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.how to make a photo collage 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. how to use picmonkey 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.

Step 2

montage board

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.

Step 3

using picmonkey for photo board

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.

Step 4

using picmonkey for blogging

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.  step3_001

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. picmonkey for your blog

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.

Step 5

creating a mood board for your blog

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….

how to make a photo collage

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!


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49 Responses to “how to make an easy photo collage for your blog”

  1. Great tutorial! I love making these inspiration boards. I just hate when I can’t find something with a white background. It’s so hard to edit the picture perfectly so the product doesn’t look weird. Love your board you made!
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  2. Jen says:

    thanks for the tutorial.
    sincerely, person who needed a tutorial. :)
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  3. This is great! Thanks for sharing :) I’m just starting to use picmonkey, but sometimes still use the programs on my computer that are simple to use as well to do things like this just because there are a few less steps
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    • superfreshbabypants says:

      PicMonkey is sooo easy!!! Although I was just goofing off in my paint program and found watercolor brushes. Totally wasted 30 minutes!!

  4. This is awesome!! I so want to go make a zillion of these now!! Now I have yet another time sucker! haha! Great job though – love all the pics and easy step by step!
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  5. Karen main says:

    This is awesome, makes sense and yet I would never have thought to take the photos with a white background.
    Pinning for later.
    Happy Sharefest
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  6. Tracie says:

    Great tutorial! I use PicMonkey almost every day, but I haven’t tried making one of these fashion boards yet.
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  7. Leslie says:

    Thanks for the how to. I’ve never tried picmonkey.. I think I’ll look into it. I’m stopping by from SITS. I hope you and the fam have a great Saturday!
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  8. LaKita says:

    Great Tutorial! I have always wondered how these were made…and you have given me the easy version. Thank you! Stopping by from SITS Sharefest.
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  9. T.Dashfield says:

    Thanks for this!!! Hi from Sharefest

  10. Deirdre says:

    This is just want I needed to learn to create my Halloween round up! Thank you so much!
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  11. Kita says:

    Very easy to understand. I have even made a media kit with picmonkey I love it. Stopping over from SITS
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  12. Ida says:

    Hi! Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I use photoshop and usually have one issue or another. I’m not very good, hopefully I will be better in Pic Monkey.

    Stopping by from the SITS Sharefest!

    • superfreshbabypants says:

      I muddle through photoshop but honestly have no clue what I am doing. I enjoy uncovering things in photoshop…it’s like a treasure hunt. I prefer PicMonkey for actually accomplishing things though :)

  13. Adrian says:

    This is great – wish I’d known it yesterday, I was getting frustrated with PicMonkey because I was trying to do a collage and none of my pictures fit into the little boxes on the premade templates. This way sounds MUCH easier, although I’m a little confused about the white and transparent backgrounds? Doesn’t it already start with a white background? When do you use the transparent one? I’m such a rookie with PicMonkey but it’s been a huge help to my blog to create pinnable images.
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    • superfreshbabypants says:

      PicMonkey collage offers both the option for a white background and a transparent background (which will show up black when saved in your files but invisible when uploaded). I have both saved on my desktop. I generally use the traditional white background for my collages but on occasion have found the transparent background useful for other things. Just good practice to have both available. Hope that helps!

  14. Candi says:

    I always wanted to know how to do this. thanks for showing me how, I am def going to save this tutorial and practice tonight. From the Sits sharefest.
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  15. Deanna says:

    I am SO glad I stopped by. One of my blogging goals is to learn Polyvore and do these inspiration boards and it is so complicated and I just gave up.

    THANK YOU for showing another way to make inspiration boards. I was depressed I couldn’t make them until I found your tutorial. When you save the images it’s just a right click save type of thing? Sorry for the dumb question, sounds too good to be true! lol.
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    • superfreshbabypants says:

      Not stupid at all! I just had to save a picture because I couldn’t remember, it’s so automatic. Yes, you will right click on the picture and save to your desktop or whatever files you use. I am lazy so I “save as” and rename the picture something easy I will remember and then save it to my desktop. Every so often I have to sweep out my desktop and delete or move all the pictures I am saving…haha! Hope the tutorial helps and let me know when you debut your first board. They are addicting!!!

  16. Deanna says:

    I’m playing around with it now, so far so good! HOW EASY! The only issue I am having is adding numbers, I must be blind because I can’t seem to find the options to add numbers-any idea? Thanks again!
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  17. This is huge! Like, life changing huge. Thank you/new reader!

  18. Jill says:

    YOU’RE MY HERO!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for this post. I’ve been trying to figure this out for ABOUT a year now and you very easily explained it! THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!

  19. Molly says:

    I just googled how to make a collage for a blog and your post came up. Thank you so much! I was looking for a simple way to make a collage and yours is perfect! I love it!
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  20. Courtney says:

    Thank you SOOOOO much for posting this tutorial! I had been beyond sick of using polyvore because of its limited capabilities and had actually been using picmonkey for over a year and never once thought to do this! Thanks again so much!

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  21. Nicole Ryan says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I am a new blogger and I’ve been looking for an easy way to make inspiration boards without the use of Photoshop. This is just way too easy! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  22. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! It was so easy to follow and you definitely saved my day.

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  24. NS says:

    Can’t tell you how much this has helped me. Thank you so much!
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  25. surlykitchen says:

    amazingly simple & clear instructions! thank you. one quick question. my “white” collage board has a black line bordering it. any idea how to get rid of it?

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  26. Sarah says:

    OMG Thank you!! I’ve been looking for a simple tutorial//I’m a newer blogger and a lot of the computer things are waaay over my head! This is super helpful!
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  27. SO helpful! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!
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