How to Use PicMonkey to Design Your Social Media Site

By Janine Warner, David LaFontaine

Let’s face it. You’re might be designing your social media site on a budget. Not everyone has the time, interest, or money to invest in photo-editing software such as Photoshop, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still create custom images to use across your brand’s social media properties.

PicMonkey allows you to create a free account before editing images. You can also upgrade ($33 per year) to access additional tools, from a greater range of fonts to photo filters. From the PicMonkey site, select Edit from the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the screen.

Hover your cursor over the Edit button that appears, and you can access the following uploading options:

  • Computer

  • Dropbox

  • Facebook

  • Flickr

Opening your image takes you to the editor page where you can begin to play around with the PicMonkey tools. Use the Basic Edits tools (on the left) to

  • Crop

  • Change canvas color

  • Rotate or straighten photos

  • Change the exposure

  • Adjust image color saturation and temperature

  • Sharpen the image

  • Resize your image

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Although the PicMonkey Basic Edits tools are a great starting point to take your images to the next level, that’s just the tip of the editing iceberg. More sophisticated tools allow you to do everything from add text to place image stickers and shapes on your photos. You can even create a collage. Don’t have Photoshop? No problem! PicMonkey also provides collage-creation options.

To get started, select Collage from the horizontal navigation bar. After you select your photos, you can use the following collage tools:

  • Layouts

  • Swatches

  • Background

Use the collage tools to create the perfect size and style collage for your social media pages. The Layout menu even offers a FB Cover option, automatically providing you with the correct size for your Facebook Cover Photo and offering four style options from which to choose.

After you create your collage, select Edit at the top of the editing screen to send your collage to the PicMonkey Edit menu. You can now add text, overlays, and other goodies to your collage.