How To Create a Custom Watermark in PicMonkey

An easy-to-follow tutorial on how to create custom watermarks using PicMonkey.


For the longest time I have been searching for ways to create a watermark {a transparent overlay} for my images here on Mom On Timeout.  Every tutorial I could find referenced Photo Shop which I don’t have.  I felt for sure there had to be a way to do it on PicMonkey and sure enough, there is!  The trick to a watermark is that it has to have a transparent background and the way to do this in PicMonkey is with a collage.  PicMonkey is my go-to source for all my photo-editing needs and I am so excited to be able to make custom watermarks now as well – so awesome!  Okay, let’s do it!

Step 1.  Go to and select “Create a collage“.


Step 2. The Collage editing screen opens up.  Select the background tab on the far left all the way at the bottom.  Click on “transparent background“.  You’ll notice that the entire collage is now transparent because we haven’t added any images to the collage.


Step 3.  Click the small “x” on any two cells to remove them.  You are now left with one single transparent cell.


Step 4.  Click on “Save” and save the transparent background as a .png file.  You can resize it now but we will be cropping it in the next step anyways.   You can see the file size is tiny :)


Step 5.  Okay now we’re going to close out this collage and open up the image we just saved.  Click on “Edit a photo” and open the transparent background image that you just saved {hopefully you remember where!}.  You won’t see anything because it’s transparent but trust me – it’s there :)


Step 6. Now it’s time to actually design your watermark.  Use the tools found on the far left to design your watermark.  Use the text tools {that is the “P”}, overlays and anything else that grabs your attention to create a watermark that people will recognize as your own.  You can see that I made mine very similar to my  header.  I also chose to make my watermark white – you can pick a different color of course!  Next, we’re going to crop the image.  You want to place the crop tool as snugly around your watermark as possible and then crop.  Don’t worry too much about the size of your watermark because you will be able to re-size it when placing it on an image.


Step 7.  Now we have the watermark nice and tightly cropped and we’re ready to save.  Make sure to save it as .png file again and name it something awesome, like, I don’t know… “Watermark”!


Step 8. That’s it!  You’re done!  Now to add it to a photo.  Open up PicMonkey and select “Edit a photo”.  Click on the Overlays tab and select “Your Own”.  Open the watermark and voila!  It’s now on your photo!  You can easily re-size the watermark and you can use the overlay tool to fade your watermark if you’d like.


Can you believe how easy that is?  Now anytime I want to edit or create a brand-spankin’ new watermark I don’t have to hire someone  :)  Thanks for being so awesome PicMonkey!


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  1. Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Blair at The Seasoned says:

    This was so helpful. Thank you!

  3. Great post Trish!

  4. Thanks for sharing this! I’m going to create one right now. This will be so much easier than typing in my blog name on each picture.

  5. I LOVE Picmonkey! Thank you for the tutorial. You explained it very well. Can’t wait to do this!

  6. Thanks so much! I love Picmonkey too! This will be super helpful as I usually open my images and just add text every single time. Huge Timesaver Thanks!

  7. Thanks! Awesome tutorial!

  8. I’ve been trying to figure this out forever! I’m redesigning my blog and want to use a logo instead of my url as the watermark. Now I know how to do it. Thanks so much for posting this.

  9. Thank you SO MUCH for this – it is super helpful!

  10. I love it! It sounds like something I can actually do and I love Pic Monkey:). Thanks for the great tutorial. Those rolls look delicious by the way:)

  11. This is EXACTLY what I needed! I have been trying to figure this out for days, lol! Thank you!! :)

  12. Wow! That’s going to save me SO. MUCH. TIME!! Thank you so much for sharing this Trish. I knew there had to be a way to do it in PicMonkey but never thought of doing it this way. Do you do the same thing for the title on your pictures (i.e. Potato Herb Wheat Rolls)? Thanks again!

  13. Thanks Trish! This will come in handly!

  14. WOW! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I don’t think I ever would have thought of this, though I always find myself wondering when I would ever use my own overlays in PicMonkey!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. I so need this…I have the lamest watermarks ever! Thanks…pinned, Stumbled, shared!

  16. Thank you so much! I love picmonkey and use it for all my pictures as well!

    This is so easy; I had been editing every picture and putting my blog name on it every time; what a pain! This makes it so much easier!!!

  17. Trish…this is a great tutorial. I just began using Picmonkey. I have been using photobucket….but I like some of the features that you can do with Picmonkey. I just found your site via House of Hepworths link party. I’m a new follower, and can’t wait to look around. Please consider coming over and linking this up at my link party too. I know many of my readers that would benefit from this. Hope to see you there at The Patriotic Pam.

  18. This is great advice and I can’t wait to try it. Just pinned!

  19. Hi, Trish…thanks so much for the great lesson. I’ve been using PicMonkey for quite a while, but always used the text tools to brand each and every picture! Your way is a real time saver! It was great to meet you at Bloggy Boot Camp in Las Vegas and hope to run into you again at another blogging conference in the future. Take care and keep up the great work!

  20. Thank you so much! I have been wondering the same thing, since I don’t have Photoshop either. Now following you via Facebook. (Psst, I found you via OPC’s, The Better Half’s Link Party.)

  21. This was just what I was looking for! Thanks for a simple tutorial:)

  22. I seriously need to sit down and create a water mark because I’m tired of typing every time I do a picture. This looks so easy to do too!!! Thank you for sharing!

  23. Well done and extremely helpful. I have been wanting to do this for a long time…because of you, now I can. Thanks so much.

  24. I really need to subscribe to pic monkey! This is a great tutorial! I am going to pin it for later!

  25. I just started using this today ~ thanks for the tips!
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  26. Thank you so much I am going to try this


  27. I just finished making my own watermark using your tutorial. Thanks for this!

  28. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  29. Great tutorial!! Thanks so much :)

  30. That is AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing!!

  31. Thank you! I was wondering how to do this.

  32. Thank you! I make my own everytime…never thought of doing it this way and saving it!! You are so smart! Thanks for sharing this idea!

  33. I wish I could hug you right through the computer screen! Your tutorial will no doubt save me countless hours of tedium wasted by MANUALLY adding watermarks to each individual picture in my photo heavy tutorials :). Happy Dance ensues as I skip away to create a new watermark.

    Thank you thank you!


  34. Thank you so much! This is exactly what I have been trying to figure out on my own and I have been stumped!

  35. Another reason to love PicMonkey! Thanks so much for the great information! Pinned!

  36. Hello! I’m just getting started with blogging. Thank you so very much for this great tutorial! Your site is amazing!

  37. Pinned! Thanks.

  38. You’re a genius! Thanks so much for this. I’m so sick of typing out my blog name on EVERY picture. Gah. This is going to save so much time!

  39. Very clever! Thanks so much! I’m so happy to get rid of the ugly generic watermark I’ve been using.

  40. Thanks for this wonderful tip. I am sure I will get use out of right away!

  41. This has been wonderful! I’ve spent the last several minutes creating a watermark and your instructions were as easy as could be. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to use my watermark!

  42. Great tutorial! love all those screen shots. last time I tried pic monkey it was soooo slow i couldn’t handle it. Has it sped up at all?

  43. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I’ve pinned it and now I’m off to read your other blogging tutorials.

  44. Great tutorial- and who doesn’t LOVE Picmonkey- even with a silly name, it’s the best freebie tool in town!

    Thank you for sharing with the rest of us! Always great to see creative minds at work. :)

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  45. Very helpful! Thanks so much!

  46. holy schmoly!!! the tute i have been searching for for a year has ARRIVED thanks to YOU! :>D

  47. This is something I have been wondering about for awhile now! Thanks so much for taking the guess work out of it!

  48. This is a gret tutorial! I just love PicMonkey and this seems simple enough and looks so professional .

  49. I’ve been using picMonkey for quite some time
    and did not think to do this… Thanks so
    much for the heads up and this will be my
    evening project…
    Happy Spring

  50. Just did this in no time flat!!! Thank you! Brilliant….easy….and going to be such a time saver, not to mention how nice it looks. THANK YOU again for sharing and making it so simple to follow!

  51. very great- thanks so much!

  52. great tutorial! I use ippicy…. I’ll need to try picmonkey


  53. You’re a rock star! This is going to save me so much time! Thank you for a very pertinent and easy to follow tutorial.

  54. Thank you so much for the watermark tutorial… I now have a new one!

  55. I’ve just recently started using Picmonkey and can’t wait to give this a shot. Thanks for the tutorial.

  56. Reading this was a duh moment for me since I’ve done this for collages but never thought to save the transparent background for other things! Totally opened up a whole new world for my blog design ideas!!

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  57. OMG…you are awesome!!! I also do not have Photoshop, and have been trying to find a way to do this…and here you are :) Thank you so much!

  58. Thank you! I am going to give this a try.

  59. Thanks so much for the tutorial Trish! I’ve always wondered how to do that! Pinned!
    Jenn xo

  60. I just went over to PicMonkey, followed your tutorial and it worked! Thank you so much!

  61. Yeah! I’ve been wondering how to make a watermark! You are AWESOME! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial (found ya on Tatertots & Jello party!) PINNING and making one tomorrow! =)

  62. Thank you sooo much for sharing! I’ve been tryin to figure out how to do this forever!
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  63. Thank you for this amazingly simple tutorial! Everything was so easy to understand. I appreciate that.
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  64. Thanks a lot! You saved my day! I really appreciate.

  65. It’s great!!! Thank you very much! I searched so long for something like this!

  66. Thank you for a fabulous tutorial! I have almost made exactly what I want–but missed a step someplace–the background is white! How do i get it to be clear/transparent except for the words? THANK YOU so much!!

  67. Thank you for sharing this step-by-step!! And for pinning it too!! It was so easy to follow and I can’t wait to start watermarking my photos for my blog :-)
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  68. Trish- Thank you so much for posting this! Your tutorial was so easy to follow. I just created a watermark for my blog and updated all of the photos in my last post. I love the way it turned out, thanks again!
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  69. Thank you so much!! This looks so much more professional!
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  70. Thank you so much. Now I don’t feel so apprehensive about putting my artwork in my Etsy shop. I really appreciate it, you made that very easy.


  71. Thanks so much for sharing this!! I’ve been wondering how to do this, and your tutorial worked perfectly! ~ Kerri, A Pop of Pretty Blog

  72. What a great tutorial! I used it and now I have a pretty watermark for my DIY blogging photos!

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  73. Super Super Super useful :) Thanks so much. Really learned alot here :)
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  74. I manage my daughter’s modeling and now shoot many of her photos….I started using picmonkey and needed to watermark the photos but didn’t know how. Thank you so much for this!!! I have two photos going into Just Kids Magazine and needed them watermarked immediately! This was a perfect tutorial!

  75. Hi, Trish,

    A Facebook friend shared this tutorial with me when I asked if anyone knew how to create a watermark in PicMonkey. Boy, am I glad she did! Your tutorial was clear and easy. Thank you so much for publishing it! I now have a watermark for my pictures – my first post will be up tomorrow!

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  76. Hi!
    I found you on Pinterest. Thanks for the tutorial! I post so many pictures and needed this. So easy too!
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  77. I cant Figure this out for th life of me ….IDK Why mine dont have the some of the features

  78. Mary Rose says:

    Thank you for this awesome tutorial! So easy!!

  79. This article was SO helpful! Thank you so much!! I love using Picmonkey and I’m so glad I can watermark photos with it, too!!

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  80. Thank you so much for this amazing tutorial! I’m new to this whole blogging world and am blown away by how helpful all the other bloggers are :).

  81. Alexandra says:

    Soooooo helpful! (:

  82. Thank you so much!! My husband has PhotoShop and is always willing to Watermark my photos BUT he doesn’t do it fast enough ;).
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