Create a Pin Using PicMonkey
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PicMonkey is a great website where you can create may of the graphics needed for your blog. This is actually how I make most of mine. They have may different options for making a logo, Facebook graphics, Instagram and Twitter posts, Pinterest graphics, and even a YouTube cover. I find that I use them most to make my Pinterest graphic. I like that they help you size the graphic, you can actually choose between a small, medium, or long pin depending on what you need.
This post will show you the basics of creating a pin using the PicMonkey Website.
First, let’s go to the website: www.picmonkey.com.
From here, there are a few things you can do. You will see at the top the four options; edit, touch up, design, and collage. Edit and touch up are basically the same to me. In both you can edit a current photo, if you have time this is fun to play around with. You can change hair colors add beards, etc. I have used collage when I do a collaborative post like “15 Easy Furniture Builds“. It lets you mix your photos together in different styles and even make the background match the style. For this how-to we are going to use the design tab.
When you hover over the design tab another menu will pop up like this:
This gives you three more options. The first is really fun! It gives templates to make things like invitations, signs, and ideas for graphics. The blank canvas, which will be our choice. Or a custom size option if you already know the size you want the graphic to be. When we choose the middle “Blank Canvas” we get a list of options to choose from.
Again, browse through this and see what you can use. There is an option for almost every social media, and it definitely has the main ones. Through this you can make a graphic for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or even YouTube. In this example I chose the “Medium Pin” I want my graphic to be on the longer side but I don’t want the photo I have to be too stretched.
This is what it will look like when it opens. There are different tabs on the side that are neat to play with and try different things. When you want to add a photo of your own you will go to the butterfly tab on the left, called overlays. You then go to add your own. If you don’t have an image there are some fun ones that PicMonkey offers. Here is what it looked like when I uploaded my image or overlay.
I can move my image around and make it bigger and smaller. In this case I wanted to have a little bit of space on top to title my graphic. So I made it as big as I wanted and then clicked the top tab on the right that has the three lines. In this you can edit the graphic as a whole. Meaning you can crop, rotate, change background color, resize, etc. I wanted to crop.
It is really simple, just drag the box to the part you want to crop. Then I changed the background color or in this case, ‘Canvas Color’.
As you can see you can move around on the color board to get the perfect color. I wanted to coordinate so I chose a matching peach/orange color. Now let’s add text!
On the left you will see a “Tt” that is for text. To add the text you click the font you want and then need to click “Add Text”. A text box will then appear, you have to click in the text box before you can start writing. As you go you can change fonts. You can also change the font size, color, and formatting in the box that will pop up every time you click on the text box. Here is what I ended up with.
Next, we will want to save our image, or in this case “Export”.
If you decide that you want to be able to save on the PicMonkey site and keep them their you just sign up for their premium access. However, if you are alright with exporting it and saving it t your computer you will just click “Export” up at the top. You can also share the graphic through social media if you want.
This is what the export page looks like. You can change the name of your graphic and change from a .jpg to .png. You are also able to change the quality, keep in mind, the higher the quality the larger the file. I have always done the medium or “Pierce” and never had any issues. You are also able to change the dimensions. I would not recommend this. I could distort your final project. Normally a green button pops up where it says ‘loading’ in the photo. What is nice is that if the export button doesn’t come up or takes to long you can download the image. (I have no idea what the difference between the two would be.) So in this case I chose to download it, and it popped up with my downloads at the bottom of my screen like this.
Then your done! You made a graphic on PicMonkey!
I would like to point out that there are two versions of PicMonkey. There is the free version which is terrific if you are just trying it out to see if you like it, or doing very basic things. I would recommend the premium package if you are going to do more with it. You will notice the free version won’t let you use some of the items; like fonts, overlays, collages or photo fixes. Plus, it really isn’t badly priced, you can get it for a year for just under $48 (about $4 a month) or monthly for $8. Another nice feature is that you can try the premium free for a week to see if you will actually use it. (Those are my favorite types of sites! I always get nervous before investing in something!
I hope you enjoyed this how to! Here is my finished project!
Have any questions that I didn’t answer? Or want to see a how-to on something else? Let me know!