This tutorial is for a Happy Halloween Notecard but the instructions will work great when you try to make your own Christmas greeting cards.
First Step - right click on the pumpkin photo below. Do a "Save As" and save it to your choice of file on your computer.
Step 1: Go to Pixlr.
From the introduction screen choose Open Pixlr editor (Advanced).
Step 2: Step 2 - Open Photo From Computer.
OPEN IMAGE FROM COMPUTER is your choice from the menu.
Open the pumpkin image.
Step 3: Welcome to the Pixlr Format.
Step 4: Let's Get Editing!
Hover your mouse over the Background Layer. Right-click your mouse.
This will bring a drop down menu. Right now we want to choose the top choice Duplicate Layer.
The next step will show what your screen should look like now.
Step 5: Fun on the New Layer.
Step 6: Whoops - Remember to Save!
When you're working on pieces such as this get into the habit of saving frequently. You just never know when the internet will go down - crash - or gremlins run across your keyboard.
You must have a user account to save your picture to Pixlr. When you're working on layers, you must save the file as a Pixlr file. So therefore it would be in your best interest to save to Pixlr. This also allows you to open the file later - while you're sitting in an office waiting to hear your name called - on your iPad.
First click on File on the Menu Bar (the menu at the top of the screen).
This will bring up a drop down menu.
The second photo shows the next screen that will show.
You can save the photo file on your own computer or any other number of places. I saved it as a PXDfile in the Pixlr Library.
Click the OK when you are finished completing the file information.
Step 7: Make a Mask for the Layer.
Now you will click on the icon to make a layer mask.
This layer now only has the pumpkin visible. But the Background layer still shows so you cannot see the pumpkin by itself. So that we can see what we need to "clean up" off the pumpkin that the Lasso didn't catch - we are going to make the layer below the mask layer invisible for a while.
Double-click the "padlock" icon on the first layer (Background). It will change to a little box with the check mark in it like the Background copy layer.
When you "unlock" the padlock the Background layer will become Layer 0.
Step 8: Pumpkin, Pumpkin Where Are You?
Now you will have a small box with a check mark in it. Click on the check mark to blank it out. This will make the Layer 0 invisible.
Step 9: The Background Is Gone.
Unchecking the box on Layer 0 has now made it that we can see the background around the pumpkin image that we need to remove.
Step 10: Apply Layer Mask
Click on Apply layer mask.
Step 11: Mask Is Applied - Pumpkin Alone.
The Layer 0 is unchecked and therefore invisible.
We can now see what background needs to be taken off the pumpkin.
Step 12: Erase the Background From the Pumpkin.
Step 13: Oops - the Cat Jumped on My Lap and I Erased Half the Pumpkin.
Made more mistakes than one? That's what's wonderful about the History panel. Just click back up as many history steps as you need.
Pixlr allows for mistakes.
Step 14: Make Two Pumpkin Layers.
A drop down menu will appear. Choose Duplicate Layer.
You now have two pumpkin layers.
Step 15: Run With Two Pumpkins
Save the attached "pumpkin face" to your computer. Open this file on Pixlr.
Step 16: Make a Happy Pumpkin Face.
A drop down menu will appear.
Choose Select all from the drop down menu. This will frame the entire Pumpkin Face image screen with dotted lines.
Select the Edit menu from the Menu Bar again.
This time select Copy from the drop down menu.
Step 17: Close the Pumpkin Face Image.
Click on Edit in the Menu bar. Choose Paste from the drop down menu.
Now the pumpkin face is a layer on the pumpkin file.
You can now close the Pumpkin Face file to get it off the work space. Just click the X in the upper right hand corner of the Pumpkin Face file frame. It will ask if you want to save the file but you've already got the file on your computer. Click no.
Step 18: Delete the White Background
Click (with the wand) anywhere on the white background of the Pumpkin Face layer. Dotted lines should surround all the black areas of the image thus encompassing the white.
Choose Edit from the Menu bar. Choose Clear from the drop down menu.
This will clear all white areas in the Pumpkin Face.
Step 19: Manipulating the Pumpkin Face.
Choose the Marquee Tool from the Tools Box. Hover the cursor over the Pumpkin Face. Right Click.
A drop down menu will appear. Choose Free Transform from that menu.
Step 20: Pumpkin Face to Fit
When you finish sizing the Pumpkin Face, click anywhere outside of the Marquee Frame.
A conversation box will appear asking if you wish to apply the changes. If you are happy with the adjustments you just made, answer Yes. Otherwise click no and resume modifying the image.
Step 21: Let's Sculpt the Pumpkin!
Click the wand on any of the black areas. This will encompass all black areas with the marquee dots showing that all black areas are "selected."
Step 22: No Muss, No Fuss Sculpting.
Now choose Edit from the Menu bar.
From the drop down menu, choose Clear.
This will delete all black areas from the pumpkin.
Step 23: Looking Good.
- This will make the black face no longer visible.
Third - Click the New Layer Icon.
- This will make a new layer directly above the first layer.
Step 24: Sharpening It Up.
Choose the Circle shape on the options bar. Then choose the Fill Shape color box (which currently is black).
Step 25: Choose Your Eye Color.
Choose the IMG tab.
- This will show multiple color shades pulled from your image.
- Any color you choose from here will be complementary to your image.
Once you chose your color, you will "drag" a circle image across the openings in the pumpkin. The circle will be filled with whatever color you choose.
Step 26: It's Coming to Life!
Next - right-click on that layer. A drop down menu of options will appear.
- Choose Layer styles from the drop down menu.
Step 27: Happy Pumpkin!
Click ON the "Drop shadow" words to open the options box as shown. You can play with all the options for different looks. The settings that I chose are shown in the picture below.
You can use the Eraser tool from the Tools Box to "clean up" the Pumpkin Face. You can see that I erased various areas that just didn't quite cut out correctly.
Step 28: Have It Your Way Through Adjustments.
You can make your own choices on Adjustments and Filters.
Try on different looks. Remember if you don't like something - just click back up the History steps undoing what you do not like.
No fear - jump in and enjoy all the aspects of Pixlr. The best way to learn is to experiment.
Step 29: Placing a Filter
Choose Vignette from the drop down menu.
Vignette is an old time edging.
You can use any filters, any adjustments. Finish the picture up the way you want it to look.
The Filter Vignette has an options box. When this opens, use the slider to change the number. The larger the number - the larger the border.
Step 30: Want to Add Text?
Click on the image where you want the text to show.
- An options box will appear.
- Change the options to what you want (font, font size, color).
- Begin typing in the options box.
First we must "flatten" all the layers to one layer.
Choose Layer from the Menu Bar.
- Choose Flatten Image from the drop down.
Save the file as a JPEG.
Step 32: Make Your Pic Into a Note Card!
An options window will pop up.
- Change the width and height to 2550 x 3300
- This is the size of an 8-1/2 x 11 paper/card stock.
Step 33: Resize the Pumpkin.
- From the drop down menu choose Image Size
- Make sure the Constrain proportions box is NOT checked.
Step 34: Set Up the Note Card.
Choose Select all from the drop down.
Open Edit from the Menu bar.
Choose Copy from the drop down.
Go to the new Untitled file screen.
Step 35: Paste the Pumpkin.
Step 36: Get the Pumpkin in Position.
You can close the original Pumpkin file. If you wish, you can save it at the new adjusted size. Save it as a JPEG.
Right-click on the pumpkin image on Untitled.
Choose Free transform from the drop down menu. This will make a frame around the pumpkin photo with transforming handles.
Step 37: Swing That Pumpkin Around.
Step 38: Here's the Cards!
Choose Duplicate Layer from the drop down menu.
The duplicate will appear on top of the original. Use the Move Tool to bring the second image to the bottom left-hand corner.
Your file is now ready to print. You may have to adjust the placement of the images depending on the card stock you use. You will have to cut the cards apart using a paper cutter.
You can also use the image you make to send through a photo agency for them to print ready-made cards.