In today’s tutorial I want to show how to to create a Pinterest collection on PicMonkey for free. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about visit my 20 Healthy Crock Pot Recipes post. Notice how the post has a really neat collage at the top? If you use Pinterest as a blogger you are probably aware of how beneficial it is for your traffic. If you use Pinterest as a way to pin inspirational collages out of funny Doctor Who quotes (exhibit A: Brooke) and want to make your own collection then this tutorial is also for you well.. Minus the funny Doctor Who quotes if you don’t watch Doctor Who.
PicMonkey recently came out of beta. With that the Royale effects are now at a very low subscription of $33/ a year. That’s only $2.75 a month. One of the Royale effects is a popular collage layout specifically for Pinterest. In my tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a collection that is just as Pinterest worthy and without using ANY Royale effects.
Open up a collage on Picmonkey.
There are a wide variety of collage layouts PicMonkey provides. PicMonkey makes it easy to identify a Royale effect by placing a crown beside it.
As I said earlier. We’re not using any Royale effects. The next best collage layout comes into mind. My favorite is Biggie Smalls. You could easily choose ANY of the free collage layouts. I like Biggie Smalls the best for how the layout is initially set up.
Open the photos you wish for making a collage. I’ve been trying out my new camera on my son. He’s gotten into this habit of wanting to “mop” the floor.
If the size of the collection/collage is important to you then this next step is critical. This is especially important for bloggers. I use to run into problems of when I created a collage I had to resize them. Why? Because I never paid attention to the very bottom of the screen. PicMonkey gives you the ability to rotate an image and resize it. I like my images on my blog to be at least 50opx wide. Replace 1024 with the size of your desire.
Hint: For a more “Pinterest” effect click on the lock to unlock proportions. You can make your collage as tall as you want. If you leave the proportions locked you will end up with a perfectly proportioned image.
Begin adding your selected photos where you see fit until you run out of boxes. This is where the magic happens. Grab an image from the left sidebar and then hover over to the collage. A blue line will appear. When you let go of your mouse the image will show up where that line once was.
PicMonkey will automatically adjust the rest of the pictures to make room for the photo you just dumped in.
I’ll show you again. I took another image and I hovered over the right side of the image. See how that blue line appears?
Drop the image in.
Experiment. Hover over different areas of the collage and drop pictures where you see fit. PicMonkey will continue to automatically adjust your collage. If you decide you don’t want an image where it was dropped hover over the top right corner of the image and click “Remove Image.” This will leave a solid white space.
If you want MORE control over PicMonkey’s automatic adjustment hover over, this time without an image, to where a blue line appears. Drag the line towards the direction you want to go. I dragged the blue line down in this example to make the pictures on top bigger and the image on bottom smaller. I also left a small space without an image so I could add text.
Save your collage and open it up in PicMonkey’s photo editor. Remember that small space I left? I’m going to add text there.
Even if you decide not to use PicMonkey’s Royale subscription there are so many features free. This includes text. Add whatever text you see fit for your collection and then save your work.
Just because PicMonkey has a subscription now doesn’t mean it still isn’t the coolest free online photo editing website out there. It takes a little bit of creativity but you can create images such as Pinterest collections, lists, or collages without having to pay a dime.