Create Instructional Graphics and Photos with PicMonkey

Create Instructional Graphics and Photos with PicMonkey

Knowledge is power, and sharing is caring, which means sharing knowledge is … power caring? No matter what you call it, putting your expertise on display has a couple benefits: it can help establish you or your brand as a subject matter expert, and it’s just plain nice to help other people learn to do things. If you’re looking to put your vegan cheesecake recipe or arm hair felting prowess on display, you’re gonna want a visually appealing and simple way to say “Hey! I know a lot about this thing! Come check it out!” Fortunately, showing off your multi-step process is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Open Collage (that’s right, you can use it for more than vacation pics)
  2. Create something informative and good looking
  3. Share with other information-seeking humanoids
    We’ve whipped up some designs to get ya going, and included info on the neato Collage features we used to create them, so you can get the look for your own smartypants display.

Photo-based recipe

Show off your pancake-making process with a collage.

Make the steps of your favorite recipe more digestible by mixing one part words and one part images. To make the backgrounds of individual cells different colors, head to the Background tab in Collage, then click the Cell button on top of the color picker. If a solid color isn’t what you’re after, check out the Swatches tab. There you’ll find all kinds of patterny goodness, grouped into various themes (located in the drop-down menu).

Once you’ve placed all of your images and hues, click Edit in the top toolbar. Your masterpiece will open in the Editor, where you can add all the text you desire.

Tips: Customize your layout by starting with a selection from the Layouts tab, or build one with the Create Your Own button. To make a new cell, drag an image or texture over a collage border until you see a thin blue bar. Click the X in the corner of any cell you don’t want. To get a borderless look like the one shown here, crank the Spacing slider in the Background tab all the way to zero.

Graphic-based instructions

Teach others how to make a terrarium with a collage.

Not sure you want to photograph every part of your process? Head to the Overlays tab in Design and use all those fabulous free graphics to make your own images—no picture taking required. For this terrarium example, we used selections from Geometric, Bursting Blossoms, and Banners. Once your beautimous overlay concoctions are complete, open ’em up in Collage.

Tip: Click the Transparent Canvas box in Canvas Color when concocting your overlay creations in Design. That way, you can wait until you’ve brought your newly designed images to Collage to make cell color combos.

Monochromatic matching

Share your bath salt-making know-how by creating a collage with PicMonkey.

If your images feature a too-good-to-be-true hue, like the light blue in this bath salt photo, you can match that exact color in a text cell. Click the Cell button in the Background tab of Collage, and use the eyedropper to pick a color from any spot on your images. Once the eyedropper transforms into a paint bucket, you’re ready to place your color in the cell of your choice.

Once you’re done collaging, click Edit in the top toolbar to open your masterpiece in the Editor to add spiffy effects to the entire collage. We prettied this design up with Intrepid.

Tip: Only want an effect on one image, instead of the whole shebang? If you’re a Royale member, you can hover over the upper left corner of the image and click the Effect button. Boom! An Edit image palette opens, offering the top six effects and and a button to take you on a quick round trip to the Editor and back for alllllll the editing magic.

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This article was written by PicMonkey Staff, a multicellular organism of hive-minded sub-parts who just wanna get you the ideas and information you crave, so you can make good pictures and take over the world.