Having images in your blog post has changed so much since Pinterest came into play. Now it’s not enough to have images, you have to have gorgeous pinnable images. And, if you want to be re-pinned like crazy they need to look absolutely smashing.
The pressure to have the best, most re-pinable images is high. And for most, very daunting. But, with PicMonkey is doesn’t need to be. Here are a few small tricks to help you rock PicMonkey and create beautiful images for your blog.
How to Pick an Image
Start with a vertical image if at all possible. If you don’t have a really pretty image of your own, find a royalty free stock image you can use. Having a really good looking image is more important than having an image you took. As long as you have permission to use the image, you’re good to go! Just be sure to credit the photographer if the image isn’t yours.
How to Re-size an Image in PicMonkey
Select the ‘Simple Edits’ icon (top) and scroll down and select Re-size.
Enter a dimension. The left box is for the width and the right box is for height. As long as the Keep Proportions box is checked, you should only need to enter one dimension. The other will change automatically.
Apply the changes.
How to Add Overlays in PicMonkey
Overlays are those really pretty shapes, stripes or boxes people put on their photos. A lot of times they are slightly transparent so the image shows through, but not so much that you can’t read the text. Overlays provide a clean background for your text making it stand out more.
In the Overlays menu (icon with multiple shapes) select Geometric. Here you can select any shape you want. When you select the shape it will put a small black version on your image. Re-size this by dragging the sides of the shape.
Change the color of the box. I like white. But you can use any color you think compliments your photo.
Next, use the Fade slide to adjust the transparency of the overlay.
How to Put Text on a Photo with PicMonkey
Next you get to choose some cool fonts for your overlay. I like to go for one script and one non-script. As a general rule, you don’t want two serif or two san-serif fonts. Instead, try and mix them up, with no more than two font styles on a single image. Keep your text readable and clean.
Save and Download!
You’re all done! Now you can save and download your image from PicMonkey to your desktop. Then you can upload it to your blog post. But first, let’s give that image a great title and save it for the web. Select the medium quality. This is plenty high for the web and will load much faster than a high resolution image. Be sure to check your dimensions again before you Save and Download!