In this tutorial I will show you how to edit your pin up photos that you took from the last tutorial (or any photos you want to edit) for free using www.picnik.com and a lot of creativity and playing around. Picnik is my favorite online photo editing site. It is pretty much all I use to edit my photos and I LOVE it! I have upgraded to the “premium” kit for $25 for a year subscription but everything I’ll be showing you how to do is done under their basic package which is completely FREE. But I warn you…YOU WILL BECOME ADDICTED to picnik and will soon want to purchase their premium package just to get more goodies. Here are some examples of photos I’ve taken and edited using Picnik:
You get the idea? There is just SO much you can do with picnik and basic photography skills its CRAZY FUN. But, before I go off on a tangent, lets get back to this tutorial. Today I will be showing you how to 1. Edit your pinup photos in an “Oh-So-GLAMOROUS” way, 2. Teach you how to use your newly edited photos to create some awesome gifts and custom artwork for yourself or your friends. Heres some examples of what you’ll learn:
- Cost: $0
- Supplies: Your pin up pics from the last tutorial downloaded to your computer. Access to the internet (which I assume you have if you’re reading this blog). Photo paper, cardstock, or whatever you want to do to get your pics printed out for your viewing pleasure.
Are you ready? Lets do this!
BASIC EDITING FOR PIN-UP GLAMOR SHOTS:
- Log on to www.picnik.com. You can sign in as “guest” or register for an account. I recommend registering for an account since it is FREE if you sign up for the basic package and picnik will save your photo history for you for easy access. Heres what you’ll see when you log-in:
- Click on “Upload Photos” and choose the photo you would like to edit from your computer.
- Your photo will upload on the screen for you under the “Edit” tab. In this tab you can play around for a bit rotating your image, resizing it, cropping it, sharpening it, etc. For this tutorial I’ll show you how to adjust the exposure to create a bright backdrop and pop you subject out in a “postery” way.
- Click on “exposure” to pull up the slide bars. Play with the slide bars under exposure and contrast to get it to a place where you like it. For me, I like to click on the “advanced” tab within “exposure” to fine tune it a bit. Heres what I did in the “advanced” tab under “exposure”. I adjusted the “highlights” to 14, checked the “local contrast” box and brought the strength down to 20%. Really you just gotta play around until you get it to where you like it for your pic, but the overall concept is to brighten the white background so it looks less like hanging sheets on a wall and more like a clean white canvas on which your subject matter sits.
- When you’ve done all the things you want to do on the under the “Edit” tab, click over to the “Create” tab.
- Under the “Create” tab you’ll find tons of cool effects that you can apply to your photo like sepia toned, black and white, film grain, posterize, etc. We will be using several to build up our photos so get ready to follow along!
- First I like to hit “Boost”. “Boost” amplifies the brightness and colors in your pics and it works well for pinup if you want to make the reds really red and the whites really bright. Play with the slide bar till you find the right amount of “boostage”. For my photo I set it at 9%.
- Next go down the row to “Vignette”. I LOVE this effect for pin up photos since it creates a hazy frame around the subject. In “Vignette” you can choose colors, size, and strength of the effect. I set mine to black, 34 size, and 84% strength. Be careful not to fade out your subjects head or face or any other part you want showing clearly.
- Next for my pic I hit “Lomo-ish” which is the same concept of “Vignette” but brightens the center of the photo as well as darkening the edges. This is up to you. I slid the “fade” bar to 89% and left “blur edges” at 50%.
- Now go down to “Ortonish”. This is probably my favorite and most used effect. It is hard to explain so you’ll just have to play with it to see why I like it so much. For my pic I set the “bloom” to 0%, the “brightness” to 50%, and the “fade” to 20%.
- Lastly I went down to “Cross Process” and faded it to 87%. This gives it just a bit of a yellow tinge and makes it more postery I think.
- If you’d like you can play around with the “Touch Up” tab which has things like “teeth whitening” and “eye bright”. You can also play with the “Soften” button back under the “Create” tab and click on the little paintbrush to pull up the “advanced” slidebar. I like to use this to soften lines in the backdrop fabric which you can do by checking the “reverse effect” box and using the paintbrush tool to soften those lines into the background.
Thats pretty much it!! Voila!! What a fancy pic you have created! As a reminder heres how mine turned out.
Okay, so I’m sure just after that little tutorial you’re addicted so I’ll let you play a bit before we move on to the next couple art projects with our pin up pics. Plus, my two year old really needs lunch and a nap so I’ll have to come back later. Have fun picniking!