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Playing with Scalloped Edges in Picmonkey

My absolute favorite features in Picmonkey are the scalloped labels (in overlays).
I think scalloped borders are adorable. 
I guess that’s why I can’t stop putting them all over my blog. Cute!
I’ve had a couple of requests to do a scalloped edges tutorial, so that’s what today is.

It’s really super easy– and did I mention how cute?
I’m going to cover two different uses for scalloped edges in your photo editing and blog designing:
1) as an embellishment or divider; just a straight scalloped line. 
2) as a picture frame/window

A Scalloped Edge as Embellishment or Divider*
1. Upload your white starter image to Picmonkey.com.
2. Choose overlays. Select the scalloped square:

3. Size it and adjust the color.
4. Duplicate the scalloped square (for the purpose of this tutorial, my squares will be different colors).
5. Move the second square to overlap with the first square, taking care to line up the edges so that no seam shows. Continue to duplicate and overlap squares until you’ve reached your desired length.
6. Select the rectangle overlay. Change the color to white, and size it to cover most of the squares, only leaving the scalloped border exposed. Merge layers.

7. Have fun playing with different sizes! And when you’re done and ready to save, just make sure to crop it down to just the line of scallop that you want to use on your blog!

Scalloped Edges as a Picture Frame/Window

1. Upload your white starter image to Picmonkey.com.
2. Select the scalloped square.

(if you’re framing a square image, or you just want to leave it a square, you can skip down to step #4 )
3. Just like we did for the edges above, duplicate and layer the squares until you’ve reached your desired length (see notes/tips).

4. Select the rectangle overlay. Change it to white. Size the rectangle to fit inside the scalloped squares.

5. Merge layers and add your photo, texts, and/or other images! Don’t forget to crop before you save!


  • When creating a scalloped frame for a photo, you may want to upload your photo layer first– just so you know what size you need the frame to be! Simply right-click on the scalloped square and select “Send to Back” to place the square behind your photo.
  • Always save as .png instead of .jpg for a crisper looking image.
  • Use the scalloped border as a post divider or sidebar section divider in your blog design!
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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.

27 comments on “Playing with Scalloped Edges in Picmonkey”

  1. PicMonkey needs to start paying you. You’re awesome, and you could become like a superstar at their office. Thanks so much for the tutorials! I love all of them. One question for you to answer in a future post…how do you create a post divider??? :)

  2. You’re a genius.

  3. I am going to echo Dorothy and say post divider…huh? Us computer challenged girls are so lucky to have you around to help us learn all the computer lingo stuff:-) You are really good at it!!!!

  4. I started using PicMonkey because of you! I am addicted to it and absolutely love it :) Thank you!! xoxo

  5. @ Jocelyn and Dorothy…what’s a post divider?

    • It’s hard to see on my blog, because I only have one post showing at a time– but do you see the gray scalloped line just above the comments? That’s my post divider. If I had several posts on my home page, that line would be in between each one of the posts!

  6. This is an awesome tutorial! Thanks so much for posting it and making this look so simple! Can’t wait to try it! I heart picmonkey! Now, if only they had a collage feature, I would puffy heart love it!
    Thanks again!
    Have a happy week!


  7. Love love these tutorials! You are awesome and definitely need to be getting some kind of gold star from PicMonkey for your work!

  8. Absolutely brilliant…I would so try using pic monkey…thanks for showing how it’s done

  9. AMAZING!!! I love pic monkey and I can’t believe how easy it is (at least once you show me!!) :)

    The Farm Girl

  10. I need all the help I can get using Picmonkey. I can’t wait to try out this tutuorial. My link party is going on now and I’d love for you to share this at http://www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com/2012/04/whimsy-wednesdays-8.html

  11. This is great!! I big fat heart loved picnik and used it up to the bitter end. Just getting used to picmonkey now and will be following for more great tips like this one! Thanks!

  12. Thanks for the tip! I love PicMonkey – I can’t wait to try this!

  13. THanks so much for posting this; I’m pretty much design illiterate so your tips are so helpful. I’m just starting to play around with Pic monkey and I’m loving it.

  14. Oh my goodness!! SO much great info to take in all at once. This is fantastic, can’t wait to try it, thanks!!!!

  15. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I edited a bazillion pics til the second picnik closed cuz I knew the collage option would be gone. But now THANKS to YOU I can edit my other bazillion pics using pic monkey! Yahoo! The monkey rules and I actually like pic monkey better than picnik! :) Now on to nurse my carpal tunnel syndrome hand.

  16. I love your bloggy tutorials! Thanks for directing me to this site. I’ve been mourning picnik and looking for an alternative. Thanks so much for this info. Love scallops! (The food and the decorative edge).

  17. Thank you so much for these! I feel so dumb just starting out using PicMonkey and you’ve helped tremendously! And I finally got it to work with Google Chrome. Thanks for that suggestion too by the way. I’m still trying to figure out everything with PicMonkey but I hope with your help and free time I’ll be able to do more!

  18. Thank you for this post I was wondering how to get those ages as a divider. This is so helpful.

  19. This is great. I just discovered picmonkey a few days ago, and so this tutorial is great! Thanks for the tip…and the cuteness!

  20. Thank you so much! I’ve read other sites about how to make these and I still couldn’t understand. Yours I did and I am grateful!:)

  21. Super cute idea for all types of blog designs. And easy, too! Thanks for the tips, as I am not someone who uses Photoshop :)

    Melissa @ These words are my own.

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