Okay, guys. First of all, let me just say that I’m no artist. I’ve said this before, I can’t even draw decent stick people. My stick people always look like they have a serious case of scoliosis. Their limbs are also lopsided, and I can’t seem to find the right head-to-body proportions.
In a nutshell, I can’t draw to save my life.
But what I CAN do and what I actually LIKE doing is creating online printables.
The hard part’s always finding pretty designs and graphics, though. I can type up quotes and play with fonts, but in order to have a pretty printable, it’s the extra stuff- the graphics- that make all the difference.
But I’ve never known where to find them.
That’s why I was SO HAPPY when I found GraphicStock! GraphicStock’s an affordable, subscription-based stock media site that gives you access to tons of stock graphics, vectors, infographics, and a whole bunch of other media stuff. With a library of over 250,000 images, I’m pretty sure you could spend hours and hours creating new projects.
Every image you download comes with unrestricted usage rights for personal or commercial projects, so you’re able to make pretty much anything you want! Invitations! Prints! Thank you cards! T-shirts! Underpants! LOL, you get the idea.
So today, I decided to take a few minutes to create some fall printables.
Mostly because I’m excited that summer’s over!
I’m not a fan of summer. My birthday’s in the summer, but other than that, not a fan.
But I LOVE autumn! LOVE. LOVE. LOVE autumn. So that was the inspiration behind my project.
I’ve been playing around with Photoshop lately. Trying to learn this stuff. But dude, Photoshop isn’t the easiest. I’m going to have to take a class or something. Joe was watching TV next to me while I attempted this, and every three minutes I was like, “babe…how do you use this loopdee loop thingy and erase the background?” He’s a very patient guy and it’s quite apparent that he finds me adorable.
Anyway, with his help, I was able to use this image from GraphicStock and create 5 different fall printables.
First things first, I downloaded the image and saved it on my computer.
I downloaded the image as a PNG and that seemed to work just fine.
Then I opened up PhotoShop and opened up the image. BAM!
This image has so many cute graphics, and before today, I would have NEVER known how to use them to create a new image. So basically, what you’re doing here is cropping the graphic you want to use and opening up a new file with it.
Here I’m selecting the little line up top with the heart in in and I’m selecting the crop tool. Once I’ve cropped out my graphic, I hit Command+C to copy the image.
Once I’ve copied the image, I select File—>New to create a new file. Then this box will pop up.
So I named my new file HEART since my new file will consist of the individual heart graphic that I cropped. I hit OK, and I get this…
At this point, I enter Command+V to paste my image and then finally…I now have a new file with the individual graphic I want to use.
But now I want to get rid of the background so I can put the image over whatever color background I want. So I click the magic wand tool and I click on the image. I then hit backspace.
All the background stuff went away, which is what I wanted. But the inside of the heart and the inside of the circles still have the background, so I click inside the heart, and I hit backspace. I then click inside each of the circles and do the same thing until all the background color is GONE.
Now I have my image. Just how I want it. So I hit File—>Save As—> and I save it to my computer.
(I know it seems like a million and five steps, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really easy.)
On to the fun part now! Creating the printables! I use Canva for all my photo editing. I find it super user-friendly, so that’s what I’m sticking with.
I create a new project. First thing I’m going to do is go to the Uploads tab to upload my image.
Click on upload your own images, select the image you want to upload, and then click on it again once it appears in your uploads library.
That’ll bring your graphic onto your Canva document. At this point, you can move your image around, resize it, flip it, crop it, and play around with the color using the filters button.
For the sake of being somewhat simple today, everything’s staying black and white.
Now I select my font and add my text.
So here’s what I came up with! What do you think? Am I a total failure still?? I THINK NOT!!!
My #blessed printable since Thanksgiving’s in the fall and I’m reminded of just how blessed I truly am…
This #Autumn printable because I really do prefer the word Autumn instead of fall. Autumn’s so much fancier.
My Hello, Autumn printable because it’s just a trendy thing to do these days… saying hello to all the new seasons and months. As if they can hear us. As if they care. But whatever, it’s pretty!
And this one, because it’s absolutely true.
Now, it’s YOUR TURN!!! I spent a lot of time here teaching you how to do it, so there’s NO EXUSE!
Enter the #GraphicStockChallenge #1, so you can learn a cool new skill, and #2, for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
Here’s what you gotta do…
1. Sign up for the 7-day free trial. (Then, open up your phone RIGHT NOW and set a reminder for six days from now in case you’d like to cancel your trial so you aren’t charged any monaaay!)
2. Visit the GraphicStock website and find the images needed to complete the challenge. (All the links are below. You’re welcome!)
3. Comment on this blog post, sharing your challenge project idea and a link to the completed product. (Make sure the email you use with your comment is valid so I can reach you if you win!)
4. You’ll get a bonus entry if you create a collage with your images and upload to social media using #GraphicStockChallenge! (just go ahead and leave the link to your social media post as a separate comment so I can check it out)
That’s it! I’ll be picking the winner Sept 9th!
Really excited to see what you guys come up with!! Go be creative, people!
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