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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Artipic Quick Tip: Transparent Text Effect

07 February 2018

Do you wonder how to add transparent text on a foggy or misty window using photo editing tools? Follow this quick Artipic tutorial and create romantic and stylish photos. 

First thing you should do is to choose your own background image. Next thing is selecting correct font for your text. The best one is font which is similar to handwritten text.

Step 1

Copy the original image as a new layer

Step 2

Using the Gaussian blur filter, blur the image on a new layer

Step 3

Use the Adjust Brightness Contrast (this tool increases the brightness and reduces the contrast) to simulate a misted glass.

Step 4

Create a text layer. We decided to use a heart sign instead of the word “love”, so we made a space between the words “I” and “you!”. In this example, the Mustral font is used. The color of the text doesn’t matter.

Step 5

Next, convert the text layer to a bitmap (Menu> Layer> Convert Text Layer to Image or Layer Panel> Context Menu> Convert Text Layer to Image) and use the tools Select and Move to arrange the words (given that there will be a “heart” yet). Then, using the Magic Wand tool, select all the text elements. Activate layer with a fuzzy and clarified background (misted glass). Now transform the selected area (small rotation and increase) – Menu> Select> Convert> Select the transformation

Step 6

After the transformation, delete the selected areas. It remains to draw the missing heart with the Eraser tool. Slightly reduce the transparency of the layer with the inscription for greater realism

Here is the outcome of the tutorial. As you can see the technique used is pretty simple it was all about Layer Styles, Masks and basic filters. Artipic is here to help you creating masterpieces from any photo or image.

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Quick Tip: White Balance Adjustment

12 January 2018

Before we dig in the quick tutorial how to fix white balance in your photos, let’s dive in a theory. White balance refers to the color temperature in your photo or image. How does it work? It makes photo look more neutral by adding opposite color to the image. It means white balance helps remove extra blue, green or red photo appearance.

Using modern digital cameras, it is easy to tune white balance settings. If you’re making photos outside on a sunny day, simply turn your camera’s white balance setting to “sun”, and if you’re shooting on a cloudy day, set your digital camera’s white balance setting to “cloudy,” etc.

This quick guide from Artipic serves those cases when you forgot to use white balance tool on your camera or need to retouch photos made by someone else. So let’s start!

 1. How to fix overexposed photos

Overexposed photo is one which has too much light on it.

Open original photo with Artipic photo editor.

Open Menu > Module > White Balance

Check the “Overexposure correction”, click OK:

 2. Yow to fix underexposed (dark) photos

Open Menu > Module > White Balance

Check the “Underexposure correction”:

 3. How to adjust white balance in automatic mode

Open Menu > Module > White Balance

Check the “Auto correction” (this setting is used by default):

 4. How to enhance photos with the predominance of a certain color in the photo.

This tool is mostly useful for underwater or winter photos.

Menu > Adjust > Color enhancer:

As you can see, correcting white balance issues in photos is generally quite simple and doesn’t require any sort of professional-level photo editing skills. If you would like to share your photo editing tips and tricks, feel free to join the conversation and leave comments in our blog.

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How to Add Christmas-Style Text to Your Photo

28 December 2017

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Text on pictures can make a postcard out of your photo or image and share not only your messaging, but also the mood. In Artipic we happily present you a very special font to make your lettering look truly festive and reflect the Christmas and New Year holidays. Whether you’re designer, photographer or just an amateur photography fan, Artipic is yours on-elbow tool to combine text and photos in the most convenient and creative way.

We help you make your images looking great and brilliant, our typography experts provide you with all necessary functionality to get the design you would like to have. Follow quick and easy tutorial tips below to add the effect of the “snow” text on the New Year’s card.

See what you’ll get as the result:pic1

4 initial steps you should follow:
– Copy image as a new layer
– Apply Gaussian blur filter to blur your image on a new layer
– Change transparency to 70%
– Switch overlay type to Multiply (to make the background darker and more saturated).


After that add a text. We used Chiller font. Using text transformation tool change the lettering:


Turn the test layer into a bitmap layer using the Menu> Layer> Convert Text layer to image option. Apply the Add Noise filter to the rasterized text:


Convert color noise to a black and white image (Menu > Adjust > Black and White):


Add contrast and reduce the brightness by increasing the number of black dots (Menu > Adjust > Brightness Contrast):


To leave only white fragments of the inscription, take Magic Wand (Tolerance> 50, “Sample all layers” -enable) and select white fragments by clicking the magic wand on the white color of the text. Afterwards, invert the selection (Menu> Select> Invert Selection) and delete the black color pixels:


To soften the boundaries of the remaining white pieces of the text, apply the Smoothen filter (Menu> Filter> Smoothen):

pic8artNow we need to add “snow” accents to the text, using a special brush. Changing the size of the brush and transparency, we achieve the effect of traces of snow on the glass:


Now you know how to make you own great New Year postcards! Artipic wishes you warm and happy holidays!

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Reversible Stylization

25 May 2015

Have you found perfect combination of filters for your images? Apply them all with just one click using Artipic’s Reversible Stylization.

Artipic Styles


Reversible (non-destructive) Stylization Module allows managing presets of effects and applying them to images without affecting the source. You can use existing presets or create you own ones:

Artipic Styles

The effects are “real-time”, so you can continue editing picture (painting, etc.) with the effects constantly applied.


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12 May 2015

Do you have a great image idea in mind? Artipic is at your service with a rich set of tools for unexpected combinations and brilliant compositions:

Artipic Compositions


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Mix and Match

29 April 2015

Mix and match Artipic’s filters, apply tint, change temperature and much more:

Artipic Mix and Match



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Your photos become spectacular

30 March 2015

Sometimes looking at your photos you see an amazing combination like a tree, sunset and silly birds…. Try to play with it – Artipic’s effects and filters are at your disposal:

Artipic Effect

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Piece of Art

16 March 2015

With the vast variety of Artipic’s effects and filters your regular picture will magically turn into a piece of art with just a few clicks.

Artipic Effects


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Effects and Filters

02 March 2015

Artipic grants you multiple effects and filters for easy photo-editing and gives your picture a great artistic appearance.

Tint makes your pictures stylish — no matter what color or B&W:

Artipic Tint


What mood are you in today? Adjust your picture from “cold” to “warm” with Color Temperature:

Artipic Color Temperature


Color Enhancer is your savior for bringing the richness and depth to your picture:

Artipic Color Enhancer


Multiple photo filters make each of your images unique:

Artipic Photo Filter


High Pass for sharpening images by affecting only the edge areas:

Artipic High Pass



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Batch Processing

16 February 2015


Artipic Batch Module empowers to format large numbers of images by applying predefined action sets. Automatically adjust and upload your images for further distribution (be it Instagram or an e-commerce CMS platform) with a single click.

Artipic Batch Processing Transparent

Batch Module enables taking any set of files or folders and processing them using capabilities as follows:

–  Applying any combination of image adjustments, filters and effects mentioned above

–  Resizing images to common dimensions resolutions. Cropping images

–  Cutting background for further composition

–  Rotating images by a free angle

–  Shading images

–  Composing images with other images (signs, backgrounds, etc.) using various modes

–  Applying watermarks

–  Setting output structure and defining target image formats

–  Defining naming policy

Batch Module also allows saving configured batches for further use, defining processing policies and monitoring both process and results by batch progress dialogs and batch reports.


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