Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Prettify Your Posts With Washi Tape

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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!

30 comments:

  1. This looks great! Thats for the super easy tutorial, love you blog :D

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  2. Thanks for the demo in Picmonkey. I use that for all my pics right now, can't afford Photoshop. The washi tape adds such a nice touch.
    Thanks for sharing
    Sarah
    www.creativeramblingsblog.com

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  3. Another photo editor addition to my collection!!! Great!!! Thank you! Pinning this! Got you from FHL link up.

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  4. Really cute! I love the idea of adding washi tape to pictures. I use Photoshop to edit, but can easily transfer the ideas there!

    Found you from the Smart Schoolhouse Linkup!
    http://superflashcreative.wordpress.com
    http://superflashphoto.blogspot.com

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  5. Another wonderful post from you! Can't wait to try this! Thanks so much for everything you share :)
    Corey from TinySidekick.com

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  6. I think PicMonkey is the greatest invention...ever! I would be lost without it. Thank you for teaching me something else that I can do with it :)

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  7. Found you at the 36th avenue link party. I love these washi tape ideas!
    Come and link up at our new party @
    http://placeofmytaste.blogspot.com/2013/08/work-it-wednesday-link-party.html
    Hope to see you there!

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  8. This is such a cute idea! And I'm obsessed with using pic monkey!! Come link up with us tomorrow at Craft Frenzy Friday at www.craftdictator.com!

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  9. I always wondered how people did this! Thanks for the tut and the free digital files! Have a great week!

    ~Abby =)

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  10. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - I featured you yesterday!
    --Mandy, SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  11. Super cute idea! I love using PicMonkey too!
    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party. I'll be featuring this tomorrow. :)

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  12. Oh, I have been wondering how to do this!! Thank you SO much for sharing Angela!! You rock!

    I’d love it if you linked this up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/category/thrifty-thursday/

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  13. Thank you so so much for the guidance on how to do this. Thank you so much. By the way - thanks!!! a bunch!!

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  14. Pinned it! Another excellent tutorial! I love your digital washi tape!

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  15. Love all your Washi tape downloads. Thank you for sharing them at SHOW-licious Home Decor!

    Marti
    http://sewlicioushomedecor.com

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  16. I love picmonkey. I love how easy it is to use. Nice tutorial.

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  17. Hi, Found you at HOH and just love your tutorial. I use Picmonkey all the time. Thanks so much for sharing all the digital files for your washi tape. I'm going to go have fun with it now. :) I've pinned most of the files and downloaded the Misc and the polkadotted ones. Now I'm going to check out your household binder.

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  18. Oh my goodness, what a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  19. Thanks for sharing! I have been using Pixlr for photo editing. Look forward to trying out the new software.

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  20. I am a huge fan of picmonkey too! I didn't know that was called Washi tape so this was very helpful for me.

    Nicole
    HoldtheOffice.com

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  21. I was wondering where all of these bloggers got these little ribbons and cute tape. I am a graphic designer so I use Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro mostly. But I kept hearing Angela @ My Personal Accent talk about using Pic Monkey. I was like ppsshh I edit my own photos, I don't need that. I guess I was wrong and should check it out! Thanks for the heads up!

    If you have time you should totally link this up at The Blog Strut! We would love to have you!

    Amber

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  22. Pinning this awesomeness too!! I really appreciate you sharing and can't wait to add some washi love to my blog! THANK YOU for linking up to Sunday FUNday!

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  23. Ok this is a newbie question but, does this work the same if my pictures are jpeg? Thanks for your fun ideas!

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    1. Hi Sandra. The washi tape must be in .png or .gif format. Jpg doesn't support transparency. However, you can overlay the washi tape file over a .jpg file or save the finished image in .jpg format when you are done. Hope that helps!

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  24. All of your Washi tapes are awesome! Thanks for sharing them!

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    1. Thanks so much for the washi tape. The colors and patterns are great!

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  25. Thanks so much for all the free downloads!!

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