One of the things I’ve been working on lately is taking better pictures. No, I’m not perfect at it but I’m getting better. Besides lighting, sometimes there are other things that we might not take into account or we just didn’t realize that it was in the shot. That’s where editing come into play but if you want your pictures for picture frames and for gifts, you don’t want to pay for expensive software to edit them. So I thought I would walk you through some of the basic steps to edit your photos in a website called PicMonkey and then you can customize it to your style from there!
You can see from the picture above the difference in the two photos. With a little cropping, brightening and a few other things, you can make it so your picture looks close or even right on to what you want. These pictures were taken with a timer before church in our Easter clothes. Keeping my cowboys in their clothes can be a job in and of itself so I couldn’t wait for absolutely perfect lighting. We stood in the shade so it wasn’t too bright and then I lightened it from there.
For the tutorial, I’m going to use a picture of a pillow I made for my secret sister at a recent blog conference I attended. My secret sister loves scrapbooking and since I love fabric scraps, I figured this would be something fun to create. The backside is a bunch of 2″ x 5″ pieces of different fabrics and then I just used some stencils to paint the words on a square of fabric. Then a pillow form finished it off!
So the day that I finished this, it was kind of cloudy outside and even with boards to try and reflect some light, it was kind of dark. To get here, go to the PicMonkey site and then click on edit at the top. It will allow you to choose your picture from your computer or a disk.
I usually click on the exposure tab to the left very first. If I can’t get it to look semi-decent from there, I try another photo until I get something that I think I would be proud of. I usually click the yellow bar that says “Auto Adjust” and then play with the other buttons if needed.
Next, I resize it, depending on what I use it for. I do a lot of blog photos and so I tend to keep most things at a width of 900 pixels because that is how big the section is on my blog. You can vary the pixels but keep in mind that different sizes may cause it to be a bit blurry.
One of my favorite tabs recently is the “Colors” tab. You can use “Auto Adjust” if you want but I usually click on the “Neutral Picker”, which changes the cursor into a little dropper (right of the arrow). You can click on different sections of the photo, preferably the white or light colored spots to lighten it to how you want it to be.
If there are a few things that are blurry, you can click on the “Sharpen” tab and then adjust to your liking. If the whole picture can use a little help in this area, click on unsharp mask and increase the “radius”.
The “Tt” tab is for your text. You can use the different fonts already included or you can use the fonts that are on your computer, which includes any that you’ve downloaded before.
You can see the little crown next to some of the fonts. This just means that it’s the Royale plan, which is actually $10/yr. It’s more than worth it for that price and there are a lot of features that it unlocks but you don’t have to get it.
The butterfly icon is for overlay items or different objects that you want to add to the picture. You can see the labels and banners that are some of my favorites but it contains so many other features that you can add to any picture. This is where you can be creative!
The next one down is for different frames but I like the apple icon because it gives a lot of different features for certain themes and it looks like I left it on all the most gruesome ones (sorry about that!).If you are a blogger and wish to add a watermark so that people know that it’s your picture, go back to the butterfly tab and then click the “Your Own” button close to the top. This will open up your computer files and you can pick your logo or watermark to place in the picture.
Just save and then go onto the next picture!
What is the most difficult about pictures? Taking them? Editing?