Get the Comic Book Photo Effect with PicMonkey

Get the Comic Book Photo Effect with PicMonkey

From the ashes of the ordinary, PicMonkey’s new Comic Heroes theme rose to glory. For eons, scientists have sought the true source of Comic Heroes’ abilities. Was it a bug bite? Radiation? Genes of an advanced humanoid species from a doomed alien planet? The origins of Comic Heroes are unknown, but its powers are anything but.

Graphic Novel

Manhattan skyline with PicMonkey's "Graphic Novel" effect from the new Comic Heroes theme.

For the mighty Graphic Novel effect, we rebuilt our posterize online tool to render color and skin tones as the human eye perceives them. The result is an effect that seamlessly transforms your reality into the two-dimensional worlds of graphic novels and animation. A more dramatic, black and white version of this comic book photo effect can be achieved with Sketch.

Comic Print

PicMonkey's "Comic Print" effect from the new Comic Heroes theme.

The dazzling Comic Print is an effect with a Lichtenstein-inspired penchant for recreating images in the Ben-Day dots of yesteryear. No longer are you limited to feeble webcam comic effects. You can adjust the size, strength, and opacity of these iconic dots, and they’ll look amazing.

Collage swatches

Collage swatches for PicMonkey's new Comic Heroes theme.

No hero’s journey is complete without panels. With Comic Heroes’ Collage swatches, anyone can channel its awesome powers to create stories, blog images, jokes, learning materials, cards, and anything imaginable in the comic book style. You’ll find these under Swatches in Collage. Just choose Comic Heroes from the drop-down menu.

Comic Heroes fonts

New typefaces and collage swatches in PicMonkey's new Comic Heroes theme.

Every hero needs a sidekick, or in Comic Heroes’ case, six sidekick fonts: Franchise, Badaboom, Komika Text, Smash, and Smash Open. You’ll find these Typeface Titans at the bottom of the theme’s menu, as well as in the Text tab, hiding in plain sight with the civilian fonts.

Comic Heroes Overlays

New overlays in PicMonkey's Comic Heroes theme.

But don’t just stop at fonts. Comic Heroes has an arsenal of overlays at your disposal. The BOOMs and ZAPs boom and zap like no BOOMs or ZAPs have boomed or zapped before. With dozens of speech balloons, narration boxes, hero shields, and hero masks, Comic Heroes builds stories—whether it’s yours or your alter ego’s.

Make a comic collage

PicMonkey's new Comic Heroes theme.

Once you’ve built your story, tell it with panels—the definitive form of comic book storytelling. PicMonkey’s Collage tool lets you customize your story, panel by panel, page by page, chapter by chapter. It’s like your very own comic book generator.

And if you like what you’ve seen here, we think you’ll love our newest super sidekick: design templates. Our collection of designer-curated templates features cards, invitations, social posts, and much more. To bring a heroic touch to your Clark Kent day-to-day, may we recommend Kaboom?

While rumors from across the globe describe jaw-dropping photos and even more effects, the fantastic theme continues to baffle the greatest minds on planet Earth. What’s next in the Comic Heroes saga?

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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.
  • Thanks for adding the Comic Heroes theme. I’ve been having a lot of fun trying it out with some of my pictures.

    I really like the backgrounds you used in your “panels” but can’t figure out how to create the effects. For example the background used in “Will boring photos bring the city to its knees?”

    How would I create that type of background?


  • Oops never mind, found them in collage swatches!

  • Thanks! Can’t wait to try it!

  • marinka

    it’s awesome!!!

  • Hi there,

    I think I am just being silly be where are the awesome colour swatches?

    • Hey Mike,

      If you click on the Swatches tab (the icon with three swatch tags) within the Collage tool, you can then choose the Comic Heroes set from the drop down menu. Hope that helps, but if not, always feel free to hit up our support team:

  • Deborah Lemon

    Seriously, PicMonkey, you just keep making me me love you more and more. You all are just awesome.

  • Cnt wait 2 try

  • Gail Finke

    LOVE THIS. I have wished for dot screen filters many times! THANK YOU!!!! Yes, I do pay every month for upgraded version.

  • Elvira Raia


  • Rob fuller

    Awesome stuff but I’d use pi monkey even more if you had your awesomeness available on iOS as an app for my iPad! Any plans for such a super power?!

  • Tom Frady

    I have the new “comic heroes” panel, but when I open it, there is nothing there. I am a subscriber and all other functions are working fine. What am I missing? (Love PicMonkey, by the way.)

  • This is a GREAT addition to the suite of themes you offer. Thanks!


    hey is it free to get an account? im a newbie

  • Another great addition to the PicMonkey family! 🙂

  • I so love these and have been using them for day one – it’s not just for super heroes – good for super knitters too !

  • Question, when I print the designs in PicMonkey they print very dull, no color. I’ve tested other sites to make sure it was no my printer but it is just PicMonkey, any ideas? I’m using the Comic Book themes.

    I really wanted these for a blog post!

  • Nina

    great !! 🙂

  • Jodi Dunbar

    Loving the super heroes. Keep those new themes coming PicMonkey 🙂