You and your phone spend a lot of time together. And if you’re a member of the tech-loving majority, and check it 46 times per day, it’s nice to have something pleasant to glance at every time you pull your device out of your pocket. Customized wallpaper for your lock and home screens make your phone feel more personalized—kinda like hanging art on the walls of your house, or putting a framed picture of your pet hedgehog on your desk. Wanna snazzify your communication device? Let’s take a look at how to create your own wallpaper with PicMonkey.
Step 1: Set up a blank canvas for your wallpaper
To make your own wallpaper, start by hovering over Design on the homepage. Click Custom size from the canvas size options that appear. You’ll want to know the dimensions of your phone screen (in pixels), which a quick internet search can provide. Put those dimensions into the boxes, then click Make it!
Tip: If you’re working with an iPhone 4-7, you can also choose any blank canvas, then click Crop in Basic Edits. You’ll find a number of options in the drop-down menu, including a few labeled iPhone (iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have the same dimensions as 6 and 6 Plus). Pick the one that matches your device, then click Apply.
Step 2: Design your wallpaper
It’s party time, PicMonkeyers! Change your canvas color, add textures, play with overlays, and check out curved text. This blank canvas is your oyster—in fact, you can even use an oyster graphic in your design (you’ll find it in the Under the Sea overlay set, in the Overlays tab.) If you need a little help finding your inner artiste, check out our essential graphic design tips for non-designers and intro to the design tool articles.
Step 3: Save and send your wallpaper
Now that your gawdgeous design is finished, it’s time to get it on your phone. Click Export in the top toolbar, then save it to your computer. Email it to yourself and open it on your mobile device, then save to your Camera Roll/Photos.
Or, if you don’t feel like cluttering up your inbox, put the dynamic Hub-mobile duo to work. click Save in the top toolbar and open your design with the PicMonkey mobile app, then tap Save in the app and choose your Camera Roll/Photos. Bonus: Hub-dwelling creations are re-editable, so you can tweak your design without having to start all over again.
Once your image has reached its Camera Roll/Photos destination, you’ve gotta get it onto your screen. Androiders can assign home screen wallpaper a couple different ways, but we’ll go through one basic method: Head to Settings and Wallpaper, then find the options for home screen, lock screen, or both in the top-left corner. Choose where you want your image to live, and presto! Phone screen beautified.
For the iOS tribe, start in Settings and find Wallpaper. Tap Choose a new wallpaper and find your image, then tap Set and decide between the lock screen, home screen, or both options.
Other wallpaper design ideas
Edit a photo: If you have a pic that instantly takes you to your happy place, turn it into photo wallpaper and elevate your mood every time you have to ask Google Maps to get you un-lost. On the PicMonkey homepage, click Edit and open your image. Add effects, text, and whatever else your brilliantly creative brain wants, and make it the right dimensions with Resize or Crop in the Basic Edits tab. Need some ideas to get started? Try an artsy black and white effect, make a double exposure, or turn your photo into a sketch.
Collage it: Consider our collage tool your personal wallpaper maker, and put all those happy-place pics together! Start in Collage from the homepage, and put your favorite images together in a stylish layout. You can specify your dimensions using the boxes in the bottom toolbar, or head to the Editor to resize and add other imagey goodness. Get the lowdown on all of Collage’s features in our intro article.
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