Social media scrollers and internet travelers in general are not short of content – we have it in abundance. Pretty much everywhere. Almost too much (certainly too much). If you’re a content creator, sharing trending images that stop scrolling, boost engagement, and everything in between is a top priority.
There are a million and one looks worth capturing, but today we’re covering the trendiest of the trendiest: things like the Glitch effect, gradient and shimmer shadow, contour, scrapbooking, and more, all capable of turning even the most frenetic social scroller into a bona fide follower. And guess what? PicMonkey offers all of these looks as Pro Effects, so you can achieve a layered multi-effect look with one (or two) clicks.
How to Apply Glitch and Other Pro Effects in PicMonkey
Click on an image layer in your design.
Click on Professional effects from the Picture Tools menu in the left column of tabs.
Choose the Pro effect you like and select the desired style.
Click on Apply. Finished!
REMARK: These effects are only available on the updated editor screen. If you are still using pallet mode, you will not be able to access it. To switch to non-palette mode, find the message box at the bottom of the left tab column and click Show me to start.
Design with these super trendy effects
So what exactly are these effects? We’ve detailed each one below, along with their best use. Of course, experimentation is always encouraged.
Glitch is a case of old tech meeting modern aesthetics, and practically eclipsed the sun after TikTok used it in its logo. The look is grounded in the trip, but with enough visual clarity to create something cool and noticeable. This effect shines on social media and is also suitable for other purposes like eye-catching posters. PicMonkey’s Glitch will automatically perform background erase to first separate the subject of your photo from the background, then stumble across multiple layers of your foreground.
2. Neon Scribbles
Neon Scribble makes your image pop with the mystical powers of highlighting. For this reason, a popular use is for product photos and advertisements. It’s an easy way to make your image stand out (in a good way). This effect also relies heavily on erasing the background in the first place.
3. Ombre Gradient
Shadows add depth to your designs and, in the case of Gradient Shadow, definition. Whether it’s a personal photo, product, or advertisement, adding a gradient shadow will emphasize the focal point of your image (and automatically remove your background) .
4. Shimmer Ombre
Same deal here, only with glitter (and glitter you don’t even have to clean up). Glitter Shadow is a whole lot of visual pizzazz. Show it off in stylish Facebook or Instagram posts, YouTube stories or designs.
5. Offset Silhouette
Offset Silhouette removes the background from your image with magical enthusiasm and adds an equally magical (offset) layer above your focal point. Consider using this effect to highlight an event speaker, podcast guest, etc. – it will make your ad stand out!
Outline is a one-click version of our hugely popular Outline tool. You’ll see this effect all over YouTube, especially in YouTube thumbnails. Given its appearance, the outline is an easy way to add dimension to an image.
Scrapbook gives a homemade touch to any image. The effect is perfect for collecting family photos or documenting that really memorable trip you took last week with your best friend. If you’re a business or brand, consider a “series of scrapbooks” to advertise older products, new versions of those products, or to share photos from the first days of operation.
8. Polaroid Frame
Like other “vintage” aesthetics, Polaroid re-popularized (although it’s safe to say it never really left). Adding a polaroid frame to an image gives it a personal touch, while adding a sense of nostalgia.
9. Movie frame
The same can be said for the film frame. Definitely a vintage look, and that adds something personal to your design. Pair it with product shots for a fun series of movie-inspired ads. Better yet, edit your photos first with our other photo effects like Film Stock, Time Machine or Yester Color, then complete the look with a film frame.
Here is an effect made for total artistic expression. It adds a burst of dimension to your image and works especially well on landscape photos.
11. Digital pixel
And then there was one. The digital pixel is full of mystery. Its pixelation offers a retro look, and it is a powerful effect for product releases or announcements. For example, you can create a multi-slide Instagram story with your first image in full digital pixel mode and then collect guesses from your followers. What do they think it is? Flip the beans anytime you like.