I have to say that there are SO many things you can do with graphics these days, and you don’t have to be fluent in Photoshop or Illustrator in order to create beautiful, eye-catching designs.  In this tutorial, I’m going to show you a quick, easy trick to give the text on your graphics a little pop using PicMonkey.  It will blow your mind!

(I also want to state that I am not an affiliate for PicMonkey.)

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Image via pixistock.com

Let’s start with pulling up the image you want to edit in PicMonkey.com.  For this tutorial, I am using a free image provided by pixistock.com.  (Click on the link to get free, styled stock photography emailed to you every month.)

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Next, add your text to the image and arrange it where you’d like.

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Add a word or phrase in a script font that you want to bling.  (You can switch to your own fonts already added onto your computer by clicking on the ‘Yours’ tab just beneath the ‘Add text’ button on the left-hand side.)

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Next, go to the Overlays menu by clicking on the butterfly icon on the left-hand side, and click on the ‘Add your own’ button to open your texture from your computer or PicMonkey’s Hub.

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After pulling up your texture, arrange it over the text you’d like to cover.  If the image opened much larger, just pinch at one of the corners with your mouse to resize.  The image itself will remain in its original dimensions (meaning, if it’s a square image, you can’t reshape it into a rectangle), so remember that while you’re resizing in case you happen to overlap where you might not want it.

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This is the cool part!  In the Overlays menu on the right-hand side, click on the drop-down below Blending modes and choose Lighten.  Your texture all but disappears except on the text!

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If you need to erase any texture that can be seen outside where you’d like it, you can click on Eraser in the Overlays menu on the right and use that to remove where you don’t want it.

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And there you are!  A quick, simple way to create graphics that are eye-catching and on brand using PicMonkey.com.  (At this time, I haven’t found a way to create this same effect using Canva, but I will update when I do!)

If you’d like to see more ways you can create graphics using PicMonkey, check out my other tutorial HERE.

If you’d like to skip the DIY and grab some already-made graphics plus templates you can customize for Instagram, check out my Creative Market shop HERE.

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