Some of my favourite programs to use for editing images include PowerPoint, Picasa, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Pixlr Express. You can achieve some amazing results with a little time and know-how. Here’s what I’ve been working on.
Blurring background images is a really effective way to create engaging visuals. Here are some examples of how I’ve used blurred images – I created the blurred effect in PowerPoint.
Using Pixlr, you can turn any plain background into something more interesting. I added a “Retro – Beam” plus a “Grunge” effect to this background.
This image has a “Vintage – Karl” and “Overlay – Summer” effect.
I tried out a few different effects on this original image – “dusty”, “paper” and “stitched”.
I worked with this image in Pixlr – using “Sharpen”, “Saturation” and “Vibrance” settings.
Working with the colour effects in Pixlr can produce some interesting images.
Pixlr has functionality to do amazing things with your images – here are some more ideas using overlays and borders.
I used the “Pencil Sketch” Artistic Effect in PowerPoint to work with this coloured image and turn it into an almost black and white sketched background that I can use in my e-Learning design. Once I’d selected the Pencil Sketch effect, which creates a black and white image, I adjusted the transparency to bring back in a small amount of colour.
These images were also edited in PowerPoint – using the “Cutout” Artistic Effect and adjusting the number of shades of colours option.
I edited this image of the Melbourne skyline in PowerPoint using the Artistic Effects “Blur”, “Cutout” and “Paintbrush”.
Comic book images
For these four images, I again used PowerPoint and chose the “Cutout” Artistic Effect with 6 shades of colour. For some of the pictures I adjusted the “Color Saturation” setting under Picture Colour, and the “Transparency” and “Intensity” settings under Artistic Effects.
I then added a wide black border – with the brighter colours and black border I think these images are much more like a comic book style.
I used Picasa to edit this photo of a Stop sign I took – applying the “Focal B&W” and “Comic Book” effects.
These are images taken by me – edited in Picasa using the Comic Book effect with a “Boost” of colour and borders added.
I worked with these background images in different programs to show the variety of editing you can use to produce very different effects.
Here is an example of how I edited an original image and combined two images, using one as an overlay to create the effect below. I used the “Cutout” feature in PowerPoint and then the “Pencil Sketch” feature in Picasa.
And here’s how I used the final image on a slide in the Airline Safety Training course demo I developed.
In these examples, I experimented with how I could change the look of icons using “Pencil Sketch” and some other effects in PowerPoint.
How did I do this?
Thank you to Jamie for taking the time to comment on this post. Here’s a short video with more information on how I used Artistic Effects in PowerPoint – including the blurred image effect.
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