how to make printables on picnik

UPDATE:  Picnik.com is now closed!  :(  I now recommend PicMonkey.com - most of the features are similar and it is even more user-friendly!

Several people asked how I used picnik.com to make the recipe card in my last post, and since I haven't made much else this week, I thought I'd share.  You see, I use picnik for much more than editing photos.  It is where I make my blog banner and buttons, party invites, gift tags, cupcake toppers, you name it.  It is kind of fabulous.

Start with a blank .jpg image.  An easy way to do that is to just open Microsoft Paint and save the file without doing anything to it.  Upload your blank picture to picnik.com, and it will look like this:


A blank canvas, ready to turn into whatever you wish!

Starting under the Edit tab, you can crop your image to whatever size you wish.  I cropped mine square.

I go to the Create tab next, and usually the first thing I do is add a background color.   In the Effects section, scroll down to the Duo-Tone effect.  Since you are working with a blank image, it will fill in a solid color of your choice.


I'm going to turn this image into a round cupcake topper, so the next place I go is the Frames section.

Select Rounded Edges and turn that Corner Radius to the maximum setting for a perfect circle (if your starting image is a square).  You can also round the edges just a bit, add a square frame ... just play around to find what you want!


Next, I go to Stickers if I want to add an image.  I'll be honest ... the stickers aren't mind-blowing.  And there are some better options when you purchase the premium membership.  But, there are some good free images in there if you look around.  I'll create a cupcake topper using only free picnik features.


You can turn your background color into a border by adding a geometric shape.   You'll be eye-balling the centering, but it isn't too difficult.

Then I find a fun image to add, like this bus (sorry for the color swap - I changed my mind).  Some of my favorite free images come from the Common Symbols, Beards, Iconian Stickers, and Floralia sections.


Next, add text.  Here I used my favorite font, GeosansLight.


If you right click on an image or text, you get a few helpful options.  For example, if you want to change the order of your layers, you can select an image or text, right click, and Send to Back.  Or, if you want two of the exact same images, select the image, right click, and Duplicate Shape.

This comes in especially useful for when you add multiple text boxes, and you want them to all be a consistent text color.  Select the original text, right click on it, and Duplicate Text.  You can edit the duplicated text to say something new, but it will be in the same color as the original.


When you are happy with your image, go to the Save & Share tab and save to your computer.  You now have an image you can use for just about anything!  For cupcake toppers like the example above, I import the image into a Word Document or Powerpoint, re-size as needed, and duplicate it to make a whole page to print.

If you like my bus topper, here is the image.  Right click to save the image to your own computer, and feel free to use it for cupcakes, stickers, or whatever you'd like (for personal use only).  I can see this as part of a really cute Transportation-themed child's birthday party.


I hope that helps!  I really only touched the bare-bones of what this site can do when creating an image from scratch, so play around with it.  And if you use this program and have tips to share, please leave a comment!

97 comments:

Nancy said...

wow... i have used picnik before, but never realized all you could do with it. I guess I need a play day...

Stephanie said...

I briefly explored picnik after your previous post and thought "I wonder how she made that lovely recipe card." Thanks for sharing your knowledge. :o) Super clear and I'm excited to get started with it!

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing!! This is great information. I have never really used picnik before, but it looks like I really need to start.

Chris said...

I had no idea you could use picnic for this kind of stuff...how wonderful! Thank you for taking the time and best wishes for that new baby to make her debut.

ScrappinAway said...

Wow this is fabulous. I usually use photoshop but this was WAY faster! I made a sample cupcake topper in about 2 minutes, how fantastic is that! Thanks sooooo much for sharing!

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

So awesome may I ask how when you make a button on picnik do you get the html code??

greetingarts said...

Great info, thanks for letting us technology-challenged folks in on your secrets.

Treasure said...

Thanks for this! I've used Picknik before, but never on this level.

Liam's Mummy said...

Thanks - I never thought to use Picnik to make stuff before.

Cook Clean Craft said...

Great tutorial! I'm like so many of the other commenters - I've used Picnik a little for photo editing and creating collages. I'm definitely going to give this a try, and have the perfect project for it...

Ellieboo said...

Thank you for sharing - I had no idea you could do all of that in Picnik - I am truly inspired to have a good play.

Red said...

What a great post! Thank you so much for creating the tutorial. I experimented a bit to try to design a blog header for my blog and it was really easy and fast to do.

I just have a quick question - to what size did you crop your image to make your blog header? I played around a bit and can't seem to figure out a long and narrow image size. Thanks so much for a great tute! I see how picnik can be used for many creative applications and not just photo editing!

Bec said...

yay! Thanks so much for this!

Jill said...

Jen~Lipstick and Laundry - to make a blog button, you need to host your image somewhere online (I use picasa) and then insert the location and your links into the proper html code. There are online tutorials for how to do this. A quick google search should give you some tips.

Red - that really depends on the size of your blog template, but just to give you an idea, my header is sized to 900x200 pixels.

Chantalle Bishop said...

Thanks for sharing! Your tutorial was so useful, now I want to play and figure out more :)

BJ_Mama said...

THANKS FOR SHARING! I will have to expand my picnik horizons now !!! :)

Randi said...

I'm so excited about this tutorial - thanks so much for sharing the info.

Kim's Treasures said...

Way too cool! I love picnik.com...THANK YOU soooo much for sharing!!!!

Amy H. said...

WOW, thank you SOO much!

Rebecca said...

Wow! This is great! Thanks so much!

Christina and Tyler said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am about to spend way too much time on the computer.

CreativeMama said...

Thanks! This was quite useful. I have been using picnik. But use a blank pic and work on it. It never dawned on me. Thanks once again.

Katie said...

Ah, this is exactly what I needed! I've been wanting to figure out how to do this in Picnic and I figured there was a way, but it was totally beyond me. Thank you so much for sharing! I feel totally capable now. Yay! Happy Saturday!

Jenny said...

I now love Picnik more today than yesterday:) Thanks Jill!!!

Jenny said...

I now love Picnik more today than yesterday:) Thanks Jill!!!

Nikki said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I have always felt at a loss without illustrator and photoshop. I use picnik all the time. I think I will be using even more.

Nancy said...

I just discovered Picnik for pictures, and this is icing on the cake! Thanks for the info.

Amy said...

Thank you! I've been wanting to play around with designing my blog myself, but I'm not a experienced with this sort of thing. Perfect! Very generous of you to share the info!

Natasha said...

OOoooo, I might just have to try this.

I can't believe you make your own headers & buttons! Very impressive, you know after you have this baby I'm sure you'll have a ton of extra time on your hands...you should write a blog with 'how to's' for us technically challenged bloggers! (;

Seriously though, that would be AWESOME. I read problogger now & then but even that guy is over my head!

Anonymous said...

have you ever saved to facebook? I did, but I don't know where to retrieve them once I've logged into facebook...btw...totally awesome tutorial. This is exactly what I've been wanting to learn to do! Thank you so super much! You are amazing!

jelly roll said...

OMGoodness! Thank you so much for sharing this. So excited to play around with it more! I heart your blog!! :)

Sarah said...

Jill, you've just blown my mind! I love Picnik, but had no idea of the capabilities! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try this out!!
PS Your new blog layout looks awesome! Love the buttons!
-Sarah from Create Studio
www.createstudio.blogspot.com

Andrew and Meagan said...

this was so helpful and so much fun! thank you for taking the time to "walk us through" your creative talent! :)
meagan

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

SO helpful! Thank you!!!

Jess- said...

Thanks so much, Jill! My little guy's birthday is around the corner, you saved me money. I can now make my own accessories! Thanks you are great!!

Angela and Enrique said...

OK, I can't wait to try this but maybe I am missing something. I can't seem to find Microsoft paint on my computer. Is it a special program I need to down load. Does it matter that I have a Mac? I have micro soft word is that kind of the same thing? Sorry, I am totally not good with technology!

Amanda Joy said...

Awesome! I have been having trouble learning Photoshop, but now I have a second option, thanks.

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

This is perfect!! I was just trying to figure out what I would do for decorations for the giftbags for my son's birthday party this weekend!! I am so happy that I can make something now!!!

KerryQ said...

Awesome! Thank you! I just made an etsy banner. Who knew?? I figured out that you can start with a blank screenshot, too. (for Mac people.)

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Letti said...

Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us. You are helping to make my blog more beautiful.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I don't ever seem to have enough time to delve into technical stuff on the computer, however I do LOVE the apron, I saw an adorable idea today for an apron idea, that I want to jump on soon. Would love to have a tutorial on this one. Love the fabric and the recipe cards. Jackie

Shannon said...

WOW! Thanks for the info! I went to picnik and guess what I found? Old photos I thought I had lost that were my favorites!!! I had (at some point) loaded them to Picasa and didn't even realize they were there....So thank you and thank you!!! haha

Jill said...

Thank you for this info! I had never heard of this and I just went and made a tag for a gift with this! Thanks!!!

Anel said...

Jill you are awesome! I just got picnik and was looking for a way to use it to make cute stuff for my daughter's 1st bday party and then I find this tutorial thanks!

Roller shoes said...

thank you for share,good post

Nicolette said...

Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Jill - this is the greatest tutorial ever! I was looking for someone to design some cards for me, and you just saved me a lot of $$!! Can I ask how you print them? Do you print them yourself using card stock or something heavier, or take the image to a local print shop, or do you user their partner Qoop?

Melanie said...

This was soooo helpful!! Thank you so much! I was getting ready to make cupcake toppers by hand and you just saved me so much time!

Rebekah said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial! I used it tonight to create a recipe card for my blog! I wanted to let you know that I put a note at the end crediting you and directing people to your tutorial :)
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Rhonda said...

Thanks for these tips! I just discovered picnik and didn't realize all it could do!

Stephanie said...

WOW!!! THANK YOU SOOO SOOO SOOO MUCH!!! I'm somewhat savvy with regards to the computer and can't get Photoshop currently, but with this tutorial you have saved my sanity! I have seen LOTS of free book offers and I've wanted to create a recipe book for my family for Christmas, and now I can w/out worrying about how to format it from Word to a jpg! Let the creativity roll! THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

Marina Serafeimidou said...

thanks...very nice tutorial...u r fantastic!!!

rebecca joy said...

This is such awesome info! I am going to print out on iron-on transfers for muslin bags to make goody bags for my daughters birthday! I had some trouble choosing the color under the "two-tone" option, I would click it but it would not change. Also how the heck do you resize something? I would click it to drag it to the size I want, but it would get way big or way small.

meeks said...

I just walked through your tutorial and it was so easy! Thank you sooo much for taking the time to explain this in a really clear way! So impressed. Thanks again!

the SARA in Sara vs. Sarah said...

Thank you so much! This was really helpful - I just made my daughter's b'day invitations in picnik and it was very doable with your great tips! Thanks again!

Sarah said...

Thanks so much for posting this! How do you make it in to an html code?

sammarei@yahoo.com said...

Wow! You are not only a genius, but so generous! Thank you so much for sharing. I have always wanted to know how to do this.

magnolia said...

It's been said already, but I have to say it again . . . You're awesome! Thank you!

Lil Mama Stuart said...

came over from samstermommy. I would never have thought to use picnik for this! thank you!

Heather said...

Thanks SO much. Love the tutorial. BUT, I also want to make the flag buntings, cupcake wrappers and party hats that I've seen. Can picnik do that too? Or are people using a different software to do that?

Martine Louise Resnick said...

i love this article! thank-you so much - you just saved my wallet!

Megan said...

Jill, This tutorial is wonderful - exactly what I needed! I have one question though. To what size do you save this for a cupcake topper? I have a 2.5 inch scalloped punch, but the image was too large and it cut of my borders and some text!
Thank you!

The New Modern Momma said...

I just did a "how to" on this and made sure to tell everyone about your blog where I got the basic idea here is my http://newmodernmomma.blogspot.com/ thank you for sharing this it was so helpful.

A Time Out For Mommy said...

Thanks for sharing!! I gotta try this!
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melinda said...

i've been losing sleep over how to make a printable! thank you SOOOO much for this post!!!

Caryn said...

THANK YOU!!!! I have been creating my toppers in Word which have been horribly difficult, this is easier...but can import your own photos or downloaded images in the cupcake toppers? I can't figure it out...

www.apronsandapples@blogspot.com said...

THANK YOU!! I was in there the other day trying everything I could think of to do a project without a photo for a blog button. THANKS!!! I get it now. Kristy from my crafty diy healthy blog www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com

www.apronsandapples@blogspot.com said...

Forgot to say I am your newest follower! THANKS SO MUCH! can't wait to look around your site! Kristy from www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com a crafty healthy diy blog

McMullin's said...

Thanks so much for sharing I was able to make some wonderful Candy messages for my husband for father's day using this tutorial. Thanks so much.

Charlene said...

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!

You've really saved my bacon for Father's Day - I couldn't find any cupcake picks in Spanish - this helped me to make my own!!! :)

Gina said...

Such a great tutorial! I love editing photos in picnik but now I can't wait to play around with all these options! :)
gina

marci said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have been wanting to design buttons for my blog for so long but had no idea how to start. I always thought that if I didn't have photoshop I was out of luck. I am so excited to design a whole set of buttons now! :)

Natalie said...

I love picnik. I keep learning new ways to use it. Thanks for the tut. I'm going to use it for my blog somehow :P or just for fun.

http://frizzy-dizzy.blogspot.com/ check me out :D

Jennifer said...

Thank you for the tutorial... I featured you today on my blog!!

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Kate said...

You have no idea how excited I was to find your tutorial. I've toyed with the thought of buying Photoshop (so expensive and hard to learn) and tried a trial of Pixelmator (to find it doesn't make shapes, just edits photos), so your easy steps are awesome!
I want to redesign my logo and this will help tremendously.

Anonymous said...

Jill, this is awesome, i am now addicted! thank you, i love your blog by the way, so much creativity!

Dawn said...

I use picnik for everything, yet you still taught me something new. Thanks so much!

fortheloveoffiona said...

I use Picnik all of the time and am a moderator in the Flickr forum and TC in the Google help forum for Picnik. I love your creative use, but if you want to skip a step, just open up collage and click "done" and it will take you to the edit portion. I usually go immediately to stickers and resize a square over it and change it whatever color I desire. From there you can go to frames or stickers, or even textures (to make backgrounds) to add to your solid image. If you have any questions,lmk...

MaryAthenes said...

I already use and love Picnik but I just learnt something with you and I thank you very very much !
The ideas are endless now !
Wish the best to you and your sweet family !

A french mama from Greece !

Kara said...

I found this tutorial on Pinterest and just used it to make my very first printable. It worked just perfectly! Thank you sooo much for sharing this!! :)

Danielle said...

Thank You so much for this tut!
So easy to follow.

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Heather said...

I may be doing something wrong as I don't have a "create" tab in my picnik account. Do you pay for the premium membership? Perhaps that's where I'm faltering.

Cheers,
Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling
findthatwarmfuzzyfeeling at gmail dot com

Lesley said...

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I used it to make my son's birthday invitations and I couldn't have done it by myself! THANKS!

Mrs. Centner said...

Thank you so much! I never realized how much you could do with this!

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Mommarella said...

What will we all do with this wonderful information now that Picnik is closing? So sad :(

Anonymous said...

Picnik is closing soon because it is going to Google chrome, but all the premium items and such are free until closing!

libbywilko said...

Love the bus image ! Thank you.

Shelley said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I use picnik all the time and love it! So sad that it is closing. I have been wondering how people make all these cute toppers, lables, and tags! Thanks so much!

lizzysapronstrings.com said...

Thank you for the great information! : )
Can you insert your own illustrations into the printable?

Scott+Tiffany said...

Thanks so much for sharing! I always wondered how to make cute printables

The Matthews' Family said...

Thanks for sharing this! I was able to use PicMonkey using this same tutorial and I have never been able to figure out how to make printables! Yay!

Emme Toaye said...

Just found this from Pinterest site and love the "Easy Button" format!

Amy Grima said...

Thanks for this great tutorial....I am also trying to make party bunting on picmonkey & was wondering if you have done a tutorial for this?

embaker76 said...

Hi! I just stumbled upon this post while looking for info on how to create printables with something other than Word. I've looked at PicMonkey. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but it automatically has me open a picture in the editing mode. Is there something I'm missing? I can't seem to see anything like what is described in the Picnik tutorial. Thanks!