Creating Transparent + Solid Images in PicMonkey

picmonkey creating solid transparent blank images for word art, blog design, watermark
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You always need an image to upload in order to use PicMonkey. Even if you're wanting to design something from scratch--like making word art, creating your own watermark, or updating your blog design--you'll need a blank image to do so. There are two options: A solid image or an invisible / transparent image.

It's really easy to make solid and transparent blank images in PicMonkey. Here's how.

Creating Transparent + Solid Images in PicMonkey

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Go to to get started. Select "create a collage."

If you have a common image size you use on your blog, go ahead and change the image dimensions. (A lot of my photos and word art tend to be 640x420 or smaller, so that's the size I made my blank images.) Otherwise, leave them alone and you can easily resize for each new image you create.

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creating a solid blank image in PicMonkey...

Once you've edited your dimensions for the collage (optional), save the blank image. Solid images can be png or jpeg.

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To make the background transparent (which will make the entire image transparent because there are no photos in the collage), go to "background" (the paint icon at the bottom), and put a check in the box next to "Transparent background." Now save the image. Transparent images need to remain saved as png in order to remain transparent.

Using Transparent + Solid Images in PicMonkey

The next question is how to use these and what are they good for. When you're ready to create something from scratch, go to and upload your solid or transparent image (save it in an easy-to-access folder on your computer).

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If you know the dimensions of the image you're needing to create, go to resize and enter your dimensions (uncheck "keep proportions" if needed). This is essential to set up first before adding any text or images. If you wait, anything you have already added will likely be distorted when you resize.

Using a solid blank image in PicMonkey...

Solid blank images are great for creating word art or design elements for a blog. You can leave the background white and add text, or you can add a rectangle and resize it to cover the entire background then change the color however you want. Overlays and adding your own images provide endless options for creating all sorts of art. Images can be saved as png or jpg after editing; png creates crisper images especially if their is text.

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  1. hey thanks a million for posting this. i googled and found this. so now i pinned it. ;)

    1. Great! So glad you found it :)

  2. Hello there,

    I am so thankful for this post of yours! I am new to the whole blogging thing and have been working on decorating my blog. I was trying to make social media icons for my blog, but didn't know how to save an image with transparent background. This post of yours solved all of my problems.

    New follower here! :)

    Thank you,

    1. Happy to help! And you're doing a good job--you're blog's lookin' cute :)

  3. Wow, this is really helpful! I've been using Picmonkey forever and never realized that I could give images a transparent background. Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

    1. Yay! Mission accomplished :)

  4. Trina, you are my hero! This tutorial is super helpful and will save me tons of time. I needed an easier way to create a watermark than using Photoshop Elements. Thanks a million for posting!

  5. This was of tremendous help in making a new banner! Thank you so very much!!

  6. Can you do a tutorial about the sizing? I have no idea how to size beforehand because I don't know how those numbers translate to what I need them to be... hopefully that makes sense... thank you!!

    1. Yes, great question! I'm not a pro in that so what works for me is some basic info I found when Googling. Basically, if you're creating something that will be printed roughly 200 px = 1 inch. This has worked well for me even when creating a larger 11x17 poster (which would be 3400x2200 pixels)--quality comes out good, etc. My blog dimensions are such that my photos are set to 640 px wide. And many blog buttons for sidebars are generally 150-300 px wide.

      So, it depends largely on what you're creating. Hope these examples help give you at least a starting reference. And if in doubt, a search on Google can be really helpful :)


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