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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 Picmonkey.com. 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 Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something 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.

98 comments on “How to Make a Collage in Picmonkey”

  1. Oh! Good to know! Thanks for sharing!

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

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

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

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

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!

  8. 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…

  9. 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 :)

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

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


  12. 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 .

  13. thanks for the tutorial!

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

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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!

    • 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?

    • 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!

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

  19. 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

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

    The Farm Girl

  21. 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 :)

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

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

  24. Ashton,

    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. http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com.


  25. 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!

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

  27. 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)

    • 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! :)

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

  29. 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…http://www.jennysuemakeup.com

  30. 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,

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

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

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

  34. 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!!

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

  36. Thank You!! This is so helpful! -Jessica

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

  38. 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

  39. Thanks for this! Very helpful!!

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

  41. 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!

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  43. 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

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

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

  46. 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

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

    Have a good weekend!

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

  49. 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!!

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

  51. 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.

  52. 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 :)

  53. 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!

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

  55. 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!

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

  57. 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!!!

  58. 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.

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

  60. 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! ;)

  61. Thank you so much!!

  62. Awesome! Thank you!!

  63. 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……

  64. Thanks for this! I just used your tips to make my blog header in Pic Monkey! (my blog if you want to see: http://www.jennifersjumbles.blogspot.co.uk/) x

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

  66. 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.

  67. Omg thank you for this!! Such a lifesaver!

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

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

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

  71. 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.

  72. Thaks you soo much ! <3

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

    • 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!

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



  75. 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.


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

  77. Thanks so much! Very helpful :-)

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

  79. 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! http://www.onecreativeprocrastinatinggal.blogspot.com

  80. 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!!

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

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

  84. 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 :)

  85. Did you do your background in picmonkey? your theme?

  86. 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!

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

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

  89. Thanks for this tutorial, it was very helpful!

  90. 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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