Wednesday, October 26, 2016

31 Days of Home Projects: Day 25

Awhile back, I had one of our wedding photos printed out as a poster and I wrote our wedding song lyrics over it with a gold paint pen. FAIL!!! It didn't turn out too good and I can't really tell you why, except, I just didn't love it. Something was off. I am so glad I didn't spend a lot of money on that project, but I didn't give up on the idea though. I just had to try out a few different ways before finding which one worked the best. After some trial and error, I just decided to create this on my computer, and I loved it! Maybe I will try the actual writing on the photo again sometime, but for now this is perfect! I am going to have it printed on matte photo paper and framed to add to my gallery wall.

Lyrics Photo

What You Need

1. Photo of your choice (preferably one that has a high resolution)
2. Keynote for Mac or Powerpoint for Windows

Step by Step 

1. I will be giving instructions for Keynote on the MacBook, but I am sure that they are similar to 
    Powerpoint. First open Keynote and in the upper right hand corner select the document button. 
    There should be a tab that you can click on that says 'slide size'. Click on that, and then select
    custom slide, and enter 700 for the width and 500 for the height or vice versa if your photo is 
    vertical. Mine was a horizontal layout.

2. Next, go to the top and select 'Insert'. The option to choose your own photo is at the bottom of that
    menu. Select which photo you want from your computer and open in Keynote.

3. Next, you want to make sure that the photo fills up the entire space. All you need to do is click on 
    the photo and four little boxes will appear in each corner. Click on them and drag them to make 
    your photo a little bigger. You don't want to expand it too much though, or it will be pixelated.

4. Finally, you can click on the 'text' button at the top and a text box will appear on your photo. You 
    can click on the box and move it wherever you want depending on your photo. The rest is up to
    you. What style and size font you want and what color you want the text to be. I suggest black for 
    lighter backgrounds and white for darker backgrounds. You can play around all you want. I did a 
    new text box for each line on the left and on the right. The format turns out better that way.

5. Once you have finished your project you need to save it as a 'png' file. Click on 'File", and scroll  
    down to 'Export to'. A list will appear. You want to select 'Images' from that menu. A separate box
    will pop up in the center. Don't touch anything with the slides, just click the drop down box next
    where it says 'format' and select PNG. Click the next button to save it where you want on your 
    computer. Probably documents or desktop. That's it!

I will be doing another post shortly to make up for missing the other day. Then we should be all caught up!

Many Blessings,

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