Category Archives: Photo Editing

How to Create an Instagram Like Photostrip in 5 Easy Steps

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In a past blog tutorial, I showed you how to create Instagram like photos  using  a free online photo editing program called PicMonkey.  This tutorial will cover how to gather those Instagram photos you have created in order to create cute Instagram like photostrips, that you can use to share online or in your crafting.  The process is very easy and you will see that it will take a few moments, once you get a hang of the steps.

Step 1- Uploading Your Photos:

The first step is to  choose the “Make A Collage” function in PicMonkey.  Then you will, upload the photos you have created, I usually use only 3 for each photo strip and I will be using that amount for this tutorial.

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Step 2 – Selecting Your Layout:

Once you have uploaded your pictures, you will need to create the template into which you will be placing your photos.  Select  “Layouts” and choose the Ducks in a Row option with 3 squares. You will get a 3 square template in the Landscape position.

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Step 3 – Flipping & Sizing Your Layout:

Flip the Layout using the rotate function (located at the bottom) and make sure the pixel measurements say 600 pixels by 1800 pixels.   By using these exact dimensions, you will have a photostrip ready to print that will be at 300 dpi and measure 2” by 6”.  Usually you can place two photostrips side by side onto a 4” x 6” layout in order to print onto 4” x 6”  photo paper.

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PicMonkey- How to Create Mini Instagram Like Photos

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Instagram is a very popular phone app that works either with android phones or iphones.  Using your mobile phone to take pictures, the photos can then be shared on social media and on the public website of your Instagram account.    It is very popular because, the Instagram photo app offers professional photo effects that enhance your everyday life photos into great memories.

Instagram also offers apps that allow you to download your photos or send them to online print shops which allow you to send the photos you have captured on your phone to be printed in hardcopy.  The instagram  images are usually in a standard mini instagram format of  2″ x 2″ square.  They are unique and popular products.  They have become so popular that they are often included in a variety of project life layouts as tiny photos that add additional , creative oomph, to memory keeping and digital scrapbooking.

All this is great, but the unique size of the Instagram photos poses a challenge for people who want the effect but don’t have the time and energy to invest in a photo editing program or additional software or phone apps they don’t use often.

Steps to Creating Mini Instagrams

Using Picmonkey, a free photo online editor, I have created this tutorial so that you can create your own Instagram like photos.  In a later tutorial, I will show you how to create a photostrip with 3 2 x2 photos.  The following steps will take you through the process of creating the 2” x 2” Instagram photo with vintage like effects.  Picmonkey provides a variety of vintage photo effects that you can apply to your photos.  In this tutorial, I am aiming for a 1970s throwback Polaroid look to my photos.

Caveat:  I have not been authorized by either Instagram or Picmonkey to provide this tutorial.  This is a tutorial that I developed using the Picmonkey’s free online editor and similar characteristics of Instagram photos.

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Step 1 – Select Your Photo or Image

The first step is to upload a single photo from your computer, you might have stored this photo on your laptop’s  hard drive or a separate jump or thumb drive.  I usually work from my computer desktop, as it makes working with the photographs a lot faster and easier.

Using the Picmonkey “Edit a Photo”,  option upload the photo you want to work on.  (Tip:  I would suggest that you experiment with a free image from Microsoft’s free image databank or an image that you don’t mind experimenting with until you get the process right.)  Part of the trial and error process comes from the original quality of the photograph itself, for example, is it overexposed? Is there too much red, green or blue?

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Step 2 – Cropping Your Photo Into A Square

Under the “Basic Edits” menu, select the “ Crop” function.  Under the drop down menu select the “square” function.  This step will make the cropping overlay grid into a perfect square. Expand the square, to the fullest extent possible and select the area best suited to the image you want to create and apply the crop.  In this photo, you will notice that the dimensions are quite large, but we will worry about the size later.  At this point, you want to get the best  square crop of your image, since most photos are in a rectangular format. Continue reading PicMonkey- How to Create Mini Instagram Like Photos

Getting Creative with Picmonkey’s New Overlays

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With spring speeding by and summer swiftly on the way, Picmonkey (a free online photo editing tool) is doing it’s best to roll out summer themed overlays and clip art on it’s intuitive online software.

Picmonkey has added  four “new” overlays to it’s already jam packed list of overlay options.  The free online photo editor  currently has over 43 overlay options under different categories!

The following chart will give you an idea of all the options under their named categories:

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As you can see from the above Overlay chart, it seems that Picmonkey is trending to adding  more and more digital scrapbooking elements to its overlay options.  These are all great add-ons that you can have access to in order to jazz up your scrapbooking or other family photos.

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PicMonkey – 5 New Photo Effects on Free Online Photo Editor

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Picmonkey has added several new features to their easy to use and free online photo editor.   This blog post will just cover the new “Light” photo effects they have added under the “Effects” menu in the Picmonkey Photo Editor section.

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How to Create A Basic Photo Collage Using PicMonkey

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and there are probably a lot of projects you might have on your mind to create.  But why not create a simple photo collage (using  a free, easy and  intuitive online photo editor)  that you can share with family, friends and of course all your loved ones.

The following steps should get you started quickly.

*Remember: Picmonkey is free to use and requires no registration.  (Of course,  PicMonkey tempts you with all the goodies and bells and whistles in the paid Royale features but their basic tools work really well.)

Steps to Create a Basic Photo Collage

Go to the Picmonkey website.  Go to Your Main Menu and Select the “Create A Collage Feature”.

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In this tutorial, we will be using  Picmonkey’s current “Sweetheart” theme sample pictures and include one of my own, so that I can show you how to include your own pictures as well  as use Picmonkey’s options.

Photo #1 shows the basic template layout and the main menu options on the left hand side.   Go to the “Photos” option and you can select  your photos from the drop-down menu.

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Photo #2 shows the picture of the vintage kitten valentine card image that I uploaded and the option now should read “From My Computer”. Your photos will be available to you by toggling between these two options.

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Photo #3 –  To create the layout for this example, select the “Layouts” option from the menu and then select the “Square Deal” option and choose the 2 x 2 square photo layout, four squares total.

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Photo #4 was included to show you the “Fabric Swatches” option on the menu in the event you wanted to use a fabric swatch image rather than a photo, but for this tutorial we will only be using the pictures shown.

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Photo #5 shows the template filled with the pictures which I just dragged and dropped into the template.  Notice the small grey rectangular area  that it is shown in the screenshot as I dragged over the kitten valentine card. When you see this on the template, it means that Picmonkey will be creating a new square or rectangle to make room for the additional photo being added to the layout.    Picmonkey will automatically adjust the template to the new photo I have dropped in and the photo template now has five photos.

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Photo #6 shows what the template looks like once I have completely dragged and  dropped in the photo of the vintage valentine card. So, the basic template with a white background (the default) has been created.  Adjust the images to your liking.

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Photo #7 shows the “Background” option on the Main Menu. You have four options in this menu, you will have to preselect or adjust:

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The following are the options included in this menu:

  • Spacing – This slider gives you the option to adjust the spacing between the photos based on pixels.  For this tutorial, we chose 12. (Which stands for 12 pixels)
  • Corner rounding – this option allows you to adjust the corners of your photos if you like by a percentage. I chose 15% for this example.
  • Color – Picmonkey allows you to choose the color for your background based on the rainbow like selector, the color picker tool which looks like an eyedropper, and by the hex# (a six digit number that graphic designers use to identify specific colors).  For this example, I used the color picker tool and picked the color from the vintage kitten valentine heart, and “Voila!” the background is filled with the matching color.
  • Transparent Background – Choosing this option would knock out your background and make it see through or transparent .  Keep this box unchecked for this example.

Now that you have finished your  creation,   you can adjust it to your liking.  When you have made all your adjustments, you will now save your photo collage to your computer.

Photo #8 shows you what the menu option looks like once you click the “save” button above your template.  Picmonkey usually gives you a standard file name for your photo and will save it to your computer. To save time,  I usually add a letter to the end of the name and rename it later, but you can name your photo whatever you like.

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A photo collage template at 1024 x 1024 pixels will print out at 14.2” by 14.2”, so you can use the change option to resize your photo at this point or you can save the photo to your computer and go back into Picmonkey and resize it with the “Edit a Photo” option.

And that’s it, you now know the basics of creating a photo collage.  As you play with the options, you will be able to adjust the photo collage to your liking and create a wonderful image to share with your loved ones!

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Image Credit – Main Photo

Pictures were Picmonkey’s photo samples by C.Fisher Photography

Valentine Postcard

Vintage elements by Graphics Fairy

Fonts by Dafont “Susie’s Hand”

Heart Tape strips by PuglyPixel

How to Use PicMonkey to Kickstart Your Photo Editing Skills

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If you were disappointed when Piknik the free online photo editing site went offline and closed up shop in early spring of last year, you needn’t despair because one of the best free online photo editing sites has found a new life as PicMonkey. ( On their website, PicMonkey claims that former staff workers for Piknik moved to  PicMonkey and the others were absorbed into Google staff when they were  bought out by Google+.) Continue reading How to Use PicMonkey to Kickstart Your Photo Editing Skills