“Shopping” Images with KoolrPix!
There’s a reason Photoshop is the most used application among graphics artists, but it also has a reputation for being the hardest program to learn among amateurs. How many times have you wanted to have the ability to clip out images from one photo and “shop” them into another? If you’re like most people you concluded you would need to spend hundreds of dollars on complex photo editing applications like Photoshop and then find the time to learn how to master photo masking and layer control.
The KoolrPix iKoolr Editor was designed to enable virtually anyone to master basic photo editing functions like cropping and rotation, but also provide feature-rich tools you would normally associate with complex, and expensive, photo editing programs such as Photoshop.
In this post we’ll show you how easy it is to use the KoolrPix CUTOUT tool to clip an image from one photo by painting a “mask” and then add that as a KoolrPix “stamp” to another image. If you have a daughter who also happens to be one of the biggest Justin Bieber fans in the world and dreamed of one day meeting her favorite teen idol, this post will perhaps inspire you to master the KoolrPix CUTOUT tool today. Your daughter will be amazed!
Let’s Get Started
Click on Load Your Own Photo from the KoolrPix homepage and select a photo from your system’s photo archive. This image will be the base or background image.
The next step is to select the CUTOUT tool to load the second image containing the image we will mask and add to this original image. Click CUTOUT from the toolbar.
From the CUTOUT source selection menu, click GET A PICTURE to load an image from your photo archive.
Adjust the anchor sizing controls to select the portion of the photo you will use to create your new masked stamp. Then click IMPORT to load the image into the CUTOUT editor.
Just like finger painting, but with your mouse, you simply PAINT a mask on the portion of your photo that contains the image you want to create. Hold down the left mouse button as you paint.
You can select the Brush color that you use to create your mask. It helps to select a brush color that provides good contrast from the colors in your selected image. We like to PAINT using a GREEN mask color. The SIZE of the brush is controlled using the SIZE slider. The FEATHER slider controls the opacity/transparency of the mask. Using a high feather setting around the edges of your masked shape will provide the most realistic effect when you add your new CUTOUT stamp to your design.
Use the ZOOM slider control to zoom-in on areas that require more precise painting of your mask. At any time through the paint process, you can adjust both the brush SIZE and FEATHER opacity sliders.
To PAN your canvas when you are in ZOOM mode, HOLD DOWN the SPACEBAR on your keyboard, and slide your mouse around (holding down the left mouse button simultaneously).
If you make a mistake, and paint ‘outside the lines’, click ERASE and paint over the area you wish to erase. Once again, adjusting the brush size and feather sliders can help erase only the area you wish to remove.
With a little practice, you will master the art of KoolrPix CUTOUT painting in no time and your friends will think you’re a Photoshop Pro!
Zoom IN/OUT and PAN the canvas as required to complete painting the mask. When completed, you mask should completely cover the entire shape you want to use.
With your entire mask ccomplete, you are ready to import. Before you import, you can click on PREVIEW to review your mask.
Clicking PREVIEW enables you to preview your completed mask at any time prior to import. If you see anything you would like to adjust, simply click on PAINT or ERASE to add your finishing touches.
Click IMPORT when your painted mask is complete and your new CUTOUT stamp will be applied to your background image. All that’s left to do is SIZE and POSITION your new stamp where you want it to appear.
Your CUTOUT stamps are also saved in your personal CUTOUT stamps folder to be used over and over again on any other design.
With your new stamp selected, you can also add a shadow. With KoolrPix shadows, you can select shadow color, intensity, blur and spread – all advanced features you would expect from a premium graphics editing application.
To complete your daughter’s Koolrized Bieber Fan tribute, you can also add a KoolrPix Frame. We selected a frame from the Love & Romance category.
One final touch, is to apply a very subtle OPACITY to the new frame we have added. Click on the FRAME in the LAYER BAR to open the Frame Opacity selector. Slide the slider slightly to the left to apply a very soft opacity setting to the frame.
When you SAVE a Koolr design, you have the option of saving your Koolrs as Editable templates that other KoolrPix members can edit and enjoy. As the original artist, you are always identified and credited as the original KoolrPix artist designer. This is a great way to enhance your artistic profile in the KoolrPix community. If you want others to have access to your work as an editable Koolr, you do need to check this save setting.
You can SHARE your Koolrs with the KoolrPix community or save them as PRIVATE (for your eyes only). The default setting here is PRIVATE, so you’ll need to click this setting to share your Koolr PUBLICLY.
NOTE: If you click “Save as an editable template”, but also save the image as a PRIVATE Koolr, you will be able to change the setting at any time to PUBLIC sharing and make your Koolr available for everyone to edit. If, however, you do not save as an editable template, you will not be able to change this setting at a later date.
With your new Koolr saved, you can add a Title to your work, as well as a Caption and Description and then click SAVE. All that’s left to do is DOWNLOAD your new Koolr and print it for your daughter. Imagine the look of amazement on her friends’ faces when she shares this coveted photo with them.