Want to learn how to use PicMonkey?
If you want to make professional-looking graphics easily, give the Monkey a go.
He’s fast yet flexible, and my favorite design tool of the online and/or mobile variety.
And if your photos need editing, that’s where the Monk really excels. (Plus, he’s fun!)
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Benefits of PicMonkey:
- Numerous backgrounds included.
- Loads of amazingly easy photo editing options.
- Fun themes with new backgrounds, fonts, and more added each season.
- New for 2017! Professionally designed templates.
- Save your designs to edit later, on your phone or computer.
- Chrome extension for grabbing images and screenshots.
- You can upload your own fonts in addition to using theirs.
If those features sound useful, check out the PicMonkey tutorial below!
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Step 1: Choose Your Canvas
Ready to try PicMonkey? Head on over to PicMonkey.com. You don’t even need to set up an account, however I recommend the free trial so you can access all the features.
Hover the Design icon (*t) and decide whether to start with a template, blank canvas, or custom size. The first two will bring up dozens of options, which you can sort by category, size, and tags, to find what you want.
I started with an Instagram square.
Step 2: Add a Background
If you want to add a background, click on the crosshatch icon in the far left column. PicMonkey had loads of free backgrounds to choose from.
You can adjust the saturation of the color, and the transparency, by playing with the sliders. You can even layer multiple backgrounds to create a completely unique effect.
Or, upload your own image from your computer, Facebook, Flickr, etc.
You can even add effects to your background! These are found via the magic wand icon. Be sure to click Apply if you want to add the effect.
The Monkey will remind you if you forget 😉
Step 3: Add Your Text
We’re going to keep it simple, and go right to Text – the Tt icon.
Click Add Text at the top. Now choose a font, click in the text box, and start typing. Lots of formatting options appear in the pop-up menu.
Add as many text boxes as you need to say what you need to! Don’t forget to include one for your name or URL at the bottom.
Step 4: Add Fun Overlays, If You Like
When you have time to play, check out:
- basic photo editing tools via the slider icon
- fabulous portrait editing tools via the face icon
- fun overlays via the butterfly icon
- eye-catching borders via the frame icon
One example of the overlays (or stickers) is shown at right. Fun, right?
Step 5: Save Your Creation
But we’re ready to save, so click the button at the top of your screen.
- Save will save an editable copy to your Hub.
- Export will save a flattened (non-editable) image to your computer, OneDrive, or Dropbox.
Here, I clicked Export.
In PicMonkey, you can change the resolution you want to save after you’ve made your image– or stick with what you set up originally.
You can choose from 3 file sizes of JPG, or a PNG. I always choose PNG, as it’s the best quality – especially for Facebook, which loves to compress your JPG images.
If you’re going to use the image on your website, also save a JPG, which will load faster.
NOTE: After exporting, PicMonkey will take you back to your graphic. Don’t close this window!
If you want to make additional graphics with this layout and different text, do so now. Or, save your creation to your Hub to edit later. You can access it on all the devices where you use PicMonkey – phones and computers!
But you’ll save a lot of time by making all your similar graphics at once 🙂
What do you think? Will you take the Monkey for a spin?
You can try PicMonkey Premium FREE for 7 days. Upgrade for the affordable cost of $7.99 paid monthly, or save by paying only $47.88 for the whole year. That’s 50% off!
Features you get in PicMonkey Premium:
- Access to all advanced Touch Up tools
- Dozens of photo effects and filters
- Unlimited access to all fonts, overlays, frames, and textures
- Huge library of design templates
- The ability to save custom effects and filters
- In-cell editing in Collage Maker
- Image storage and the ability to edit after saving with PicMonkey Hub
As of September 2017, PicMonkey no longer has a free-forever version.
If you’ve tried PicMonkey or another design tool, I’d love to hear your opinion in a comment below.
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