Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tricks for Creating Images for Your Blog

I'm going to do something different this week. We're gonna do some work in the computer room rather then in my art studio. I got my Mac all set up so gather 'round. I want to share with you how I created the lead image for Wednesday's post. It required a couple of steps although if TW wasn't so lazy, she could have done it all in Photoshop. Are you ready cos I'm gonna reveal all my virtual design secrets right here … right now! All you PS experts can have a chuckle at this.

Tricks for Creating Images for Your Blog

I knew what I wanted but TW was a little unsure about how to get there. I wanted an image where I'm looking at home in the jungle with maybe a leopard or tiger for ambiance and to show how wild this food makes me.

Tricks for Creating Images for Your Blog

She had taken pics where I'm on Pop's bed posing with the Instinct food. All we needed was the jungle so we downloaded a public domain image from Unsplash, which looks more like a caged tiger in a zoo now that I look at it again. I might add that I have about four hunnert credits from depositphotos but TW loves Unsplash so she uses their images.

Tricks for Creating Images for Your Blog

We brought the jungle pic into Photoshop and cropped it. TW created another layer and placed the pic of me and the food on it. First we tried to lower the opacity of the layer but didn't like the effect. We erased the background leaving just me and the food using the magic eraser tool but still didn't like that line cutting through my face. If you're not familiar with the magic eraser tool, you should be. We couldn't live without it. A couple of clicks and all the stuff we didn't want was gone. Unlike the cutout tool, it left my furs and whiskers in all their beauty. TW did a sloppy job around my paw but I didn't mind the way it looked so I gave her a pass.

Tricks for Creating Images for Your Blog

We could have added text in Photoshop too since TW has about a million fonts but decided to take it into Canva to see what they had to offer. We used one of their social media templates and adjusted the location of the type until I approved. Then TW added a text block for the watermark. For the final step, we added the Edge filter to give it an ethereal look and feel.

Nothing too fancy but a striking image nonetheless. I think I might even look three-dimensional.

Check out Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty's blog for all the creative links in the Caturday Art Blog Hop and see all the different apps that hip cats are using. You may want to try one and participate next week. Athena and her mum would love to have you.

24 comments:

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

The most important part - it worked!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Heheheh,,, what Summer said... hugs and whiskeries, YAM-aunty xxx

Katie Isabella said...

Did you say that you did use Photoshop itself CK? Mom and I don't have that. Darn.

Little Binky and Granny said...

Sometimes it takes a little time, CK, but in the end paws up for an Amazing effect :) My instincts says I'm hungry now...MOL :D Pawkisses for a Happy Caturday :) <3

Carma Poodale said...

That is really cool CK. I really need to try to learn photoshop. I have the program but there are so many buttons that I end up feeling overwelmed.

I love the photo and wish I had TW's talent.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

That turned out really well. I don't have photoshop now but did have it on an old laptop. I never really got the hang of it, but I think I gave up too easily.

Marie Symeou said...

We really like that! Well done :)

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

Kitties Blue said...

So you said that you didn't understand what we did for art art today. You lost us on this one; though, we quite like the results. Mom has been unable to get Canva to work on the MAC. Is there a trick? Everyone raves about it. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Your graphics are always so impressive. I'm all about the eraser in PicMonkey...couldn't live without it! I really need to learn more about Canva too.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

That came out great. I need to go look up opacity now though :) XO

Roby Sweet said...

You look so natural next to that tiger--Great illustration! :)

Marv Marvelous said...

CK Darling! We love what TW did!
We should really stretch and try some of the online packages. Mommy always does stuff in Photoshop and does not even think about doing something different.
Thanks for telling us about how yous guys did it!
Purrs
Marv

Brian said...

You look wild and terrific CK, well done girl!!!

The Island Cats said...

The mom really needs to get her act together and learn PS. We've been telling her that for years.

Tamago said...

Great tutorial! Magic eraser tool sounds very magical. You created a fantastic image!

meowmeowmans said...

Hey, what happened to our comment? We coulda sworn we just left one... :(

Anyway, we love that image, CK. We're all about that eraser tool, too!

We loved visiting you today. Thanks for making an appearance, and for all the awesome loot for the PAWS cats! You rock, and we love you lots!

Deb Barnes said...

Very cool! I manage to fumble my way around Photoshop but would really love to take a class so I could learn how to use it to its full potential...that will never happen, but a girl can dream! Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang.

modern nomad said...

Super nifty!
Thanks for the info...
Have a great Sunday.

Noodle and crew

The Menagerie Mom said...

You look fantastic out there in the jungle, CK! You know, you sure are lucky you have an assistant like TW. Our mom here, she can't do diddly-squat to a photo. It takes her eons just to figure out how to crop one. Purrs, Thimble

www.shelter-cats.com said...

Cool image, TW. It's amazing what we can do - it used to take those artists who put together tabloid covers hours and hours of work.
Thank you for all the stuff and support for PAWS. I hope you come visit the shelter soon!
xxoo
Maggie

Hairballsandhissyfits.com said...

I love the look- that turned out well! Very talented!

Sweet Purrfections said...

Nice job! We need to learn how to use Photoshop more!

Anonymous said...

We think it looks great CK. We've never heard of this place, but we 'magine we'd purrfur what we know. MOL Big hugs

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

Three Chatty Cats said...

TW is pretty darn good with that Photoshop! Does she ever use the mask tool? We like that because if you erase too much, you can easily bring it back without using undo (like if it was several steps ago).