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How To Use Picmonkey To Make Awesome Images

Updated on June 20, 2014
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Susannah is a Journalist and Blogger with a total social following of over 100,000 people & whose content receives over 15,000 visits/day.

Picmonkey is one of the quickest and easiest ways to edit images to use on your online content. It's free (or $5/month for a few extra features), very quick to learn and requires no downloads.

The layout is simple; once you upload an image to Picmonkey, a menu of 8 options appears on the left hand side. Mouse over each option to see a description of what that section contains.

Below is an image I made in just a few minutes, using a free use image off Pixabay.

After that, you'll find a quick walk through of some of the awesome options you have for image editing. If you haven't already, give Picmonkey a try!

I have been using Picmonkey for several years to create MFP (Made For Pinterest) images for my content. In that time, I've generated hundreds of thousands of Pinterest pins. Read how I did it.

Make fantastic images on Picmonkey in minutes, with little training, no downloads and no fees!
Make fantastic images on Picmonkey in minutes, with little training, no downloads and no fees!
Free Use Image Downloaded from Pixabay
Free Use Image Downloaded from Pixabay | Source

The majority of Picmonkey's editing tools are free, however to access them all, you can pay an optional $5/month membership fee.

It's well worth the price if you need regular quality images, however.

Section 1 - Basic Edits

In this section you an do all the basics of cutting out parts of an image you don't want (cropping), resizing images (we recommend starting with a big image and sizing down), rotating and sharpening colours.

Cropping an image.
Cropping an image.

Section 2 - Effects

In this section you can do amazing things with images - anything from soften, pixelate, to black and white with colour, HD effects and more. All effects can be added with just one click of a button, or you can change the focal point, colour and more.

Adding effects to an image.
Adding effects to an image.

Section 3 - Touch Up

This section is a great way to fix up photos. It includes tools for airbrushing, teeth whitening, removing red eye, getting rid of wrinkles, adding mascara, hair highlights, lipstick and more.

Using a range of easy tools to airbrush an image.
Using a range of easy tools to airbrush an image. | Source

Section 4 - Text

This section is just what it says - all about text. You can add text to your image in a huge number of styles as well as change the colour or size as you wish.

Adding lots of different colors, sizes and styles of font to an image.
Adding lots of different colors, sizes and styles of font to an image.

Section 5 - Overlays

Overlays are simply images you can use in any way you wish to enhance your main image. They include banners, buttons, boxes, circles, basic icons (hearts, stars, arrows, speech bubbles) and a whole lot more.

Using some of the huge variety of images and boxes on images.
Using some of the huge variety of images and boxes on images.

Section 6 - Frames

Frames are borders that can be added to your image. You can change your image border through a range of fun effects, including photo frames, drop shadows, fancy cutouts and lots more.

Adding some funky frames.
Adding some funky frames.

Section 7 - Textures

Textures are overlays that can change the overall look of your image. There are dozens to choose from including stars, writing, old paper, metal, bricks, smudges and more. You can also upload your own.

These awesome textures add a little bit of pop to a boring image.
These awesome textures add a little bit of pop to a boring image.

Section 8 - Themes

Themes are sets of editing tools all grouped by topic, instead of what they do. Some of them are featured in other sections, which you can also find some new effects here. Theme sets include Halloween, Christmas, Romance, Vampies, Zombies and more. You can find overlays, textures, cutouts and effects specifically related to each theme.

Get into the season with vampires, winter, valentine's and more!
Get into the season with vampires, winter, valentine's and more!

More Great Tricks For Creating Awesome Easy Picmonkey Images


Using the editing box that appears when you've selected any inserted object or font, you can use the flip buttons to flip the item side to side or even upside down.

This is useful if you want to use the same image several times, without making them look exactly the same!

Color Dropper

Click on the colour box in the editing box for an an item you've selected and your mouse will turn into a colour dropper. Click anywhere you'd like to match a colour, and your item will change into that particular colour - a great way to match objects to your business theme colours and logos!

Using the circle at the top of an active item, you can drag and spin the item to any angle or direction you want.

This can come in useful for changing the angle and layout of your picture or scattering text and images haphazardly if you want to avoid straight lines!

You can also use the dots at the four edges to make the item bigger or smaller.


In the editing box, there is a draggable dot to increase or decrease fade. You can use this to add boxes or images over the top of others, while still displaying them underneath.

Another Tip: Right click on any selected image or text on your screen and you have the option to do things like duplicate it or send it to the front or back of other items you're working with!


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    • WryLilt profile imageAUTHOR

      Susannah Birch 

      4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      No MsLala, it's an editing tool. Here is my hub about places to find free images:

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      Ms Quick 

      4 years ago from Fayetteville, NC

      Does Picmonkey have free images too? I didn't see any. It looks like picture editing.

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      4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Fascinating tutorial ! I'm using Photoshop but seems relatively easy and I might just experiment with it .

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      Margaret Schindel 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Susanna, I've been playing around with PicMonkey for the past month and had figured out many of these features, but the color dropper tip was a feature I had been looking for and couldn't find until I read this article. I had been using a program called Instant Eyedropper to match the color of the element I wanted and then pasting it over the hex color # of the text or object whose color I wanted to change. Using the built-in color dropper feature will be so much quicker. Thank you!

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      5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I LOVE PicMonkey. It has been of tremendous help to me in several ways - resizing for a particular post and combining several images in one, to name a few. Thanks for showing some examples in your 'how to' here of options I've yet to try. :)

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      Very useful tutorial. I was wondering how people could do all this stuff on FB. They probably use picmonkey. Thanks mucho.

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      5 years ago

      Hubpages newbie thanks you for your suggestions!

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 

      5 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Wow your Hubs rock. Learned a ton from just three of them. Thanks

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      5 years ago

      I've started using this program based on your recommendation. I had a little trouble at first, but now it is relatively easy. Thanks for the info.

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      Angela Joseph 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Never knew of this before. Sounds like something even a tech dummy like me can use. Thanks for sharing!

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      5 years ago from UK

      I've just recently started using PicMonkey and still have a lot to learn! I love some of the images you've put together. I've picked up some great tips from your very useful hub. Thank you!

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      Jaye Denman 

      5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Thanks for sharing this information (and all the terrific pics) about Picmonkey. Has to be easier than Photoshop, which I had no patience for learning.

      Voted Up+++


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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Just like OldRoses wrote, I also purchased PhotoShop and have never taken the time to learn how to operate it. This sounds simple. Thanks for writing this. Will share with my followers and also pin it to my Do You Know This? board.

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      Caren White 

      5 years ago

      I made the mistake of purchasing PhotoShop a few years ago but I've never used it because it is so complex. This sounds so much easier. And cheaper! Thanks for the great hub. I can't wait to get started.

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      5 years ago from America

      I love PicMonkey and use it often. I like making labels on it. Voting up.

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      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      What an awesome hub! I love photo editing and am always looking for tools that make it fun. Your hub provided terrific instructions and introduced the reader to all the primary tools for editing. I was not aware of this application and can't wait to try it out. Thanks for a great hub. Voted up and awesome. Will share it too.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      This looks pretty good, I'm sold. Thank you for sharing, voting up and useful also pinning for reference.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I have used PicMonkey before and enjoyed it. After having computer problems whereby I had to reload all my programs, I haven't gotten around to loading PicMonkey.

      It does require some time to learn how to use the program, but what program doesn't, right??

      Very informative Hub. Voted UP and shared.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      This image editor looks useful and the way you've explained it, user friendly. Thanks for sharing this tip.

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      5 years ago from Florida

      Great information, Thank you


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