How To Create A Graphic Using PicMonkey

PicMonkey might be to second most popular cloud-based design app, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get some love from creative business people. In this post, I’ll show you how to create a graphic using PicMonkey, but better than that, I’ll tell you why you would want to.

If you’re reading this and have read much of my content, you know that I love Photoshop and Canva. They’re great apps that can get the job done. However, recently Canva had a serious issue. They were offline for the better part of a day due to the Amazon’s servers going down.

That wasn’t entirely devastating for most people, but if you were trying to work and couldn’t, it’s never a good thing. If you’re trying to meet a deadline, it might feel devastating.

So that was the beginning of this review. We need other options sometimes.

PicMonkey is a fun little app that can do quite a lot. While it doesn’t have the robust design features of Canva, it can do most of what designers want.

Here’s the walk-through.

One thing that needs to stated about PicMonkey. It uses flash. Flash is how many websites and interactive apps used to run, but it has been abandoned by most companies, starting with Apple, because it’s a huge resource hog. That means it ties up useful bandwidth on your CPU and can deplete your battery in a blink if you’re on a laptop. You’ve been warned.


Picmonkey is perfect for:

  • Quick Thumbnails
  • Poster and card templates
  • Simple photo edits
  • Any graphic you want to add icons or fun graphics to
  • Fast and easy designs

What you get with PicMonkey is a set of tools to make graphics quick and easy. If you’re not into Photoshop and its learning curve, PicMonkey might be a great option.


There are limitations with PicMonkey that might cause you lots of frustration. Here are some I found:

  • No Grid
  • Limited editing of additional graphics
  • Not so easy to import  and edit your own graphics

Ok, my OCD tells on me here. Some people like to eyeball graphics and that works for them. I’m not one of those people. I like to see a grid. I want every element to line up and look neat. PicMonkey doesn’t seem to have very many options for me.

There are always workarounds for that, but I would rather have the option. Also, as I mentioned before, there’s flash. That alone makes me think of PicMonkey like an app that is going the way of the Dodo. Maybe they will evolve, but if they don’t, I can’t really see PicMonkey as a great choice for the future.


Overall, I think PicMonkey is a good app. It can certainly get the job done. Is it the best online app? That’s really hard to say. Some people really love it and find it’s simplicity helpful. In my head, the best user for it is probably in their teens and just wants to make fun little graphics.

If you’re more serious about design, you probably want something more like Canva or Photoshop.

Did I miss any of the features of PicMonkey? Head over to my Facebook group and tell us. Or if you have another app you love, I would be grateful to know about it.

Thanks for reading.

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PicMonkey is a great app as an alternative to Canva for designing graphics for your blog, pinterest pins, thumbnails and other creative business projects.

Author: Conrad