How To Make Pinnable Images With PicMonkey

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Make Pinnable Images With PicMonkey

PicMonkey is pretty amazing – it’s a {free} photo editing website that I use in conjunction with Photoshop Elements. Sometimes it’s just quicker and easier to head to for resizing, watermarking, and adding quick text than it is to open Photoshop. Let’s begin!

How To Make Pinnable Images With PicMonkey

1. Click “edit photo” and upload a picture from your computer.


I am using a photo from a post I am working on about Disneyland.

Pinnable Images With Picmonkey - Choose Photo

2. Let’s go ahead and resize/crop the photo. After uploading a photo, it automatically opens to the first available edit screen – Basic Edits. You can crop your photo, rotate it, fix the exposure and colors, or resize it. I usually stick with making the largest side of my image 500 pixels.


3. Add your backgrounds for text. While a background isn’t always necessary, sometimes you need one so your text stands out.

Pinnable Images With Picmonkey - add background shape

Choose overlay, choose a shape, then pull on the circles at the sides of your shape to resize it. You can change the color of your shape by clicking on the circle inside the “Overlay” box and moving it to the color you want.

Choose color of background image

4. Add text!

Add Text To Pinnable Images With Picmonkey

Once you have the text you want, you can move it around and change it’s color and size by clicking outside of the box and using your color/size selector to edit.

Pinnable Images With Picmonkey

At this point, I sometimes add watermarks to my images using the overlay feature in step 3. Need a watermark for your photos? It’s a service that I offer for bloggers here.

Our finished product:

Disneyland With Tweens

Make sure to save your masterpiece before closing, and good luck!


  1. 1
    Mindi says:

    I love using picmonkey for this purpose! Great post!!

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    Angela says:

    I use Picmonkey all the time, but you showed me a few tricks I didn’t know. Thanks!

  3. 3

    Very cool. I really need to spend more time on PicMonkey. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. 4

    I pinned it and I’ve used overlays before but not quite like this, so thanks!

  5. 5

    Great tutorial, Becca! I just had someone ask me the other day how to do this – I’ll be sure to send her this link!

  6. 6

    This is very helpful – thank you! Have just started using PicMonkey and was very much in need of the tip on how to use the overlays. That will save struggling to make the text more visible. Hooray!

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    Erica says:

    Loving using PicMonkey! And I saw they just added a few new free fonts. Woot!

  8. 8

    Picmonkey is really cool. I use it with my recipe photos.

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    Ashley T says:

    Great post! I love PicMonkey but never thought of creating a blank spot for the words. thanks for the post.

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    Laura says:

    I love Pic Monkey! Easy and free!

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    Tazim says:

    Thanks for the tips – I haven’t used Picmonkey before. Looks fairly easy!

  12. 12

    Thank you SO much! I have always wondered and secretly coveted all of the pics I see with words and I was SURE you had to have a PhD in the Internet to be able to actually DO it! I am loving following along with your blog. You are sort of my #START idol :)

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      Becca says:

      Heather, you win for best comment EVER ;)

      I’m so glad this post was helpful – PicMonkey is SO easy to use. Make sure to play around with the other features it offers – you’ll be blown away by all the things it does!

      Thanks for stopping by today!


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    Great Post! I am trying to figure out the best size of image for Pinterest and Facebook. Every time I pin my picture from my post to Pinterest it is smaller than the box allotted. Any ideas how to fix that??
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    Jo-Ann Blondin says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I have been hitting my head against the wall trying to figure this out and Bang YOU solved it for me. Doing a happy dance right now. Jo-Ann

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    Picmonkey saved my life lol… I was a bit behind in the pinterest game and loved seeing all the awesome photos with captions and images but had no idea how they do it. Now I use it for all my posts.


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    Angela says:

    Thank you for this! I just wiped clean my blog and seriously restarted instead of just piddling so this is so helpful to me. I’m also new to pintrest. Really appreciate the tip!

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