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How to use your own fonts in Picmonkey

In talking to some other bloggers, quite a few were Picmonkey users but didn’t realise they could pull their own fonts into Picmonkey.  This is one of the great things I love about Picmonkey – that you can use your own overlays or fonts easily.

So I thought I’d do a quick run through of how to get your own fonts in Picmonkey.

how to use your own fonts in picmonkey - Bubbablue and me

We all know we should be using pinnable images in our posts, and the perfect way to do this is to use colours – in overlay, image or fonts, which reflect your blog.  Now I have to admit, I don’t use the exact theme fonts in my pinterest images.  Instead I just use an overlay which reflects the colours in my blog theme, and I use a script font which is quite similar, and another complimentary one.  For this tutorial I’ll walk through bringing in my own theme fonts to picmonkey.

How to use your own fonts in Picmonkey

1. Choose your font

If you don’t already have fonts on your machine, then you need to find the ones you want to use first.  Pinterest or google are a great source of font ideas – for pinnable images, you’d want to have probably 2 fonts that work well together.  Read 1st web designer’s post to to understand how to combine multiple fonts and Typography for some great font combination ideas.

There are lots of font websites, you don’t only need to use Google fonts although these are popular:

example of fonts from dafont
What you seen when you pick from the font choices

Many fonts are free, but if you want a complete set, it might cost a minimal amount to the designer – mine was around $10, or sometimes you can choose to donate.

2. Download your font

Remember to check that you can use them for commercial use if you’re selling or monetising your blog or website and to download all parts of the font that you might want to use – lower case, symbols, upper case, numbers, narrow, bold etc.  There’s usually more than one part to a font.

Once downloaded, find your downloads – a zip file.  Double click and you’ll need to extract everything in the zip file to your fonts folder on your hard drive.  Mine is straight under my c drive\windows\fonts, but you might have to find yours further down the folder structure.

3. Install your fonts

Go to the extracted files, right click on each in turn and install.  This should install them, but it’s worth going via Start, Control Panel, Appearances to check they’re installed fully.

installing fonts on your computer

I can never find the font area, so in the Control panel search, look for fonts.  Choose installed fonts and you should be able to find the ones you’ve installed.  They’re now ready to use.

installed fonts in control panel

4. Use your fonts in Picmonkey

Open Picmonkey, choose open from computer to edit a picture (or go into design your own), to get  the settings up on the left to use.

Click on the Tt for text, and you’ll see Ours and Yours at the top.  Click on Yours and your fonts should all be there. If you can’t see them, at the bottom of the list you’ll see a ‘can’t see your fonts?’ button which will give you advice on how to get them in.

find your font in picmonkey

Once there, you can add them to your images as you would normally with Picmonkey’s own fonts.

Do you customise your own fonts?  What resources do you use?


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  1. This is brilliant thank you 🙂 I’ve started making pin able images although I’ve been using Canva. However I have fallen in love with a font that is not available on there so I’m going to see if I can find it and use pick monkey instead. Thank you x

  2. Oh I didn’t realise you could either – I wonder if you can get the fonts on Macbook? I love PicMonkey and use it a lot. Kaz x

  3. This is very helpful as I have struggled with picmonkey yet everyone recommends it. I would love someone to publish a book on how to use it in step by step instructions like you have done. Thank you. I may be brave enough to give this a try.

    1. Now that’s an idea Janette. I’m sure there must be one somewhere. If you sign up to their newsletter, their tutorials are really good and bitesize pieces. Glad this was useful.

  4. That’s so helpful! I’ve only discovered Picmonkey over the past six months or so, and am still discovering what I can do with it – I’ve tended to stick to a couple of different fonts, just because I like them or they suit a particular picture/linky etc but I suspect I could have a lot of fun browsing my own.

    1. Ooh yes. There’s so much to use and find. My new favourite is clone although that’s the premium version, and quite hard to get exactly right, but there’s so much you can do in Picmonkey.

  5. This is such a great tip lovely – I am an avid user of PicMonkey, it’s by far my favourite editing tool for photos and i actually only discovered myself last week (by accident) that you could use your own fonts! I’m loving it even more now! xxx

  6. This is really useful for those who don’t know all the in’s and outs but use picmonkey. I’m amazed how much you can do with it as designer who uses creative suite i’ve never dabbled in it. x

    1. Me too. I did a course on Lightroom for photo editing (well, still need to go back over the webinars/videos), but haven’t touched it because really Picmonkey does pretty much everything I want anyway.

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