How to Use PicMonkey’s Design Templates

How to Use PicMonkey’s Design Templates

Does the thought of crafting a Facebook banner for your biz give you chills? Afraid of making mailers? Wanna design your own wedding invitations, but don’t know where to start? Relax, designphobe: PicMonkey’s design templates are here to quell your creative woes. Customize them as much as you like—simply add your own info and call it done, or treat Templates as a starting place and swap out every color, font, and image. We’ll show you how to make them your own in this short video tutorial, so you can start designing your own thank-you cards, birthday party invitations, business cards, and any other visual necessities life may throw your way. We’ll cover:

  • Accessing Templates
  • Using Layers to customize Templates
  • Using effects and touch-up tools with Templates

Accessing Templates

You can get to PicMonkey’s design templates three different ways. If you’re on the homepage, hover over Design and click Templates. If you’re already working in the Editor, you can either click Open in the top toolbar and then Templates, or click the Templates icon on the left-hand side.

No matter which road to Templates you take, you’ll end up at the same destination. From the Templates screen, you can peruse categories and print sizes using the drop-down menus. You can also search for templates by clicking any of the popular tags, or typing a term into the search bar. When you find the template of your dreams, click Preview to see it larger and Customize when you’re ready to commit. Your template will open in the Editor, so you can start tweaking it right away.

Customizing Templates with Layers

All of PicMonkey’s templates are completely customizable, which means you can quickly satisfy any creative craving—whether you’re hungry for different fonts, a new background color, or wanna cover your creation in mustache overlays.

You-ifying your template gets even easier when you put the new Layers feature to work. To bring up the Layers palette, right or control click and then click Show layers palette. You’ll also find it hanging out on the bottom toolbar; click the icon that looks like two sheets of parallel paper (where the Flatten button used to be).

Layers displays all of your design elements in a list. Simply click the item you want to change and modify it. If you add a text box or overlay to your template, it will automatically show up on the Layers palette. You can use the arrows at the top of the Layers palette to bring your design elements forward or backward, and if you’re not loving a part of your design, click the trash can icon to make it disappear.

Here are a couple little customization tips, to help you whip up something stunning supa fast:

  • To change the color of your background, head to the Basic Edits tab and click Canvas Color, then use the color picker or enter the hex value for your chosen hue.
  • To replace an image with one of your own, right- or control-click. You’ll see options for replacing your image with one from your computer, Hub, or another location. Once you’ve selected your image, it’ll display perfectly sized for your template.
  • You can use the corner handles to resize your images, and if you decide you don’t like your resized image later on, right- or control-click and choose Original aspect ratio.

Effects, touch-up tools, and templates

If you want to use your favorite photo effects or touch-up tools with Templates, start by flattening your image. You’ll find the Flatten button on the Layers palette, in the lower left-hand corner. Keep in mind that flattening combines all of the pieces of your design, so you won’t be able to move text boxes, change overlay colors, etc. once you’ve flattened. You can always save a copy of your creation to Hub before you flatten in case you want to edit it later, and use the undo arrow on the bottom toolbar to unflatten your design.

Once you’ve flattened your masterpiece, you can use all the portrait-perfecting tools in the Touch Up tab and your favorites from the Effects tab. If you only want an effect on certain parts of your design, click the paintbrush icon and use the options on the Paint palette to paint on or erase your photo effect.

Done designing? Save your creation to your computer, add it to Hub, or show everyone your mad design skills by sharing it through email or social media.


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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.