May 15, 2014

How To Add Clipart To Digital Images - Using Photoscape

Back in February when I opened my Etsy Shop I was pleasantly surprised when I made my first sale. It didn't take me long to find out that my parents were behind it. They thought it would be nice to kick off sales for me. And that was the main reason for them to purchase one of my digital items, because after the purchase my dad asked: so what exactly is a digital decoration and how does it work?

I guess most people looking for these digital decorations and clipart on Etsy know a little bit more than my dad, but we all have to start somewhere don't we? So that's why I've written today's tutorial, to get you started with decorating your digital photos with clipart (whether that's clipart from The Dutch Lady Designs or from somewhere else).

To edit, change or decorate any digital image you first need an image editing program. While Adobe Photoshop is kind of the bees knees, you don't need such a pricey program when you just want to edit your images for yourself. While there are many cheap and free editing programs around I will stick with Photoscape since that is what I use and what I like. If you don't have it on your computer yet, download it here for free and install it. Now we can start.

So after Photoscape has been installed on your computer open the program. The picture below shows the screen after opening it. The left upper sidebar shows the structure of your computer. In that structure look for the directory or folder with the photos you want to decorate.

As you can see below I've found my folder and I've selected the picture I would like to edit. After selecting it, it appears on the right, in the working space area.

Now I would like to add one of my cliparts to the picture to decorate it. This can be done by opening the 'Add' tab in the toolbar on the bottom of the screen.

Once you've opened the tag you have to select the 'Image Add' option. Since my program displays the text in Dutch I am not completely sure what the English version will show, but I hope you will be able to locate this button on your own screen by looking at the picture below.

Select the 'Add Image' option. A new screen opens in which you can see the structure of your computer. Go to the folder in which you keep your clipart and decorations. Then select the clipart image you want to use to decorate your photo.

I've selected one of my digital stickers and you can see that by selecting it, it appeared right in the middle of the photo I want to decorate.

Now we have to adjust a few things: the size of the clipart image, the position of the clipart image and maybe its transparency.

Begin by adjusting the size. This can be done by clicking on the corner of the image and dragging it inward or outward. Another way to do it is to double click on the image and select 'resize' in the little screen that pops up. You can adjust the amount of pixels of the width and height here.

After setting the right size we need to put it in the right place. Once again this can be done by clicking on the image and dragging it to the spot we want it to be or by opening the little screen again and selecting the position there. I chose 'right upper corner'.

Once it's in the right place it's even possible to rotate the image. Either by clicking the round arrow on top of the image and turning it left or right, or by right clicking on the image and selecting an option there.

So the clipart image is now where we want it to be in the size we want it to be. The last option is to decide whether we would like the clipart image to have some opacity/transparency so you will be able to see the original photo through it. You can do this by double clicking on the clipart image again and select the percentage of opacity you want it to show. Just play along with the slide until you are satisfied with the result.

Oh, and don't forget to save the image when you're done ;-) This is the image I've created:

These are the basics for using clipart images to decorate a digital image. Of course a program like Photoscape offers many more cool options and I will show you some more in upcoming tutorials. But I have to admit that I mostly learn best just by doing and trying myself. So start up the program, select the image you want to decorate or edit and just have some fun trying out all kinds of options. Before you know it you're hooked! ;-)

See you next time!

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