So, come April the much beloved Picnik is closing???? Moving to Google+????
Or something like that.
But until that weird day, everyone can use the premium features for free.
Yay yay yay for you. Except the closing??? part.
I like Picnik. It allows me to hide from the beast that is Photoshop.
In some ways it is a crutch, that is keeping me from actually learning the Photoshop beast. I employ a rigged up hybrid of Picnik and Photshop to make all of my printables and Happy Sunday graphics.
To be honest, the only thing that I know how to do in Photoshop is add text. I have a font snobbish problem with the weird Picnik fonts. I know. It's exhausting.
From time to time I get queries on how to make my Happy Sunday graphics.
It's really easy, and now with the premium Picnik features, you can use this same method to make pretty much anything.
I took some screen shots as I made the above little thank you note. It is my hope that they will help you make something cute and all graphic-y.
First you need a background pattern.
I use digital scrapbook paper, which I purchase from Etsy, or Jessica Sprague.
I know that there are some great free ones out there too. Feel free to google you little heart out.
When you have a background that you want to use, upload it to Picnik.
It will take you to this screen.
It's about to get cute up in here.
Now you can pick what size you want the final project to be.
I usually work with 4x6 or 8x10.
Crop the appropriate size, and apply.
Picnik premium lets you layer them on top of your background image.
There are a million zillion possibilities, as well as places to find PNG's.
I have occasionally found free ones, but mostly use ones that I have purchased.
Click on the Upload a photo tab, find the PNG from your computer that you want, and upload it.
Remember that the order that you upload it, will be the order that it appears on your project. Start with the bottom and work to the top.
When it shows up in the green bar, drag it on to your background.
Use the circle arrow to turn and move the PNG.
You also can change the color of the PNG, or play with blending modes by clicking the rainbow box on the right.
To make the PNG bigger or smaller, pull the corner arrows.
To move the PNG, place your cursor in the middle of the PNG and move it around.
Keep uploading, playing, moving, and layering until you like what you see.
I do not love the fonts.
But I am a crazy person with extreme opinions in the font department.
Don't be me. It is lame.
Add a font to your project. Don't roll your eyes as you pick the least evil and ugly of them all.
Just go with it.
Then save it to your computer.
If you send it out to be printed (Costco, Shutterfly, etc.) always be sure to check the box that says AUTOCORRECT OFF. From my experience, the labs have their machines calibrated to print photos. When they print graphics the colors always seem to come out darker and muddy. If you make sure that they aren't autocorrected, they will return to you more like they look on your monitor. Costco is THE WORST at this. But their prices are super cheap. So it is a rich person problem to get too mad about it.
Beware. You are about to stay up late thinking about new things you can make.
So get to work.
Who knows what will happen when April 19th rolls around and Picnik is gone (?????)
I might just have to put on my big girl underpairs and overcome my Photoshop phobia.
Elements used in the above graphic:
Kitschy Digitals Butterflies
Elements used in Happy Sunday posts:
Polka dot paper