A Scary Year Means Scary Pictures…right?
Monday I found a post on Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic about a Halloween photo contest hosted by PicMonkey. Since I use PicMonkey all the time for editing photos and creating photo collages (and signs) for my blog and personal projects, I thought, â€œIâ€™m so in!â€ Even though it isnâ€™t Halloween yet I figured I could find some old Â scary pictures to work with.
Once I started flipping thought my picture folders I realized that itâ€™s been a pretty scary year for the kiddos: E broke her wrist just before summer; on Sunday a few weeks ago N had to be carried off the football field, golf-carted to the car and brought to the emergency room to get crutches; and the following Thursday during a scrimmage J twisted his knee and had to go to the ortho. While out with the knee injury and watching Nâ€™s next game, J got hit in the eye when another child jumped for a ball and banged heads with him. J ended up not only limping from the knee sprain but with a swollen shut right eye. It wasnâ€™t pretty. In fact, the pictures I found, three of which were taken in the ER, made me a little sick to my stomach â€“ the kids all look so damn sadâ€¦
I know this is probably only scary for our family and has nothing to do with Halloween or the contest but I thought maybe I could â€œghoul-â€˜em-upâ€ and see how well PicMonkeyâ€™s tools actually work.
I will admit, I play around with a lot of photo editing and video editing software, some I love and some which are over my head (Creative Cloud for example, right now itâ€™s tough, Iâ€™m still learning the programs and by learning I mean I havenâ€™t really started yet.)
Anyway, I guess I say all of that to say â€“ this is fun for me, itâ€™s something I really enjoy doing. Even if you arenâ€™t especially skilled at or loving the thought of editing pictures, when you have the need Iâ€™m going to recommend you give PicMonkey a try. You can use it for free and you never have to upgrade but once you get the hang of it, youâ€™ll want to unlock the additional tools.
I knew IÂ wanted to play around with four of the Halloween palettes since I had four faces to work with. On E I used Vampires and Witches, on J I used Undead and on N I used Zombies. I couldnâ€™t bring myself to use Demons, too scary, and I had a hard time putting any blood or gore on the kids! Try it, itâ€™s very creepy to do this to your own kids. Hereâ€™s a tool bonus tipâ€¦you can mix and match any of the tools/palettes so I ended up using some of the beauty tools and everyday filters. Eâ€™s red fingernailsâ€¦created from the lip tint palette that I shaped into fingernails with the eraser (I shouldâ€™ve made them pointy!!!) And all of them have (edited in) lipstick and mascara â€“ I’m just not telling the boys, they donâ€™t know.
I could have gotten totally carried away and perfected some of the brush strokes that went over the edges but I just wanted to keep it simple and not be up all night working on a â€œfunâ€ picture.
Fun, right? The kids love it, even if it is a little creepy to see yourself like that. It was simple and most (maybe all?) of the tools have an instruction box that pops up when you click it. I wasnâ€™t reading them at first but once I did I was really psyched â€“ look at that football players eyes! One of my favorite parts of the picture and I didnâ€™t get how to fit the overlays â€œunder his lidsâ€ until I read those simple instructions.
I did not receive any compensation for this post, I bought my own PicMonkey license and wrote this because I entered the contest and had a lot of fun creating this picture. I hope it encourages you to give it a try. Iâ€™ll show you some of my other PicMonkey creations in another post and until then you can check out these:
Getting to Bloggy Boot Camp for signs
Three Simple Steps for Better Pictures at the Beach for another simple collage
and finally The Pumpkin Hater’s Pumpkin Soup recipe to see a collage with text boxes
All of these photos/collages have been edited with PicMonkey. Do you use PicMonkey? What software do you use for editing and creating? Let me know in the commentsâ€¦
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