Over the last few weeks I have shared several free digital washi tape downloads. It can be used for digital scrapbooking, but it can also be added to blog photos and other images to prettify them a bit and create a bit of "depth" to your pages. Since my files are .png and have transparent backgrounds you can easily layer them over images using software such as Photoshop. However, even the lite version represents an expensive investment for a blogger, so when I started getting questions about how to add digital washi tapes to photos I decided that it was best to demonstrate an inexpensive way to do it. And if you've read some of my recent tutorials you will know that I am a big fan of PicMonkey, whose photo editing features are mostly free!
Adding Digital Washi Tape With PicMonkey
Step one. Go to the PicMonkey website and choose "Edit a photo". Locate the photo you want to prettify and open it.
Step two. Click on the "Frames" tab and choose "Simple Edge". Set both the outer and inner colour to white, and then click on "Apply" to save the changes.
Step three. Navigate to the "Overlays" tab and click on the button that says "Your Own". Select the digital washi tape file that you want to use.
Step four. You will want to tweak how the washi tape looks. There are four things you can edit:
- Size. Drag the corners of the box to alter the size of your washi tape image.
- Rotate. To change the angle of the tape, hover your mouse over the circle which is protruding from the box. Two arrows which go in a circle will appear. Click on this, and you will be able to rotate your shape.
- Colour. You might like the pattern on your digital washi tape, but perhaps it doesn't quite "go" with your image or your blog's colour scheme. Use the colour palette to pick a colour which compliments your blog a bit better.
- Opacity. If you are using my free digital washi tape files then the image already has reduced opacity, which gives it a slightly transparent appearance. But you can use the opacity further by using the "Fade" slidebar.
Step five. If you want, you can repeat step three and four to add multiple strips of washi tape.
Step six. Once you have finished editing your picture, select "save to my computer". Your newly prettified picture is now ready to add to your blog!