PicMonkey, the free photo editing website, has had a massive, game-changing update that lets you make the most of your images: you can use your own fonts. Your choice of fonts has become instantly unlimited. If you have a font on your computer, you can use it in PicMonkey — for free!
If you’re crafting an image for a holiday card or creating a brochure for your company, you may want to put as much effort into choosing the font as you do in choosing the image.
Whether or not you’re a big fan of fonts, you may be surprised at the impact that fonts can have. Your message can be received loud and clear or lost in translation based on the type of font you use.
Unconvinced? Try using Comic Sans on your resume. Unless you’re applying for a job as a preschool teacher, chances are you won’t win over any prospective employers.
➠ See, Business 2 Community, Exactly How Much Does Your Font Matter? for a fascinating analysis on the impact of fonts.
You don’t have to use your own fonts in PicMonkey. The site comes complete with dozens of fonts you can use for free, such as Serif, Sans Serif, Display, Script, Santa Script, Cool Characters, Party Characters, etc. But the ability to use your own fonts means your choices are truly unlimited.
➠ Head to PicMonkey – Make the Most of Your Pictures for more information on using PicMonkey.
For example, if you want to create your own holiday cards you can use your own Christmas or winter fonts:
Moving to New York? Use a New York font to create a moving announcement:
Want to share pictures of your garden? Use a garden font!
Using PicMonkey Fonts
After you upload an image to PicMonkey, click on the Tt icon in the left menu.
At the top of the left menu you’ll see tabs for Ours and Yours. Ours is PicMonkey’s selection, Yours is, well, your font library.
Choose Ours and you’ll be shown a selection of PicMonkey fonts available for you to use. Note that most PicMonkey fonts are free but some fonts are limited to Royale members. (You can get a Royale membership for $4.99/month or $33/year).
Update: PicMonkey is now offering a one month free trial of Royale. You don’t need Royale to use your own fonts but you may want to check out the cool Royale features for free!
— PicMonkey (@PicMonkeyApp) December 2, 2014
How to Use Your Own Fonts on PicMonkey
You may find all the fonts you need with PicMonkey. But you don’t have to stop there. You can use your own fonts to have limitless design possibilities.
Here’s a video from PicMonkey showing you how to use your own fonts with PicMonkey:
Click on the Yours tab at the top of the Font menu and you’ll be shown an alphabetical list of your fonts.
Click on the font you want to use, then click on the Add Text box. When you start typing in the text box, your font choice will appear.
Don’t like what you see? Highlight the text you want to change, and choose a different font. Keep testing them out until you find the font you want.
➠ Also check out, 6 Easy Tools To Beautify Your Quotes!
Getting Your Own Fonts
If your font library on your computer isn’t as plentiful as you’d like, then you can easily get more fonts for free. Check out guest author Ashvini Kumar Saxena’s article Fun with Fonts! that guides you how you can get more fonts on your computer.
Be sure to head to Dafont to find a large collection of fonts, many of which are free for you to add to your computer’s font library. Dafont also has instructions on how to add fonts to your computer. It’s easy!
You can browse through Dafont’s font categories such as
- Old School
- Fire, Ice
- Stencil, Army
and Holiday fonts such as
If you’re designing holiday cards, be sure to check out Dafont’s extensive collection of Christmas fonts.
➠ Don’t miss The Graphics Fairy tutorial Create a Holiday Photo Card in PicMonkey for some inspiration and instruction!
➠ Also see Fixing Your Font Size!
Are you a fan of fonts? Have you been using your own fonts on PicMonkey? Do you like the idea of having unlimited access to fonts? Have you ever added more fonts to your computer? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* New York City Skyline image courtesy of Thomas Hawk via Flickr and Creative Commons