How to Create Textured Text with Picmonkey

Hey everyone!  So, if you tuned into my last audio newsletter, you know that I would like to start giving more DIY blog design tips here on the site.  It’s not really something I planned to do, but I think new bloggers would really find it helpful.  If you’re a new blogger, you should know that design is pretty simple these days.  With that being said, today’s post will be my first tutorial!  I’m going to teach you how to create textured text on Picmonkey.

Let me dive into the basics for all you newbie bloggers.  *Picmonkey is a free photo editing software.  If you’re completely new to blogging, it’s pretty fool proof and super easy to use. There’s a free and paid version (I use the paid version), if you’re looking for a few advanced features. I’ve been loving Picmonkey for all of my blogging needs… it’s saved me more than a few times! I mainly use Picmonkey for editing photos and creating pins. So, let’s dive into the tutorial!

// Related Read: 9 DIY Graphic Design Hacks for Bloggers //

Before you start, you’ll need to have a texture of your choice ready.  You can purchase textures and patterns from *Creative Market.  Psst… Creative Market is where I got my gold foil textures, and if you sign up for their email list, you get freebies every Monday!

Let’s do this!  Once you’re a pro, you’ll be able to do this in five minutes or less!

Step 1. Open up Picmonkey and click ‘Design’.  Choose whatever layout you desire.  I always choose a square layout.

how to do a text mask in picmonkey

Step 2. Once your layout is opened, head over to the dialogue box on the left and make sure you apply the canvas color to white (#ffffff).

how to do a text mask in picmonkey

Step 3. Head over to the text ‘Tt’ icon to choose your font and then click ‘Add Text’. Go ahead and type your text and position it to where you want it. For best results, make your font color black.

how to do a text mask in picmonkey

Step 4. SUPER IMPORTANT STEP, y’all! After your text is finished, click the ‘Combine’ button.  This is what makes your texture take the shape of the text. This button can be found at the top or bottom of your Picmonkey editing screen.

how to do a text mask in picmonkey

Step 5. Head over to the ‘Overlays’ button and click ‘Your Own’. This is where you select the texture that you’d like to use.  Once you select it, use the handles of the photo to size the texture directly over your text.

how to do a text mask in picmonkey

Step 6. Go over to the dialogue box next to your texture and click the dropdown menu entitled ‘Blend Modes’. Click ‘Lighten’, and BAM!  There’s you’re texture!

how to do a text mask in picmonkey

If you want to move the photo around to change the effect of the texture, just click the outside of the handles and move it to where you’d like it.

Want a more visual explanation?  Check out this Youtube video on my channel!

Picmonkey Tutorials | Learn how to customize your text by creating a text mask in Picmonkey. It's super easy, super fast, and a great way to design your blog.

Thanks so much for reading and watching!  If you found it helpful, leave a comment below and let’s chat!

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  1. Alison Palmer 07/11/2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks, this is very helpful. I look forward to your next tips.

    • Stephanie Williams 07/30/2016 at 8:00 am - Reply

      Thanks for reading, Alison!

  2. Ninz 07/11/2016 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Very helpful post. Thank you for sharing! x


    • Stephanie Williams 07/12/2016 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Thank you for reading!

  3. julia 08/15/2016 at 3:57 am - Reply


    Thank you for the information, however the pic monkey is not the same on my phone. Is the layout different on certain phones? I am using an Iphone

    • Stephanie Williams 08/15/2016 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Hey Julia! Thanks for commenting! I used Picmonkey on my desktop, not on my phone. I actually haven’t used the app yet.

  4. Sandy 11/08/2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    This is so cool -gives me more creative ideas. Can you tell me how I manage the final size of my collage?

    • Stephanie Rollins 11/08/2016 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      Hi Sandy, thanks for reading! If you’re editing your collage, then look at the bottom of your screen and you should see an area where you can change the size. Make sure to hit the unlock button first because this will allow you to do any size you want as opposed to just being limited to square sizes.

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  6. Parthenia 01/30/2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info!

    • Stephanie Rollins 07/21/2018 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Thank you for reading!

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