You don’t have to be a fourth generation Rockefeller or a Nantucket vacationeer to have a monogram. A monogram is a great way to personalize paper ephemera — thank you cards, wedding table numbers, place cards, and programs — as well as your stylin’ duds. And PicMonkey’s tool will turn you into an expert monogram maker in just three steps:
- Choose a monogram canvas.
- Select the overlay you want to use.
- Add and customize your monogram text.
Whether traditional and elaborate or modern and minimal, PicMonkey will teach you how to make a monogram that jives with your personality and aesthetic. And wouldn’t you rather have a DIY monogram than the common off-the-shelf variety? Follow the tutorial below to use our monogram maker.
1. Choose your monogram canvas
On the homepage, hover over the Design button and select Blank canvas from the menu. You’ll have the option to choose your canvas dimensions at that point; to keep things simple, just pick a square.
When the Editor opens, select Transparent canvas under the canvas color picker and click Apply.
2. Make your monogram shape
Go to the Overlays tab. You can make a monogram using pretty much whatever shape you want, but for this tutorial we’re headed to the Label group. Click a label and it will appear on the canvas. Grab the corner handle and stretch it to a size that covers most of the canvas, then use the color picker to choose a color.
Pro tip: When you’ve got multiple overlays, keep track of them using our Layers palette. Find it on the leftmost side of our bottom toolbar. The Layers palette is also where you can combine all your overlays into a single layer; select Flatten image (the icon that looks like two pieces of paper with a down arrow) and let the simplifying begin.
3. Personalize your monogram
In the Text tab, choose a font. We chose EcuyerDAX. Click Add Text and enter the first initial of your last name (or the initial you’d like to have in the center of your monogram) into the text box. When finished, click outside the text box and use the Text palette to adjust color and size. To center the text, drag the left and right sides of the text box to the outer edges of the canvas and click the Center icon in the Text palette.
Remember: if you lose track of any of your text, you can always reselect it using the Layers palette.
Repeat the text steps above to create smaller initials. For a married couple, the traditional approach is that the first initial is the woman’s first name, the middle is the couple’s last name, and the last is the man’s first name. However, rules are for fools! Or, put another way, the traditional approach may not be the best one for your life, so monogram what feels right, team.
Pro tip: Craving an extra-extra-fancy touch? Add your monogramistas’ full first names below the initials.
And don’t forget about customizing your colors!
Here are some different looks you can go for as you create your own DIY monogram: trendy, classic, and traditional. Our overlay sets have quite a few options for adding objects and flourishes to complement your design. Use PicMonkey’s monogram maker tool to start your own design.
And since you’re going to be using your new monogram for like, everything, why not keep it where you can easily change its size, colors, and fonts? Save your monogram to PicMonkey Hub and all the above is yours. Plus, add your monogram to one of our custom templates for instamagically stunning business cards, Facebook covers, and more.
Want the good stuff? Upgrade to Premium for the finest fonts, overlays, and tools the PicMonkey kingdom has to offer: