How to Use PicMonkey to Create Custom Designs

You'll want to be logged into your Spoonflower account before you do this--the PicMonkey option only appears for users that are signed in. Don't have a Spoonflower account yet? They're free and take just a few seconds to set up.

  1. To create a new design using PicMonkey, click on ‘custom fabric’ under the ‘CREATE’ tab on the Spoonflower site. Even if you plan on using your design for other substrates--gift wrap or wallpaper, for example--you’ll start by clicking ‘custom fabric’
  2. At the bottom of the ‘create’ page you’ll see the option to access PicMonkey. You can start with a blank canvas that’s sized to fill a swatch (8” x 8”) or a fat quarter (18” x 21”). I started with a swatch to create my design.
  3. Once your blank PicMonkey canvas is open, you can start adding text, stamps, filters and shapes. I started with the “text” tool (accessed by clicking on the “Tt” button on the right menu) and selected options to customize the size, color and font.
  4. I also added a stamp from PicMonkey’s ‘overlay’ menu. You can add as many stamps and shapes as you want!
  5. After I tweaked the colors a bit, I cropped my image so there was just a bit of white space on all sides and clicked “save” at the top of the window. Once you’ve saved your work, click the ‘x’ in the upper right-hand corner to return to Spoonflower.
  6. Voila! Your design is saved in your Design Library and you can edit the size and layout of your design until it’s just right.
  7. I selected a half-brick repeat to give my design a staggered look and decided to print it on Spoonflower’s gift wrap. Ta-da!

 

Note: Our Color Changer and PicMonkey features are unavailable for images larger than a fat quarter, or 21" x 18" at 150 dpi.

If this is the case for your design you can either upload a smaller version or edit your file in a graphic design program before uploading it to Spoonflower. If you don't already have a graphic design program you feel comfortable using, you might check out some of the free and nearly-free resources we list on our help page here: What design tools do you recommend?.