Raw, Unedited Photo.
A simple Auto-Adjust and Crop take out any unwanted visuals (like naked babies climbing stairs), and give you a more vibrant color. From here you can play with the color brightness, but I'm usually pretty happy with auto-adjusts setting.
For the First Day School pictures I like to browse around PickMonkey's new School U theme. I grabbed a chalkboard shape it overlay, and played with the color until I was satisfied. To make it look more natural after adding the overlay, in the little edit box that pops up with it, there is an eraser button. Using that I very carefully erased the part of the chalkboard covering her thumb. Voila! Instant home made chalkboard.
To finish up, I used the Eraser Dust text to write on the chalkboard.
Let's do it again shall we?
Upload your photo into PicMonkey's photo editor.
On the top left side is a crop looking icon. Click that to find the auto adjust and cropping tools
For this one I chose to use an effect on top of the color adjustment. At the bottom left you'll see an apple and NEW over it. This has the different themes. Once in there choose School U. For Princess C I added the yearbook effect which made the brick behind her a little less harsh, and put a slight yellow tint to it.
Instead of a chalkboard overlay, I thought Princess C had the perfect pose to add a shield. Black was a bit hard though, so on the right is the item edit box. Here you can play around with the colors of different items you add to your photo.
Finally add your First Day of __ Grade and save to your computer.
I hope this little tutorial helps some of you. I use the completely FREE version of Picmonkey. They do have a Royale version with more fun stuff, but I have yet to really need it.
I use PicMonkey to edit all my photos, and have not been displeased yet.
If you have any questions, I'm more than happy to help you out! Just shoot me an email, or leave a comment.
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