Shape Cutouts Give Your Image an Edge

We know you’ve been thinking out of the box, but now it’s time to get into the box! Or hexagon. Or heart, circle, triangle, starburst, scalloped circle, or star. We’ve got a super fun new feature, Shape Cutouts, that lets you make a photo or graphic cutout with one of eight frame shapes. You can choose a color for the background or make it transparent. Find it in the Frames tab.

How might you use Shape Cutouts?

Brag in style. Use the circle shape to make a cool round frame around that photo of your new fashion creation: the successor to picnic pants. Save it with a transparent background and post it to Facebook. Your craftster friends would die to have this circle crop, and The Biebs will plotz when he sees the pants!

Get the word out. Create a splashy poster for DJ night using several cutout images over a colored background. How? Make the Monkey think they’re overlays. First, save your cutout images with a transparent backgrounds. Then, create a colored canvas with the Design tool. Add the shape cutout images on top of it by clicking the “Your Own” button atop the menu in the Overlays tab.

Spread the love. You just watched your nephew’s debut in a school play. Use Shape Cutouts’ star shape to frame a photo of his performance. Pick a color for your background (uncheck the “Transparent background” box first), click “Apply” and add congratulatory text around the edges. Who’s the favorite auntie?

Give fair warning. People who dig funny stuff keep linking to doll arm earrings in your Etsy shop, but you’re out of stock! Use the burst frame in Shape Cutouts to make an orange “Sold Out!” sticker, and save it with a transparent background to use as your own overlays over product photos (see above). Make another one that reminds folks to sign up for your mailing list.

Shape Cutouts are great communicators that add attitudes from cool to modular to 70s groovy.

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  • Sharvette

    OMG! I love this new feature. Thank you.

  • Sweetdrk1

    go head and do it, do it, do it til ya satisfied!! I love it!

  • Pam Joseph

    LOVE LOVE Love! Thank you for the hexagon!!



  • Sweetdrk1

    hey I need help, I am having issues attempting to use more than one shape. How does one accomplish that?

  • nataly castro

    Como lo puedo obtener quien me pude decir gracias

  • Daniela Massenz

    Hi PicMonkey, you guys rock. Thanks so much for your great app. Will you ever do deep-etch? We’d really love that, and if it’s as simple as the rest of your tools, very happy to pay for the service. also positioning multiple pics in one frame would be fantastic. Here’s hoping!

  • Debbie

    we took pics and I really love most of one but one of the parties is looking the wrong way, so I want to take his head from another shot and put it in this one. Is that possible with PicMonkey?

  • JaxHistory

    can you add more than one photo/image to a creation?

  • Christina Dodge-Dineley

    I am not understanding at all how to use this feature. How do you use say – the round frame with a transparent background? I know how to add a circle to my image, and how to change the color and size- but how do you make it clear to see the image you are laying it over, and how do you make all the rest of the image not covered by the circle- transparent. Thanks for the help!

    • http://deleted Liam

      Did you get an answer to your question? I have the same?

  • Gina

    I can’t find the Shape Cutouts feature? Does it require a subscription?

  • Jacky

    I would like to do a line drawing of a photo of my house for a Bed & Breakfast logo, can you help me on this one.
    Many thanks.

  • Liam

    This is clever copy but not clear for instructional purposes. Is there somewhere else I can get help with attempting to do this?

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