DIY Thanksgiving Placecards with PicMonkey {PicMonkey Design Series}

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PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

I love PicMonkey – it’s like my favorite thing ever.  I do have and use Photoshop quite a bit for designing printables and editing photos, but I almost always use PicMonkey in conjunction with Photoshop when working on a project.

That’s because it is so user-friendly, has great photo editing tools, adorable graphics, and, they make it easy to customize your creations with your own fonts, backgrounds and graphics.

Because PicMonkey is so awesome, I want to share all of the wonderful features and project ideas with my awesome readers!  This post is the first in a series, the “PicMonkey Design Series,”and will feature tips, resources and tutorials for a range of projects.

If there is something you would like to learn how to do/make, I’d love it if you would leave a comment below letting me know!

Another reason PicMonkey is so great is that it’s very budget friendly!  You can use it for free just by creating an account.  To do so just click any of the PicMonkey links in this post.

Another option is a paid account, Royale, that gives you access to a larger variety of fonts, graphics, overlays, and customization.  It’s $4.99 per month and you can cancel anytime.  I tried it for a week for free (they have a free trial for Royale) and I was hooked.

Now on to today’s project!

Today I am sharing a tutorial for making place cards or tent cards for your Thanksgiving table!  This is a fairly simple project that will help you get familiar with the location of the tools and basic functions.

To start off in this series, we will stick with using the tools PicMonkey provides.  We will get into customization later in the game.

Ready or not, here we go!

Click here to go to PicMonkey and sign up for an account.  Once you are in you will see a page like this one.  Click Collage.  They will ask you to choose a photo from your computer.  For now, just choose any jpg. or .png file – you won’t have to use it.PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

On the left you’ll see the tools icons.  Choose the 2nd one down for layout options and choose “ducks in a row” and the one with 2 squares.PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!Rotate the squares by clicking the circular arrow at the bottom of the page.PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

Use your arrow to drag the squares to expand them to rectangles.  I used 3000 by 3000 pixels (you can see the size at the bottom.)
PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!Click on the palette on the tool bar.  Take the first slider, “Spacing”, all the way down to 0.

PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!Choose “swatches” from the tool bar.  At the top you have the option of choosing which swatch theme you want to view.  Choose “Fall.”PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

I chose the rusty plaid pattern.  Choose your swatch, then drag it into the bottom cell.PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

Now click on “edit” at the top of the page.PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

You now have a new tool bar.  Click on the butterfly icon – this is your “Overlays” tool.  Here is where the good stuff is at.  Look around and get familiar with what they have.  When you are ready, scroll down to the tab marked “Victorian Labels.”PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

You can choose the label I chose, or another.  Click or drag to add it to your design.PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

Enlarge the label by dragging the the lines until it’s the size you want, then center it.  You can change the color as well by clicking on the color wells and choosing a new color.PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

This is the color I used – 667f6e.PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

Still in “overlays”, find the “boughs” tab.  Choose the bough you like and addict to your design.  You can also choose to embellish with trees, leaves, pine cones, branches, birds, and much more! PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

Use the arrow to place and resize the overlay(s) you choose.  I chose this oak leaf bough.PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

Change the colors to match your design.  To match colors, use the dropper tool by clicking on the dropper then hovering over the item you want to match.PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

Click on the item to save the color.  I matched my bough leaves’ outline to the rusty orange background, and chose a cream color for the body of the leaves.
PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

Now we’re ready to add text.  On the tool bar on the left, select the Tt icon or “text.”  Next, click “add text” and you will see a text box appear.  Type your text inside the box and change it to the color you want.  You could use these as place cards by adding names, or as tent cards for your buffet table by adding ops like “mashed potatoes.”

I like to drag the edges of my text boxes to the edge of my design, and then use the text centering button (pink arrow) to make sure my text is centered.  Lastly, choose a font you like and size it as you like.

PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!Now I’ve finished with the first name, I will save the image to my computer.  Once saved, I can simply delete that name and add a new one.  Don’t delete your text box, as it’s already formatted, rather select the text inside and type in a new name. Then save each name to your computer or dropbox.
PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!

I used Pages for Mac to print my place cards, but I’m sure this would work in Word as well.  Drag each card onto a document.  Choose “none” for the text wrapping option, and resize to 4 inches for each card.PicMonkey Design Series from The Domestic Heart Blog- How to Design your own Thanksgiving Placecards using PicMonkey, a user-friendly graphic design site that anyone can use!Now just print and enjoy!  Thank you so much for stopping by today and reading this tutorial!  I hope you will try your hand at designing your own Thanksgiving place card.  If you’d like to see more of this series “PicMonkey Design Series” go ahead and subscribe via email in the side bar, or you can follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Tsū, or Twitter!

From my {domestic} ♥ to yours,

Shelly


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