Make a Heart-Shaped Crop of Your Photo for Valentine’s Day

Make a Heart-Shaped Crop of Your Photo for Valentine’s Day
January 21, 2020 PicMonkey

Think of our Sweethearts theme as your ultimate Valentine card-making toolkit. It’s full of romantic fonts, heart and flower graphics, and label and banner overlays to help display your messages of love in the most artistic way. Add your own heart-shaped crop photo to a design and you’ve got a personalized creation your lover will love. Wanna learn how to crop your pic into a heart shape for an extra special Valentine card? We’ll show you!

1. Open a blank canvas in PicMonkey editor

Let’s do this thing! Start in the PicMonkey editor, click Create New, and choose a blank canvas. We used a 4 x 6 canvas for our design, but you should choose whatever suits your overall design best.

2. Browse the Sweethearts theme and choose a heart- shaped crop

heart shapes from PicMonkey's sweethearts theme

Head the the Themes tab — it’s the two squares with the “A” at the bottom left of the editing panel. There are a whole bunch of fun seasonal themes, but since you’re in the mood for love, select Sweethearts. Once you’re in, you’ll find effects, fonts, graphics, and of course, hearts aplenty. Click the heart shape you want to put your photo inside and it will appear on your canvas.

3. Apply your photo as a texture to the heart shape and crop

heart shape photo for valentines

The final step is to put your photo “inside” the heart. First, make sure the heart graphic is selected in the Layers palette. Go to the Textures tab on the editing panel on the left (the weave icon) and click Add your own texture at the top of the panel. Select your photo from wherever it lives, and voilà, your photo now appears heart shaped! Move the Fade slider to bring your photo down to 0% so the background color doesn’t show through. You can move it around inside the shape with your cursor, play with the Blend modes, or transform it using the Size slider or the flip/rotate tools in the texture panel. Last, click Apply and you’re done!

Alternatively, you can get this same heart-shaped crop effect using Shape Cutouts. Here’s how:

  1. Click Create New in the PicMonkey editor.
  2. Choose a photo to crop into a heart shape.
  3. Select the Frames tab from the toolbar (looks like a picture frame).
  4. Click the heart shape cutout.
  5. Adjust using the Shape Size slider and/or click and drag to reposition the shape.
  6. Click Apply to complete your work!

4. Place your photo on your Valentine card

heart shape crop photo valentine

Now that you have a heart-shaped photo, you’re ready to use it in your Valentine design. For our card design we applied a couple textures to the background, inserted a graphic and added some text before centering the photo on the card and arranging everything how we wanted it. The result is beautiful and fresh (just like you!) and it was so easy to create.


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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 powerful images that level up your business.


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    Will these features go away after Valentine’s Day or will they be a Royale Feature? I love the ‘Heart Cutouts’ option!

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      Cindy 7 years ago

      I think it’ll stay around, the ones from Christmas and Halloween are still available. I think it stays the way it is right now.

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        PicMonkey 7 years ago

        Cindy’s got it right. Once we launch a theme, we keep it up forevs. Thx for chiming in, Cindy!

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    If you upgrade are there more swatches available? Do you have a list of what’s included in upgrading specifically?

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    gemma 7 years ago

    I really like the new valentines fonts. and I made a tutorial about levitation photography on picmonkey here’s the link:
    I would love it if you’d take a look
    I love picmonkey

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      PicMonkey 7 years ago

      Gemma, this is fantastic! Thank you so much for sending it along. You definitely have a great eye and your levitation photography came out beautifully. Stay with us; PicMonkey’s got more in store for ya!

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    michelle 7 years ago

    Will you be adding a St. Patrick’s Day theme?? Thanks!!

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      Heather 7 years ago

      I was wondering the same thing~

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      DSTPRL 7 years ago

      I am trying to figure out how to USE swatches. Every time I drag and drop it covers over the photo. What I am really trying to do is provide my background with some nice texture.

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        PicMonkey 7 years ago

        Hey there. The swatches are made just for filling cells with, and most people then save the collage and then open the whole thing again in the editor and drop text on top of the colored cell. The swatches aren’t really made to be backgrounds.

        The backgrounds tab is the bottom icon on the far left; the icon looks like a painter’s palette. You can use the eyedropper to match any color in a photo or swatch in your collage.

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          DSTPRL 7 years ago

          Thank you this is very helpful. I was hoping to be able to create a patterned background for my collage. Have a great day and thanks for responding.

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      Marie 6 years ago

      Why is hand tint gone? I used it all the time…… 🙁

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        PicMonkey 6 years ago

        Hi Marie. Adobe made some changes to Flash, which caused crashes with this particular effect. So we’ve removed it until Adobe fixes the bug or we discover a workaround. Sorry!

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    christian 6 years ago

    i love the rapture effect so badly it’s a perfect effect but i can’t use it because it’s premium how can i get such effect for free please tell me 🙂 i want it so badly!. thanks 🙂

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    Sally 6 years ago

    I have a question, suppose i clone a small dog, how can i make the dog bigger (enlarge)? is there anyway how to do enlargement with the pic i copy or clone? Thanks.

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      PicMonkey 6 years ago

      If you are adding the image of the dog to another image or a blank canvas as Your Own Overlay, you can adjust the size of your dog image that way then do the cloning. Is this what you’re looking for?

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