Tutorial: Getting to Know New PicMonkey

Tutorial: Getting to Know New PicMonkey
October 25, 2018 Kevin Rexroat

You know how parents always say they don’t have a favorite child? Well, we’re nothing like that. New PicMonkey is totally, completely our favorite PicMonkey. We love all PicMonkeys, but New PicMonkey includes great bits of previous versions and adds features and functionality that will help you create some terrific designs for business and personal use. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do with it.

Getting started

If you’re editing in our regular ole Old PicMonkey and you want to try New PicMonkey, click the little caret next to your name (you’re signed in, right?) in the upper -right corner of your screen, and click “Switch to New PicMonkey.” Or if you’re on the homepage, click the little caret next to the Beta button; upper-right corner.

Edit a photo

Edit a photo.

Click the Create new button to open an image in the editor. Once you’ve opened an image, take a trip to the left side of the workspace and see what you can do to it. As soon as you start working, PicMonkey stores the image in your own cloud-based Hub so you can access it from anywhere.

The Edit tab (in the far left column) has basic editing features such as crop, resize, and rotation. The Effects tab is where you’ll find the cool stuff that lets you play with light, exposure, grain, and color—this is where you can make your pics shine (literally).

You can control the amount and placement of effects—in addition to applying an effect to the entire pic, you can use the brush tool to paint the effect on a specific part of your image. This is a great way to add a color pop to a black and white photo, for example, or to lighten a shadow cast by a hat visor.

PicMonkey also includes a host of Touch Up tools (Guess what tab they’re in?) that help you make the most of a bad hair day, remove a blemish, change eye color, and sculpt contours like Michelangelo. Click one of the tools, adjust the parameters, and give your subject a new look.

Create a design

Create a design.

We’ve got over 3,000 artist-crafted templates that cover all kinds of business and personal designs. Just click Templates at the top of your screen and choose a category, or scroll down to see them all. We’re sure you’ll find something that fits the bill. Change the images, edit the text, swap colors, whatever you need to do to make it exactly what you want.

Even though our templates are pretty wonderful, we know that there are a lot of times when you just gotta be you. PicMonkey gives you the freedom to start with the old tabula rasa and create something completely original and amazing. PicMonkey offers over 70 blank canvases, sized for traditional photos (3×5 inches, 5×7, 8×10, etc.) and for specific social media needs (Etsy shop icon, Facebook covers, Instagram posts, Twitter profile, YouTube thumbnail, etc.). Click Blank canvas on the template page, then choose a preset size. Or type the dimensions into the size boxes in the upper-right corner, and you’re off to the races.

Custom-sized blank canvases.

We’ve got tons of graphics you can add to your designs—they’re super customizable.  Click the graphic to make the Graphic palette appear. There you’ll find controls for erasing parts of it, add drop shadows, apply effects, or add textures. It’s like you’ve given clipart a couple of energy drinks and a hardcore soundtrack. 

Use the Layers palette (click the three stacked squares in the bottom toolbar) to select graphics, control the layer order, group them together for accurate positioning, and edit multiple layers at once. If you want one portion of your image to peek through a shape outline, take a look at masking. With just a bit of effort, this easy process can make you look like a pro.

Add text to designs

Add text to designs

If a word falls on your image and there are no fonts to render it, does it have any meaning? That’s a discussion for a very different blog, but it’s not really an issue here, because we have plenty of fonts. Over 200 of them, actually, so you’ll find something you’ll like. If not, you can also use your own fonts in anything you create in PicMonkey. Just click “Your fonts” in the text menu, and you can upload them from your computer.

Sometimes a font is pretty close to what you want, but maybe a tweak would make it perfect. Go to the Text tab, select a font, click Add text, and type in the text box that appears over your image. In the Text palette that pops up, you can customize like crazy. Curve your text or add shadows (Effects tab of the palette), change the color (color circles in the Basic tab of the palette). You can even go to the Textures tab on the left side of the editor and add a texture to the text, or use your words as a mask for another image. As we like to say, with PicMonkey, you can apply anything to anything.

Auto-save to the cloud

Auto-save to the cloud.

We’ve all had those “Now, where did I put that?” moments, but that won’t happen with PicMonkey. All of your images are auto-saved to Hub, your cloud-based mission control center. You can leave your images unsorted, or if you’re terribly ambitious and organized you can group your images into collections. Put business projects in one, personal projects in another, reusable components in another, or whatever works for you.

Since your Hub is in the cloud, you can work on your images from anywhere. And with the free PicMonkey mobile app, you’ve got all the image editing features you need wherever you go. Start projects when you’re out and about, and finish them when you get back to your desk. Or start at your desk and head out into the field to take the exact pic you need to finish up.

One of the best things about Hub is that your images are re-editable—the layers aren’t flattened, so you can change them up anytime you go back to them.

Make cool things fast

Whether you’re using PicMonkey to grow your business or you’re just having some fun, you can be sure that our tips and tutorials will help you learn to make cool things fast.

Make cool things fast.


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Kevin Rexroat

Kevin is a terrible vegetarian, mainly because of pepperoni pizza. He has never seen “The Sound of Music,” but he has seen pink dolphins. In addition to being an accomplished writer, his acting and singing have been described as “fine.”