Today, a Halloween DIY – spookify yourself
Hello wht readers! Do you find yourself wondering how so many bloggers manage to have really cute effects with their photos? Don’t you love the popular vintage look – photos with rounded edges and/or a seventies tint? Well, now you can achieve that look too! It’s easy to edit photos with Picnik. Today, just in time for some spooky soirees, I’ll walk you through the steps of editing to create your own customized Halloween invite (and maybe you’ll gain some skills that will serve you well through the holiday season).
Editing photos really enhances the look and feel of your blog, scrapbooks, photo album, craft projects and more. And it’s easy to edit photos with Picnik which has many free editing tools, as well as a Premium paid membership that offers tons of additional tools. Note: I’m just using the freebies today.
First, let me say – I must really love you ladies. Because I’m using an unedited photo of me with NO makeup, in my nightie, just before bedtime. This girl, who refuses to wear sweats outside of the house, is baring an undressed face to the beauty world. *Shivers run up my spine*
Back to our DIY! As you will see, it’s easy to upload a photo on the home page:
Here is a peek at a before and after. Using Picnik’s one-click ‘1960’s’ effect, you instantly have that vintage look, complete with rounded edges! You can find this button under the “Create” tab, then the “Effects” tab. It’s that easy.
I also did the ‘before and after’ option in just one click. (Ok, I admit- I also used the ‘Blemish touchup’ option -I think it was made with my rosy face in mind.) Isn’t this great? You don’t have to be a Photoshop pro to have great photos!
Now, I want to show you a fun aspect of Picnik that takes a little more work. For the holidays, they offer special features. Click the ‘Create’ tab and then the “Featured” tab.
There are all kinds of fun Halloween effects! I chose the Zombify 2.0 option.
Play with the brush size, decay and fade options to achieve the exact color/look you want. Then drag the brush over any area that you want zombified!
Then I scrolled down further to the “Masks” option. I selected the mask I wanted and used the arrow to drag and rotate the mask to fit my eyes.
Next, I scrolled down to the “Vampire Eyes” button. I selected the features I wanted and clicked on my eyes to vampire it up (muahahah – that’s an evil laugh, in case you were wondering.)
And, I’m done with Picnik. I went to the “Save and Share” tab and saved the photo to my computer. You can also share it on Facebook, Twitter, Buzz, etc from that same page. How cool!
Now, I doctored my photo up in Photoshop to turn it into an invitation. You can add text, borders, etc with Picnik but you have to pay for some of the cool graphics. So I just did it in Photoshop to add the blood splatters.
Voila! Now I have a perfectly ugly, zombified invitation for a zombie party.
Go, have fun! Play around with all the options on Picnik – it is a great resource.
Our thanks to Katie for sharing yet another fantastic DIY project with the wht readers. Sadly, due to the demands of work, school and life, this will also be Katie’s last column at wht. We’ll miss you, Katie! Check in with us often!