Attention whole-hearted vision board believers (we’re looking at you, Steve Harvey and Oprah Winfrey acolytes) and peeps seeking a new method of self-motivation: it’s time to ditch the scissors and glue sticks. PicMonkey has everything you need to create beautiful digital vision boards that’ll help you keep your eye (and mind) on the prize, without making a mess.
Read on for everything you need to know about these powerful goal-setting tools, as well as how to make a vision board in PicMonkey.
What is a vision board?
If you’re new to vision board making, here’s the gist: vision boards (a.k.a. dream boards, visualization boards, mood boards or, to others, action boards) are essentially compilations of what you want to create — either something tangible like a restaurant concept, or something more ethereal like a specific vacation vibe.
Many people — including more than a few PicMonkeyers who have made YouTube tutorials on the subject — create a new vision board annually, in order to stay focused on their goals for the next year.
The boards usually consist of pictures, graphics, and words, and have a collage-y feel. But there are a variety of ways to make a vision board — it really comes down to personal goals and personal style.
Before you start designing, take a few minutes to reflect on the following:
What do I want to accomplish this year?
What do I need to do in order to accomplish my goals?
What challenges will I face?
What kind of help do I need?
Are there things I need to improve upon first?
How to make a vision board in 4 easy steps:
Click Add image to bring in your favorite pics or a video. If you need pics, browse our massive stock library.
Download your vision board to your computer, email it to your interior designer, post to social media, or keep it in Hub, your PicMonkey cloud storage.
Step 1: Start your digital vision board project
In PicMonkey, click Create new > Blank Canvas to choose from the preset size options, or enter a Custom size to set your own pixel dimensions. If you want to eventually print your design but need to convert the dimensions from pixels to inches, check out our conversion chart.
Step 2: Add photos and videos
Now it’s time to un-blankify that canvas! To add inspiring images that you have saved to your computer, click Add image and arrange your pics or videos on the blank canvas. Open your images from your computer, Hub, or choose from the ginormous stock photo library (thanks, Shutterstock), then crop, resize, and adjust to match your vision.
When you’re looking for images, think of your goals — a beautiful kitchen to represent that remodel you’re aiming for, the Eiffel tower for that trip to Paris, a salad for feeling healthy, etc. Just make sure to check the image permissions if you’ll be sharing your vision board publicly (psst: all our stock photos are royalty-free!).
Step 3: Embellish with text and graphics
Access our collection of thousands of graphics from the Graphics tab. Peruse the category groups to add stars, flowers, abstract shapes, or whatever else you enjoy. To give your board a tactile feel, check out the tape and pushpin graphics. You can also create a cork board look with Boards in the Textures tab
Check out hyper-trendy Pro effects, like Polaroid, and give your board a nostalgic look in just a single click.
Many vision board pros also incorporate words into their motivational masterpieces. Some advocate for including dates on vision boards to help you give yourself a timeline and stay focused. If that’s your jam, put the year at the top and/or months and years with each item on your board.
Describing each item in a word or a few words is also pretty common, like “Be productive,” “Restorative travel,” or “Become a yoga master.”
To add text to your vision board, head to the Text tab (the Tt icon). You’ll find a whole bunch of fabulous fonts to play with and the option to upload your own fonts (in the Your fonts group). Click the Add text button at the top of the panel, and type away.
Tip: To make your words pop, try layering them on top of a graphic or photo!
Step 4: Download and share your vision
When you are finished with your design, you can either:
1. Download your vision board to your desktop as a JPG, PNG, MP4, or GIF (or PDF if you're a Pro subscriber). If you plan to print it out, then download as a PNG for better quality. If you included video or animated graphics in your design, then download your vision board as a MP4 or a GIF.
2. Share your vision board via email or directly to social media. You can also send a link to your design to others.
Make a vision board from a design template
We mentioned before that we have a gorgeous collection of vision board templates in all sorts of styles. For a fast start, choose your fave and get to work:
In PicMonkey, Create New > Templates.
Search for "vision board" then browse.
Click each template to preview it larger.
Replace our images with yours.
Customize the colors, graphics, and text your way.
Elevate your vision with these design ideas
Just because you're forgoing the glue sticks, magazine clippings, construction paper, and glitter (not the glitter!) and making a vision board online doesn't mean there aren't plenty of ways to capture inspiring looks.
1. Draw on your design
Use the Draw tool to doodle or sketch on your vision board for a hand-drawn look. After you create a drawing, it saves as a graphic. Then you can customize it as such — change its size, color, rotation, or even animate it (more on this in a second).
2. Fill text or graphics with an image
Ever heard of an image mask? It's where you put an image inside a text or graphic layer. To do so, select your layer, then click Fill with image in the left tools menu.
Upload your own image, or pull from our stock collection.
3. Add animation effects
If you're a PicMonkey Pro subscriber and reallly want to take things to the next level, you can animate parts of your design. That's right, vision board Padawan: images, text, and graphics are all fair game for animation when a digital vision board is involved.
How to make a vision board with the PicMonkey mobile app:
Bring your vision board to life on the go using the PicMonkey mobile app. Peep these easy steps to learn how:
Open the app and choose a Blank canvas.
Add a background color or a pattern then tap Next in the top right.
Tap Graphics in the bottom right to add photos from your camera roll, Hub, or pick from any of our fun designs.
Layer on text by tapping Text and typing in your favorite inspirational phrase.
Save your vision board to your phone or save it in Hub to keep editing later.
Even though you’re on a small screen, think big (like 1800 x 2400 pixels) when you choose your canvas size so you can fit all your vision-board worthy designs in one place. You can add a drop of color or a pattern before moving on to the mobile editor, or leave it blank if that’s your vibe.
Tap Graphics in the bottom toolbar to add photos from your Camera Roll/Photos or inspiration-inducing graphics to your board. Adjust the sticker’s color, opacity, and even strategically erase parts of it to fit your vision.
When your vision board is finished and you’re filled with all the let’s-do-this feels, save it to your computer or to Hub (in case you wanna add some new goals later on).
Make sure your vision board is someplace where you’re gonna see it. Many vision boarders make their creations their computer desktop backgrounds, or print and frame their boards. Others share their boards with a trusted friend or throw a vision board party.
What you do with your board is up to you, just have fun and get ready to live your best life!