Quite a few readers have asked for a tutorial on how to make an image for their posts (like I do), with the pretty fonts, the borders and the other graphical elements such as arrows. I actually use Photoshop most of the time, but almost everything I do can be accomplished for free in PicMonkey.
There is lots that you can do with the PicMonkey software, but since I am a fan of keeping things simple I am just going to show you how I made the image at the top of this post. There should be enough information in this post to give people the courage to experiment for themselves!
Step One. The first thing you need to do is create a blank canvas for you to "draw" on. To do this, go to the PicMonkey website and click on create a collage.
Step Two. On the left hand menu, select "Layouts" and then "Square Deal". I then selected the canvas with four cells, but it doesn't really matter which one you pick.
Step Three. Hover your mouse over the top right hand corner of one of the cells and a cross will appear, with a text box saying "Remove cell". Click on the cross to delete the cell. Repeat this for the other cells, until you are just left with one canvas.
Step Four. This step is optional. If you want to use a background pattern or colour, then you might want to do that now. I just changed the white background to a slightly different shade.
Step Five. Re-size your canvas to a more practical size. The default size is 2000 pixels, but 400px by 400px is more suited to blogs, unless you want to slow the loading time of your post. To change the size, click on the box at the bottom of the screen and change the number, (press the enter key to save your changes).
Step Six. The next few steps needed to be done in the "Photo Editor" rather than the "Collage Editor", so save your file to computer and return to the home screen.
Step Seven. Click on "Edit a photo" and open the file which you just saved to your computer.
Step Eight. I started off by adding a frame (unsurprisingly, this is done under the "Frames" tab). Toggle the thickness scroll bar until you achieve the width you want. I wanted a double line, so just repeated this step to add a second frame. You can also make changes to things like the colour.
Step Nine. Most of the images I create for the blog are for post headers. I typically start off by adding some text, (the forth tab down on the menu). Pick your font and click on the "Add Text" box.
You can highlight the text and change the colour and size, and also mix and match which fonts you want to use in your image.
Step Ten. There are loads of simple overlays you can add for free in PicMonkey, (more if you pay for the premium version). Like the text, you can change things like the colour. To change the size of the overlaid image, hover your mouse over the corner of the box and drag.
Step Eleven. There is also the option to add image elements from your computer, by clicking on the "Your Own" button. This is how I added the PicMonkey logo and my watermark, (the latter of which I haven't shown in the tutorial).
Step Twelve. When you are happy with your image, save it!
If you want to show off your newly learned PicMonkey skills, link up to your image/blog post in the comments. I always like to see what people have learned from my tutorials. :)