I'm so excited to share today's post with you! I don't know how to use Photoshop to make graphics and I'm always admiring those bloggers and graphic artists that create such pretty images for their blogs. But, I figured out an easy way to make something similar in PicMonkey (a free! photo editing site). I'm working on a new blog design and have been playing with making an "About Me" page. Here's what I came up with for a draft using PicMonkey.
tea image via The Glitter Guide
1) I started with hovering over the "design" icon at the top of the page, which then brings up the size options below. Click the size you want- I used the 5x7 canvas.
2) You will end up at this screen with your selected canvas size showing. You have the option at the left to change the color of the canvas- I left mine white.
3) Click the "Butterfly" icon on the left sidebar, which provides the Overlay options. To add your own photos to the image, at the top, click "your own" and then click wherever you store your photos- for me I choose "My computer." (This is the part I didn't realize I could do!)
4) After you've selected an image from wherever you store it, it will appear on the canvas.
You can then move the image to where you want it to be and enlarge it, rotate it, etc.
5) To add text, you can click the "Tt" icon in PicMonkey and use their fonts, but their selection is limited. To have access to all of their fonts, you need a subscription ($5 a month, I think).
I created a document in Pages (Mac), but you can use Word if you have a PC. Then I did a "screen shot" of the words I wanted and used the process above to bring them onto the canvas. To capture a screen shot on a Mac, push the following keys simultaneously "command, shift, 4" Here's a screen shot of my Page document. (I used St. Marie font for the "Megan loves" and Mahogany Script font for the other words).
6) To make the dots, I used Geo Sans Light font and periods, then changed the color and size.
7) After inserting all of my photos and text, I created a boarder by clicking the Frame image below the Butterfly in PicMonkey. I chose "Simple Edge" and a pink hue, then you can change the thickness. My original image is around a 2 thickness.
8) Then save your image!
To Create A Round Image
1) Drag the image you want to use onto the PicMonkey "Edit" icon. Or click "Edit" and select the photo you want to use.
2) You'll get this screen.
3) At the top of the main editing page, click "Crop." In the drop-down menu, click square. (If you don't, when you go to round the corners, you'll end up with an oval).
4) You can drag the edges of the square to make it larger or smaller. You'll end up with the shot below.
5) To make the circle, click the Frame icon that is located below the butterfly. The first option at the top is "rounded corners". Click that and slide the "corner radius" all the way to the right.
6) Then click save and save to your computer. The white portion won't show up on a white background, so it will look like your picture is circular.
Is this helpful? Maybe you already figured this out?! Since I just started playing with this graphic option, I'm going to see what else I can do.
Do you use an editing program to make graphics, if so which one? I'd love to know so I can learn too.
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