What’s New: PicMonkey Mobile App for iOS

(Note: these updates are only available for iOS, not for Android at this time.)

The PicMonkey mobile app for iOS is for designing on the go. Social media marketers love it for quickly posting to all their channels, and everyone loves it for quickly accessing their photo libraries to zhuzh up their pics with stickers, text, and effects. See what’s new!

New for September 2020!

Rearranging layers made super easy

Now you can rearrange the layers in your design more easily. The new Layers icon lets you see all your design elements at once, and is really helpful for sorting out which layer goes on top of which. Here’s how to use the new layers functionality:

  1. When you are in add/edit text or add/edit graphics mode the layers icon is present.

  2. In the upper right of the app you’ll see three stacked squares. This is the layers icon.

  3. Click the layers icon to see all of your layers.

  4. To rearrange layers, tap on the three lines, hold and slide the layer to move.

  5. To delete a layer tap the minus sign and then tap Delete

One more tip! You can also long-press on any element and quickly send that element forward (on top) or backwards (behind), or duplicate it.

New for August 2020!

Get your mobile designs started faster

Mobile app designs are one-and-done with a quick new way to start! 

  1. Click the “+” icon at the bottom of the app. 

  2. Tap Start a design to choose from a template (think: Instagram post, Pinterest pin, etc.)

  3. Tap Edit a photo to choose from your phone’s pic album. 

  4. Tap Start with a stock photo to browse the Unsplash stock photo library. 

  5. Tap Upload photos and videos to transfer files into your Hub from your phone.

Simplified backgrounds and ten new texture categories

When you start a new design with a blank template you will have the option to make your background either a photo, a texture, or a solid color. We’ve added over 80 new textures to the app and they are all yours if you’re a Pro subscriber, otherwise you can buy category packs for $1.99 each. 

Upload video to Hub via the mobile app

Now that you can use video in your designs on PicMonkey.com, you can easily transfer videos from your phone to Hub via the PicMonkey mobile app. Instead of emailing videos to your desktop to upload to PicMonkey.com, you can now upload them via the mobile app into Hub, then grab them when you open the desktop version. 

How to upload videos to Hub from your phone:

  1. Launch the app and click the “+” in the bottom tool bar.

  2. Tap “Upload photos and video” from the “Get started” menu.

  3. Tap the Videos tab at the top of the screen and select the video(s) to upload.

  4. Your uploaded video will appear in your Unsorted folder, and you’ll find it there when you open PicMonkey on your desktop. 

Note: You cannot upload more than 50MB of video files at one time. 

What this does: 

  • Allows users to transfer video files from your phone to your desktop to use in PicMonkey. 

  • Allows users to get your MOV files into PicMonkey desktop without having to convert them to MP4 first. 

What this does not do:

  • The app cannot open or edit video files from your phone. 

  • The app cannot open or edit video files that already exist in Hub. 

Learn more about designing with video clips in PicMonkey: Bring Your Designs to Life with Video!

New for June 2020

Stock photos are now in the app!

It might seem crazy impossible that we were able to stuff 1,000,000 stock photos into pocket-sized PicMonkey, but yes we did, Mary Poppins. You can now access the whole Unsplash library from within the app — it’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

How to use stock photos in the PicMonkey mobile app:

  1. Tap the “+” sign at bottom of the app homepage.

  2. Tap “Start with a stock photo

  3. Scroll or search. 

  4. Tap a photo to begin editing/designing with it.

Gorgeous photo-realistic graphics

Are they stickers? Are they real? No one will be able to tell when you use the new photo-realistic graphic sets added to the mobile app! Splash some paint or makeup on your pics, add a plume of smoke or a lick of fire, or light up the sky with fireworks or constellations. 

We love the Polaroid frames and masking tape graphics to add a retro-cool flavor to photos, while the nature set with flowers and butterflies arrives just in time for summer. 

Find them all in the Graphics section of your app.

New for spring 2020!

We’re really loading up the app lately and we have so many new fun features and assets to share with you. Okay, this is a lot of stuff, people, so update your iOS app and check out all this newness:

4 spring-themed effects 

Make your pics bloom with our breezy new effects — Light pastel, Pastel, Bluebird, and Classic Blue. These fresh filtering beauties are included with your Pro subscription, or you can get them in a 4-pack for $1.99 as an in-app purchase.

Healthcare stickers

Look for two new graphics sets: Quarantine & Chill, and Healthcare because we’re not outta the woods yet. You should always wash your hands anyway, and use these medically-minded graphics to liven up your social posts.

Your fonts in the app

Use your own fonts that you’ve uploaded to PicMonkey from the desktop in the app. Now you'll see a second tab in the font picker where all your uploaded desktop fonts live. See: How to Use Your Own Fonts in PicMonkey.

One-click background remover

The one-click background eraser of your dreams has come to the PicMonkey mobile app. Choose a photo, tap BG REMOVER, and that’s all you gotta do! This is exclusively for our Pro subscribers and it’s totally worth it. Learn more: Background Remover Comes to the PicMonkey App.

In-App Purchases: Content packs

We’ve packaged up premium stickers and fonts that go together beautifully. Choose a pack that vibes with you for $1.99. Check out: Line Drawings, Groove Shapes, Crystal Geos, All About Business, and Tropical Leaves.

New graphics for fall 2019

Artsy to 80’s to Astrological, check out our new sticker categories in the app. Just click the Ghost icon on the bottom nav bar to browse them all!

How to use graphics

Retro to cute to funny, our graphics run the style gamut so you’ll be sure to find something that you like and that fits your aesthetic. Here’s how to browse and use graphics in the PicMonkey mobile app:

  1. Launch the PicMonkey mobile app on your smart device.

  2. Open a photo to add a graphic to. Tap “Edit.”

  3. On the bottom toolbar, scroll and tap “Graphics” (the ghost icon).

  4. Browse the various categories by scrolling the bottom nav bar left and right. Tap a category name to browse loads of graphics.

  5. Tap a graphic to add to your photo.

  6. If you want to add two or more graphics, repeat step 3 then tap  “Add” (“Ghost+” icon).

You can customize the look of your graphic in a number of ways. In addition to changing the color of your graphic, you can change the shape and rotate it using the pinch gesture. While in the graphics editing mode, scroll the bottom nav bar to play with opacity, drop shadows, blur, and erase.

Fall 2019: New fonts added

Try out a new font in the app. Just click on the big “T” on the bottom nav bar to see how your words look different in serif, script, or block letters.

How to use fonts

You can add text to your photos in the app, too. With a whole bunch of font styles, the ability to curve your words, add a drop shadow, and change the color or size, you can make beautifully unique posts that have something to say.

  1. In the Edit menu, tap “Text” (the “T” icon) in the bottom nav bar.

  2. Type your words. Tap Done.

  3. Just like with graphics above, you can modify the text on your photo.

  4. Change the color or font or style, curve it, add a shadow, and more.

  5. To add additional text, just tap the check mark, then start at step number one again.

Check back often to see what else is new in the mobile app! And be sure to add #picmonkey when you share your creations to social media.

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Sarah Gonzales is the content marketing manager at PicMonkey. Over time she’s evolved from a cat to a dog person, a Diet Coke to a La Croix person, and a heels to a flats person. However, she will forever remain loyal to the LA Dodgers, coffee, and Mac products. She’s still deciding if she’s a city or a country person having sampled both after living in Alaska, Los Angeles, San Francisco, (Alaska again), and now Seattle.