How to make circular blog profile images without photoshop

I've been getting this question more and more lately, as those who purchase templates but don't have photoshop would really like the ability to have a circular profile/about me image. Well guys, Picmonkey strikes again with the SIMPLEST way to make this happen - without Photoshop!

As usual, here's our video for those who learn best that way, or scroll down if you're more a written tutorial type (like me - woot!):


Start out at Picmonkey. You'll see a screen that looks like this, below (or somewhat like this; versions are constantly changing!). You can hit the "edit" button or hover over it for a little dropdown with a few choices on where to grab your photo from. 

Find the photo you want to use. Once pulled up in Picmonkey, find the "Frames" tab and click it:

Find the "Shape Cutouts" and select it. Then select the circle (or whatever shape you're looking for, really). Make sure you have the transparent box selected:

If that's all you're looking for, you're done! Just hit "Save" and save as a .png. If you'd like to add a line of text, keep scrolling down.

Find the "Tt" button, which is your text editor:

Picmonkey now lets you use their own fonts, or ones on your computer. This is a pretty long-awaited feature that I know a lot of people are happy about! Choose a font you like from the "Ours" or "Yours" tab:

Once selected, hit "Add Text":

A text box will pop up over your photo. Click on it and start typing.

You can drag the text box wherever you'd like, change the color (you can even add in a hex code in the top right corner, which is handy with the hex codes we provide with each template in our style guides), change the size and more! Just play around and have fun.

When you're happy with the way it looks, hit "Save"

Make sure you save it as a .png so that you retain the transparent background (and, thus, get your circle!). Voila! Upload it to your blog and fall in love. ;)

Note: if this picture is not sized perfectly for your template, you'll probably want to make sure "Shrink to fit" is selected when you upload the image to an image gadget in Blogger (if you're using Blogger, that is). 

Chelsea Hibbard

Greenville, SC