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A little about Picmonkey
In this blog post I want to teach you how to create pretty vertical images with picmonkey that will be Pinterest friendly. I do most of my photo editing with Adobe Lightroom (more on that here), though I found it easier to create vertical images and make them Pinterest friendly by using Picmonkey. Picmonkey is a free editing website (they also have a option to upgrade for a fee) that has tons of awesome options. It is very user friendly and has endless options of texts, overlays, colors and photo editing tools. Now that you know a little about picmonkey lets start creating a vertical image.
1. Getting started and adding images
Once you arrive at their website select collage then select where you want to pull an image from. Once you have your image selected you are taken to the collage page where you can pick from several different collages or create your own. You can add more images once you reach the editing screen by selecting the add images button.
2. Creating your collage
Since we are creating vertical images for Pinterest , I like to use the pinter-etsy option and delete the boxes that I do not need. I find it way easier rather than trying to get the width just right. It is your personal choice though, you can play around with both and see what you like better. After choosing the collage that suits you, start dragging your photos over to the collage. With Pinterest, long vertical pictures that pop and catch someone’s eye seems to do better than pictures that are not. Once your collage is just right save a copy to the hub (just incase you need to go back and change anything) then hit the send to editor button.
3. Adding Text and Overlays
Once you send your collage over to the editor you can begin to add your texts and overlays. Start by selecting the overlay button and choose whatever best suits you. You can change the color shape and size by using the overlay palette that pops up once you choose your overlay. After adding your overlay you can add your text. Click the Tt button and choose a text that you like; I suggest something easy to read. Picmonkey has tons of different fonts and colors to choose from, you can also add your own text if you choose.
4. Adding your watermark
After adding your overlays and text you will want to add your watermark or your website name, so your readers will know who the blog post is coming from. You can either create a logo within Picmonkey, save it to your hub, and add it as an overlay, or you can simply type your website name somewhere on your picture. Either one is fine and really a personal preference. I chose to make a logo and saved it to my hub. It makes things quicker to just grab it from my hub and place it on my image. It also makes things look a little more professional and uniform. Below I added a picture of both ways so you can visualize the difference.
5. Exporting to computer
Saving your image is super easy. Select the export button and choose a name for your image. For the best quality of your image, make sure to save the file in either jpg or png.
There you go! You have successfully created a pretty vertical image with Picmonkey! I hope this was helpful to you guys. Thanks for reading!