Bonus! Free downloadable PicMonkey alignment grid

PicMonkey Alignment Grid
free downloadable

free downloadable picmonkey grid



You know how in yesterday’s post I was bemoaning the fact that it’s stupidly hard to align and centre objects in PicMonkey because they don’t offer any tools to do so, or any kind of grid? Well, I’ve fixed that! I’ve put together a really simple tool – a grid as a transparent overlay, marked in convenient halves, thirds and quarters. I’m providing this as a FREE DOWNLOADABLE, so use it for yourself with your next project, and/or you are most welcome to share, share away!


How to use it.

1. Download your transparent grid HERE, and save it to your computer in an appropriate folder.
Make sure it’s saved as a .png file, so it retains its transparency (saving it as a .jpg will automatically give it a solid white background).

2. Open your background image in Picmonkey.

3. Click on Overlays, and Your Own. Choose the grid (it’s called “picmonkey alignment grid”), and click on Open.

4. Resize to cover your whole image by dragging the corners to the edge of your background image. My grid is square, but if you hold the shift key down while you drag the corners, you can change the proportions so that it will cover rectangles too.

5. If your background image is dark, the grid might not show up very well – no probs, just play with the Colour settings and Blend Mode in the Overlay pop-up box until it’s got the best contrast against your image.


picmonkey tute - alignment grid1

Overlay colour set at black shows the true colours of the grid. Some lines on the grid are difficult to see.



picmonkey tute - alignment grid2

Overlay colour set at white shows the grid much more clearly.


6. Add your other elements, and align them with the grid by dragging them around when you see the four-headed arrow, which should appear when you hover over the highlighted object box.


picmonkey tute - alignment grid3


7. Delete the grid. You should be able to select it by clicking on the solid circle in the bottom right of the grid.
And there you go! Perfectly aligned text.

(p.s…. You can also download my beach pic as a free stock photo, here.)


picmonkey tute - alignment grid4


How easy peasy was that!? I’m actually a bit gobsmacked that nobody’s thought of making something like this before. But I’ve searched and searched… aaah well. Now it exists! Hooray!


Now. I’m going to go out on a limb here, and say if you’d like better alignment tools in PicMonkey, then just don’t. Get yourself onto Canva instead. PicMonkey is set up for photo editing (especially photos of people – and it’s fab for this) but not graphics; it’s unlikely they’ll be adding any alignment tools anytime soon. Canva, on the other hand, is specifically set up for graphics; it has a fabulous ‘snap’ functionality which allows you to have text and images that line up perfectly, every time. It also allows you to put in your own guidelines, display grids, and you can display the pixel position of any element. And it’s free. Yes, there are some things it can’t do (the paid version has more functionality of course), but there are workarounds to just about every shortcoming.

I’ve been teaching people how to use Canva over the past year or so (and no, I’m not affiliated with Canva in any way; I just want people to make better graphics). If you’re interested, my free 5-day challenge to ‘Conquer Canva’ is starting on 8th May. It’s aimed at teaching you the tech, as well as the design skills you need to create great graphics, so you don’t have to waste time learning everything by trial and error, AND you learn how to create beautiful images your audience responds to and loves. You can find out more about it here –

See you there?

Julie XX


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32 Responses to “Bonus! Free downloadable PicMonkey alignment grid”

  1. Jennifer

    Thank you!!! I have been trying to create my daughter’s graduation announcements and it’s impossible to do without a ruler! I googled “picmonkey ruler” and found your post. It would be great if you could make more of these with various additional grid lines.

    • shoppingcarttest

      It’s an absolute pleasure Jennifer! SO glad it could help. I didn’t want to add in too many lines in this original version as I thought it might get confusing for people. But I might just put my thinking cap back on! Great suggestion 🙂

  2. Jen

    You. Are. The. Bomb. Thank you so much! I wish I had Googled “picmonkey grid for center alignment” months ago! It would have save me such a headache. A thousand, nay, an INFINITE amount of times: THANK YOU!

    • tractorgirl

      Oh Jen, you are MOST welcome!! I know, I felt like it was SUCH a gaping hole in PicMonkey, that I was surprised nobody else had thought of it.

  3. Jen

    Hi Julie! I stumbled upon your website when searching for the PicMonkey ruler button. They must have that…right? Nope! I’m trying to create 1/2″ x 10″ spine inserts for a series of three-ring binders, and I’m really just guessing here. If you could create a ruler overlay, I’d be most grateful! xo

    • tractorgirl

      Hi Jen, unfortunately the problem with having a ruler is that every graphic is a different size, and so you can’t have an absolute ruler as an overlay (I’m presuming that you’re meaning something like the page size ruler that they have in Word?).

      However, if you consider that print quality is normally 300dpi (dpi = dots per inch), then you should be able to calculate the size of your canvas. 300 x 1/2 = 150pixels; and 300 x 10 = 3,000pixels. Hope that helps 🙂

  4. Julie

    This. Is. Amazing. Don’t understand why PicMonkey hasn’t done a grid themselves. This is seriously going to revolutionize my workflow, and be a little kinder to my eyes! Thank you!

    • tractorgirl

      woohooo Julie!! I love reading comments like this. Yes, I’ve got zero ideas as to why PicMonkey haven’t done anything either.
      Thank YOU, it’s an absolute pleasure to share this with you 🙂

  5. Another PicMonkey User

    Also, right click the overlay to pull up the context menu, then click Send to back. This’ll keep it out of your way. You’re welcome!

    • tractorgirl

      Yep, correct!! It’s a .png file, so it shouldn’t be too much in the way anyway, but thanks for the reminder – often people don’t realise there’s that hidden menu of extra options. Awesome!

  6. Christine

    Thank you so much!! This is wonderful! I can never eye up even alignment on pic monkey. This really helped my latest poster creation.

  7. Tami

    Wow! Thank you so much. I’ve been searching and this is perfect for my projects. 🙂

  8. Jenny K

    What a brilliant resource! It does seem so strange that PicMonkey doesn’t have a grid or snap tools. I primarily work in Photoshop and I can not imagine doing it without that!

    • tractorgirl

      Absolutely Jenny, that’s me too! I’m using (a very old version of) Photoshop, and it’s such a fundamental tool for creating graphics. Thanks!

  9. Sara

    This. is. AMAZING! What a fantastic idea to create this, Julie! It totally bugs me that on Picmonkey you have to just eye everything up. I’ll totally be pinning this and sharing it on my next Monday Morning Surf & Coffee 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

    • tractorgirl

      Thank you so much Sara! I know – it’s such a basic thing, not sure why PicMonkey haven’t included it!? And thanks for the incI’ll be checking it out shortly 😀


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