Artistic Tutorials

MAY 18, 2018
REFRESHER TUTORIAL for
BLOGVILLE DAY AT THE AMUSEMENT PARK


Hello students and welcome to this Pizap refresher for those who may need help getting on an amusement park ride for the upcoming Memorial Day Pawty! You'll see today I have done a couple of different things. First, I am posting this directly to the tutorials page, mostly this is because Mama might forget to move it here. But here is the main reason, I have referred to the previous lesson(Postcards from Paris) for two sections of the lesson since they are the same procedures(Using the Cutting Out Tool and Saving Your Masterpiece).  Please raise your paw if you get confused(or have your assistant send me an email to the address on our sidebar) or if you have any questions!



Now, let's get started!
 Head over to Pizap.com



 Click on Design



We want to access to Pizap's stock photos, so lets pick the New Beta Version(which really isn't all that new).



Pick a design template. We picked Landscape, but the square and portrait orientations also work well!




 Now, let's pick our background image!
Click Add Background Image



Feel free to use your own image. For this class, I decided to search Pizap's collection of Stock Images, so I clicked on Free Stock Images.



 After a bunch of hemming and hawing, I decided a roller coaster might be a bit too much for these 11 year old bones, so I went with something a little more classic!



 This guy looked a bit fierce, but I thought I might be able to tame him!



 
 Being the rebel that I am, I decided I wanted to be going the other way. No problem, I just clicked on the Flip command!




 Scroll down until you see this badge
(towards the middle of the Postcards from Paris lesson)
We'll wait :-)



 Did you get yourself all cut out?? 
Now let's add a Word Bubble to let everyone know what I'm thinking. Click on the Text Icon on the left and then click on the text bubble you'd like.





 Once you have your bubble picked out, you can flip the little pointer thingy up and down and side to side to get to right where you want it!



  Once you have the bubble pointer where you want it, you can tell everyone what you're thinking!! I am a bit unsure of this wild horse, so I wanted to make sure he was safe to ride!!
 

 
 Easy peasy, right??? Playing with Pizap can be as simple and easy as a few simple clickedy clicks or you can get as detailed as you want with frames and stickers! Since I am still helping Mama pack I am going to stop here and save my Masterpiece!


 Scroll down until you see this badge
(towards the end of Postcards from Paris lesson)



We hope this helped a little bit and we can't wait to see you at the Amusement Park Blog Hop!!


FEBRUARY 5, 2018
MAKING POSTCARD FOR POST CARDS FROM PARIS
BLOG  HOP

 Are you all ready to head to Paris for Valentine's Day??
Before we get started with class today,  we have had a couple of questions regarding exactly what people should post for the Postcards from Paris Blog Hop.

First...you can make a Post Card showing yourself enjoying the day alone, with a furiend, or with your Valentine! Just post the picture and link on up to the Blog Hop!

You can also do a post showing how you are spending your time while in the City of Love, and include your Post Card(or snap shot) at the beginning or end of your post.
 
  Just be creative, have fun with it and we can't wait to see what you come up with!
 


Now...on to our tutorial!
***Disclaimer from Pawfessor Jakey and Mama:
When we started this tutorial we didn't realize how much Basic Pizap had changed. It now requires an "Account" to save your pictures. We understand if this isn't something you want to do, but we wanted to let you know it is possible to delete the account after you have saved your picture. We(Jakey and Mama) haven't had any issues with Pizap spamming us, but we are Pro members. We did create a temporary account in order to do this tutorial and haven't had any issues either.***

With that said, let's get started!
 
First, head over to Pizap.com






Click on the Design icon




Let's check out the New Pizap Beta program!




We're going to use the post card template
(but feel free to experiment with any template)




Now let's add a background image!




By picking the Free Stock Images we know the images we use are legit and not used without pawmission




Now this is the fun part. We searched Paris(upper right red arrow) and found a bunch of beautiful places to use as a background for our post card.




We decided on a pretty picture of the Arc de Triomphe! Check out the Zoom slider at the bottom. Make sure to play around with it until you get the look you want. 

 

After you have the background the way you want it, let's add our subjects! Click the Cut Out icon on the left.
We're going to cut out a picture of Rosy Sassy Pants first.




We're going to use the custom option






 Now let's go find Rosy in our computer.



 We keep all our blog pictures in one place and found a picture of Rosy we could use. We highlighted the file and then clicked enter.



 Hit next to crop your photo
(you can also skip this if your photo is already a good size)



 Our Rosy picture was already cropped pretty well, but if you need to you, you can use this to make sure you are the only thing in the photo.



 Now, let's cut out Rosy!



 Drag and click, drag and click, drag and click....that's what Mama did all around Rosy until she ended up back at the beginning.



 Next, we'll make sure Mama did a good job and fix anything she might have missed.



 See those little squares, those are all the places where Mama clicked. Can you see where she missed a spot at the lower left hand arrow? She just clicked and dragged the square in to fix the boo boo! Once she was done, we clicked on Finish!



 And Ta-Da!! There is Rosy!



 We can make her bigger or smaller by clicking and dragging the gray dots and by clicking and dragging her, we placed her in just the right spot before clicking on the green check mark!


Now...We are going to use a slightly different way to add Arty! We keep cut outs of our pack to use in different Blogville events, this time we are going to add our own cut out.
 Click on the Stickers icon on the left side, then on the Use your Own blue button. Then the computer button and in search of Arty!



 We found Arty's cut out(it has a PNG extension), highlight him  and click open.



 Ta Da!! There is Arty! We want to turn him around so he is facing Rosy, so we clicked the horizontal flip icon the red arrow is pointing out to flip him around!


 Then we sized him up and positioned him....

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...and Voila! Arty and Rosy in front of the Arc!
We also added text to let everyone know where we are!
We clicked the Text icon on the left side.



We clicked the blue Add Text  button




 An then added the text in the white box!
We used the Emily's Candy font, but if you click on the Font box, Pizap has bunches and bunches of fonts to choose from!



 We chose a pink color to match Arty and Rosy's beret



 You can click and drag the gray bar outwards..



 ...to make it a single line like we did if you want to.
Then you can adjust the size of the font with the little toggle buttons next to the font size.



 Next we wanted to add a little bling to our post card. Click on the Stickers icon



 We looked at the hearts, since it is Valentine's Day, but make sure to take a look at all the cool stickers they have!!



 We looked at the hearts and found one we liked...



 We used it on either side of the text for decoration. We flipped one around using the little horizontal flip icon!



Now it's time to save our masterpiece!


Start by clicking Save at the top of the screen.



 Here is where we had to create an account. We logged in with Google. But you can choose any option you would like.


 After you create an account it will bring you to this screen
 We named our project and clicked Save to computer



 We made sure the Save file and then click OK


 and then OMD IT DISAPPEARED!!! Luckily...Mama realized where it went. It was in the "Downloads" folder.



 This can be found close to where you see ours above, in our browser AND/OR in as a folder on your computer. Once you find it, you should be able to move it to a place where you or your assistant will remember.
 We have a MAC, so Mama opened the post card by double clicking the Arty Rosy Post Card file


 The file opened in our Preview App. We clicked file, and then export...



...and then exported it someplace where Mama would remember.  For easy access, this time we saved it to our desktop!

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Easy Peasy, right???


Still confused? Ask questions in the comments or email us and we will do our best to answer them! Mama and I(Jakey) would also be happy to make a post card for you and email it back to you in time for the blog hop!

For those who would like to schedule their Valentine Day post, we should have the Linkytool added to our Hoppity Page later this afternoon or tomorrow!

PIZAP REFRESHER
FEBRUARY 9, 2017


 Today's tutorial will be how to do an artistic self pawrait on Pizap and tomorrow we will be doing an additional tutorial on how to turn your self pawtrait into art on PicMonkey!! 
Let's get started! 
For the Pizap Self Pawtrait, Dory has agreed to be my Super Model and the picture above is the original picture we used! Before we get underway, we want to tell you that the Pizap App is available for your phone, tablet AND computer. This means your assistant can take your picture and edit it, then send it all on any device you might have! 
We also want to let you know there are MANY different Applications available to "Art-ify" your self portrait, just search for "Photo Effects" on the device you are using....just be careful, we know our assistant (aka Mama) loses track of time when she starts playing with pictures and sometimes dinner ends up being LATE!!
Now, back to our tutorial!
 
 First, let's go to Pizap.com and hit the big green Start button!!



Next, click the edit button!






 We keep all our photos on our computer, so we click the "Computer" icon here!




Choose the photo you want to use, and click Open






Click the magic wand at the top of the screen to bring up the Pizap effects!

 The two basic filters, or effects, are Classic and Colorz. If you have
Pizap Pro, you will have a few more options.



 Now it is easy, peasy...Just click and see what filter you like best!!
Make sure to have fun trying each one out!


 Here are only a few we tried:
 Here is Dory channeling her inner Madi with the "Twerk" Filter



 Here is Dory all FaShizzled!


 Here she is with the Colorz filter; Cotton Candy




...and the Grape Pow Filter!!




 We decided that, because Dory is a Star, we would go with the Galaxy Filter! Notice that it already has a frame and everything!! So let's save it by clicking the blue "Save" button at the top right of the screen!




 Now all that's left is making sure that you or your assistant
save the photo someplace they will remember!



 ...an TADA!!! You have an Artistic Pawtrait that is out of this world (teeheehee)!!









PIZAP REFRESHER
JANUARY 9, 2017


Hi Everyone! Jakey here today with a tutorial refresher to help you create a picture for Louis 's Endangered Species Event! 
If you haven't read about this great event, hosted by Blogville's Director of Arts and Entertainment, check out how you can be a part of it HERE!! Better hurry, the dead lion to get your pictures in is January 15th!



Now, let's get started!!
First up, pick your endangered species picture! We picked the Western Snowy Plover. 



 Next head over to Pizap.com!



 Click on Edit



 Click on the place where you stored your Endangered Species picture.



 We always store our pictures on our computer, so we click here.




 Pick your endangered species picture




 Here are our plovers!


 Now, let's add Arty!
 Click on the Cut Out Tool




 Click the place your pictures are




 
 All of Arty's pictures are on our computer



Here is Arty, let's select him.



 Now let's color Arty all green!




 Oops, Mama made a mistake, but no problem!



 Just click the "Erase" button and erase any mistakes you make.



 Once your have colored in the area you want to cut hit "Finish"



 Oh no...It's Arty the Giant!! Let's shrink him a bit by dragging the corner of the cut out down a bit.



 Whew, that's better!! When you have the size you want, click on the green check mark.



and TA-DA, there is Arty on his beach with the plovers!! Now Mama is going to add Bilbo and me to the picture by repeating the same steps used to add Arty


 Here we all are!! 
Now, you can stop at this point, but we added a frame and some text to our picture.  To add a frame, click on the frame icon to the right of the cut out icon.




 
 There are lots and lots of frames in Pizap!  Take some time to look around! We went for a black frame from the "Simple" frame category.




 Next we added some text so people would know right away what our endangered species was. To add text click on the T to the left of the cut out tool.


We are just going to add a line of text, so we clicked on the "Text" box at the top.





 Then we typed our text in the white "Text Box".
We wrote in our endangered species, Snowy Plover.



 You can leave the font as it is, or you can pick a new font by clicking the arrow lit up in green above.



 We decided to go with a birdy font and picked the Penguin font!
You can also make your font bigger or smaller by adjusting the size! Just click on the drop down arrow to the right of the current font size!



 Move your font anywhere on your picture by clicking on the text box and dragging it around!
 

 Now it's time to save your picture!
First click on the blue "Save" button in the upper right hand corner.



 Then click the big blue "Save" button.



Finally, if you let your assistant save it all by themselves, make certain they write down where they saved it!! We now make our Mama either write it down or save it to her desktop so she can easily find it after it is saved!!


All of this only takes our assistant 15-20 minutes. The longest part is finding all the pictures she is going to use!

We hope this helped a little!
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns either in the comments OR by emailing us at 
bethblog (at) ebchristians (dot) com.

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AUGUST 12, 2015
PIZAP REVIEW
 Good Morning Class!! Thanks for joining me for our 
Pizap Review!! Today we are going to create an Arty Prince! Before we start class today, here are a couple of reminders!! 

First, make sure you get your pictures to Oreo for the Demolition Derby! You can go HERE to read about the Derby and how to get your pictures in!!

Next, don't forget to get your King or Queen entries into us! You still have a couple of weeks, but you can follow this class today and get your picture to us while it is still fresh on your mind!!  You can read more about the Derby Queen and King contest HERE!


Now...back to class!!

 I know this is mostly a refresher course for bunches of you, but we are going to do all the "Dressing up" in Pizap this time. This is not only easy, but also a pretty quick way to dress up a picture!!
Make sure you have 2 initial pictures before you begin. 
1. A picture of yourself
2. A picture of a car 
(if you want one that is, you do not HAVE to have a car to enter!!)

Once you have your picture(s), head over to www.pizap.com and get started!!


Get started by clicking on Edit!




For Arty's Prince picture we chose one of Pizap's many backgrouds!



In our case, Arty wanted to be a city guy, so we found him a skyline background!




Now, let's add Arty's car by clicking the Cut Out tool!



We store our pictures in our special DBY computer banks, so we click computer!



We find the picture of Arty's car and click open!



Then we (A) color in Arty's car! Now don't forget, if you color outside the lines, you can click the (B)Erase button and erase your mistake!



Now, let's add Arty! We clicked on the Cut Out tool again and opened Arty's picture,
(we went to the same place as our car, so you can repeat those steps)



Then colored in Arty and click finish!



Now let's dress Arty up!!!
First click on the "Heart" and you will see all the cool stuff in the Pizap closet, we started with the "Hats" and picked out a princely crown for Arty's head !



We adjusted the crown on Arty's head and gave it a bit of a tilt!



Now for the sunglasses we went to the Glasses stickers and picked some cool, city shades and adjusted them to Arty's face!




We then headed over to the Bling stickers to make Arty shine! We picked out a diamond collar for him and adjusted it to fit!!

Then we wrote Arty Prince with Pizap's Text tool and hit save....saved it to our computer where we would make sure she would remember and
TADA!!!

Prince Arty, ready for anything!!






AUGUST 6, 2015
USING PIZAP AND PICMONKEY TOGETHER


Hi everybody, Jakey here with the first of a two part series to help everyone get ready to compete in King and Queen of the Derby!!! You can click HERE to read all about the contest!!

Now, step into my classroom and let's get started!

Today I am going to show you how I used Pizap and then PicMonkey to create my entry for Derby King!!! 

We'll start by picking a background. Go to Pizap
and get started by clicking the Start button. 




Click on the Edit button




Then click on the Backgrounds button and....




Peruse the backgrounds for one that you like! They have so many to choose from that sometimes Mama spends lots of time here just looking at all of them!! I picked the sunrise type one and clicked on it!


This is what the screen should look like after you select your background.  Now let's select the "Cutout" button and add my Derby Car.




We found a picture on the interwebs (***) before we started on our project and saved it to our computer before starting on our project.




Now color in the car and hit finish!





 You can move the car around anywhere you want on the background I decided to put the wheels on the purple hill!




Now let's add a ME! Click on the cutout button and select the subject (in this case, ME) you want in front of the car!



Next color the subject and click finish!!




  Here I am in front of my Derby car with the sun rising behind me!!!!

Let's go ahead and save this to we can open it in PicMonkey!!
First select the "Save" button in the upper right hand corner....



We just want to save it to our computer so I made sure all the siders were off with the exception of the one marked Computer.



I am saving it to my Desktop so I can find it easily.


Now let's open it up in PicMonkey and decorate it there!!

First,  click on Edit




 Next, open up your Pizap picture

 


Here I am ready to find something to wear in the PicMonkey closet!




 Here is a close up of just some of the PicMonkey closet.


 Now, time to get dressed!
 First,  (1.)I selected some sunglasses, (2.)I positioned them over my eyes and made them a bit smaller and then (3.) I changed the color to match the sunrise!!


 I found a cool Derby crown in the "Celebrate" section of the PicMonkey closet




 I left it the same color (but you can change it if you would like) and positioned it on my head.




 Now the tie!(1.) I also found it under "Bows" in the Celebrate section. (2.) I positioned it on my neck and (3.) changed the color to black!



 Then I clicked the "Eraser" tab of the Overlay section and erased the tails to make it a tie instead of a bow!

 

 Now give a once over to make sure you are happy with the results....
I think it looks pretty good, what do you think?
Let's go ahead and save it to use in the contest! 
First, click on the Save button



Next,  give it with a name and in a place you or your Peep will remember and then...



 You have your picture!!!
Easy Peasy, right???

 

 

 

 

 

PIZAP - PART THREE

MARCH 12, 2015

Professor Jacob here, today we are concluding our three part
PiZap tutorial with a quick and easy St. Patrick's Day collage!

Ready?? Let's get started!!



 We start at the beginning! Go to PiZap.com and click the big green
"Start" button





 Now...click on the "Collage" button





 There are literally hundreds of collage formats to choose from!! Since St. Patty's Day is coming up real quick, we chose the "St. Patrick's Day" themed collages (on the lower left hand side).


Choose a template based on how many pictures you want to use.



 We chose a template with room for four pictures, one for each of our pack!  Now it's time to choose your pictures, let's click on on of the "Add Photo +"





 Again, our Mama keeps our photos on our computer so we click "Computer".



Click on the photo that you want to use and then click "open"




 Look, there's Dory!! Let's click  the "Edit" box in the upper left hand corner.





Uh Oh, we need to get  Dory all the way in the frame!
We can do this by clicking and dragging the gray dots to resize the  picture!




 TaDa!!! Now Dory is all the way in the frame!




 Now, just repeat the process with any other frame you are filling!




Here is our collage with the whole pack!
LEt's use text to wish effuryone a Happy St. Patrick's Day.



We can do this by First, clicking the "T"ext button at the top of the screen and then clicking the "Text Box" on the right hand side.




 Then type in the text!




 After you type in the text,  you have tons of fonts to choose from!!




 We chose the whimsical "Amadeus" font! We then clicked the "OK" button on the lower right side....and then the "Save" button on the upper right of the screen. Remember, make sure your staff saves it in a place she/he will remember!



 and there you have it, an easy peasy St. Patrick's Day Collage!!

 Thanks again for all the compliments on our classes, we just love seeing all the Blogville residents exploring the artistic sides!!


We will be saving all our photo classes to our "Artistic Tutorials" page for easy reference

Please note that we are not advertising, and are in no way affiliated with PiZap. It is a photo editing site that we enjoy using only. All our opinions and directions are our own.

 

 

PIZAP - PART TWO

MARCH 5, 2015


  Jakey, Director of Blogville's Department of Artistic Services here, with the next installment of our PiZap tutorial!
Today we are going to work on editing!!




When we last left Bilbo, he was standing next to the ducks in the mud! If you missed our tutorial on how to cut Bilbo out of the living room and put him in the mud you can click HERE to go to last week's tutorial :-).




This week we are going to splash Bilbo with some mud, put some (much needed) glasses on him and give him some words!

 Let's get started by going back to PiZap.com and press that big green "START" button.





 This time, we are going to click "Edit" 
(since we are "editing" the picture of Bilbo)




 Our pictures are on our computer, so we clicked
computer.





We opened the picture of Bilbo in the mud that we saved last week.





 In order to get him a bit "muddy" we are going to splash him with a bit of red paint. 
We picked the "paint" button.






 Then we made sure the paintbrush button was chosen and changed the color by clicking the square by the brown arrow.




 Once we found the right color, we "painted" Bilbo with 
"mud" (and boy was that fun!!)!




Now, since Bilbo has been complaining about not being able to see well lately, we fitted him with some glasses!  We clicked on the "Stickers" icon (it's the one that looks like a heart).
We found the "glasses" category on the right, about halfway down.




Since Bilbo likes "Professor" type accessories, we chose some wire rimmed glasses. We clicked on them, moved the over Bilbo's eyes and sized them to his face by clicking and dragging the gray dots.



He kinda looks like Harry Potter, doesn't he??
 BOL!
 Now let's give Bilbo some words!! 
We do this by clicking the Text button (the letter T at the top)




Next,  we clicked a text bubble on the side. We chose a "thought bubble". 
After that, we clicked in the middle of the text bubble to type the text, easy peasy!


 Finally we changed the size of the bubble and moved it out of Bilbo's face.
We clicked outside the actual text box.  See the dots all around the text bubble? We clicked and dragged these dots to make our bubble just a bit bigger. 
 We clicked outside the actual text bubble (when the dots are showing) and dragged the bubble out of Bilbo's face and to the side.  
 Once we got the text box where we wanted it and the size we wanted we clicked on the check.



 Now all that is left is to make sure it is saved where Mama can remember it and.....




Tada!!! Bilbo has mud on him.... and he won't even have to take a bath to get clean!!



Stay tuned next week when we play with the collage part of PiZap!!

PIZAP - PART ONE

FEBRUARY 25, 2015



Jakey, Director of Blogville's Department of Artistic Services here.
 We are combining February and March's Artistic lessons by doing a 3 week series of tutorials on different aspects of Pizap


What is Pizap, you ask?? Why Pizap is a free photo editing and design program found right here on the interwebs!! You can get to it by clicking HERE, or just go to www.pizap.com! There is no fee to use Pizap, and you do not even have to "sign up" for them. Pizap is easy to use, pretty user friendly and can help you do LOTS of things!!

In today's tutorial, we are going to learn how Bilbo can play in the mud WITHOUT having to actually get dirty!! I know...it might not seem like much fun to you....but Bilbo says he has a "reputation" to uphold...plus, he has this thing about keeping clean all the time since he landed the most beautiful gal in Blogville, Sasha!


OK....so let's get started! Here is what we are going to need.....


a picture of Bilbo to cut out and put in the mud......
Check!



...and a picture of a muddy area!
Check!



First...head over to Pizap and click that big green START button on the right!
(If you would like to join their community and save files to Pizap, you can sign up for a free account in the upper right hand corner)





This is the screen you should see after clicking the START button. Click design for the picture we are going to make today.




Then it will ask you to choose a canvas shape. We are going to choose landscape because that is the shape of our picture.





Then click "Add Background Image" to add the image you want your subject. In our case it is the muddy picture where we want to Bilbo!


Mama saves our pictures on our computer, so that is what we are choosing.


Choose your picture and click "Open"




Now click on the little symbol that looks like a human with scissors in their head (I know...weird, right??). This is the "cut out tool".




Now it's time to choose the subject you want cut out.


In our case...this is Bilbo. Select the picture and click "Open".




It will cover up your background picture, but don't worry....3
The background picture will come back after you finish your cut out!Make sure the paint dot is clicked and you choose a brush size that works for you. We used the medium brush size because Bilbo is kind of small.
Now you are going to "color in" the part of the picture you want to cut out with your mouse.
(left click and color with MS click and color with MAC)



Don't worry if you make a mistake, you can click on erase and use your mouse to erase the mistake!




Once you have colored in the part you want to cut out, click on finish!




and look...there is Bilbo in the marsh with the duckies, BOL!!
You can move the cut out around with your mouse and make it bigger or smaller by dragging the corners in or out!



We made Bilbo a little smaller and moved him to the side!
We are done editing for this week, so we want to save the picture. To do that click the blue SAVE button in the upper right corner.



You can create a caption...we chose, "Muddy Bilbo."
Then click the blue SAVE button.




Then you can save it to a place on the computer where your staff will remember it....The desktop is always a good place for our Mama.


So now we have Bilbo IN the mud.....next Thursday we will see what we can do to get Bilbo
MUDDY!!!!!


If you have any questions about Pizap, PicMonkey or even Photoshop, feel free to leave us a comment and we will answer it next week...or email your staff with the answer. We here at the Department of Artistic Services are here to serve YOU!!


Please note that we are not advertising, and are in no way affiliated with PiZap. It is a photo editing site that we enjoy using only. All our opinions and directions are our own.











HOW TO MAKE A QUICK VALENTINE

JANUARY 29, 2015

Pawfessor Jakey, Blogville's Director of Artistic Services,   here to teach you a quick and easy way to make a Valentine on the computer!!

This month we are going to use Pic Monkey in order to create our masterpiece!! There are no programs to download and they have lots of different ways to "dress up" for FREE!!! 


First, we will need a volunteer from the audience.....
you (or your staff) can use any type of photo 
(taken with camera, a phone or a tablet) in PicMonkey. 

Thanks for volunteering, Arty!! 
 Now, let's make Mama a Valentine! 


First thing we do is go to PicMonkey
Once you are there Click on Edit



Once you click edit you will see this screen,  
 as you can see you can get your
picture from a few different places. Arty's picture is on Mama's computer, so that is where we clicked!



Once you find your picture, click it to highlight and then click "open"



Now, lets gt the "dressing up" started by clicking the snowflake on the lower left.
Clicking this will take us to where we can see all of the themes.




Since we are going to make a Valentine, click on the Sweethearts theme to get to the lovey dovey, heart stuff!






Let's start by framing Arty in a big heart. To do this we will click on Heart Cutouts (right under the Frames heading).



You can choose one of the six swatches or even a solid color!



You can move the heart to exactly where you want it by clicking and dragging it. Then, by playing with the slides on the lower right side, you can make the heart smaller or bigger and even tilt it to the right or to the left! Play with these sliders until you have something you like!



 Once you have the heart right where you want it and have the swatch/color that works for you, click "Apply".



Now, lets create a place where we can write a little note to Mama. We used a label for our writing, so we clicked on "Labels".



First click a label from the choices on the left. You can move the label around by just clicking and dragging it where ever you want it! Then you can enlarge the label by clicking and dragging any of the corners. You can experiment with colors with the box on the right.  As you will see in the next picture we chose a white background by clicking at the top of the colored area (where the point of the arrow is).




Now that we have a place to write, let's add some text!
Click on the "Sweet Nothings" tab on the left.



First, highlight the font you would like to "write" in.   Next, click the "Add Text" button and this will create the text box like the one you see in Arty's valentine.  You can click in the box and drag it to where you want to start your typing.




Click inside the text box and go ahead and type away! You can change the text color in the color box to the right. You can help the text fit the label by dragging the corner(s) of the text box.



Now let's add a couple of finishing touches! There are lots of
fun things to choose from, we chose a couple of "doodly hearts.




Click the heart(s) you would like to use. You can move them around by clicking the heart and dragging it to where you would like to place it.  Change the size by dragging the corners and even change the color of the heart!






Now that you have things all pretty, let's save it!
Click on "Save" up at the top of the page.




On the left you will see a few different things to choose. Mama and I are telling you what we use. 
Depending on your computer, and what you are going to use the picture for, you may want to use different settings. Feel free to ask us in the comments or email us with any questions.
Name your file something that you will remember, we used Arty-Valentine. We saved it to medium format (this works for just about everything). The dimensions will automatically fill in (Mama is picky so she picks the size herself).

 Next Click Save to my Computer and we are almost done!


 Make sure you save the final product somewhere you remember it. I can't tell you how many times Mama has saved something and then forgot where she saved it!! In this case, Mama saved it to her Desktop.




And TA-DA
You can add the dressed up photo to your blog just like you add a regular picture!!!

Questions, concerns....???
Let us know via email or comments and we will do our best to explain it in upcoming posts or get back to you with the answer!!

This is Jakey, Director of Artistic Services, saying....
Happy Creating and we will see you next month with our next photo class!!!





We will be saving all our photo classes to our "Photo Class" page for easy reference

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