Several people have inquired about my photo collage/inspiration boards and how I have made them. So today, interwebs, I am sharing my step by step tutorial with you. You too can create this montage (as seen below) without photoshop or relying on polyvore. I’ve tried both. Photoshop was way over my head. I don’t even have the full version. I have the watered down user friendly version known as elements and I couldn’t even handle that. And well, polyvore just isn’t my style. It’s an online community mostly of fashionistas not cloth diapering mamas. Today I will teach you how to use good ol’ PicMonkey!
So without further ado….let’s do this. Buckle your seatbelts kids. It’s about to get crazy. So above, you will see that we are going camping according to this inspiration board and I have carefully laid out the 5 necessary items that my 10 month old will need to survive in the woods. You are wondering how I made such loveliness, no?
Here ya go…
Step 1. Open up PicMonkey and select the collage tab from the menu. A white screen will pop up and you will save this blank background to your desktop or files. Once you have saved, return to PicMonkey and open up the collage menu. This time, you will click on the paint palette at the bottom left hand sidebar and select transparent. The white background will become clear now and you will no longer be able to see it but it is there. Save this background as well to your files and label it clear. You should now have one white background and one clear background saved to your desktop or files.
Now, go collect the items or pictures you want to use in your inspiration board. For best results, choose photos or images with white backgrounds. Once you locate your items, save them to your desktop or files. When saving, it is always best practice to rename the images so that you can easily identify them when you need to open them. For example: I would name these jeans “camp jeans”….easy identifier if I know I am pulling them for my camp board when scrolling through my files.
So by now you should have saved a white background to your desktop as well as all of the images you want to use in your board.
Open PicMonkey. This time select the “edit” photo tab. Go to “open” photo and select the white background that we saved in step 1. Once your background loads, your page should look like the photo above.
Now, you are going to begin adding all of the images and photos you saved for your board. To do this, click the butterfly on the left tab. This is the overlay menu. PicMonkey has a variety of overlays that you can use in your projects and also offers the ability to use your own. Click the “your own” tab at the top. It will prompt you to open your own image. Find your images and choose one to open.
Your image, once loaded, should appear in the middle of your white background. You can easily move and resize the image as you wish. Continue to open all of the images that you wish to include in your board.
You can arrange them as you wish and resize as you see fit. Most of your photos will have a white background which won’t be noticeable unless your images overlap. You can remove the white background for each image (overlay) by selecting the “darken” option in the Blend mode while editing. It might make no sense now but you will figure it out and wonder how it made no sense initially.
At this time, you can also add any text or visual images or overlays to your board. PicMonkey offers lots of free options. You can always upgrade to the paid version too for more options.
You may also wish to resize your image at this time. I normally resize my boards to 500×500 but today’s board is the original size. Entirely up to you and what your blog width/layout will allow.
My mood board is all spiffed up now with images, illustrations and text and ready to be saved. Click the save tab at the top, rename and confirm by selecting the save tab in green. Insert into your next blog post and look like a rockstar.
And just in case you forgot what it looked like in the beginning….
Easy, right? I know, I know. I have no idea why no one has posted this before, Maybe they have and I just can’t find it. So, hopefully this will help you create fantastic vision boards for yourself. At least you and your kids will be able to go camping now since I selected their outfit…
And in other news, tomorrow I am participating in a special post. I have been recognized by a fellow blogger and nominated for a sunshine award in which I will share a little more randomness about myself!