PicMonkey.com has been a total game-changer for me when it comes to creating eye-catching workout images. It’s incredibly user friendly and FREE, unless you want to pay $5 a month for a upgraded version, which I personally think is more than worth it. (The upgraded version gives you access to a lot more fonts, editing effects, images, etc.)
Playing around with PicMonkey is the best way to familiarize yourself with the site and get comfortable creating and editing images. Though I usually use Picasa to edit my photos (<—another free resource), I use PicMonkey to create ALL of my workout images.
Sample Workout Images
You may find even more examples of the workout images I’ve created on the PBF Workouts Pinterest page.
As you can see, you can create tons of different workout images in PicMonkey and play around with many different pictures, fonts, colors, backgrounds and more. The possibilities are truly endless.
How To Create Workout Images Using PicMonkey
Here is a quick tutorial for those of you who have requested more information about how I create my workout images. You can also use this tutorial to create other images – I’ve used PicMonkey to create bridal shower invitations, bachelorette party itineraries, prints for my home office gallery wall, etc.
- Visit PicMonkey.com, select the Design tab and choose the image size you wish to use for your workout image
I typically prefer to use 8×10 because I find the quality is better since I like to share large, sharp images on the blog.
Note: If you wish to create a workout graphic on top of an existing image you have on your computer (like the Incline Walking Workout image above), click the Edit tab and upload your image.
- Choose a background color for your image (if desired) by selecting Canvas Color under the Basic Edits tab
I will frequently opt not to use a background color for my images because I find white image rather eye-catching! You can also choose unique textured backgrounds underneath the Textures tab (located right above the heart image on the left hand navigation). You may see an example of a workout image with a textured background here: 30 Minute Treadmill Interval Workout + Total Body Circuit Workout.
- Click on the Frames tab and select a frame for your image (if desired)
This is another optional step, but I still wanted to highlight it for the purpose of a thorough tutorial.
The next step is the fun part… It’s time to select your overlay images!
- Select unique images to include in your graphic underneath the Overlays tab
I will often use the images under the Geometric tab to help section off long blocks of a different color within the workout image, as shown below in white.
To make sure you can type on top of an image or layer a new image on top of a different image, right click on top of the existing image and select “send to back.” This will make the image part of the background so you can begin layering additional images on top of it, if desired.
Layering a star image on top of the white rectangle image:
- Add text by selecting the Text tab
- Save image to your computer
- Share your image
That’s it!! Not too difficult, right? If it looks a little overwhelming at first, I totally understand and I cannot encourage you to play around on PicMonkey on your own enough. You’ll pick things up much faster through trial and error and be able to create images with relative ease once you start getting the hang of things.
Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any specific questions in the comments section of this post. I am more than happy to address anything I may have left out!
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