How to Create a Custom Brush in Artipic

12 July 2018

Artipic has a rich set of built-in brushes, but you can create your own unique brush and apply it to the photos and images. Let’s see how it works! In this tutorial, we’ll show you how modify a preset brush and make a creative picture using it.

Part 1. Create a brush

Step 1
First, we need to get the image that will be used as a brush print. It can be an image downloaded from the Internet resources, it can be your own photo (for example, clouds or flowers), as well as a self-made brushstroke with watercolor on wet paper, a dry brush with oil paint on the canvas, a print of a cup with spilled coffee on a sheet of paper – it all depends on your imagination.
Step 2
Upload your image to the photo editor and invert it to the BW image or simply desaturate it:
Menu > Adjust > Desaturate
Menu > Adjust > Black and White
Menu > Adjust > Invert
Adjust the contrast if you feel that it’s needed. Menu > Adjust > Brightness Contrast
Step 3
Check that the brush is not cropped and there are margins from the image borders. Otherwise increase the canvas size (Menu> Image> Canvas size) and soften the contours of the brush with a soft white brush (or take the background color of the image):
Step 4
Save images in .png format and download them as a brush. To do this, click on the brush button on the toolbar and in the opened window with parameters click on the button ‘upload’ and select the menu item ‘Import from file’. Select the file and save the new brush

Now we have a new brush. Let’s see how to use it.

Part 2. Image with an effect of a colored smoke

Step 1
Create a new file and insert you photo there.
Step 2
Apply your new brushes to the portrait.
Step 3
Add color brushstrokes around the portrait creating a new layer for each brushstroke.
Step 4
Reduce opacity of the right and left textures to 70 and 60% respectively, and apply the Amaro image style (on the image style panel).

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How to Make Embossed Paper Logo in Artipic

03 July 2018

In this tutorial, you’ll learn, how to create a realistic paper embossed logo design with Artipic Photo Editor. We’ll guide you with the step-by-step tutorial and show how to make the logo using Artipic tools really quickly.
Step 1
First, create a new file in the photo editor and upload a background image. For this example we have chosen image of the embossed paper, downloaded from a free resource on the Internet.
Step 2
Create a text (actually you logo) with the Text tool.
Step 3
Transform the text layer into a bitmap (you can pre-duplicate the text layer and turn off its visibility).
Step 4
Now apply the filter Menu> Filter> Inner Shadow to the bitmap text with the certain parameters indicated on the picture below
Step 5
After that turn off the visibility of the layer with the shadow, that you have just created, and create one more shadow with other parameters and color using same tool: Menu> Filter> Inner Shadow.
Step 6
Now make the originally created shadow visible and turn off the visibility of the layer with the bitmap text. You might need to change the opacity of the layers with the shadows. In our example, the opacity of the black shadow is slightly reduced (to 68%) and the opacity of the white shadow is increased (up to 94%).

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How to Create Bokeh or Blur Overlay in Artipic

19 June 2018

So, what’s Bokeh? Bokeh origins from the Japanese word boke and means “blur” or “haze”. Field blur and bokeh effects can be achieved using special camera lenses, or with a few simple steps in photo editor. Let’s see how to make it with Artipic.

Step 1

Create a new file and fill the background layer with the black color: Menu> Edit> Fill> Black


Step 2

Take a soft large-sized brush of any saturated color and make a trace on a new layer.  


Step 3

Now create another new layer, take a rigid brush and apply a small circle of the lighter color on your fist print.  


Step 4

The next step is to create a new layer, place it behind the layer with the light circle and apply one trace with a brush of white color with soft edges. Make it larger than the previous circle.


Step 5

Repeating the previous steps, create several (5-7) such combinations, slightly changing the color, size and transparency of the prints.


Step 6

Using the Pen tool draw kind of a heart shape.


Step 7

With the help of a brush, place the circles around the outline of the heart. Apply different color tones and saturation.


Step 8

Now create two more layers and fill the space inside the heart shape with prints. Try to add some more warm shades. To create the depth and volume, apply to some layers the Menu> Filter> Gaussian blur of a small radius and change the opacity of the layers.


Step 9

Add some creativity! Your heart with bokeh effect is ready.  


Make a Collage: Stamps on the Envelope

14 June 2018

Follow a few simple steps and create a collage in form of an envelope with stamps.    

Step 1

First, create a new file and place the background image. For the background, we took an image of the aged paper, downloaded from a free resource.

Next, open a new layer and create a rectangular outline using the Rounded rectangle tool. Fill it with white (foreground color) using Panel Layers> Path tab> button:


Step 2

Then take the Eraser tool and set following parameters: a hard brush of a small size with a large distance between smears (spacing = 200)


Step 3

Lead the white rectangle round with the Eraser: Panel Layers> Path tab> Work path> Context menu> Stroke path> Eraser tool. You’ve got a stamp.


Step 4

To put an image on your stamp, copy the image to a new layer and use the transformation tool (Menu> Edit> Transform> Scale / Free transform) to resize it to the desired size, use Move tool to move the image to the center of the stamp


Step 5

To round the corners of the image, apply the Rectangle selection tool with the Radius parameter of 10-15 to the image on the stamp. Select the rectangle with the rounded corners, invert the selection (Menu> Select> Invert selection) and delete the superfluous.


Step 6

Create a shadow under the stamp to add some natural effect. The color of the shadow should correspond to the colors on your background. The shadow options can be seen in the illustration


Step 7

Put all layers together, merging together a layer of white rectangle, stamp image and the shadow


Step 8

To make a collage, create some more stamps following same workflow as described above.  Place the stamps on the background in the way you like it and put the images on the stamps.  You can also add black-and-white post-stamps to the envelope.

You should copy the images of the post-stamps to separate layers and, if necessary, increase the contrast (Menu> Adjust> Brightness Contrast). After that use the Magic Wand tool, select and delete all white areas of the image. You can also use a brush to turn stamps into another color.



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How to Turn Photo into a Pastel Painting with Artipic

08 June 2018

Follow this tutorial and you’ll learn how to turn your photo into artistic image with pastel painting effect. Give your photos creative hand-painted look with Artipic Photo Editor!


Step 1

Duplicate the portrait layer and change the overlay type to Darken colors. Then apply Gaussian blur filter:  filter Menu> Filter> Gaussian blur

Step 2

Using the tool Dodge tool (for the parameter Range choose Midtones), add small accents – put some glare on the hair, lighten the highlight in the pupil of the eye, lighten the tip of the nose a little bit and lighten the teeth


It is also possible to apply these steps to landscape photos or architectural objects


How To Create Two-Tone Text in Photo Editor

29 May 2018

In this Artipic tutorial you will learn how to create two-tone text using simple tools like masks. You can choose any color or image for the background.


Step 1

Create a new file with white background. Then create a text layer with an inscription in black. The text should be concise, the font should be “fatter”, in the example we used Tahoma font Tahoma, size is 230 px.  


Step 2

Then we add a photo, which will be used as a color/background for the second tone of the text. We advise you to choose a contrast image with lot of details.  



Step 3

Use the Magic wand tool to select the text, then make the layer with the photo active (without removing the selection) and create a layer mask using the context menu of the Layers panel (Panel Layers> Tab Layers> Text layer> Context menu> Create mask). Disable the visibility of the text layer (or delete it): 

Step 4

Add the adjustment layer using: Menu> Layer> New adjustment layer> Tint and then choose the effective color combination. In the example, I used blue color as the black tone (R 0, G 37, B 222), and the yellow color (R 255, G 201, B 5) as the white tone. Increase the Amount:

The two-tone text is ready. If required, you can increase the brightness / contrast of the image using Menu> Adjust Brightness Contrast and use the transformation tool Menu> Edit> Free transform (Ctrl + T) to place the background in the way you need it.   

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Simple Portrait Retouch in Artipic Photo Editor

21 May 2018

Remove unwanted blemishes, soften skin and boost eyes with simple Artipic photo editing tools. Follow this quick tutorial and retouch your photos for less than 10 minutes!

Step 1
The first step is to duplicate the portrait layer and apply the Menu> Filter> Gaussian blur filter of a small radius
Step 2
Then create a mask for the blurred layer – Menu> Layer> Create layer mask> Hide all. Take a soft brush, combining the opacity and size of the brush, and carefully retouch some problem areas (forehead, under the eyes, chin). Note that it’s important not to overdo it and not to turn the face into a latex mask. The final touch is to slightly reduce the opacity of the mask layer to show the texture of the skin.
Quick retouching of the portrait is done!
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How to Create a Long Shadow Effect in Artipic Photo Editor

14 May 2018


Long Shadow effect is what you need when you design text or letters. With Artipic Photo Editor you can easily create this text effect without any special skills in photo editing or design. Look how it works.

Step 1

Create a new file, fill the background layer with the color (in the example: R 4, G 128, B 244), after that create a text layer with the inscription, select the color, size and font of the inscription.

Then we transform the text layer into a bitmap using Menu> Layer> Convert Text Layer to image / Panel Layers> Tab Layers> Text layer> Context menu> Convert Text Layer to image.

Now you can create a shadow from the caption using Menu> Filter> Drop shadow / Panel Layers> Tab Layers> Layer> Context menu> Filter> Drop shadow.

Set the shadow parameters (see the image below) and the color of the shadow (the color parameters of the shadow should be remembered or recorded, since they will have to be entered later manually, in our example it is R 0, G 59, B 114):


Step 2

Now make this operation several times (4-5), increasing the distance parameter 2-3px each time. Make sure that the shadow is not “stepped”! Then use the Shift key to select all layers with shadow in the layers panel and merge them Menu> Layer> Merge layers (Ctrl + E):


Step 3

Repeat the workflow until you get shadow of the necessary size.  After 2-3 procedures, the shadow will become noticeably larger:


Step 4

Crop the image with the Crop Tool


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How to Create a Vintage Photo | Artipic Tutorial

07 May 2018

In this free tutorial you will learn how to add a vintage look to your photos using Artipic Photo Editor tools and effects. Vintage photos tend to lose a bit of their color and saturation over time and get brown or Serpia tones.   

Step 1

First, create a correction layer Menu> Layer> New adjustment layer> Levels. Set the Input parameter from 5 to 23 (you’ll find it in the leftmost corner) and Output parameter from 5 to 55. 

Step 2

Now add a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N or Menu> Layer> New layer) and put a texture of the old paper on it. When it’s necessary, use the transformation Menu> Edit> Transform / Free transform

Step 3

Change overlay type to Multiply and slightly increase the brightness and contrast of this layer (this is individual for each particular image if necessary)

Step 4

Now is the last step. Add a new adjustment layer Menu> Layer> New adjustment layer> Tint. Next, choose black as the black tone, and yellow as the white tone (in our example, the ratio is 255: 254: 171). Increase the Amount slightly. Aged vintage photo is ready

Artipic Tutorial: How to Turn photo into Pencil Drawing

02 May 2018

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to easily turn a photo into a pencil sketch. Let’s start with a simple black and white sketch effect. We’ll use Artipic Photo Editor  tools to transform selected portrait to the b&w drawing. Further, you can play around and colorize the sketch.
Step 1
First, use the Crop tool to crop the image a bit
Step 2
Next, add a new layer, following Menu> Layer> New adjustment layer> Hue Saturation, in which the Saturation parameter is reduced to -100%, to turn the color image into black and white picture
Step 3
The next step is to duplicate the portrait layer and apply the correction to the new layer using Menu> Adjust> Invert
Step 4
Now change the blending mode for the inverted layer to Color Dodge, the image becomes wholly white (in most cases)
Step 5
The next step is to apply the filter Menu> Filter> Gaussian blur with the Radius parameter about 10 – 15 r to the inverted layer with the Color Dodge overlay mode.
Step 6
Now there are little touches left. Add a new adjustment layer Menu> Layer> New adjustment layer> Levels, if necessary, move the middle slider a little to the left and (basic!) Change the blending mode to Multiply. To avoid a strong contrast, we reduce the opacity of the correction layer, I reduced it to 31%
Step 7
Now let’s colorize the drawing. To do this, create a mask for the Hue Saturation adjustment layer (it must be the upper one). You can create a mask by selecting Create mask from the context menu that appears when you right-click a layer. Now take the Eraser tool of large diameter with soft edges and opacity less than 100% (we used 35%) and outline the portrait until you get the desired level of color saturation. Our pencil sketch is ready!

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Landscape Photo With the Effect of Watercolor Painting

20 April 2018

In this tutorial, you will learn how to easily turn a photo into a watercolor painting with Artipic Photo Editor. To create the watercolor painting effect, we’ll use a few layers, filters and blend modes to gain fine-tune results for your own image or photo.

Step 1

First, duplicate the layer with the photo and apply the correction to the top layer Menu> Adjust> Posterize:

Step 2

Then add a new layer between the layers with landscape photos and place a watercolor texture on it. Stretch the texture according to the image size. The texture presented in the lesson is downloaded from the Internet, from a free resource:

Step 3

For greater brightness and color saturation, apply the Menu> Adjust> Hue Saturation adjustment to the texture layer:

Step 4

Now change the blending type for the top layer to Hard light and slightly reduce its opacity

Step 5

Now let’s add a bit of painting texture to the watercolor image using brush tool.

Create a mask Menu> Layer> Create layer mask. Hide all for the texture layer and using a white brush of a large size, apply it to the mask, putting strokes on the texture image.

Step 6

You can lighten the dark parts of the image with the Dodge tool. Use parameter Range – Midtones. Apply the same brush as you used in previous step. The watercolor picture is finished!

Water Color Painting Effect Using Artipic Tools

16 April 2018

In this Artipic features tutorial, you’ll learn how to easily take a photo look more like a watercolor painting on a crumpled paper. This photo effect works best on images where warm or cold colors and strong contrast is more important than keeping any portrait details, since you’ll be losing a lot of photo detail with this effect.

Step 1

To start working, you need to find a picture, that’ll be your background. Try something like aged paper texture. Our file has been downloaded from the free resource

Step 2

To create a grunge portrait, place the portrait in a second layer, above the background texture layer and use the Eraser tool of a large size with soft edges to remove some background

Step 3

Then turn the color portrait into black and white – Menu> Adjust> Black and White

Increase the brightness and contrast of the image – Menu> Adjust> Brightness Contrast

Step 4

Using Menu> Filter> High pass, increase the sharpness of the image

Step 5

Using Menu> Select> Color range, select the darkest colors. Thus, we have dark areas of the image. Invert the selected area – Menu> Select> Invert selection and delete all the light areas of the image

Step 6

Now again invert the selected area and delete the dark areas of the image. Now we have only selected areas, to which we apply a brush with a large pixel brush, selecting the colors at our discretion to make the watercolor transitions

Step 7

If you think that there is not enough color background, take the Lasso tool and circle the outline of the portrait. Then invert the selected area and paint some of the background. For the portrait layer, reduce the opacity to 70-75% so that the texture of the paper is visible and blur the borders a bit, applying Menu> Filter> Gaussian blur of small radius (1-3).

Here is the result:

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Duotone Photo Effect Tutorial from Artipic

13 April 2018

By following this tutorial, you can make two color tone photos with the help of Artipic Photo Editor by using simple step as shown in the blog. We will apply adjustment Tint layer.

Step 1

Add the adjustment layer Desaturate, turning the image into black and white picture

Use the adjustment layer Tint (Menu> Adjust> Tint) to make the image two-tone

Step 2

Select the effective color combinations

Enhance Your Image with Artipic Tools

02 April 2018

Pictures are important part of any visual content. Photographs reflect the world from its bright side, catching memorable moments.  Whether you’re working with your own images or pictures you took elsewhere, you should make sure your imagery is looking its best by paying attention. Using Artipic simple set of tools you can do different photo adjustments easily. Let’s have a look.

In this tutorial we’ll update a kitty portrait to make it more contrast and graphical.

Step 1

First, we will prepare a black / white graphic portrait. Open your photo in Artipic and make a copy of it.  After that, apply India Ink filter to it (you’ll find it on the style bar) and save it in the JPEG or PNG format.   Close the file and open it again. Style has “merged” with the image:

Step 2

Copy your new graphic b/w image and paste it as a new layer to the original color image of the kitty. Duplicate this layer and apply   Menu> Adjust> Threshold correction to one of them by moving the slider to the right:

Step 3

Add a new layer and make a few bright color spots using a soft, large brush

Then change the type of blending to Multiply and reduce the opacity to 35-40%.

Step 4

Now we return to the layer with the black and white image of the cat, which has not changed yet – increase the sharpness of the image with the help of the filter Menu> Filter> High pass. Duplicate this layer:

Step 5

Then, using Menu> Select> Color range, select all areas with black color (the same result can be achieved with the Magic wand tool):

Then invert the selected area (Menu> Select> Invert selection) and delete all areas except black. Decrease the opacity of this layer with the black outline to 85 – 90%. The type of the other mix is changed to Color burn. To apply the previously duplicated layer with the b/w cat, we apply blur to 1px and reduce the opacity of this layer to 60 – 65%. This layer should be lower than the black contour.

Step 6

Now the most creative part. Take the Eraser tool with a stiffness of 0% (combining the size and transparency of the eraser) and work out every black and white layer to get the effect of the transition of the b/w picture to a color image:

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Photo to Comics | Artipic Tutorial

27 March 2018

Let us see how to make an illustration in the style of the American magazine black and white comics.

Step 1

Create a new file of the correct size with a transparent background. Use the Selection tool (Lasso or Polygon) to select and copy the girl’s profile and paste it into our file as a new layer (Menu> Edit> Paste as> New layer / Panel Layer> Clipboard tab> Button). Delete the superfluous background near the image:

Step 2

The next step is to convert the portrait into black and white image with the help of Correction tool (Menu> Adjust> Black and White / Desaturate), then increase the brightness slightly and increase the contrast (Menu> Adjust> Brightness Contrast):

Step 3

To increase the sharpness, we use the filter Menu> Filter> High pass:

Step 4

Now we make the portrait graphical, similar to the poster, using Menu> Adjust> Posterize and reducing the number of levels to 3:

Step 5

You can add a graphic image. Copy it to a new layer. Remove the background. To make a gun of the right size and place it in the right way, use Menu> Edit> Free transform / Transform:

Step 6

Make the same actions with the image of the gun as you have mage with the portrait – decolorize it, make it more contrast, and apply the effect of posterization:

Step 7

Now let’s take up the background and dialogues. The background layer is filled with the same (or slightly darker) gray color that is used in the portrait. To create dialogs on a new layer using the Ellipse tool and the Pen tool, create outlines for the dialogs. Fill up the outlines with the white color.

Step 9

Now let’s do an oblique rain. Use the Line tool to create inclined straight lines of different thicknesses (we used lines 1, 2 and 3 pixels wide) and fill these outlines with white color:

Step 10

You can delete the outline. Now duplicate this layer with inclined lines 1 or 2 times. And then we’ll change the overlay type (for the lower layer we applied Soft light, for one of the upper ones you can apply Difference if you want the rain strokes to be visible on the white face). We  put 2 layers with rain above the portrait layer, and one under it. Then apply the Eraser tool to make the line intermittent, not solid. To make it look natural, I chose for the tool a large diameter brush, which has the form of individual small sprays

We recommend to use Bauhaus font for the text.

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Street Art Tutorial from Artipic

21 March 2018

Based on Wikipedia, “Street art is visual art created in public locations and is closely related with urban art and guerrilla art. Common forms and media include spray paint graffiti, stencil graffiti, wheatpasted poster art, sticker art, street installations, and sculpture”. In todays Artipic tutorial we’ll show how to create graffiti or Bansky-style pictures from your photo shots.

Step 1

Create a new file of the correct size (for example – 300 pixels x 1800 pixels) with a transparent background and fill the background with a newly created gray gradient (Gradient tool> Edit gradient):

Step 2

Add a new layer and copy the texture of the concrete wall onto it (you can download it on the Internet). Using the transformation function (Menu> Edit> Transform / Free transform), stretch the image of the texture to the entire layer, then change the blending type of the texture layer from Normal to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 40-45%:

Step 3

The next step is to select a photo for our graffiti. Using the Selection tool (Lasso), select the outline of the portrait, copy and paste it into a file on a new layer using Menu> Edit> Paste as> New layer. Then soften the boundaries of the portrait using the Eraser tool, apply a medium hardness border for this brush. Now convert the color portrait to a black and white image using the Menu> Adjust> Black and White / Desaturate options:

Step 6

Next, use Menu> Adjust Brightness Contrast to make the image more contrast, and use the Menu> Filter> High pass filter to sharpen the image. The boundaries of the portrait, where a shadow was formed, can be processed with the Eraser tool. Create a copy of this layer:

Step 7

Apply correction Menu > Adjust > Threshold:

Step 8

With the Magic wand tool select and delete all white areas:

Step 9

On the layer with a contrast bw portrait, select all white areas using the Magic wand tool. Then invert the selected area (Menu> Select> Invert selection) and delete all areas except white:

Step 10

Now we need to create a background with chaotic bands and paint splashes. To do this, create a new layer and draw strokes, splashes and lines using brushes. I created separate layers for white and black splashes.  You can experiment with the layers transparency:

Step 11

The last touch is to add a text on the portrait. Try using the Papirus headset and a warp distortion.   To make 2 lines, I converted the text to a bitmap format using Menu> Layer> Convert Text layer to image. You can make a few strokes on the text with the Eraser tool, selecting the brush in the form of a smear and adding the red beys to the brush with a large diameter brush in the form of a spray. Our graffiti portrait on the concrete wall is ready!

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7 Days, 7 Photos Challenge with Artipic

13 March 2018

7 Days, 7 Photos was started in Facebook, where people posted 1 photo a day during a week that describes their life. Picture should be black and white. We at Artipic decided to show you how to impress your followers and friends with professionally edited photos using our app.

You can apply ready-to use filters to transform initial photos to the b&w masterpieces. Don’t forget to save the color-pictures as well.

Let’s see the examples of the filters:

Initial picture:

1905 Style:

Gentle BW Style:

India Ink Style:

Initial picture:

Maxed out BW Style:

High contrast BW Style:

Initial Picture:

Drama Style:

India Ink Style:

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Let’s Pop-Art Your Pictures! Free Tutorial from Artipic

07 March 2018

In this short tutorial we’ll tell you how to create an image in the style of Andy Warhol works from an ordinary photo using Artipic Photo Editor tools.

Step 1

Outline the portrait using the Selection tool (Poligon selection tool) with small Radius and Feather value (you can leave them at 0, it will look more like a collage). Then invert the selected area (Menu> Select> Invert selection) and delete background:

Step 2

Add a new adjustment layer “Hue Saturation“, change the parameters of Hue, slightly increase the Saturation and Lightness:

Step 3

Add a new adjustment layer “Posterize” and reduce the number of levels:

Step 4

Changing the parameters of Hue you can get more color combinations. Such a portrait or collage of several portraits in different color combinations can be placed on a T-shirt, poster, or it can be used as a sketch for graffiti:


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How to Watermark Your Images with Artipic

06 March 2018

Protecting images online is one of the most important issue for both professional and amateur photographers. Nobody is happy when their content is stolen. In order to prevent pirated use of your shots, you can apply Watermark technique. In this tutorial we’ll learn how to add a watermark protection to your photo or picture.

On the Image Style Panel (by the way, download Artipic for free), select the Watermarks. Enter necessary data into the parameters of the photo effect: text of the watermark, font of its outline, the color and size, the number of rows and columns, the slope and transparency of the text.

Apply this style to the image. You can save the changes in the original style or save the modified style as an independent one.

Some wise tips for photographers:


 1. Always-alway keep all your work or it’s copy in cloud file-storages

 2. Never-never send “watermarked” images to customers that pay!

 3. Better not to play around with the image opacity in order to give your clients clear view on your work (photograph). 

 4. Save your watermark as a file and easily drop it into your photos whenever you are need to watermark an image.


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Artipic Quick Tip: How to Make a Custom Poster from Portrait Photos

20 February 2018

In this tutorial we’ll tell you how to customize a simple portrait photo and make an amazing, artsy poster from it. So let’s start! Open your Artipic Photo Editor.


To create a graphic image, place the portrait as the second layer, above the background layer (in our case, it is solid beige color) and use the Eraser tool with soft edges (Hardness = 0%) to remove the initial background from the photo:

Step 2.

Next, increase the brightness and contrast of the portrait with following commands:

Menu> Adjust> Brightness Contrast:

Step 3.

With the next step enhance the color contrast using Menu> Filter> High pass with radius more than 20:

Step 4.

Using Menu> Select> Color range, select all light areas on the portrait using the Dropper tool:

Highlight the bright sections of the portrait and delete them. Your image should look like this:

Step 5.

We advise you to make a copy of this layer to use it for another poster design.  Now, on the duplicate layer, select all the transparent areas with the Magic Wand tool, invert the selected area (Menu> Select> Invert selection) and create a new layer mask (Menu> Layer> Create layer mask> Reveal selection).

After that, go to the the portrait layer and make the image active (click on the thumbnail of the image). Fill the image with the selected gradient from the list:

Step 6.

Now let’s move on and add text to the image. To do this, you’ll need to create several brushes with text:

 – Create a new file of small size (for example, 350×100 pixels) with a transparent background

 – Using the Text tool create the desired black inscription

 – If necessary, trim the file using the Crop tool

 – Save the file in png format

 – Make a few more files like this, changing the labels and font sets:

Step 7.

Now you need to upload your new brushes with text to the application. To do this, open the parameters window on the brush properties panel. At the bottom right corner you’ll find “Import a new brush” and select “Import from file” in the context menu. Set the settings and be sure to save the brush by clicking on the “Save the current brush” arrow:

Step 8.

Create a new layer and, using the created brushes with the text, apply the text to the portrait, overlapping the colored areas with text of different density and size:

Step 9.

On the text layer, select the inscriptions using the Magic Wand tool (Tolerance 55-75 parameter) and make the layer with the mask and the gradient active (you can turn off the visibility of the text layer).

Then invert the selected area with the text (Menu> Select> Invert selection) and on the mask layer do the active mask (click on the thumbnail of the mask). After that, delete the selected text areas on the mask:

Step 10.

And finally the last step!

Create a new layer with a small opacity and place it little bit below the portrait. Make several inscriptions of different colors. Then create a next layers with the text and place it slightly over the portrait. Our graphical poster is ready!

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