Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Carved Lover's Tree Photo To Share

A few weeks back, Breck and I went to Guadalupe River State Park here in Texas and snapped an interesting photo of an oak whose bark had peeled leaving a heart shaped scar.  I used a free program called PicMonkey to "carve" our initials into the tree.  I use it as an editing tool for all my blog photos.

I wanted to post the original photo to share with anyone who might like to make one for themselves or someone they love.  Valentine's Day is right around the corner, you know.  Just download one of the two photos below and edit with PicMonkey, or your own photo editing software program, and personalize.  I have already cropped two sizes to choose from.

Cropped for 5 x 7,   21.29 MB PNG File
Cropped for 8 x 10,   21.64 MB PNG File
If you have trouble downloading, click here for the 5 x 7 or here for the 8 x 10 to copy directly from my flickr.  If using PicMonkey, just download for free, upload the photo after saving to a file on your computer, and select the add text option (The P on the left).  I used the font Eraser Dust for my carving, but there are many others to choose from.

PicMonkey allows you to rotate and stretch the text box until it looks just the way you want it to.  The font size here is 332 as seen on the 5 x 7 photo.

Choose from the color array to pick a font color, or click the box on the right to get an eye dropper.  Using the eye dropper allows you to move your curser over any part of the photo and click to copy that color.  Don't forget that you need to do this either before typing your text, or after typing, remember to highlight the text to be color changed.

I copied form the lightest gray of the bark which was color code FCFFFF.  If you want to use this color, you can choose to highlight the series of letters and numbers next to Color: and replace them with FCFFFF.

When you have it just the way you want it, SAVE it.  Please select to save as a PNG file not a JPEG if you plan to print and want the best quality.  JPEG, though, is fine if you want to add this to a Word Document, Facebook picture or the like.

Curious about the difference between JPEG and PNG?  On this 5 x 7 photo, for example, the JPEG file is only 7.7MB, whereas the PNG file has 21.29MB of information making the quality much better.

If you take this on as a project, or just end up giving PicMonkey a try for your own photos, let me know.  I would love to hear from you and see your photos.  Please share the link to this post if you choose to use this idea.  Curious how mine turned out framed and ready?

Now Breck can take it work and put it on his desk.