Attention whole-hearted vision board believers (we’re looking at you, Steve Harvey and Oprah Winfrey acolytes) and peeps seeking a new method of self-motivation: it’s time to ditch the scissors and glue sticks. PicMonkey has everything you need to create beautiful digital vision boards that’ll help you keep your eye (and mind) on the prize, without making a mess. Read on for everything you need to know about these powerful goal-setting tools, as well as how to make a vision board in PicMonkey.
What is a vision board?
If you’re new to vision board making, here’s the gist: vision boards (a.k.a. dream boards, visualization boards, mood boards or, to others, action boards) are essentially compilations of what you want to create — either something tangible like a restaurant concept, or something more ethereal like a specific vacation vibe.
Many people — including more than a few PicMonkeyers who have made YouTube tutorials on the subject — create a new vision board annually, in order to stay focused on their goals for the next year. The boards usually consist of pictures, graphics, and words, and have a collage-y feel. But there aren’t any design rules in Digital Vision Board Land (you can even add video!). It’s all about personal goals and personal style. So you can capture that photo collage look in your vision board, or opt for something more creatively messy (we mean that in a good way) — like a photo montage.
How to make a vision board in 4 easy steps:
Click Create new at the top of the PicMonkey homepage and choose a pre-sized blank canvas.*
Click Add image to bring in your favorite pics or a video. If you need pics, browse our massive stock library.
Download your vision board to your computer, email it to your interior designer, post to social media, or keep it in Hub, your PicMonkey cloud storage.
*Looking for a quick start? Grab yourself one of our design templates.
Now that you’ve got the basic rundown, here’s a closer look at the DIY vision board creation process. Remember, no vision board is the same, and since the design is dependent upon your own goals and interests, take a few minutes to reflect before starting:
What do I want to accomplish this year?
What do I need to do in order to accomplish my goals?
What challenges will I face?
What kind of help do I need?
Are there things I need to improve upon first?
Then, and only then, is it time to get symbolic.
Step 1: Start your digital vision board project
In PicMonkey, click Create new > Blank Canvas to choose from the preset size options, or enter a Custom size to set your own pixel dimensions. Planning on printing and want to convert pixels to inches? Check out this chart.
Step 2: Add photos and videos to your vision board
Now it’s time to un-blankify that canvas! To add inspiring images that you have saved to your computer, click Add image to starting arranging your pics or videos on the blank canvas. Open your images from your computer, Hub, or choose from the ginormous stock photo library then crop, resize, and adjust to match your vision.
When you’re looking for images, think of your goals — a beautiful kitchen to represent that remodel you’re aiming for, the Eiffel tower for that trip to Paris, a salad for feeling healthy, etc. Just make sure to check the image permissions if you’ll be sharing your vision board publicly (psst: all our stock photos are royalty-free!).
Step 3: Embellish with text and graphics
Access our collection of thousands of graphics from the Graphics tab. Peruse the category groups to add stars, flowers, abstract shapes, or whatever else you enjoy. To give your board a tactile feel, check out the tape and pushpin graphics. You can also create a cork board look with Boards in the Textures tab.
Many vision board pros also incorporate words into their motivational masterpieces. Some advocate for including dates on vision boards to help you give yourself a timeline and stay focused. If that’s your jam, put the year at the top and/or months and years with each item on your board. Describing each item in a word or a few words is also pretty common, like “Be productive,” “Restorative travel,” or “Become a yoga master.”
To add text to your vision board, head to the Text tab (the Tt icon). You’ll find a whole bunch of fabulous fonts to play with and the option to upload your own fonts (in the Your fonts group). Click the Add text button at the top of the panel, and type away.
Tip: To make your words pop, try layering them on top of a graphic or photo!
Step 4: Download and share your vision!
When you are finished with your design, you can either:
1. Download your vision board to your desktop as a JPG, PNG, MP4, or GIF (or PDF if you're a Pro subscriber). If you plan to print it out, then download as a PNG for better quality. If you included video or animated graphics in your design, then you can choose to download your vision board as a MP4 or a GIF.
2. Share your vision board via email or directly to social media. You can also send a link to your design to others.
Make a vision board from a design template
Need an inspiration boost? You can also start with one of our design templates.
In PicMonkey, click Create New > Templates.
Search for "vision board" then browse.
Click each template to preview it larger.
Replace our images with yours.
Customize the colors, graphics, and text your way.
Elevate your vision with these design ideas
We're all about your creativity and design-spiration. Check out a few options for making the most out of your vision board design.
1. Make an image mask
Make image masks by applying a photo to a shape graphic or to text when you use the Fill with image button.
Learn more: How to Put a Picture Inside Text or Graphics
2. Draw on your design
Use the Draw Tool to doodle or sketch on your vision board for a hand-drawn look. After you create a drawing it saves as a graphic that you can further apply textures to, change the color, resize, and use again and again.
Learn more: How to Draw on a Photo Tutorial
3. Add animation
Of course, if you really want to take things to the next level, you can animate parts of your design. That's right, vision board Padawans: images, text, and graphics are all fair game for animation when it comes to your digital vision board.
Learn more: How to Use the Animation Features
4. Add additional pages
Another advantage of not sticking to the tradish poster board, glue, and markers routine is that your digital vision board can be multiple pages! Use our multi-page tools to add up to 30 pages to a single design.
Learn more: Adding Multiple Pages to a Project
5. Extra credit reads (for truly outstanding digital vision boards)
How to make a vision board with the PicMonkey mobile app:
Bring your vision board to life on the go using the PicMonkey mobile app. Peep these easy steps to learn how:
Open the app and choose a Blank canvas.
Add a background color or a pattern then tap Next in the top right.
Tap Graphics in the bottom right to add photos from your camera roll, Hub, or pick from any of our fun designs.
Layer on text by tapping Text and typing in your favorite inspirational phrase.
Save your vision board to your phone or save it in Hub to keep editing later.
Even though you’re on a small screen, think big (like 1800 x 2400 pixels) when you choose your canvas size so you can fit all your vision-board worthy designs in one place. You can add a drop of color or a pattern before moving on to the mobile editor, or leave it blank if that’s your vibe.
Tap Graphics in the bottom toolbar to add board-worthy photos from your Camera Roll/Photos or inspiration-inducing graphics to your board. Adjust the sticker’s color, adjust the opacity, and even strategically erase parts of it to fit your vision.
You can layer inspirational phrases on your vision board using Text. Choose the font that matches your mood and change its pigment to match your board’s color scheme.
When your vision board is finished and you’re filled with all the let’s-do-this feels, save it to your computer or to Hub (in case you wanna add some new goals later on).
Make sure your vision board is someplace where you’re gonna see it. Many vision boarders make their creations their computer desktop backgrounds, or print and frame their boards. Others share their boards with a trusted friend or throw a vision board party.
What you do with your board is up to you, just have fun and get ready to live your best life!