There are many reason that you might want to combine pictures (adding hats, adding a frame, putting people in a photo or taking them out, etc.) and there are many ways to do it! This file will show one way to use the online Graphics Editor - pixlr.com. http://pixlr.com/ to combine some photos.
So, if you've been wanting to put yourself standing in the front of the sphinx or standing by a celebrity, you might be able to accomplish that using these directions. At any rate, you might have some fun trying!
You may be lucky enough to find an image that you want
to add that already has a transparent background. In that
case, you can skip on down to putting the two images
together. However, if you need to remove the
background around the part of the image that you want to
use in a photo, you can upload the image to pixlr and use
the eraser tool:
Erasing Backgrounds from Images
One of the main things here is to be sure that the layer you want to work on is the active layer. See #1 in the screenshot below:
Help! It won't let me erase!
Sometimes the Eraser Tool won't work on the original
photo you uploaded (which may happen if it is a jpg). If
that happens the following is one way you can prepare the
photo so that you can erase the background:
A. Go to file and make a new transparent image with
the same width and height as the original.
B. Then click on your original photo and copy and
paste it into the transparent image you made. If you're
not sure how to do that, here are the steps:
Using Zoom to make things Easier
You can Zoom in on the image to make it easier to erase
around the edges or the interior of the image:
This is simply a matter of copying and pasting the
transparent image onto the other image. Well, nothing is
ever really simple, LOL. It is seldom that the image you
want to paste into another is exactly the right size.
However, there are things you can do.
Transforming the Pasted Image
Go to Edit --> Transform in the Pixlr menu. A box
appears around the image you just pasted. You can click
and drag on one of the blue boxes to resize the image.
Resizing - Copying and pasting:
You may need to adjust the size of one or both of the images. To change the size of an image:
Arranging the Layers:
If you are putting more than one image into another
image, you might want one to appear partially behind
another. You can move the layers backward and forward:
1. Choose the layer you want to move
Saving the Combined Image:1. When you are satisfied with the image, click on the combined image to make sure it is active.
2. Then, you can go to "Layers" --> "Merge Visible
3. Go to "file" --> "save" in the pixlr menu. A window will pop up.
BE SURE to give the image a DIFFERENT NAME than the original.4. Use the dropdown menu to save it as a png or jpg image. Click OK
BUT THE IMAGE ISN'T SAVED TO YOUR COMPUTER YET!5. Wait for the regular download box to appear. (The dialogue box that appears whenever you download something)
6. Click to save it and then browse to where you want to save it when the next popup appears.
You could use this for all types of projects. Maybe you'd like to "jazz up" your head shot with a new hair style. Perhaps you want to put yourself standing in front of ocean waves, a mansion or a new car. Maybe you want to edit that Thanksgiving Family photo and cover up that ex-grandson-in-law that you never really liked anyway.
This help file was created before the youtube videos were
found. To see some of these steps in action, you might
want to view these Youtube videos:
Creating a Banner at pixlr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGWq283jiuU Very good video!
Make Header Graphics in
Just 5 Minutes Using Pixlr Editor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACiRYWh_sE8
- shows how to use the text tool. You don't need to
download a font. You can use what you have.
You'll surprise yourself by what you can learn to do. If you mess up a step, you can always use "Edit" --> "Undo"!
Just for Fun
If you are in the mood to just play with graphics or text, you might want to check out some links on the Fun Sites Hotlist