How to Use PicMonkey: Designing a Graphic

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This is the fourth post in a five-part series. If you missed the first three tutorials, here’s your chance to catch-up:

The Design Your Own feature is a relatively new feature from PicMonkey. Users asked and the monkey responded! Before this feature was available, users would have to upload a photo and then manipulate it with some of the tools to change the photo to a blank page. Now, users just start with a blank canvas and we are only limited by our imagination!

I use this feature all the time to create graphics for my blog. Sometimes, a photo just isn’t right for a particular blog post and a homemade image is more appropriate. Plus, if you are the creative type, this feature will soon become one of your favorite things about PicMonkey.

Start by selecting a canvas size. You can “Resize” any of the canvases you select, so don’t stress too much about the size you select. As you create your graphic, you may completely change direction and decide to go from vertical to horizontal or vice versa, and the this program allows you the flexibility of doing just that.

Once you have chosen a blank canvas, PicMonkey will load it to the dashboard and default to the Canvas Color tool. The color graph bar offers a myriad of options. Since spring is in the air here in my neck of the woods, I decided to go with a nice sunny, lemony yellow. Be sure to click Apply once you have chosen your final color.

Now it’s time to add overlays. I’ve decided that I want a banner at the top of my graphic. So, in the top photo above, I’ve chosen an arched ribbon banner. Then, I started going through all the overlay choices and selected ones with a spring theme. Every time you click on an overlay, it is added to your canvas. You can see by the middle photo that I went wild with the overlays!

For the bottom photo, I started resizing, changing the color and moving my selection of overlays. By clicking on each little overlay, a text box appears around the overlay, allowing the user to resize it by dragging the corner inward to make it smaller or dragging the corner outward to make it larger. Plus, by clicking on the overlay and holding it, the user can drag it into position.

Note that I did the following:

  • Changed the banner color from the default black to white
  • Decided not to use the daisy or the balloons and deleted them
  • Changed the color of the Easter eggs and moved them to the bottom of the canvas
  • Added a flower border by choosing some whimsical flower overlays, resizing them, duplicating them and changing the colors on some of them. Then, I moved them into position at the bottom of the page but clicking on them, holding and dragging.
  • I added a party hat to one of the chicks!
  • Changed the color of the butterflies, resized them and moved them into position.


Next I added text. I typed each word is a separate text box. This is a little time-consuming, but to place text in an arched banner, each word needs to be a separate word in order to rotate the word inside the text box (using the text box handle at the top) to fit the curve of the banner. Plus, if you want certain words to be different sizes, they must be added separately because all words within a text box can only be the same size, color and font.
Notice, too, that I decided to duplicate the jumping, bouncing chick and include one in the upper right corner over the word “Sprung”. Plus, I decided to resize and move most of the butterflies to the bottom of the page fluttering over the flowers.


Now I have more choices – I can leave this canvas just as it is, or I can add a frame. I decided to add a frame. I chose Simple Frames because it is one of the free choices. It defaults to black.

At this point, I can do the following:

  • Change the outer color – I changed it to blue
  • Increase or decrease the thickness of the outer color – I increased it slightly
  • Change the inner color – it defaults to white and I left it at white
  • Increase or decrease the thickness of the inner color – I increased it slightly
  • Round the corner by using the “Corner Radius” tool – I didn’t do this, but left my canvas with right angles
  • Add caption space at the bottom by using the “Caption Space” tool – I didn’t use this tool either, because I put text inside my canvas


Here’s my finished Spring Fling card! Isn’t it cute? And, it was so much fun! Open a blank canvas and have some fun creating and designing your own card, banner, graphic, Facebook cover or free printable for your blog’s readers!

Stay tuned for the final post in this series:

  • Create a Collage

By: Carole, from Toot Sweet 4 Two

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