One of the fun things about blogging is learning how to use different computer programs and resources to create fun projects! One thing I have discovered in the past year is how useful stock images are…I use stock images to make blog graphics-like the title image in this post, or to make creative DIY projects for you guys, like today’s DIY Love Notes!
I’ve seen a ton of tutorials about how to use stock images in fancy-schmancy programs like Photoshop (which I admit I totally fail at most of the time) but today I’m going to show you how you can use PicMonkey-a free online photo editor-to use stockimages to make all sorts of things-your creativity is the limit! Get ready, this is a photo heavy, long post, I wanted to make it as easy as possible for you! (And if you make it all the way to the bottom I have a GIVEAWAY for you!!!!)
I use GraphicStock to get the vast majority of my stock images as they have a subscription that gives me unlimited downloads-I used to pay per image but that started to get pricey and I’m frugal so it was a better deal for me to switch over to GraphicStock. GraphicStock has a lot of variety (over 250,000 images!) and there are a few types I want to focus on today-background patterns like this leaf pattern, and then graphics that contain a variety of images of a certain theme like this gorgeous chalkboard wedding stock image set.
First things first, you can sign up for a FREE 7 day trial of GraphicStock if you want to give it a try and see what they have to offer. Once you are signed up you can easily download images by simply pushing the buttons below the image you want-there are options for what type of file to download depending on how you will be using the image, for this tutorial download the png version.
Simply open your downloaded file, and hit the overlay button (looks like a butterfly on the left sidebar) to add a color block that will allow you to add text. Size the overlay how you desire and pick the color you want, in this case I chose white to contrast with my colorful background.
Once your overlay is set use the text option (shown by the “Tt” on the left sidebar) to add the text you want, in this case I made a little gift tag. Easy-peasy, right? Then save your tag and you’re done!
Other images have multiple pictures in one image like this nautical card set. Because we aren’t using a photo editing program that can use vectors, or editable images, we need to get creative to alter these images and remove the “sample text” present in each tag. For this we’re again going to use the overlay function to open up an overlay, color it white and place it over the “sample text” on the cards. I find it easiest to do this on the first image, then right click the overlay and choose “Duplicate Overlay” to make a copy to use on the other parts of the image.
For the top left card on this image do the same process but open up the color picker and play around until you get a color similar to the background color you’re trying to match.
Once you remove the sample text you can go back using the text function to add your own text!
The graphics that contain numerous images in one file are probably the most challenging to use without more advanced editing software but it’s easy to do once you get the hang of it!
Aren’t these wedding images gorgeous?? I love them! The only problem is that it can be hard to separate them out to use just one or two at a time. To do this sometimes you can simply crop an image out like below.
Because no other images are visible once I cropped this pretty little branch frame, I was good to go to save it to use. Then, I simply clicked the undo button to go back to my full image to crop out more of the single images.
Other images won’t crop so easily because pieces of other images will be visible, but that’s okay, we can fix it!
Click the retouch button (the lipstick image on the left sidebar) and scroll all the way to the bottom to the Clone option. This is a PicMonkey Royale feature so you’ll have to be subscribed to that to use this, otherwise you’ll need to play with the overlays like we did before with the nautical tags. To use the clone tool simply select the area you want to clone then click where you that cloned spot to appear.
Then again use the text option to add your text!
I used the same cloning method to isolate this little fox from this super adorable set of fall images to make this little fall gift tag.
Is that too cute or what? I also made this tag with the chalkboard version of those wedding images above.
You can see that the possibilities are endless with a little creativity! I made these little Love Notes for my husband with the Autumn Forest collection using just the above techniques, plus adding in a simple frame around each card-aren’t they cute? I love puns!
Now-it’s your turn to get creative and even maybe win a $25 Amazon giftcard!!
GraphicStock is challenging YOU to take 5 images and use them in a single project-I made a Gift tag set to give as a hostess gift with the images I shared above-and I’m challenging you to create something with any 5 images I shared in this post (I’ve listed them below!) PLUS one more image you’d add to the mix! (The 5 images can all come from one collection, or you can mix and match.) #GraphicStockChallenge
To enter to win the $25 Amazon Gift Card simply:
1. Sign up for the 7-day free trial if you’d like-you CAN STILL ENTER BY SIMPLY VISITING WITHOUT SIGNING UP!. (Set an alarm/reminder to cancel your trial to ensure you aren’t charged if you plan on canceling instead of continuing your subscription.)
2. Visit the GraphicStock website and locate the images needed to complete the challenge. (Listed above.)
3. Comment on this blog post, sharing your challenge project idea and a link to the additional image you would use to complete your project. (Please make sure the email you use with your comment is valid so I can reach you if you win!)
4. Bonus entry if you create a collage with the images and upload to social media using #GraphicStockChallenge! (just leave the link to your social media share as a separate comment)
Giveaway ends 11:59pm September 2nd, winner will be notified by email by September 9th!
I’m so excited to see your ideas! Good luck!