Tutorial: Getting the Most out of Textures

Admit it: sometimes you forget about textures. Effects, overlays, and touch up features have your attention 24/7. Basic edits and frames are there when you need them. But do you regularly go to the Textures tab and exult in the glory that is full-photo transformation? Well, Textures just brought its A game to earn your love. We’ve got some new texture tools to tell you about, plus some old ones you may have overlooked.

In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to make everyone drool over your profile pic with our new, electrifying, light-tastic photo textures.


1. Crop your image

screen shot showing crop feature

Open your photo in the Editor, click on the Basic Edits tab and then click Crop. Choose “Square” for your profile picture. Drag the resize corners and move the square to set the area of the image you want to keep. Profile photos can be as big as you want, because most sites will automatically resize your profile pic smaller.


2. Open the Textures tab

controls that appear when "Effect" and "Move" buttons are clicked

Click on the Textures tab and choose a set of textures you like. When you open any set, you’ll see there are now two buttons below your texture images: “Effect” and “Move.” When “Effect” is selected, controls for changing the appearance of your texture appear below. When “Move” is selected, controls for changing the position and size of your texture appear below.


3. Size and move textures

image showing sizing and moving a texture

First, let’s resize the texture we’ve selected. Click the “Move” button and you’ll see a white outline around your image which lets you know you can move the texture. Click on the texture and drag to move it.

Use the “Size” slider to increase the size of the texture. This gives you more room to move the texture and control its position on your image. You can also try flipping and rotating the texture too.

Note: You need to increase the size before you can move Metal, Smudge, and Papyrus textures.


4. Erase areas you don’t want

Screen shot of paintbrush controls for erasing parts of texture

It’s lookin’ good, but a texture over your face is so 1983 — you need to erase! Go back to the effect mode by clicking the “Effect” button and open the paint palette (if it isn’t already open) by clicking the paintbrush button. Be sure the “Original” setting is selected in the paint palette. Click and drag to erase the texture where you don’t want it to appear.

Tip: If you have perfectionist issues like some of us (ahem!) you might want to try a smaller brush size or change the brush hardness to clean up those pesky edges. Don’t forget you can zoom in.

Extra Tip: If you’re a bit messy in your erasing, click on the “Undo” button in the toolbar above your image or click on the “Effect” button in the paint palette and start painting back the texture where you want it.


5. Play more using the same erasures

different light textures applied to the same erasures

Did you know that when you erase, PicMonkey remembers where you’ve erased? Really, it’s true — it’s like a mask! Say you decide you want to move that texture around just a bit more, make it bigger or even try another image in that texture set; you can easily do that without having to erase again.


6. Adjust saturation

screen shot of saturation controls and three different looks achieved by adjusting them

Oh, but there’s more! To give you even more flexibility, you can now increase or decrease the saturation of your texture using the “Saturation” slider under the “Effect” button.


7.  Layer on more textures

image of four different texture treatments on a profile pic

Have fun layering textures on top of each other. Don’t be shy about experimenting. Play with fading, erasing, and if you really want to dive in, change your blend mode.

Tip: Many textures like Space and Edifice offer a great way to change the background behind you. Apply your texture and erase the texture over your face. Then change the blend mode to “Normal” and set the fade to 0.


8. Save and update your profile pic

final profile pic with textures added

Voila! Welcome to Radville. Population: you.

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