Build a Newsletter

About This Feature
The Genie Template Editor and the Advanced HTML Editor are the two options you have for building your newsletters. The Genie Template Editor lets you select from a number of fully customizable templates, drag and drop articles, and easily insert pictures and media. The Advanced HTML Editor is for people who are fluent enough in HTML to design their own newsletters from scratch.

How to Use this Feature
Under "Newsletters" in the main menu, click "Build". You are given two options: Genie Template Editor and HTML Editor.

[+] Genie Template Editor

[+] Advanced HTML Editor

Best Uses
Creating a visually interesting newsletter that draws the reader’s eye can one of the most fun parts of email marketing - if you know what you’re doing. Viewing the tutorial videos is a great step in the right direction if you’re just getting started. One helpful hint for ensuring that your newsletters look as great to others as they do to you is to always check rendering in multiple email clients.

Need Extra Help? Check out our Design Tips Video

Editing Images with Picmonkey

About This Feature
Picmonkey is one of the photo-editing services built into MNB's Genie Editor to allow you to edit images during newsletter creation. You can use PicMonkey to do everything from adjusting saturation and hue to adding textures, frames, overlays and effects. If you’re using pictures of people, Picmonkey also has a very easy-to-use re-touch feature which will keep everybody looking their best.

How to Use this Feature
You can access Picmonkey from the newsletter you are actively editing. To do this, click on the picture icon in the toolbar, or click an existing picture and then click on the picture icon in the toolbar to edit that specific picture. In the image options box, click on the “Edit Image” dropdown menu and select Picmonkey. The Picmonkey image editor will open up in a new window.

If need help using Picmonkey you can visit their rockin’ help center.

Best Uses
Images can brighten up an email marketing newsletter and help to draw the reader’s eye down the page. Every image you choose should represent you and your content well. Using photo-editing enables you to focus and enhance your pictures. You may find that images need to be altered to fit with your template theme. Using a photo-editor that plugs directly into your newsletter creation process is the most effective way to make and measure these alterations.

Picmonkey shines in editing pictures of people - use this feature to add special effects, textures and frames and to retouch faces and bodies - we’re talking blemishes, shadows and awkward posture, not glamour photography. We do not recommend photo-botoxing and liposuctioning your images.

Editing Images with Pixlr

About This Feature
Pixlr is one of the photo-editing services built into MNB's Genie Editor to allow you to edit images during newsletter creation. You can use Pixlr to make simple adjustments to your images, add filters, or use the toolbar to edit your image hands-on. Note: Pixlr functions a lot like Photoshop, so if you are looking for those types of tools, Pixlr would be the appropriate choice.

How to Use This Feature
You can access Pixlr from the newsletter you are actively editing. To do this, click on the picture icon in the tool bar, or click an existing picture and then click on the picture icon in the toolbar to edit that specific picture. In the image options box, click on the “Edit Image” dropdown menu and select Pixlr. The Pixlr image editor will open up in a new window.

If need help using Pixlr, we highly recommend Pixlr’s community-driven support page with Q&As and tutorials.

Best Uses
Images can brighten up an email marketing newsletter and help to draw the reader’s eye down the page. Every image you choose should represent you and your content well. Using photo editing tools enables you to focus and enhance your images. You can also create backgrounds and banners for your newsletter. You may find that images need to be altered to fit with your template theme. Using a photo-editor that plugs directly into your newsletter creation process is the most effective way to make and measure these alterations.

Pixlr has amazing filters which allow you to quickly and dramatically alter images. You can also do all of your basic adjustments, as well as take advantage of the toolbar to add text, change colors and draw on or erase parts of images. We recommend that only those with a very steady hand pick up the pencil or eraser - or someone could lose an eye.