Make a Meme (and Win the Internet) in Minutes

Make a Meme (and Win the Internet) in Minutes
June 28, 2016 PicMonkey

How to make a meme in PicMonkey:

  1. Open a new canvas in Design
  2. Apply a texture or a background
  3. Open your picture as an overlay
  4. Erase unwanted image elements
  5. Add witty text
  6. Rule the internet

Do you have a feline prone to hilarious facial expressions, an article of clothing with a deceptive color scheme, or a burning question best expressed by a philosophical dinosaur? Then harness the power of the internet meme, and share that good stuff with the world. You round up the cool images and clever words, and we’ll show ya how to meme-ify them in minutes.

Let’s take a more in-depth look at the process, while simultaneously launching the internet’s favorite animal into outer space:

Start with a blank canvas and add a meme background (with Textures)

To get a great meme background, check out the texture options in PicMonkey.

Open a new blank canvas in Design, and head to the Textures tab. Pick the background for your meme from the texture category groups, or click the Your Own button to use an image from your private collection.

Head to the Overlays tab and click Add your own

Easily make a meme in PicMonkey by uploading your image as an overlay and then erasing the parts you don't want.

Head to the Overlays tab and click Add your own. Once you’ve opened your image and adjusted it to the size you want, click Eraser on the Overlay palette to remove the parts of your image that you don’t want. Use the Eraser size slider and Zoom slider (bottom toolbar) to make removing parts of your image easier. Don’t worry about getting things exactly right—memes aren’t known for their flawlessness.

Choose a font and add your text

Add your punchy text to your meme in PicMonkey with the text tool and effects.

Choose a font from the options in the Text tab. (Compact fonts like League Gothic or Franchise work well.) You can also bring in the original “meme font,” called Impact. If that’s the look you’re after, find it from one of the many font resources online and download it. It’ll show up in PicMonkey under Yours in the Text tab.

Adjust your text color in the Text palette, then head to Effects. To get that meme-ilicious white font with a black outline, play with Drop Shadow in dropdown menu under Effects. Set the distance to zero, and the Horizontal and Vertical blur sliders somewhere between 5 and 10. Adjust the Intensity slider to taste.

Save your meme masterpiece

You can easily make a meme in PicMonkey and save it at a specific file size.

That’s it! Click Save in the top-left corner, give your file a name, and send your meme out into cyberspace.

Learn to make a meme (like this cat in outer space) in minutes with PicMonkey's tools.

Wanna make a meme while you’re on the move? Check out our article about making memes with the PicMonkey mobile app.

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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.