Monday, June 29, 2015

PicMonkey Tutorial: How to Make a Round Borders + Reader Survey

It's been a while since I've written up a PicMonkey tutorial! This one is simple, but I guess not a lot of people realize that they can do this. I use a round border for a lot of my photos. Primarily because I like my images to stand out a bit more from the others (guess not after I share this tutorial!) and it can also draw focus to the center of the photo without any distracting background elements.

You can see a prime example on my side bar to the right for my header image. I also use this image on Twitter and Facebook.

*Pro tip: It's a great idea to keep your profile picture between your social media accounts and blog accounts the same! Even if your handles are different, for whatever reason, people will be able to recognize you quickly and easily.

So let's get into the nitty-gritty!

Step One: Find the photo you want to edit, select and open it.

Step Two: Crop away! I'm showing you this tool because most people just drag and drop the corners. Picmonkey has tons of options including a facebook timeline cover, avatar sizes, etc. Play around with them some day when you have the time. For now, I'll select "square" and then move it around Starla to cut out the background I don't want (like my knobby knees). But keep it as big as you can, you'll be cropping out the corners in the next step.

Step Three: Frame it. Go to the frames option in the left navigation. Hit Shape Cutouts and then Round! You can edit around it, change the size, change the color of the background (I typically tend to keep it transparent). 

Viola! You're all set. Hope you all learned something new today. 

Also, a big thank you to all you readers who have been following along with Alanna & Company! I would love love love for you to complete my reader survey. Like I said in my post earlier this week, I really want to focus on writing good no-fluff content and would love to see what you enjoy the most. It's really quick and only 7 quick questions. Also, the plus side is that I will be offering a $10 Starbucks gift card to one lucky submitter!

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