Brainly Aims to Bring Social Learning to U.S.
  9. The Tablet Is The New General Purpose Computer

Morning Reading List – January 18, 2014

  1. How Beats’ New Music Service Plans to Crush Spotify
  2. Spotify, spooked by Beats Music, hopes that free streaming will help it keep its edge
  3. Blackphone Sets Out To Uphold Objectives Of Privacy
  4. Blackphone: A Smartphone That Puts Privacy First
  5. What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You
  6. Feds Free to ‘Liquidate’ Seized Silk Road Bitcoins Worth $25 Million
  7. Yahoo’s Comeback Is All Smoke and Mirrors
  8. Facebook debuts Twitter-esque ‘Trending’ feature, highlights popular conversations
  9. Keep the Internet free and open
  10. Digg’s big plan to deliver original content
  11. Target to testify before U.S. House of Representatives after hackers steal credit card info for up to 110M customers
  12. Twitter Product Chief Stepping Down
  13. Warning: Starbucks iOS app doesn’t keep your password safe
  14. An Open-Source, Nest-Like Thermostat, Built In One Day
  15. Google Is Making A Smart Contact Lens

Morning Reading List – January 17, 2014

  1. 4 Strategies of America’s Best Places To Work
  2. How Etsy’s Creative Director Uses Intricate To-Do Lists To Free Up Big-Idea Brain Space
  3. How To Do Less: A Short Guide
  4. One Therapist’s Diagnosis–And Prescription–For The Overworked Masses Of Silicon Valley
  5. Make the Most of Scarce Data-Mining Talent
  6. Nest and Google’s Customer Service Problem
  7. For Senior Leaders, Fit Matters More than Skill
  8. The Present and Future of Adobe Fireworks
  9. The Challenges And Rewards Of Teaching Web Design
  10. The Lean UX Manifesto: Principle-Driven Design
  11. Editing Tips For Business Web Content

Morning Reading List – January 16, 2014

  1. Research: Using a Smartphone After 9 pm Leaves Workers Disengaged
  2. Minority Women Report Downsizing Their Ambitions Because of Bias
  3. 8 Unexpected Ways Technology Will Change The World By 2020
  4. Understanding How Habits Rule Our Lives
  5. How Dabbling Can Actually Help Your Career
  6. Is Using WordPress and All the Code is Open Source
  7. WordPress Managed Host NodeKi Goes Bust: No Refunds For Lifetime Customers
  8. Rant On WordPress Photography Themes Raises Concerns For Consumers
  9. 8 Tactics To Maximise The Success Of Your WordPress Project
  10. Official Git Mirror Now Available for WordPress Core Development Repository
  11. Introducing AppPresser

Google Buys Nest

Wow, talk about futuristic. Google already pushing the boundaries of privacy. With the purchase of Nest, looks like self driving connected cars are also connected to your home. Not right now, but perhaps in the future…give or take 10 years is my thought.

…Seems too much like a movie.

GigaOm: When Google closes the Nest deal, privacy issues for the internet of things will hit the big time

Samsung Plans Galaxy S5 by April as Eye Scanner Studied

This is an interesting article to come across. I had a conversation with friends a few days ago about Google Authenticator, Two-Step authentication, authentication methods in general and the user experience is cumbersome and clunky.

Samsung Plans Galaxy S5 by April as Eye Scanner Studied

BlackBerry Keyboard

Creating keyboard-less BlackBerry phones never made much sense, and BlackBerry knows it.

via BlackBerry comes to its senses: Future devices will have mostly keyboards, not touchscreens | VentureBeat | Business | by Ricardo Bilton.

Amen to that. It never made sense to me that they removed their physical keyboards. My thought, this is the result of effective branding like McDonald’s golden arches. And I found BlackBerry’s keyboard was pretty well built.

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