We made our name in the photo editing sphere, but PicMonkey also has a powerful online design tool that can help you create everything from invitations to baby announcements, business cards to Facebook covers. If you’re new to design, templates are the easiest way to begin your project. But if you want to start from scratch with a blank canvas and turn it into an original design, we can help you achieve your visual dreams.
Join us for these step-by-step tutorials on how to create advertising fliers. Once you’re through, you’ll have the knowledge and skills you need to design any type of project you want.
Open and edit a canvas
- To open a custom-sized blank canvas, hover over Design on the PicMonkey homepage and click Custom size.
- Enter the pixel dimensions of your canvas and click Make it! The canvas we created for our project is 2400 x 3600 pixels.
- If you want your canvas to be a specific size in inches, you can learn how to translate inches to pixels with our chart.
- You can also select Blank canvas and choose from one of our many pre-sized blank templates.
- Click the Basic Edits tab on the left-hand side (the top icon).
- To choose a color for your canvas, click Canvas Color. You can either use the color picker or type a hex code into the box above the color picker. We used d6f0e5 to get that lovely minty green color.
Add and edit overlays
We created our guitar image using a collection of Geometric shapes in the Overlays tab. Here’s how we did it:
- Click the Overlays tab on the left-hand side (the butterfly icon).
- Click Geometric, then click the black circle.
- Once the overlay appears, you can move it into place by dragging it.
- Drag the corner handles to change your overlay’s size while maintaining its aspect ratio.
- We changed the color to charcoal by putting the hex code 444444 into the Color 2 box in the Overlay palette.
- For this first circle, we want a border of the same mint color so it’ll show up when we add the concentric circles. To do that, go to the Overlay palette and add your mint green hex code to the Color 1 box.
- Now create another circle in the same way with the same border, but a little bigger. Place it over the first circle.
- In the Layers palette, click the larger circle that you just made, then click the down arrow to send it back. It will now appear behind your first circle overlay. You can use these arrows to send your overlays back and forth as you make new ones.
- Create one more circle that is a little larger but with no border. Place it over the first two and send it all the way to the back with the Layers palette by clicking the down arrow with the line underneath it.
Now that you know how to add, position, resize, and change the color of overlays, you can create the other parts of the guitar image. To create the strings, we used the rectangle shape, made it white, and elongated it until it was long and thin like a guitar string. To easily make multiple strings of the exact same size and shape, just right click the string and select Duplicate overlay.
To make the bridge of the guitar, you’ll do the same process of adding geometric shapes and positioning them. We used the rounded rectangle first, then changed it to a darker green color. Then we added a smaller rectangle to the bottom of it. To make the bottom partially diagonal, we added a couple of small triangles. To do this, we needed to rotate the triangles when we placed them. Here’s how to rotate an overlay, as well as how to change your overlay’s position and orientation in other ways:
- To rotate your overlay, drag the top handle in the direction that you want it to rotate.
- To straighten your overlay, right-click it and click Straighten.
- To flip your overlay horizontally or vertically, click the horizontal or vertical flip buttons on the Overlay palette.
- To move the overlay across a straight horizontal or vertical axis, drag it while holding the Shift key.
- To change your overlay’s size and change its aspect ratio, drag the corner handles while pressing the Shift key on your keyboard. This will stretch the shape out.
The rest of the guitar image is made with more circles inside of circles and elongated rectangles. Be sure to use the handy Duplicate overlay option to create multiple versions of your shapes.
Add and edit text
Now it’s time to add your text:
- To add text, click the Text tab (The “Tt” icon on the far left).
- Click the Add Text button at the top of the panel.
- Click inside the text box and type your message.
- It’s a good idea to put each line of text in a separate box so you can maneuver them more easily and get your spacing just right.
- Reposition your text boxes in the same way you repositioned overlays, by dragging them.
- To change the font, select the text inside its text box. Click a font from the menu in the panel. We used League Gothic.
- To change the color, use the color picker in the Text palette. We used the hex code ffffff for white.
- You can adjust the font size in the Text palette by using the Size slider, choosing a font size from the drop down menu, typing in your own font size and clicking the down arrow to apply it, or pulling the corner handles of the text box.
- If you want to add a special effect to your text, click Effects, then choose an effect from the Effect type drop-down menu. (These effects are a Premium feature.)
- You can change the height and width of your text by clicking outside the text box. Click and drag a corner handle, or the top or bottom edge of the text box.
- To adjust the line length without changing font size, click outside the text box and hover over a vertical side of the text box until you see two more vertical lines appear; then drag the side of the text box to the left or right.
Here’s the final design:
More advanced tools
Here’s an example of another promotional flier we made that utilizes some of our more advanced tools. This time, we’re going to begin the process with a photo.
- In the Editor, Click Open at the top, choose the place where your photo is stored, and select your photo. We’re using a photo of Bigfoot.
- Go to the Effects tab (the second from the top on the left-hand side) and choose Tint, which is located in the Paintbox group. Use the color picker to choose a tint for your photo. We gave our photo an orange tint. Click Apply.
- Save your photo. If you’re a Premium member, you can save to Hub, which makes it easy to find your images whenever you need them.
- Now go back to the homepage, hover over Design and click Custom size. Enter the pixel dimensions of your canvas and click Make it! The canvas we created is 2400 x 3600 pixels.
- Go to Canvas Color and click the Transparent canvas box.
- Now it’s time to open your photo as an overlay. Click the Overlays tab on the left-hand side (the butterfly icon), then click the Add your own button at the top. Choose your photo from wherever it’s stored.
- When your photo appears, the Overlay palette will open. Click Eraser on the palette, choose an eraser size and hardness, and then erase the background of your photo, leaving just the object or person or large furry creature you want to keep.
- Click the Basic Edits tab (the first icon on the left-hand side). Go to Canvas Color and use the color picker to select your background color. We chose a cream color.
- To add the orange rectangle at the bottom, click the Overlays tab, click Geometric, then click the rectangle. Expand it and position it at the bottom of the canvas and change the color to match your tint.
- To create the pointed line, add a triangle overlay. To make it long and thin, hold down the Shift key while you lengthen and narrow the shape so that you can change its aspect ratio. Then position it where you want it on the picture, using the rotate handle to place it an angle.
- To erase the portion of your image that falls below the line, select your image and use the eraser tool.
- Now add your text like we did in the first example. For this design, we used the Montserrat and League Gothic fonts.
- For the final touch, we added a texture to the background. Go to the Textures tab (the weave icon on the left-hand side) and click Smudge. We chose the second option and used the Fade slider to make the texture more subtle.
Here’s the finished product:
Fast fliers with Collage
If you want to have some of the layout and design of your flier taken care of for you, consider using our Collage tool. All you have to do is go to Collage; choose a layout; add photos, swatches, and text; and you’ve got an instant flier. We have a great introduction to using Collage, as well as a video tutorial on how to make a photo collage.