How To Create Printables

My most popular post is about how I got started with creating printables. I get asked so often how to create printables, or how to sell printables that I thought it would be a fantastic idea to create a video tutorial for beginners. Today I am sharing how to create printables in PicMonkey, which is an incredibly easy program to use!
How To Create Printables


You can check out this quick tutorial here:

How To Create A Printable | PicMonkey Basics:


Get Signed Up:

Go to Picmonkey and get signed up for a free account, although it is truly worth it for a paid account if you want to make this a profitable business!

Go To Design:

On the top menu bar of Picmonkey, you will want to click the design tab. The options will appear as: blank canvas, custom size and templates. I believe templates is a premium feature (which I have) so if you are using a free account you will need to choose custom size and type the following into the pixel size 1536 x 1024.

Basic Edits | Choose Your Background Color:

I always choose a white background for things like printable planners, lists and homeschools curriculum. Art Prints are the exception the white background. I mean who wants to waste all that color ink on a printable list?

Add Your Text:

Remember to add text in a reasonable fashion. If you are designing a list type printable don’t choose a 200+ font size. Remember most books are printed around size 12px so I usually go no higher than 24px for a list, like my recent pantry list printable.

Remember to use fonts that are easy to read as well. I use Geo Sans Light, Lato and League Spartan for my pins and printables.

Add Overlay

Next you can add overlay like boxes, clipart, and banners. I often use my own clipart but having a picmonkey premium account means that you get access to their clips if you are just starting out! Remember to make your printable pretty- not crowded.


The only drawback with picmonkey is you can’t save your printable as a PDF file so you will want to save as a PNG file: saving as a PNG file means that the quality stays the same with resizing but the file takes up more room. Then I use a convert tool to convert my PNG files to PDF’s. You can find it here.

I tried to keep the video short and sweet since I know you’re probably trying to watch this during a naptime. I mean isn’t that how all moms get things done? Don’t get me started on the fact that my 3-year-old is now refusing naps! Anyhow, if you watched the tutorial and still have some additional questions comment below.


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5 comments on “How To Create Printables”

  1. Thanks for doing this Holly. I love your blog and I love your realistic, non-supermom approach to things. You really help me feel like I can do this and some days we all need someone to help us with that. <3

  2. Great tutorial! I’m considering selling printables but have a quick question. Do you save your PDF files with cut/bleed marks or not? Thanks!

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