2022 Graphic Design Trends | Make Your Own Designs

Ready to design cool stuff in 2022? Our friends at Shutterstock have put together a list of graphic design trends for 2022. Get the scoop on what to expect, then check out these inspiring creations from PicMonkey’s designers. Each one comes with its own set of instructions so that you can practice replicating the look yourself in PicMonkey, or use some tools/techniques to create your own cool design.

Oh, and by the way…we want to see them all on Instagram picmonkey!


Direction 1: movement

Design by Natalie Wilson.

Gets Appearance:

  1. On the PicMonkey homepage, click Yes Create New > Stock Images. Search for “Iced Coffee” and select your favorite picture to open it in the PicMonkey editor.

  2. click Remove Bkgnd In the left image tools menu.

  3. If your coffee cup has a straw, you can use the Color Changer tool to change its color and match your own brand.

  4. Add your logo (or graphic) to the front of the mug.

  5. Open the Text tab and click add text To add a text layer to your panel. Do this four times and write your version.

  6. Next, tap touch up In the left tab menu and open the Sculpt tool. Use it to make text layers jagged.

  7. For a multi-layered look, use the Eraser tool on the bottom text layer in order to blend the word in and out of the cup/straw.

  8. To merge the same orientation, select each text layer and click moving in the Text Tools menu. Add a Drop Down effect to the first three lines, and Fade to the last.

  9. Finally, open the Backup Photos & Videos tab and search for “Clouds” in the video search bar. Drag the video of your choice onto the canvas to set it as your background.

Your turn! // Designs by Natalie Wilson.


Trend 2: Gen Z in da house

Designs by Natalie Wilson.

Gets Appearance:

  1. Open a blank canvas of any size you want.

  2. click change color In the background tools menu. Open the Gradient tab and choose one of the available samples, or create your own swatches. Adjust the gradient direction as you like – this design uses a 90 degree angle (reversal between versions).

  3. Use the Text tab and the Text Tools menu to add your text and adjust font type(s), colors, and character spacing.

  4. Another option: insert a brand or product image on the canvas and remove its background.

  5. Finally, wrap the fabric with the drawings. Open the graphics tab and find “lightning bolt”, “normal smiley face” and “star petal”.

Want that sticky look and feel? Select a graphic layer and click Shadow and Outline in the drawing tools menu. Add an outline. If you want to add more than one, right-click on the drawing after adding the first and select Flatten. This locks the design elements in place for that layer. After that, you’ll be able to add another outline!


Trend 3: Environmental Aesthetics

Gets Appearance:

  1. This design is alllll about our collage tool. On the PicMonkey homepage, click Yes Create New > Collage. Select the desired size and cell layout. (This is a 4 x 3 grid).

  2. Upload your photos or choose from our stock library. Drag and drop each photo from the left photo and video list into the cells you want. Another way to do this is to right-click on each cell and select it replace photo.

  3. Open the Text tab and add a text layer in the center of the collage. Change your images and/or change the text color if it is hard to read.

Pro type: If the text is still difficult to read, select it on your panel and click Shadow and Outline in the Text Tools menu. Add a subtle drop shadow to add some dimension.

Design by Natalie Wilson.

Gets Appearance:

  1. Open a blank canvas of any size you want/want.

  2. Use the Graphics tab to add a rectangle and a circle to the canvas. Align the edges, then click and drag the mouse across both shapes to highlight their layers. click Group Layers in the right tools menu. Now you have a brand new shape that will be filled with your photo.

  3. Select your new graphic layer and click Fill in the picture. Choose your photo.

  4. Like the motion direction example, you’ll then want to add individual text layers – this time using An individual lettersAnd use the Eraser tool to layer them inside your image. You can also use the Layers panel to move one behind your graphic layer.

  5. Speaking of layers – you can add other shapes behind your image depending on how you want your design to look and feel. Likewise, the leafy elements of this design were created by searching for “tropical leaves” in PicMonkey’s stock photo library, then removing backgrounds from each leafy image and placing them above and below the other design elements.

  6. Add a few smudged paint graphics to the edges to establish the image.

  7. Finally, select your background layer and change its color to anything that complements the final design.


Trend 4: Serifs Eccentric

Let’s make some stickers! By now you’re probably familiar with a lot of the tools used in these three designs, so we’ll keep the details to a minimum.

Boldly create:

People Passion Purpose:

  • Canvas: blank poster

  • Background color: DIY

  • Source: Almonds

  • Extras:

    • Paper texture on the background

    • Added a cityscape image to the bottom half of the poster and the blending mode changed to “Lighten”

    • Smaller text layers have been added on top of larger text layers; Each is given a boldly colored outline, with a Knockout effect (this “subtracts” character centers) outlined and spaced as desired

you rad:

  • Canvas: blank poster

  • Background color: DIY

  • Font: Shrikland

  • Extras:

    • Gradient outline (new feature 😏) added to text layer

    • Add a drop shadow to the text layer

    • Smiley face graphic added to the bottom, with colors adjusted to match the canvas background and text color; Similar gradient scheme added


Trend 5: Cyberpunk

Gets Appearance:

  1. Open a blank canvas, 2000 x 2000 pixels.

  2. Select your background layer, then click add bg . picture In the background tools menu. Here is the image used in this design.

  3. Add a text layer. Adjust the letter spacing and rotate 90 degrees. Add a gradient outline and use the Knockout effect. Add a drop shadow to soften the text and give it a neon glow. Then copy and paste the layer across the canvas.

  4. Add another text layer to act as your title line. Change its color and use the Eyedropper tool to pick a color from your image (this will help create consistency across the design). Rotate the layer 90 degrees.

  5. Next, you’ll want to create a frame for your second photo. Open the Graphics tab and select a rectangle from File Basic Category. Change its color to light gray.

  6. Use the eraser tool to create slits in your frame. This design used a hexagonal brush type. (Pro type: Hold down the Shift key while moving the eraser across your frame…this will keep the brush straight).

  7. Add an outline with a neon glow, followed by a drop shadow.

  8. Select your drawing frame layer and click Add image fill in the drawing tools menu. Upload the image of your choice, or pull it from the repository.

  9. Finally, add graphic accents from a file Design > Geometric Patterns Category. Change their colors to match your overall color scheme.

More specifications:

If you’ve been exploring PicMonkey’s arsenal of styling tools and are already trying to nail down the exact cyberpunk look, here are some additional details from the designer about what he used for fonts, colors, and effects.

  • Repeating text layer:

    • Line: Shapiro 97 Air Extended

    • Character Spacing: 1.05/ Font Height: 1.20

    • Hexadecimal gradient codes: #ff005c> #00d8ff> #00d8ff / Orientation: 98 degrees

    • drop ghost:

  • Title line text layer:

  • frame outline:

    • Color: #2bd6ff

    • Thickness: 6

    • Intensity: 7

    • Scale: 100

    • Distance / Fade: 0

  • Shadow Drop Frame:


Bonus! Pink is everywhere

Your turn! // Designed by Natalie Wilson.


More inspiring designs

ATTENTION – Our designers have done this before on the Shutterstock blog. To see more design inspiration (with step-by-step instructions), check out 4 ways to reimagine and transform your photos. We hope that these designs will enable you to make your own work in PicMonkey!

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