Monday, October 24, 2011

Let’s have some fun with photos!

I take a lot of photographs...I know we ALL do!

You can’t blog without photos! It’s no FUN!

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We don’t have time to work on each and every one of our photos but it’s FUN to work on some of them, especially those we want to put in our sidebars!

I saw some neat photos that Debbie had worked on...HERE!

And that gave me the idea to show a little step by step process for making a photo special!

I took this photo....

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and opened up Picassa and clicked on the photo to enlarge, then clicked on picnik. (this is a good time to walk away and get a glass of water or a snack. picnik takes a little while to open)

So now we are in picnik....

click on Effects

go to Vignette and do a little magic there,

then go to Focal B & W and place the circle of color that you want to highlight and apply,

Go to Frame, go to Border and choose your outside and inside colors and the width of the frame.

Now it’s time to add the Text...

I used Love Ya Like a.... and changed the color.

Then added Text again.

And VOILA! Wendy is prettier than ever!

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I used some of the same techniques for these!

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Enjoy Blogging....

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I’m joining Kim at Savvy Southern for WOW!!!

Have fun with your photos!

(and let me know if you work some magic on YOUR photos!)

37 comments:

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Lavender Dreams,

Love your creativity. Yes, Mom is just learning about "signing" her miniatures & my pictures. She uses Picasa 3.

Have a fun week. It's getting close to Thanksgiving. (o:

Heaps of Hugs
Prudence

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I just ADORE Picassa! I also love to use Picnik (even the free apps are great!). I still just adore that red pumpkin or whatever it is! Thanks for this post -- it's so helpful to have someone explain these things!

laurie said...

what a wonderful post, beautiful,

Heart n Soul said...

Hey there, yes I would like to have a collection of proverbs up again next Monday (Aussie time) so would love to have some of your inspiration.

Flora said...

Looks like fun... except it seems I hardly have time to blog...let alone play with my pictures:(

Looks great!!

Shelley said...

You did a great job on your pictures...they turned out great. Have a blessed week Diane.

Kim K. said...

How fun! I'm totally addicted to picnik for editing pics. I'll have to check out picassa too!

Donna said...

Those look great! Isn't picnic great?! I recommend it to a lot of folks. And do I work magic with my photos? Heavens to Betsy, I perform miracles! LOL, I am always amazed at how well they turn out when I run through some tricks in Photoshop and some plug-in programs I have!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

I love to see you playing with your pics. They look great. Yes, they take a little extra time, but sometimes it is worth the extra time to have some fun. Thank you Diane for the mention....I am OK, or will be fine, just starting to get old I guess LOL!

PatC - All is Bright said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing! Your pictures are always beautiful.

Hugs
Pat

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG that is so cool! I was wondering how that was done! Thanks you

Carol

Vintage Gal said...

Love your photos ~ love the pumpkins ;-)

Kasia said...

Those are cute! I love playing around with photos too! :)

Hugs,

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to have to mess around with that sometime.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh wow it turned out so cute. Really all of your pictures are always so good! Glad that you like the new website. Thanks for the nice comment!!

Love of the Sea said...

Love your pumpkin photos! So cute. Hope all is going well with you and your settling back into life in Florida!

nancy huggins said...

How do you get Picassa..Is it software you have to buy? How does all that you do work..I know you explained it but I don't have the things you are talking about.
email me if you get a chance to explain it better (to someone that has mud in their brain LOL)

Tammy said...

I need to get more adventurous with my photos. I'll give this a try! Thanks!!!

Jann Olson said...

Fun! I have not tried this. I am going to give it a whirl sometime. Thanks a bunch!!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

How fun!! My youngest daughter loves using Piknic. You did a great job here. : )
M.L.

Della said...

I haven't used that program yet. You sure do have a handle on it though, your pics always look great, and you are so creative with your posts!

Bluebirds and Butterflies said...

Hi Diane,
I have been super busy with preparing for the upcoming wedding of my son and his fiance. Cannot believe that it is almost here! We leave on Nov. lst to head to Houston for the wedding. I finally got a little time over the past couple of days to complete my posting on the recent Baja theme shower that was held in Houston. My husband and I had a great time there. I have enjoyed catching up on the blogs today. Love your pumpkin photo at the top of your blog. Fall is definitely in the air. Hope all is well with you. Have a beautiful day. xoxo Kim

Trace4J said...

Beautiful Photos and great tips. I truly need a new camera.
Hugs Trace

www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

Sheryl said...

Thanks for the photo tutorial. I definitely need to play with Picassa. I had no idea it did so much.

Dianne said...

I love the one of the pumpkins and the crow!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Looks like fun! I may have to give this a try! hugs, Linda

Ana said...

Oh I just love to play with my pictures too...So much fun. Your pictures turned out awesome. Great effects.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

The photos look great, Diane. I'll have to try this one day...It looks like fun!

Bella Vista said...

Great photos, Diane. I will have to try this.

Barb ♥

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Greetings! :)

Thank you for stopping by my page - glad you could join in on my first giveaway!

What a lovely lavender blog you have here!!! :) And love the Halloween pics!!! Take care & have a great night!


Hugs,
Jessie

Sharon said...

Looks like you're going to have an awesome halloween from the pictures you've taken :D

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Nezzy said...

Oh what fun that is!!! I use picnik to edit but never really take the time to play. I do so need to play more!!!

Now all I have to do is figure out how I can cram more hours into my day???

The photos are just magnificent sweetie!!

God bless ya and have a wonderful day! :o)

Kathleen said...

How adorable!

Jorgelina said...

Your pictures are so beautiful.
Hugs

Karen said...

Oh, you know I do.

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I need to learn more about these photo editing programs. You have wonderful photo editing skills.

Danielle

Nicole said...

The little black bird is so cute. Very well done!