I have had very little experience in Photoshop/Pixlr until now. However, I really enjoyed this project of using Pixlr to create a new header! It took me a while to get used to it, but once I had the basic functions down, I found it pretty simple to create my image and I will definitely be using this program in the future.
My blog is about healthy habits and the choices that YOU make. And I wanted to express that in my header, so I started my first background layer with with a basic “diverging paths” image that I found on Google.
Then, I needed to find something with both healthy and unhealthy foods. So I searched just that on Google and found the PERFECT image to be my next layer.
By using the Lasso tools I was able to select all of the white around the hearts and delete it. Then, I used the lasso tool and eraser tool to delete the words. I was able to write my own text for the sign, by using the text tool. I ran into a problem when I could not rotate the text to fit inside the sign. So, I searched how to do it on Youtube! I figured out that I needed to “rasterize” my text layer…. HUH?!
Side note- Definition of Rasterizing: converting into pixels that can be displayed on a screen (Dictionary.com).
OHH! Ok! So, after “rasterizing” the text layer I was able to use the “free transform” function to rotate and resize each text box to my liking.
Finally, I used a silhouette to prove that YOU have the power to make your own choices when it comes to making healthy or unhealthy decisions. So I found this image on Google and again used the lasso tool to eliminate the white background.
After re-sizing everything and erasing any left over marks, I merged all the the images together to make one solid header image! AND…… Drum Roll Please!
TA-DA! My first ever successfully photoshopped image!
I am very happy with the final outcome, and it only took me a little over an hour to complete. (Although I thought it might take all day!) One reason I never experienced Photoshop was because of how expensive the most well-known “Adobe Photoshop” is. I was never that curious as to pay upwards of $600 to edit a photo. So I was very surprised that such a user-friendly photoshop site existed for FREE! How awesome is that?! Now since this image only used the very basic functions of Pixlr, I am excited to make my next photoshop creation and continue exploring all of the functions of this awesome and free photoshopping site!