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Break-up {Picnik}

Ever have one of those tools that just makes your heart skip a beat.  You can’t imagine life without it!  As a photographer, Picnik has been my little heart-throb for some time.  We became friends a little over a year ago, when she took my photo-editing woes and transformed them into a spotlight feature, making life more beautiful, simplified and meaningful.  I may have invested a whole $24.98 into her magical-ness, but to me it was worth every cent of photo-editing genious-ness. Imagine my despair when I received the email straight from Picnik that they were closing.  Seriously?!?!  (by the way- who breaks up with their crush in an email!!?!?!?)

Official Announcement: Picnik is closing
Since joining Google in 2010, we have been creating editing magic in Google products while continuing to keep Picnik awesome. But now we get to focus on even awesomer things. Picnik will be closing on April 19, 2012

I fell like my life as a blogger and photo-editing whiz has been crushed to the ground.  Okay maybe not, but literally, I love picnik so much.  Look at all the easy and beautiful things they’ve helped me create…

For homemade Christmas 2011 I created a 4×6 photo print book of all the things my son and his cousins were grateful to my parents for.  Here’s a sneak peek at a few pages.  Seriously this was 100% Picnik elements compiled into an amazingly easy and fabulous project!

And then there are all the super simple blog buttons that I’ve created through Picnik {Sigh…rather Gasp of panic}

Not to mention the special edition buttons that I’ve made to coordinate with blog projects…
 

And even a few headers…(Hmm, look familiar?)

I even designed my own Photo Christmas Card with Picnik this year!

Ah, the memories.  All I have to say is “Google, you better have something truly amazing up your sleeve.  You have sent me into a very sad and lonely place.”

On the bright side, Picnik is offering EVERYONE the benefits of a Premium membership until they close on April 19th, and have created some pretty fabulous tools to download all of your amazing works very easily.  So go to Picnik NOW. Slurp up all the amazing features you can.  So what are my top 10 favorite Premium features that you MUST try between now and April 19th.  Here you go (in no particular order)!

1. Vibrance (under Edit-Effects) complete color amazing-ness.  Almost always a first step!

2. Clone (under touch up) Have something really distracting in your background? Clone a different part of your picture and paint over the distraction.  Can’t tell you how many times this has saved me!

3. Airbrush (under touch up) not that I want everyone to look like a model, but funky lighting can make your image look funny, even gritty somethings.  Airbrush makes everything looks smoother.  For a stronger version use the wrinkle remover.  You’ll never need to iron again (or at least until April 19th).

4.  Sunless Tan/ Blush (under touch up) does you subject need a little color.  Add the perfect hues to your washed out subject without completely making them look fake!

5. Curves – Beyond all the other amazing pre-made effects for you, Curves lets you customize your effects by playing with the RGB format of your picture.  No worries, it’s safe to play…there is always an undo and cancel button that is just one-click away.

6. Stickers – pretty much the whole tab offers about 760,000 opportunities for creativity.  Most of my Thank You album was made using stickers.  A few of my favorites are in the sketchy themes and occasionally a few of the holidays.

7. Text – okay it never was a premium feature, but you still need to check out just HOW easy it is to add text to your photos or works of art.

8. SEASONAL TAB! Yes, I’m yelling….there are so many features that are not found anywhere else.  It’s like their little secret magical treasure that you just got the key to.  Go play.

9 & 10.  I just gave you a few assignment, in the unlikely event that you are still reading this message, a few others that I like (that are necessary Premium features) are Cross Process, and most of the collage features. Note: To create a collage you need to choose collage before you edit your picture, go to the home page/start to find it!

If you are experiencing a similar response to the Picnik announcement, OR if you know of other tools like Picnik that aren’t breaking up with us on April 19th that are cheap and easy to fall in love with…comment below.  Perhaps we can start a support group.  In the meantime, hold your head high.  You still create beauty in all that you do 🙂

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How to Create a Blog Button or Header in Picnik

As a thrifty Do-it-Yourself blogger I knew I needed a button, but often am too stubborn to pay for what I want.  I really enjoy learning all this techy-stuff, while it’s not my specialty I feel really smart when I get the results that I was hoping for.  I had heard through the grapevine that you could create buttons in picnik- which might be my biggest blog crush EVER.  If you didn’t realize I am a professional photographer who has divorced Adobe Photoshop for Picnik.  I do spend the $2.08 a month to become a premium member because to me it’s worth it!

To begin the process of creating a blog button, you need a few design elements that you like.  A few great resources are 2 Peas in a Bucket, Designer Digitals, Shabby Princess.  To start upload the papers or elements to your library that you might want to include in your button.  Then to start choose what you would like for a background.  I’ll choose this dark paper. I should note that I tend to work actual dimensions immediately, so for a header I crop the background to the actual pixel size that’s required before adding pretty elements to it! This background is an exact square which is what I want for a blog button so no need to crop to start the process.

In the bottom left there is a “Photo Bucket” if you click on the arrows all of your uploads.  Simply drag and drop any elements you’d like on top of your background.

Then to add text click on the “Create” tab.  Click on text, choose your font, your color, and I like to test some of the fun “advanced modes” to see the dramatics effects it provides.

You also can add a frame or sticker which add to the personality of your blog…something to play with.

Before you save it go back to the “Edit” tab and click on “Resize”  and change the size to 125 x 125 (blog headers vary in size, it’s best to check what the custom size is for your blog, etsy shop, etc.)

Then make sure to save it in the highest quality.  I tend to save it to my computer before I upload to a  photo host.  Since I am a pro-photographer I use SmugMug, but Photobucket works too. You’ll need to upload it to a site so that when it comes time to add to your blog you have an image url.  And that’s it.  Hopefully this was helpful!

I have another Tutorial to help you with inserting the html code into your blog Here.

As you might notice, I’m hoping to be kicking off Thrifty Thursday Linky parties in 2012, I’m working through a few technical things yet…no worries, it’ll be here soon.  Start thinking of what you might be interested in linking up!

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Desisn your own Photocards in Picnik Tutorial

Let me start by saying that is you haven’t seen the gazillion tutorials for all the amazing things picnik can do you are missing out.  I also might add that while there are plenty of free options I am a premium member, and to me it’s well worth the money! Here is my creation in Picnik that I’ll be walking you through. I ordered 65 cards for less than $20 (with shipping)!

1. To start open picnik and upload any pictures that you wish to use. Make sure if you want to do any edit or frames you do it to each individual picture and save them.  All of your saved changes will show up in your picnik “History”
2. Go back to your Home tab, and click on the “Collage” section at top of the page.
3. It doesn’t matter which collage you choose since we’ll be customizing it.  What does matter is that you determine the background color and the proportions in the left column about two-thirds the way down. You can choose your background color by clicking on the spacing color box.  There is a color picker tool if you want to grab a color from something else or if you know the color graphic number.  The proportions are a bit tricky.  Obviously a 50:50 proportion is a perfect square, and a 40:60 is a 4×6.  After that to me it’s a crap-shoot.

4. If you want to add a picture choose a collage layout you like.  For my example I used one of the basic layouts, proportions are 60:40 and my spacing color is black.  To insert a picture, at the bottom right of the screen you will see a “Photo Bucket” with a drop down arrow.  Click on that.  If you don’t see the picture you were looking for, click on “Get from Computer drop-down arrow” and “History” will show up.  This will display all the pictures you have worked on in Picnik.  Select your picture, then drag and drop into the frame you want to fill.

5. Everything else we will be customizing, so click on the “Done” button in the top right of your screen.  This will take you to the home editing screen. Here you can pay with adding text, adding stickers, you name it it.  I’ll walk you through the step I used to create our card, but just know the possibilities are endless.

6.  For my card, I went onto the “Featured” tab.  If you go to the bottom they have Seasonal, and then Holiday options. They have some super cool options, like a snowflake frame with “Winterize” option- which doesn’t work for this picture, but I can already see how cut that would look on a picture of some kiddos in the snow.  I would add it to the individual picture before the collage too, then you could match the background color to blend in with the snowflakes.  You can change the color of the snowflakes too when you are selecting the snowflake frame.

I digress, I actually went with the “Holiday Textures” and choose the sparkling Christmas Tree.  You’ll notice this puts the tree right over our picture.

Simply click on the horizontal shift button to move it to the other side.

And you get this…I also “faded” the frame a little with the frame edit toolbar to help lighten the contrast for the text.

I also wanted to feature a picture of my little man smiling, so again I clicked on the “photo bucket” on the bottom of the page and chose a picture from my “History.”  You can choose to put the picture anywhere on your page you also can change size & rotate, but that is all the options you get, hence it’s important to edit your picture the way you want before creating the collage, or you can go back and make modifications to them and save your work here.

Last step, Click on the text tab at the top and type in the text you’d like to appear.  I choose to have 2 separate text boxes, one with a greeting and one with our name.  One thing to keep in min during this process is what print size are you planning to make.  Most digital prints don’t fit in a standard print size.  For example a 5×7 is wider and shorter than a 4×6 and so on.  So make adjustments to your picture accordingly to prepare for that.  I created my proportions as a 4×6 so I should be good.

The best thing about this is you can save and print anywhere as a regular old print.  I ordered my prints straight through picnik (With Qoop) and am receiving 65 prints for less than $20…shipping included!
Hope this tutorial was helpful.

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