You don’t have to be head-over-heels in loooove to get psyched about Valentine’s Day. If you’re a maker, every chance to flaunt your creative chops is a good one. So we’ll let you in on the groovy stuff our designers are making for the Valentine’s Day theme, Sweethearts, scheduled to debut in a couple weeks.
First of all, you need to—as in must—check out our Pinterest board to see images that designer Jen Shetterly has pinned from her cruises around the design community. If you’re like most of us, the drool commences by pin #4. PicMonkey’s Sweethearts theme queues off many of the antique-y looks you’ll see on the board. “I want to call up the nostalgia we all have for the valentines we made as kids, so I’m putting a lot of cool vintage stuff in the app. Doilies, antique-y flowers, engraved cupids: great old-school charm,” says Jen.
On the modern side, there’ll be a gorgeous one-click effect that dramatically colorizes your photo in a very au courant look (hint: people do it to their hair and it begins with an “o”), and several more moody ones. And bokeh heart lovers, you’ve been heard. We’ll have bokeh hearts! You can also look forward to some fancy new labels; the two-color kind that give you lots of options for graphical treatment (we’ll do a tutorial to show you how). There’ll be tons more, too—including thirty new heart shapes!—so be sure to come back home to find your Sweethearts soon.