How to Add Texture in PicMonkey

How to Add Texture in PicMonkey

This is one of the fastest and easiest techniques you can do with PicMonkey, add texture to change the background of a photo. It’s also just plain fun to mess around with. My gracious, beautiful model is my friend EM she kindly said I could use her photo to teach this tutorial. 


texture tutorial 1


Once your photo is in PicMonkey, open up the texture pallet and choose the desired background texture (I picked the brick background). The background texture will cover the entire photo at this point.


Texture Tutorial

Now you obviously don’t want the brick covering every portion of your photo so this is where you will grab the brush (2) and then select the size (3) and start erasing. Move the circle (which is the eraser) over the portion of the photo you want exposed and click apply. How easy is that? Now you have a new background texture on a beautiful photo.


Emily Brick Wall


I have several other PicMonkey Tutorial that you can see here.




How to use Textures in PicMonkey to Change the Background of a Photo



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  1. Hi Dawn,
    Thanks for this lesson from PIcmonkey. I was playing around with the back grounds but did not know how to take the background off the places you did not want it. So this was good to know. So easy yet unless you know to use the brush to remove the background it was hard to know. Thanks for the tip.

    1. Kris, yes it works similar to Photoshop so I can normally find a way to do it in PicMonkey too and it’s free.

  2. Love this! I can’t wait to see what I can come up with. Your tutorials are amazingly easy too. Thanks girl! p.s. hope things are getting back to normal after the black out!

    1. Ann this is one of the easiest things you can do in PicMonkey. And yes we are back to normal here 🙂

    1. You are welcome Mary, it is amazing all the things PicMonkey can do that people don’t know about. If you have an understanding about Photoshop you can mimic the things in PicMonkey with a little messing around.

  3. I knew to change the background but I didn’t know you could do a paint over…thanks for sharing this Dawn! I know I’ll have some fun with this:)

    1. Martina, Im sure there are other ways to achieve the look this one is just so easy to do 🙂

    1. You’re welcome Jodee, I hope you have a chance to try it out.

  4. BRILLIANT! Thanks so much for sharing, Dawn! LOVE this! I got a mac for Christmas and now I no longer have a my microsoft digital imaging program. I so needed this!

    1. Yvonne you will love your MAC that is all I have had for 20 years, would never go back to a PC for anything.

  5. Thanks so much, I pinned it so I can go back to it when needed!

    1. Your welcome Rondell, that’s the best way to do it 🙂

  6. OH cool! I use PicMonkey all the time, but never knew how to do this! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Luisa, you are welcome 🙂 There are so many things that can be done you just have to play around with it a little. Happy New Year!

    1. Jane, Thanks 🙂 Hope it works well for you!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Debbie! Have a Wonderful New Year!

    1. Linda, Happy New Year to you also 🙂 You will love this little PicMonkey trick!

  7. Get out! I had no idea your could change the background of a photograph. I really could have used this with my Christmas card pictures.

    Thanks so much for the tutorial!
    Ashley @ 3littlegreenwoods

    1. Ashley you can do many things in PicMonkey just like Photoshop you just have to find your way around and find a similar layer 🙂 So glad you learned something new.

  8. i too didn’t realize the eraser part. hmmm… may have to give it a try 🙂

    1. Shirley so glad you liked the tut. There’s always new things out there to learn, that’s for sure 🙂

  9. Wow how easy was that Dawn! Thanks soooo much for sharing such a simple and easy to follow tutorial!

    1. Julie, so glad you were able to make it work for you. I have another coming up soon so stop back by.

  10. Thank you for posting this! Super helpful. Now I want to do this to all my photos. 🙂

    1. Bree, it is fun to work with and can make a horrible background better in some cases.

  11. This is genius! I’m a huge PicMonkey fan but I’ve never really messed with the textures features. Thanks to you I will!

    1. Carrie, so glad you learned something new. I will be back next week with another tutorial.

    1. Kristen, I use Lightroom but love to find a free way to get the effect for other bloggers.

  12. This is awesome! I love PicMonkey.

    1. Laura, thanks for stopping in, let me know how it works for you 🙂

  13. Hi Dawn! First time here. Found you on Pinterest! Thank you so much for this simple tutorial! I had no idea it could be that easy! I thought there would be lots of drawing/clicking around the girl, but no, just erase! I’m just dumbfounded. LOL

    1. Shannon, thank you so much for stopping by the cabin. Yes Picmonkey can look intimidating but it’s so easy to use. I try and come up with ways to do things in the program, like I do in Photoshop. I know not everyone uses photoshop. Enjoy and drop by often.

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