Creating Graphics in PicMonkey

I’m so excited to share today’s post with you!  I don’t know how to use Photoshop to make graphics and I’m always admiring those bloggers and graphic artists that create such pretty images for their blogs.  But, I figured out an easy way to make something similar in PicMonkey  (a free! photo editing site).  I’m working on a new blog design and have been playing with making an “About Me” page.  Here’s what I came up with for a draft using PicMonkey. 
tea image via The Glitter Guide
1)  I started with hovering over the “design” icon at the top of the page, which then brings up the size options below.  Click the size you want- I used the 5×7 canvas.

2) You will end up at this screen with your selected canvas size showing.  You have the option at the left to change the color of the canvas- I left mine white. 
3)  Click the “Butterfly” icon on the left sidebar, which provides the Overlay options.  To add your own photos to the image, at the top, click “your own” and then click wherever you store your photos- for me I choose “My computer.”  (This is the part I didn’t realize I could do!) 
4)  After you’ve selected an image from wherever you store it, it will appear on the canvas. 
You can then move the image to where you want it to be and enlarge it, rotate it, etc.

5)  To add text, you can click the “Tt” icon in PicMonkey and use their fonts, but their selection is limited.  To have access to all of their fonts, you need a subscription ($5 a month, I think).  
I created a document in Pages (Mac), but you can use Word if you have a PC.  Then I did a “screen shot” of the words I wanted and used the process above to bring them onto the canvas.  To capture a screen shot on a Mac, push the following keys simultaneously “command, shift, 4”  Here’s a screen shot of my Page document.  (I used St. Marie font for the “Megan loves” and Mahogany Script font for the other words).

6)  To make the dots, I used Geo Sans Light font and periods, then changed the color and size. 

7)  After inserting all of my photos and text, I created a boarder by clicking the Frame image below the Butterfly in PicMonkey.  I chose “Simple Edge” and a pink hue, then you can change the thickness.  My original image is around a 2 thickness.
8)  Then save your image!
To Create A Round Image
1)  Drag the image you want to use onto the PicMonkey “Edit” icon.  Or click “Edit” and select the photo you want to use.
2)  You’ll get this screen.

3)  At the top of the main editing page, click “Crop.”  In the drop-down menu, click square. (If you don’t, when you go to round the corners, you’ll end up with an oval).

4)  You can drag the edges of the square to make it larger or smaller.  You’ll end up with the shot below.

5)  To make the circle, click the Frame icon that is located below the butterfly.  The first option at the top is “rounded corners”.  Click that and slide the “corner radius” all the way to the right.  

6)  Then click save and save to your computer.  The white portion won’t show up on a white background, so it will look like your picture is circular.
Is this helpful?  Maybe you already figured this out?!  Since I just started playing with this graphic option, I’m going to see what else I can do.  
Do you use an editing program to make graphics, if so which one? I’d love to know so I can learn too. 
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Meet Megan

Hi! Iโ€™m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!

40 Comments

  1. Thanks so much! I don't have photoshop and was wondering if there was an alternative. I used this to create the top photos of my blog but never went back to it. I'll definitely give it another try. Thanks for this post!

  2. Wow! This is the best tutorial. I have used pic monkey for so long and never knew I could do all that with it! Thank you for sharing!!!

  3. I have been going insane trying to make my own graphics in photoshop cc. I still plan on learning as I am one to not give up, but this will be great as a simpler alternative in the meantime. Thank you!

  4. This is awesome! PicMonkey is fabulous! I use to only use it for pictures but now I've realized the options are really endless! Love it! In fact, I just made my blog header using PicMonkey! -Xo

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  5. Love this tutorial! I too love graphics found on other blogs and can never seem to make them look decent in Photoshop. I will definitely have to give this a try.

  6. Thanks so much, Megan! I use PicMonkey to spruce up my photos from time to time, but had not idea you could create these kinds of graphics as well. Very Helpful!

  7. I love PicMonkey! What a great post to get the most out of it! Check out Canva as well it's also a free package, they have pre made designs to choose from as well!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing tht Megan! I don't have photo shop, and I use Pic Monkey all the time, so this is very helpful for me! I am going to use it for sure!

  9. Wonderful post Megan! This is so helpful and your tutorial is easy to follow. Thank you for putting this together!

  10. This is soo helpful!!! I don't know how to use photoshop either so I've been trying to figure out how to design my about me in pic monkey too! So thank you!!!

  11. Yes – love PicMonkey! Someday I'll graduate to Photoshop……….but someday is way far in the future for me I think. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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