Welcome to my beginner-friendly tutorial on how to create this cute photo effect. Just in time for Valentines Day! I’m using photo editor PicMonkey to transform an image of my daughter Miss N. My favourite effects from their Valentines theme are the bokeh hearts, and Rapture – which is a beautiful pink/vintage washed tone. Put them both together (with a few other tweaks) and this is what you get! 🙂
*Note: this guide will be using some Picmonkey features which require subscription (to date, it is $33 for a years access, you can also opt for monthly access).
Let’s jump right in, shall we?…
visit PicMonkey website > click ‘edit a photo’ > select your photo > ‘open’
The photo of my daughter was originally in colour and a touch overexposed. The overexposure works perfectly because we are going to transform it into black and white in step 2. Your image should look something like this in the picmonkey website:
Now to make the photo a perfect black and white tone. Starting from the icons on the far left:
Select ‘effects’ > scroll down and select ‘curves’ > click on the drop down tab ‘Default’ > scroll down and select ‘Film Stock Tri-X 400’ > ‘apply’
*note: If the ‘Paint’ windows opens over your image you can opt to hide or close by clicking ‘X’. To reopen these windows, click on the square button (blue with a paint brush on it).
Your image should now look black and white:
Next we will add a rose/vintage coloured tint to the image.
From the icon on the far left bottom:
select ‘Themes’ > ‘Sweethearts’ > select ‘Rapture’ effect > ‘apply’
(I absolutely LOVE this tint) This is how it should look now:
Now to apply the bokeh hearts.
In the same menu (Sweethearts), select ‘Bokeh Hearts” > DO NOT worry if your image is now covered in hearts, we are going to fix this later! Don’t click ‘reverse effect’ just yet > adjust the ‘heart size’ slider to your desired size/intensity, for example mine are ’76’.
This is how it might look before we fix the hearts:
Ok, now that we know what size your hearts are going to be and you are happy we can go ahead. (if the Paint window is not there, click the square paintbrush icon to show):
select ‘Effect’ in the Paint window > select ‘Reverse Effect’
This will make all of the hearts disappear. This is OK, we are going to paint them back precisely where you want them next.
Just as I have done, you can now paint the bokeh hearts only where you would like to place them. In this example I framed her face by painting around it. Here’s how:
With the ‘Paint’ window open (you can put it to the side) > hover your mouse over the image, you will see a circle, this is the size of your paintbrush which is adjustable > now click and move mouse over the parts you would like to apply hearts.
Dont forget you can use the undo/redo buttons to go back if you make a mistake.
Guess what? You’re now done! Congrats. Bet you didn’t think it was that easy, huh? It’s a beautiful effect with minimum fuss. 😀
Don’t forget to save!
click ‘save’ (above image) > choose a file name & image size > ‘Save Photo’ to finish.
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