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Vintage Touch w/ PicMonkey

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A really neat hack I’ve learned to give my snapshots that paper-y, vintage-y mood is to overlay them with various textures. And the loveliest bit, you don’t need Photoshop or a degree in digital arts to do it. (But its cool if you do, soo..)

Picmonkey is a free  browser based photo editing app that includes texture blending in their many options to improve or add to your picture.

Texture blending basically means placing another ‘picture’ over your image and ‘blending’ the two together. I don’t really know the science or photography gobble-dee-goo to explain it, there are tutorials up the wazzu I’m sure you could look up.

What I do know is that sometimes when I take a snap, even with the best windlight and screen resolution, I find there’s always room for a little ‘pop’.

>>Link to PicMonkey’s ‘How to add photo Textures'<<

Hopefully my subterranean ultra raggedy step by step tutorial makes sense: (I’m soo sorry!)

1. Go to and click ‘Edit’ to choose an image from your PC.

2. As soon as you choose your image, it’ll be placed on a canvas with various tools on the left side. Click on the diamond-y looking uh button (7th down). This will open another side bar next to the tools.

3. You can use the ones PicMonkey already provides or you may download your own and click on the ‘Your Own’ tab to upload, uh, your own. (broken record much?)

My favorite types of textures are usually warm toned and have little to no detail or actual texture. Here’s a link to one of my favorite texture sets that you can download for free onto your computer.

I used ‘foamy chocolate milk’ for this example

I usually choose ‘Overlay’ in Blend Mode

Let us reiterate for word count’s sake:

  1. In PicMonkey, grab your main image/snap
  2. Click on the Texture button (near bottom of toolbar)
  3. Choose ‘Your Own’, click Open my Texture
  4. Find your  picture/texture you wish to use
  5. Choose Overlay in the dropdown menu under ‘Blend Mode’
  6. Fiddle with your sliders to get your snap where you want
  7. Click Apply
  8. Save, save, save
  9. Have a cookie.

I hope through all that muck there were at least one of you fabulous lurkers that sorta got where I was going. With a bit of patience and some sass, you can tackle photo-editing like a boss!

Feel free to leave a comment, suggestion, question, rant, snarky come-back, or dinner recipe below, we welcome them all and replenish drinks too!

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*tarte. fence post bed (Natural) | FaMESHed
*tarte. bedside rope light | FaMESHed
*tarte. rope wall shelf (natural) | FaMESHed

*[PM]Pixel Mode – Aderley Rug – Taupe | FaMESHed
*[ARIA] Hayden Floor Mirror | FaMESHed
*unkindness– StiKs Lights_Light Wood | FaMESHed

Kalopsia – Old Plants – Matryoshka | MIX
Kalopsia – Old Plants – Blue Pot | MIX

*tarte. upcycled easel lights (dark wood)
*ionic* ilumina
+Half-Deer+ Deer Planter – White
+Half-Deer+ Minimalist Tree – Grey-brown (no shadow)
Apple Fall Roses Jug
=EliBaily= Sherwood Candle 01
Apple Fall Roses Jug
Apple Preserved Poppies
Apple Fall Elderflower Cordial
Apple Fall Gilt Frame (Sea Campion Study)
Kalopsia – Book Pile Lamp
Kalopsia – Deer Deco – Trees
Kalopsia – Fancy Chair
Kalopsia – Train Station Clock
PLAAKA CottonBowl
Pixel Mode – Fall Harvest – Windmill Ceiling Fan
Scarlet Creative Rustic Lace Table
Scarlet Creative The Arcade June 15 – Artist Desk and Plant
Soy. Vintage lace curtain (cream)
[Toiz] 4. Autumn Piano
dust bunny . blossoming flowers
dust bunny . book pile
dust bunny . flutter skybox
floorplan.&Willow. apothecary books
junk. potted tree.
junk. vintage teacup planter.
tres blah Decorative Door RARE
{anc} sleepwarking. rose wreath. vintage cream
{anc} sleepwarking. thisway sign
{yumyum} Wooden planter Khaki






  1. Hi Wendz, thanks for sharing your tips and tricks with us! I would love to see the “before” pic if you have it, for comparison. Or is one of those pics posted the before pic? I assumed they all had one texture or another shown for sake of example. On another note, would you please come decorate my house? Seriously if you went go into RL interior design, you would be amazing. Another lovely setup!

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    • oi you and me both. Except my story ends with keyboard face marks and a cricked neck! lol

      if you click on the images below the main body of the article those are the ones before any editing was done, they’re darker and not much contrast.

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  2. I haven’t used PicMonkey in a while – I’ve finally gotten confident enough in Photoshop to stop there. But I do love the effects you can create with this program!

    Thanks for the reminder…I may just have to brush off the cobwebs!

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    • brush away, and yay for PS! How are you liking it so far? You’re images are looking gorgeouser and gorgeouser Peep.
      I’m still using my Elements + PicMonkey formula which works for me, but who knows you may convince me yet. (again and in a good way 😉 )

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      • I’ve been doing a lot of PS tutorials, plus learning more about how I can create effects using PS. I’m using PS CC, which has a lot more internal goodies. Plus, I have found a few Actions I have begun incorporating into my photos. I still have my Royale subscription, but I’ll probably give it up when it comes up for renewal next year. That said, I do use PicMonkey at work when I need to do a quick tune-up on a product snap to send to a customer. Not publication-worthy, but just a “here’s what it looks like” shot or a happy snap they can use in a planogram. I do ❤ PicMonkey!

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