I use Picmonkey a lot for this blog. I use it to make all my collages because of the ability to do a little bit of photo editing (like fixing the contrast or brightness when one picture is taken in light that is different from the rest), and the ability to add text to my pictures. I love that even the free option (which I currently use) is full of features.
Last night I finished reading The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, and one of the quotes near the end really stuck out to me, so I wanted to make a quick quote picture for it, and I thought you might like to see how simple it is to make! (Note: This is just me showing you something I use. This is NOT a sponsored post.)
Step 1: Set Up
First you need to decide what kind of project you want to do. Usually I pick “collage,” but for today’s project I picked “design.” Once you make you choice, the page will open and you can pick the canvas color. I picked black because I wanted something fairly stark looking. One of my favorite options is that you can make the canvas transparent.
Step 2: Add Text
Next I typed up my quote. In order to get to the text options, select the “T” on the let side of the screen. I chunked it into different parts based on the phrasing, and changed the font for the different parts. You can type it all up as one text box and change within that, but I prefer to make each chunk its own text box. This makes it easier to change my font as I go. I am not really great font mixer, but I like to contrast thin cursive options with chunkier print options. For this picture I had three fonts because I wanted “love” to be different from everything else.
Step 3: Embellish
Once I was happy with my fonts, I picked the overlay options to add just a little pop of color. Overlays are the butterfly icon on the left. I wanted a heart and an arrow and that was it. I played around with the doodled hearts until I found one I liked. Then I added the arrow and right clicked on it to send it behind the text and heart. I considered adding more embellishments, but I decided not to because I wanted the focus to really be the word “love,” and doing more would probably detract from that.
Step 4: Save
Across the top of your work space are a few options such as merging the layers. This is also where you select “save.” Once you decide to save, the left side menu will change so you can name and save. Once saving is done, you will be back at the work space. You can work some more after you save, but once you navigate away from the page, your work is lost. It’s also important to know that the site doesn’t automatically save the progress of your work, so make sure you’re saving as you go, especially on a larger project.
Once you’re done, your image is complete and ready to use. I did this when I woke up this morning and the entire project, screenshots and all, only took me about 10 minutes (but of course I’ve done this before and knew exactly what I wanted and where to find it). Do you use any sort of photo editing/designing sites? What do you like and why do you like it? I would have never found pickmonkey if a friend hadn’t shown it to me, so I’m always willing to try something new!