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How to Make a Collage in Picmonkey

Woo-hoo! Collage day!!
I’m excited to share this with you– it was so empowering for me when I realized I could still have my precious collages even without picnik!
First things first.
You have to start with a white background.
So that’s the first part of the tutorial today. 
And, really, it’s the base for pretty much every other tutorial I’m going to post, so pay attention!
How to Create a White Background in Picmonkey:
1. Open Click on Edit your photo.
2. Upload any standard sized photo (meaning, not one that you’ve already cropped or resized since uploading to your computer)
3. Click on Overlays. Select the rectangle shape. Make it white.
4. Enlarge the rectangle so that it covers the entire picture. Click on Merge Layers.
Voila! You’re done! 
Save it to your desktop and name it something like “blank white.”
Then, the next time you have a collage or project to do, simply choose this photo to edit!
As long as you rename the collage/design when you save it, you won’t lose your blank white image that is saved to your desktop!

How to Make a Collage in Picmonkey:
1. Upload your white image to edit.

2. Go to overlays. Click “Your Own.” Select the image you want to use from your desktop.

3. Size the image…

4. Continue with this until you’ve added all the images you want to use.
6. When you’re happy with the collage layout, crop it:
7. Save it to your computer!


  •  When you insert the image into your blog post, don’t size it to any larger than Original Size (which should be plenty large enough unless the width of your post space is much larger than 700px).
  • Don’t forget you can add texts and stickers too!
  • You can also play around with the “kookiness” of the picture– they can be at an angle, or overlapping each other. You aren’t limited to a grid!

 PS- you can find these cookies over at my guest post on Making the World Cuter today!


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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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98 Responses to “How to Make a Collage in Picmonkey”

  1. Mackenzie posted on April 17, 2012 at 11:53 pm (#)

    Oh! Good to know! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Heather | Cookie Mondays posted on April 18, 2012 at 1:00 am (#)

    phew! relief! thank you! :)

  3. Domestic Goddesque posted on April 18, 2012 at 2:38 am (#)

    Wow- I LOVE this tutorial. So helpful, thanks!!

  4. Karen @ Pas Grand-Chose posted on April 18, 2012 at 6:12 am (#)

    Thank you so much for this – incredibly helpful! Now going to check out that cookie recipe :))

  5. Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm posted on April 18, 2012 at 6:25 am (#)

    Thank you so much! I had know idea you could do this in picmonkey! I’m so glad you shared it!

  6. Aimee posted on April 18, 2012 at 7:12 am (#)

    Ashton, I totally love you! Thanks for this girl, you are always my go-to computer person!!

  7. cupsbykim posted on April 18, 2012 at 8:26 am (#)

    That is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve wondered how I could do this and you just answered all of my questions!! Thanks!!

  8. {Repurpose Universe} posted on April 18, 2012 at 9:23 am (#)

    Thanks so much. I’m so upset Picnik is going away and have been playing with PicMonkey this morning. Love that I can do collages now too. Thanks for writing all of this out for us!

  9. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on April 18, 2012 at 9:37 am (#)

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I finally figured out the “white” background thing the other day…now I am so excited to be able to make collages again. Thank you Ashton! You’re awesome. Oh, the possibilities this opens up…

  10. Hayley posted on April 18, 2012 at 10:39 am (#)

    Yay! Thanks for the tutorial. I don’t use PicMonkey but I think I should hop on the bandwagon soon since everyone’s talking about it! BTW, these cookies look good! I love brownie cookies :)

  11. Sue posted on April 18, 2012 at 10:45 am (#)

    I will definitely refer to this! Thanks for sharing your expertise!

  12. R.E. ~ posted on April 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm (#)

    Thank you so very much! I am a big fan/user of collage making on Picnik, I am glad I found your tutorial.


  13. Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family posted on April 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm (#)

    I’m just starting to familiarize myself with PicMonkey. Your tutorial is fabulous. I’d love it if you’d share this at my link party going on right now at The NY Melrose Family .

  14. Heather Kinnaird posted on April 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm (#)

    thanks for the tutorial!

  15. Alison posted on April 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm (#)

    Wow, I think I could even manage that!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  16. Beth posted on April 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm (#)

    Thank you for doing this tutorial, it’s awesome! At the moment I’m happy with my current header, but I keep thinking about doing a collage with it someday and I will need this.

  17. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on April 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm (#)

    Ashton, thanks so much for this great tutorial! You’re THE BEST!

  18. cupsbykim posted on April 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm (#)

    So, any thoughts on why every time I try to save something on Pic Monkey it closes internet explorer? I’ve checked with them to see if there are any FAQ’s about that, but can’t find anything. I’ve updated my flash player, I have the latest version of ie, I’m confused and frustrated now, I can’t get it to work!

    • Something Swanky posted on April 18, 2012 at 11:46 pm (#)

      So weird! I use firefox or chrome, and those are both browsers you can download for free if you want to try that!

      Or, Dorothy mentioned that they respond on their facebook page pretty quickly– you could try that?

    • cupsbykim posted on April 19, 2012 at 11:19 am (#)

      Thanks, I had switched over to chrome a while back, but then switched back so maybe that is the issue. I’ll try that first and if it doesn’t work then I’ll hit ’em up on FB. Thanks for your help!

  19. Motivated Mommy of two posted on April 19, 2012 at 1:00 am (#)

    Thank yo so much for sharing this, your tutorials are great. I am a new follower and learning a lot.

  20. Jess posted on April 19, 2012 at 2:00 am (#)

    AH! You are so awesome! Thank you for doing this :) I was super worried and have spent some late nights trying to figure out PSE…this seems so much faster! Thanks again!
    xo Jess

  21. Julie posted on April 19, 2012 at 10:22 am (#)

    That’s amazing!! I have been loving picmonkey and now I love it even more, thanks :)

    The Farm Girl

  22. Five Go Blogging posted on April 19, 2012 at 11:54 am (#)

    Oh My God! Can I say I love you? Is that too forward?
    Cursing too because I just posted a tutorial on how to make a collage in Photoscape!
    THANK YOU :)

  23. Boni posted on April 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm (#)

    oooh! You are awesome. Thank you for sharing this tip! You just made my day!

  24. ~Gay~ posted on April 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm (#)

    This information IS empowering!! Oh wow…you have opened my eyes to a whole new dimension. Thank you so much for linking!

  25. Michelles Tasty Creations posted on April 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm (#)


    Thank you so much for posting this! I am new to Picmonkey and love tutorials so I don’t spend all my time with trial and error.

    I would love for you to share this at my Creative Thursday Link Party and I was going to add my button to your party page but couldn’t figure out how.


  26. Shirley posted on April 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm (#)

    I didn’t know it was possible to make collages using Picnik. I always used Picasa for collages, but I’m going to try your way because it looks like you have more freedom of shapes and sizes.
    Thanks for sharing!

  27. Deborah (Teach Preschool) posted on April 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm (#)

    Ok – I have been playing with the layering all day!!! It is so addicting. Thank you so much for the information! You Rock!

  28. Mary posted on April 23, 2012 at 9:03 am (#)

    I’m so thankful I found your blog (via Google) this morning…………….but now I’m being naughty and spending hours making collages!! I’ve been using PicMonkey for several weeks and absolutely love it. So easy and many great options (more fonts would be nice though – but not complaining). Thanks so much for showing how to do collages this way – I know they are promising to add this later but meanwhile your way is awesome.

    Ashton, quick question – I save all my PicMonkey edited images in PicMonkey folder on my Mac – not in iPhoto – it’s easier that way. By chance do you know how to delete photos from that folder…………just can’t seem to find a way to do that. Have so many there now and would like to remove some as I know they are taking up much needed storage space – and of course the original image is already in iPhoto ifI ever need it again! Thanks very much for any info. you can share.

    Mary – (A Breath of Fresh Air)

    • Something Swanky posted on April 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm (#)

      I wish I had an answer for you! Beyond “move to trash,” I’ve really never done much deleting on my desktop!! Sorry :( So glad you’re enjoying collages, though! :)

  29. Kim Wilson posted on April 23, 2012 at 10:00 am (#)

    Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing this with us! I gave you a G+, tweeted and pinned this post! YAY!! ~ KIM @ Sand & Sisal

  30. Jennifer of JennySue Makeup posted on April 23, 2012 at 11:15 am (#)

    so excited to try this- thank you much for sharing!! i’ve always been intimidated by these photo editing programs, but i think you’ve given me confidence to try this one!
    i found you over at copacetic in carolina and glad i did bc you’re going to inspire me to get more creative with my makeup blog (and recipes for my kids)! check me out if you get a moment, i’m a mommy with a makeup problem…

  31. Laura @ cookiecrumbsandsawdust.blogspot posted on April 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm (#)

    Wow, I needed this! So sad about Picnik. :( Trying to learn Picmonkey.

    I’m visiting from Making the World Cuter. I hope that you can stop by my blog too. :)

    Thanks for sharing,

  32. Heather {The Lovely Cupboard} posted on April 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm (#)

    YAY! Thank you! Picmonkey is my new Picnik and I’ve been wanting to make collages!

  33. PlainVanillaMom posted on April 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh! Thanks for sharing..huge help :)

  34. Alyssa posted on April 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm (#)

    My Goodness! Thank you!!!! Never thought it could be that easy! Thank you!

  35. Alicia posted on April 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm (#)

    I just tried it for my next blog post and had so much fun! I will be creating some more collages now. I never even knew about picknic or picmonkey until you started these tutorial posts. Thanks so much!!

  36. Sarah posted on April 25, 2012 at 12:26 am (#)

    I think you’ve just saved me loads and loads of time! THANK YOU THANK YOU Ashton!

  37. Jessica -Green PBnJs posted on April 25, 2012 at 12:45 am (#)

    Thank You!! This is so helpful! -Jessica

  38. Macaroni and Cheesecake posted on April 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm (#)

    Thank you so much!! This was SUPER helpful!!!

  39. fernan posted on April 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm (#)

    Una pena y lamentable la desaparición de Picnik, un programa que funcionaba estupendamente y por tantísimos usuarios, hay cosas que no entiendo.
    Muchas gracias por este tuto, me ha venido bien

  40. More Than Mommies posted on April 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm (#)

    Thanks for this! Very helpful!!

  41. Colleen posted on April 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm (#)

    Picmonkey referred me to this link on FB! Very, very helpful! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  42. sharon posted on April 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm (#)

    Okay- you are THE BEST! I cannot thank you enough- I will be using this right away…. I’ve ben mourning the loss of Picnik- and seriously, this tutorial is so much better than even using the standard college formats presented in Picnik! I am in AWE! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  43. Helena S White posted on April 27, 2012 at 11:01 pm (#)

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  44. Becca posted on April 28, 2012 at 3:01 am (#)

    What a great post! Thank you so much! I only wish I had seen this Wednesday- still, I;m sure I have many more collages in my future! ;-)
    xo Becca

  45. Blythe posted on April 28, 2012 at 8:07 am (#)

    Thanks for posting this tutorial. I didn’t even know how to make the white background!

  46. The Painted Cookie posted on April 28, 2012 at 8:26 am (#)

    I am bowing at your page! Thank you thank you thank you! This is what I have missed most from Picnik!

  47. Jessica Kielman posted on April 28, 2012 at 8:27 am (#)

    Perfection! This is absolutely invaluable! Thank you so much for sharing with the rest of us, and have a tremendous weekend!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  48. Karen At Home posted on April 28, 2012 at 8:32 am (#)

    This is wonderful, thank you!!! New to your blog, such a cure blog
    Design you have!

    Have a good weekend!

  49. Allie posted on April 28, 2012 at 9:28 am (#)

    This is really great!! Thanks for sharing! Saving it for later!

  50. Kara posted on April 28, 2012 at 9:33 am (#)

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I love PicMonkey, and I’ve been waiting for them to come up with a collage feature. This is so helpful!!

  51. Angela posted on April 28, 2012 at 10:13 am (#)

    This is so helpful! I miss picasa and I’m excited to try this!

  52. carrolls.cookies posted on April 28, 2012 at 5:01 pm (#)

    I enjoy seeing everyone’s collages. Can’t wait to try making my own! Thanks for the tutorial and the tip on saving a white template.

  53. lauren@warmandfuzzy posted on April 28, 2012 at 5:30 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for finally figuring it out! I have been playing around with it but kept getting stuck…love this…I am your newest follower :)

  54. Sharon posted on April 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm (#)

    Ashton honey, you totally rock. Thank you so much for your clever trick! Just the other day I was so wishing for the collage option but it was not to be. Now to go check out your scalloped edges post!

  55. Mary C. Nasser posted on April 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm (#)

    What a helpful, inspiring post!!
    Thank you for the step-by-step tutorial!
    Have a great rest of your weekend!

  56. ajs {of MN} posted on April 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm (#)

    thank you for figuring this out and sharing the how to- i am so mad that picnik closed! how does that even happen anyway ;) thanks again!

  57. Stephanie posted on April 30, 2012 at 7:38 am (#)

    A million thanks to you for this tip. I never would have figured it out on my own.

  58. krisatlarge posted on April 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm (#)

    OMG – you are the best! I’ve so missed collaging in Picnik – so I fixed photos in Pic Monkey and then used Picasa to make the collages – but such a pain – this idea is just perfect for my bit of collaging!!! You are a super hero!!!

  59. Nicole @ The Kavanaugh Report posted on May 1, 2012 at 7:59 am (#)

    Genius, totally genius.

  60. suzyhomemaker posted on May 1, 2012 at 8:02 am (#)

    This is a great tip. And it seems like it is so much easier than doing a collage in picasa. I can’t wait to try it.

  61. Jennifer posted on May 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm (#)

    Not sure if you have heard this or not… you are awesome! Thanks for sharing! New follower.

  62. Kristi Maloney posted on May 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm (#)

    Hi Ashton! Glad I saw a link to this post via Facebook. I tried it out for this week’s Wordless Wednesday and added a link to your post. Thanks very much for the GREAT post! ;)

  63. Carly Harrell posted on May 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm (#)

    Thank you so much!!

  64. Stephanie posted on May 3, 2012 at 12:52 am (#)

    Awesome! Thank you!!

  65. Patti Van posted on May 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial! Your blog was linked through FB and I am forever grateful to have found you! Except….it is 9:30 PM and now I want cookies……

  66. jennifer posted on May 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm (#)

    Thanks for this! I just used your tips to make my blog header in Pic Monkey! (my blog if you want to see: x

  67. graceandivy posted on May 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing this! Brilliant! I have so missed Picnik so this is fabulous! :) xo

  68. Sharon Joy posted on May 9, 2012 at 8:04 am (#)

    Wow! I’m a newbie blogger and I found Picmonkey by accident a few weeks ago. This is SO incredibly helpful for me. Thanks so much for all your Picmonkey posts.

  69. CeCe posted on May 10, 2012 at 11:26 am (#)

    Omg thank you for this!! Such a lifesaver!

  70. Desi posted on May 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm (#)

    You are a freaking genius! I love you for doing these tutorials! Definitely gonna try this soon and very soon!

  71. Sarah posted on May 12, 2012 at 9:01 pm (#)

    Thank you so much! The white background is a lifesaver! I was going crazy trying to do that! :)

  72. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse posted on May 17, 2012 at 8:26 am (#)

    GREAT tutorial! I just used it today, thanks!!

  73. Tooty posted on May 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm (#)

    This was great, didnt know how to do this. Could you help me with something else too? When I edit a regular photo from my computer that was on my camera, If I crop it or use a border and try to print it, it comes out more square not rectangle and the border is cut off then printed. Do not know what I am doing wrong and Im new at this editing but love pic monkey. please help anyone.

    • Something Swanky posted on May 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm (#)

      I’m not totally sure, but I know you can resize the image to whichever proportions you want! Try to just go to RESIZE in picmonkey, and be sure to un-check the box that says “keep proportions.”

    • Tooty posted on May 18, 2012 at 11:38 pm (#)

      Okay I’ll try the box thing. I tried everything else. Thanks

  74. tito posted on May 20, 2012 at 8:31 am (#)

    Thaks you soo much ! <3

  75. The Browning Bunch posted on May 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm (#)

    Thanks for this! Do you know if there is anyway to get text that is vertical?

    • Something Swanky posted on May 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm (#)

      One way to get vertical text would be to simply rotate the text. Once you’ve added the text, there should be a little cirle above it that you can use to rotate. The letters will face out instead of down, but… it’s an option! Or, just adding one letter at a time and stacking them on stop of each other— tedious, but it works.

      Good luck!

  76. Doreen Frost posted on May 23, 2012 at 10:45 am (#)

    I CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  77. Anonymous posted on June 18, 2012 at 7:38 pm (#)

    Amazingly, the day after this collage feature launched, a new webtool called Picisto launched – which is a online collage tool. Except it doesnt use Flash.

  78. Marlee posted on August 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm (#)

    Just used your tips for my blog and I love it! Thanks for making it easy and fun!

  79. Monique posted on August 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm (#)

    Thanks so much! Very helpful :-)

  80. Allana posted on August 7, 2012 at 5:54 am (#)

    Found via Pinterest – thanks so much, very helpful :)

  81. Ag.perdew posted on August 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness you just saved me from having anxiety over no decent collages anymore! I have been struggling with this since photobucket had a makeover. I thank you so much…your brilliant. Following your GFC and telling everyone I know!

  82. Jennie posted on September 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm (#)

    Hi there :) Once you add the photo you want, how do you resize it? I thought the little corner things would come up where I could just drag it to make it bigger or smaller, but that is not showing up. Help!!

  83. from prosecco to plaid posted on September 24, 2012 at 11:36 am (#)

    This Pic Monkey tutorial is SO helpful! Thanks! xo, Julie

  84. Jessica posted on December 3, 2012 at 12:29 am (#)

    Thank you for all your help with these tutorials. I appreciate your time and advice!

  85. Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant posted on February 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm (#)

    I am a new blogger and have been struggling to figure out how everyone does this! Thank you SO SO much for this post! It really helped me out :)

  86. Paige Roberts posted on February 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm (#)

    Did you do your background in picmonkey? your theme?

  87. Adrienne posted on March 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm (#)

    Cool, this was so easy to follow! I made my white image as I read your tutorial! Thanks for this post! I am just starting on a blog and you have been so helpful!

  88. Colette @ JFF! posted on May 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm (#)

    Thanks for this tutorial.
    Love your site – glad I found ya.

  89. Lindsay posted on October 11, 2013 at 9:12 am (#)

    Just what I was looking for this morning :) Thanks!

  90. Rachel @ Rachel's Giveaways posted on October 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm (#)

    Thanks for this tutorial, it was very helpful!

  91. Ashley posted on May 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm (#)

    Awesome Sauce!! I’m a newbie to photo editing and have been scouring the internet on how to make a vertical photo collage. Your post is definitely going to get me there!! Thanks for sharing.


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