An empty background

A blank canvas allows you to begin a project with either a transparent background, or a solid color as your background. The background is the base of your image. If you've opened an image for editing, that image is your background. For more on the background layer see "Working with layers". 

You can start a project from a blank canvas from either the homepage or from within the editor. If you are in the editor, doing so will close whatever document you currently have open.

From the Homepage

Option 1: Start from blank

At the bottom of the homepage dashboard you'll find a row of preset Blank Canvas sizes. If the one you're looking for is here, you just need to click on it to begin. If not, select "See all blanks" to the right. 

Option 2: The Create button

1. Click Create at the top of the homepage

2. Select "Blank Canvas" from the "What would you like to work on?" screen

From the Editor

Along the top of the Editor are options for pivoting between:

  • Hub - where everything you work on in PicMonkey is automatically saved, as you work
  • Editor - the image currently loaded into the editor
  • Templates - Designs created by PicMonkey, to jumpstart your project

Select Blank Canvas in the "New" menu. 

Selecting a Canvas

Unless you jumped right by clicking an option in "Start from blank", you will the Blank Canvas picker. From here, you either select a preset canvas size or create a Custom canvas. 

Custom Canvas

If you don't see the size you need, just enter the pixel length and height of the canvas you want and click the "Make it!" button

Select Color or Transparency

The blank canvas loads as a white background. If you prefer transparency or another color, head over to "Background Color" under "Edits". The transparent option is a checkbox near the bottom of that panel. 

please note: jpg does not support transparency. You'll need to save as a png to maintain transparency in your final image.