Top Ten Tutorials Made by You

There are way, way more PicMonkey pros out there in world than there are here at PicMonkey HQ, and we’re pretty humbled by the quality and variety of the work people are putting together. There’s such a generous benevolence to the sharing, like: Hey, I made this cool thing and I want to show you how I did it, so you can give it a go if you like it. This is what it’s all about, folks! We get a little verklempt…

Following are what we consider the top tutorials for photo editing help. Scope them for new ideas and techniques, and do tell us about other ones you love in comments below.


photo from Beginner Beans tutorial

Learn the Basics

Trina Cress’ tutorial Photo Editing for Beginners with PicMonkey  shows her great sense of style. She lays out the basic argument behind why you should edit your photos even if you’ve got a pretty decent camera, and then shows subtle changes that make a big difference.

Trina’s also got tutorials on making a watermark and creating blank images with PicMonkey.


screen shot from Schmutzie tutorial

Cut Loose and Play Around

Elan Morgan, a.k.a. Schmutzie, reminds us that sometimes it’s good to just play tag with your muse; dink around a bit and see what comes of it. Her tutorial PicMonkey: Image Editing Made Easy quickly explores overlays, some touch up, and text.

And if you dive into her post, you get the benefit of learning about the highly serious nature of Xmas Orange and a kitty overtaken by monsters. Whuh? Don’t think too hard and you’ll chuckle.


screen shot from blog header tutorial

Make a Blog Header

If you haven’t used Collage, you’re not living! A great tutorial on the blog “21 Rosemary Lane” gives step by step instructions for making a blog header. The same basic instructions will work for creating a fab cover image or background image for social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

FYI, you can find a thorough breakdown of the correct image sizes for (nearly) all social media here, but if you want it more simplified, go here.


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Get Mad Text Skillz with Recipe Cards

The more you play with the text tool, the more you’re its master. Bend it to your will with text-heavy projects like this recipe card tutorial, by Brandie Valenzuela of “Home Cooking Memories.”

Keep a drool-catcher handy; those oatmeal toffee cookies sound pretty tasty!


screen shot of banner tutorial

Make a Banner

One small step into this food blog tutorial, one large step into the pantry. Yummm. Katrina’s tutorial isn’t about the food, though. She creates a simple banner overlay with text on it, and shows how to upload your own overlay—a watermark or any image you want to add on top of another. Towards the end of the tutorial, she includes a bunch of samples showing the many creative ways she labels her food posts with overlays. Nicely done!


circle-cropped image from tutorial

Get Circular

How can you say no to a circle? They’re so spiffy and design-y, and when you plop down a bunch of circular images into a collage, like Katy Clouds has done, you just upped your hipster quotient by like a jillion points.  Katy’s tutorial explains how to get a circle-cropped look for your photos. Spoiler: Meet your new friend, the Rounded Corners frame.


image from tutorial on levitating yourself

Become Supafly

If you thought you were done with levitation at the last middle school sleepover you attended, think again. This super hero photographic trick is a cinch, as Dutch wondergirl Gemma explains in her tutorial Learn to Fly.  It’s all about erasing your own overlay!


image from selective coloration tutorial

Bring Some Noir to Your Technicolor

Get a great hand-colored look with this selective coloration tutorial by Abby Glassenberg of “While She Naps.” You’ll learn how those “Effect” and “Original” buttons on the paint palette work and why coloring outside the lines is no big deal when you’re a grown up.


image from cupcake topper tutorial

Party on with your Cupcake Donned

Any event planner worth his or her salt will tell you that a plateful of cupcakes gets a great visual pop when you add cupcake toppers. Amelia, from Monograms ‘n Mud, shows you how she made them using Collage. You’re gonna jones for a circle punch; fair warning!


image from Artchoo's transfer tutorial

Transfer the Genius

Jeanette Nyberg has put her RISD creds to use creating great art projects for kids on her blog Artchoo! But we think many of these projects, especially this Self Portrait Print Transfer Project Using PicMonkey are great for any age. The tutorial shows how to make a collage of four portrait shots—dig that Warhol effect!—and then transfer the results onto maple panels, using transfer paper. Jeanette gets down to the nitty gritty details, like hex numbers for the colors she used, so you can closely replicate hers if you like.


Perhaps the most valuable thing you can get out of cruising through these tutorials is grasping the fact that there’s a huge community of PicMonkeyers out there, many of whom are likely to be doing the same kinds of things you want to do with the tools. So don’t be shy; share your photos, reach out in Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, FlickrGoogle+, Pinterest. Let us know what you’re doing, how you did it, and what you want to know from your fellow photo editors. We’re all ears—er, eyes!

Here some other links for you to check out:

Video Tutorial: Make a Boy Fly!

PicMonkey Tutorials

  • http://artchoo.com/ Jeanette Nyberg

    Thanks for including me in your roundup- People are doing some awesome stuff with Pic Monkey! It’s really fun to see all these cool projects.

  • http://sasibella.blogspot.de/ Sandy

    Fantasic projects!
    I love Picmonkey!!!!!!!!!

    • Larissa Diaz

      Thanks a lot for your tutorial. Very helpful!!!

  • http://www.beginnerbeans.com Trina

    What a fun list! I’m humbled that you included me–thank you!

  • http://hessconnect.com/ Sarah with HessConnect Marketing

    Thanks for including our Social Media Image Size Guide Infographic for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin and Pinterest. http://hessconnect.com/social-media-image-size-guide/
    Hope you and your readers find it useful! Cheers! Sarah

  • http://www,naptimewarrior.com Jen Carl

    Love These! Also Check out My tutorial on how to make your own Subway Art at Naptime Warrior – http://www.naptimewarrior.com/2012/07/tutorial-tuesday-making-subway-art-or-home-decor-posters-with-picmonkey-free-photo-editing.html

    • http://lifewithlorelai.wordpress.com Life With Lorelai

      I’m so glad you liked the X-ray of a Blog Series on Life With Lorelai ! :)
      (the Pinterest link is working )

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  • jeroldssis62

    Love this post! Just as an FYI: your Pinterest link leads to Twitter. ;)

  • Muddy

    I discovered PicMonkey.com through this site:
    http://www.themotherhuddle.com/how-to-make-a-color-palette-from-a-photo/
    I’ve been playing with it ever since. Love it!
    An example, though I’m not sure whether you’ll be able to see it:
    http://scontent-b-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/p480x480/1381351_10151624254811640_336187634_n.jpg

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  • http://www.RoveratHome.com Melanie Hönig

    Is there a tool for replacing color while editing a photo? I’d like to take all the lime green in one of my images and turn it into a dark green, without changing the rest of the pic. In other editing software, there is often a little dropper, where you can pick the color you want to change, and then pick the new one. Did I miss seeing this in PicMonkey? Of does it not exist?

  • http://lstephenssite.wordpress.com lmstephens88

    Nice

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  • Rosie Baker

    Could this program be used to make an ebook cover ? Most of the other programs are too complicated or the results are not really good.

  • http://www.iwantclarity.com/blog Julie

    Love Picmonkey! I use it for my blog header images all the time! I wish you would add a way to curve text within a banner, but I did figure out a hack and posted my own tutorial about it.

    • http://www.picmonkey.com PicMonkey

      Hi Julie! Please send a link to your tutorial! Would love to see it. Thx.

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  • Carol

    I´m looking for a way to shape photos into triangular or square shapes and then edit them to more transparency, is that something that can be done in Picmonkey? I was hoping for an easy way like using an overlay and make the rest disappear magically or is that not possible?I use the full version of Picmonkey but have not been able to come up with and easy way.

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  • http://gravatar.com/willowbird35 willowbird35

    Will you ever consider adding a feature that allows me to curve my text to follow the shape of a circle? I’d love to make my own birthday stickers but I’d like to put an image in the middle of the sticker and then have text follow the outline of the circle. :)

    • http://www.picmonkey.com PicMonkey

      We love this idea! For the time being, try adding a word or a letter at a time (in separate text boxes) then rotating them ever-so-slightly to form a curve. Hope this helps!

  • http://picmonkey Emma Renoux

    I LOVE PICMONKEY

  • Julie

    I’m having trouble with Selective Coloring. I’m doing the step-by-step tutorial and nothing is happening. Can anyone tell me if this has happened to you?

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  • Aleksandar Milenkovic

    Why i can’t open app on facebook? :(

  • Cindy Wolverton Wood

    I want to cut out a background then create a png file….is this possible?

  • http://www.rtjmomcraft.blogspot.com Dori

    Is there a way to hyperlink text before saving it?

    • http://www.picmonkey.com PicMonkey

      Nope!