Like to know how you can recreate an image just like this with your own photos for free*? Simply follow my quick and easy step by step guide to transform your photo. Don’t worry if you are a beginner, it’s simpler than you might think! You don’t always need Photoshop to create beautiful images (but of course, that wouldn’t hurt!).
I’ve broken the tutorial down into two parts, easy peasy!
Part 1: Image – Edit using PicMonkey
Part 2: Text – Chose option  Edit using PicMonkey (beginner), or  Edit using GIMP (advanced)
*at the time of writing, Picmonkey is free to use
Kaye’s note before we begin: remember, each step can be adjusted to suit your image. Every photo is different, so experiment with the intensity of your effects or text to get the perfect fit. To recreate this effect closely, aim to use photos with similar colouring and brightness as my ‘before’ photo. Also, to avoid overwriting your original image you can: 1- save your final image to a different folder, 2- change or append the file name when you save.
Step 1 – Visit PicMonkey (free use online*) > edit a photo > select your image > open
Step 2 – ‘Effects’ option > select ‘Tranquil’ > apply
Step 3 – ‘Effects’ option > scroll down & select ‘Curves’ > click dropdown menu under ‘Presets’ > select ‘Film Stock Tri-X 400’ > color override ‘0%’ > apply
End of Part 1: Image
There are two options for applying text to your image  within Picmonkey.com (beginner)  using program GIMP (advanced).
Option 1 – Picmonkey (beginner)
Step 1 – Go to ‘Text’ option > chose desired text > add text > select ‘Type your text here’ box > enter your text
Step 2 – click outside text box to deselect > change text properties (colour, size, transparency etc) using ‘Color’ floating menu > reposition where you desire
Step 3 – repeat steps 1 – 2 for addition text/font you would like
Save Image – Your Done!
Option 2 – GIMP (intermediate)
If you are not satisfied with the fonts available from Picmonkey, GIMP allows you to use fonts you have installed onto your computer.
*If you are using this option, save your image at the end of Part 1: Image to be used for Part 2: Text
Step 1 – open GIMP program (mine is version 2.8) > file > open > choose image > open
Step 2 – ‘toolbox – tool Options’ > ‘Text Tool’ > click image to place desired position of text (you can reposition later if needed) > type desired text
Step 3 – highlight text > change text properties (colour, size, etc)
Step 4 – move and reposition to desired position > click anywhere outside text to remove text properties box and preview, click within text box to use text properties again
Step 5 – repeat Steps 2 – 4 for each additional text/font you would like
Step 6 – file > export > chose/append file name & saved location >;export > (export image as jpeg window will open) select ‘Quality’ & options to suit > export
Congratulations, your done!
Need help? Just ask! I’ll be happy to help 🙂
One down, three to go – I am officially the mother of a middle school student! There’s still a week left of school for 2012, but as I hold his certificate in my hand, my eldest son Mr J has graduated and is onto the next exciting chapter in his life beginning in 2013.
This photo was taken before his farewell dinner with classmates, and it was a beautiful yet emotional time for all. Of course I was there, camera in hand to capture some moments, and thankfully in life no matter what changes in the future there will always be memories and pictures! (and photo-crazy loved ones to take them) 🙂