With so many apps and different devices, there is not a "one fits all" step by step tutorial. Without a silver bullet to take down the werewolf of ad nauseam applications, what can you do? The answer? Simplify! I'll outline what I do on a daily basis and in particular how I created the image included in this blog post.
Step One: Find a great photo. In fact, find several. One may have a great subject, another a great background. It doesn't matter as long as they are of decent quality. Make sure you are the owner of those pictures or that they come from a source of which you have the right to utilize them.
Step Two: Make any adjustments to those pictures that are necessary. I use a variety of apps such as Pixlr, PS Express, and several others. If you are posting to Instagram, a square crop is suggested. For Twitter, make sure the best part of the image is 2/3 (generally) from the bottom of your crop. Now that you have several perfect images to blend together. Now what!
Step Three: Start playing with other apps than can transform your images into art, sketches, or any other type of creative outlet you prefer. You can go urban street style, water color, vintage black and white or sepia, and the lists of options go on and on. Some you can pay for but there are fee apps that will give a lot of choices
Last Step: Combine your handful of images into a completely different result. I do this with exposures in those same photo editors. You may want to add text with other editors to convey a message. I tend to create positive messaging but maybe you have a important cause to highlight or a milestone to celebrate. Whatever it may be, use a simple font for a message and a unique font for an impression statement. Always add small text at the bottom or in another inconspicuous location to copyright or add your name.
I hope this answers some of the questions received over the past weeks about the process and how to do it simply on your phone. Also, pardon the puns! Halloween is just around the corner.
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