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Monday, January 12, 2015

How to make text GLOW with PicMonkey {easy tutorial}

How to make text GLOW with PicMonkey {easy tutorial}

This is not a paid post. I'm just simply sharing a nifty little trick I've learned.


PicMonkey is awesome! I use it to design flyers for the events I host, graphics for my businesses, blogs, photo editing, everything! PicMonkey is still rather new so they're missing a few editing tools that you can find using more complex programs like Photoshop. PicMonkey is free though, so we can't complain too much about a few missing elements. PicMonkey DOES however, update the program often. So if you're longing for more editing options, just hang in there! It just might be on the way.
One thing I've always desired from this program is an option to make text glow - give graphics a little more personality, you know? So one day while just playing around, I discovered how to make glowing text and I'd like to share it with you. Here's what you do:

▲ STEP ONE ▲
Choose DESIGN and "choose a canvas for your design".

How to make text GLOW with PicMonkey {easy tutorial}



▲ STEP TWO ▲
As soon as you choose your canvas, PicMonkey will take you straight to CANVAS COLOR.
Choose your color (I like using dark colors for this) and click APPLY.
How to make text GLOW with PicMonkey {easy tutorial}



▲ STEP THREE ▲
 On the left hand menu click "Tt". That's your TEXT option icon.
Click ADD TEXT and type in whatever you want and change the color to something light. Neon colors work great too!!
Now, this part is important or this trick wont work:
FLATTEN your image by clicking the second to the last icon at the top menu. This will combine all your layers.
Once you do this you can't go back and edit the text (unless you click the back button and undo all your wonderful hard work. BTW the back button is the arrow curving to the left on the top menu.)
How to make text GLOW with PicMonkey {easy tutorial}


▲ STEP FOUR ▲
Click on the MAGIC WAND on the left hand menu to get to the PHOTO FILTERS (aka Tried and True).
Scroll the menu and find the SOFTEN option. Now BOOST the effect by turning UP the SOFTNESS and turning DOWN the FADE.
Neat huh? But if you want to make it appear to be illuminated try step five.
How to make text GLOW with PicMonkey {easy tutorial}


▲ STEP FIVE ▲
Make it pop!
On the left menu, click on the FIRST ICON the one that looks like a crop tool. Go to "EXPOSURE" 
TURN UP the CONTRAST FIRST to sharpen the glow. Turn it up as much as you want, but too much of a boost will give you an indecipherable blob of text.
If you want to really brighten the text, turn up the HIGHLIGHT levels.
How to make text GLOW with PicMonkey {easy tutorial}

There you go.  I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial. Hopefully I'll have more soon!!

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THANKS!



  Quirky Bohemian Mama

18 comments:

  1. Ooo, good to know. Thanks for the simple instructions, too :) Thanks for linking up with January's Favourite Post!

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  2. Wow... awesome tutorial. I always love discovering fun new things to do. Thanks for sharing at the @HomeMattersParty :) Hope to see you again next week.

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  3. I use pic monkey all the time so this is really helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. So easy! Thank you so much for sharing! I love PicMonkey and love learning new tricks!

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  5. I love using PicMonkey so this post is so incredibly helpful, thanks for sharing!

    Amanda
    www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

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  6. What a great tip. I've never played around with these with text before.

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  7. oh i love this effect. i am a new blogger so i cant wait to try this pic monkey ! thanks for sharing !!

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  8. Great tutorial! I'll be using this one for sure. I am loving pic monkey lately!

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  9. Great tutorial! I have been loving pic monkey as well!!

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  10. PicMonkey is awesome! Thanks for sharing this simple tutorial. I will have to give it a try :)

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  11. LOVE picmonkey! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. cool! I love picmonkey, this is a good tutorial I may use!

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  13. Great tutorial! Picmonkey is one of my favorite photo-enhancing sites! Thanks for sharing on #ShareTheWealthSunday!

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  14. Thanks for the tips.

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  15. I found this tutorial very useful as I'm using PicMonkey for the first time. The text glow effects are super easy now for me. I have designed a beautiful presentation of my product with the features of this software. Thanks for sharing.

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