Welcome back from a productive weekend (well, for me at least) And when I say productive, what I really mean is I managed to scratch one tiny thing off my never ending list of projects. So overall, I'm feeling pretty good.
Which leads me to today's post, make your own over sized horse art!
Now you could easily replace the horse with anything you choose. I simply went this route because:
1. I love horses, ride horses and occasionally get thrown off horses.
2. They make for pretty good art.
Keep in mind, I'm not the most tech savvy person and there might be an easier way to have done this but I'm keeping it simple and using editing programs available to the masses. So all you photoshop experts out there, please don't make fun of my free editing program skills.
So this is the picture I started out with. It was taken last summer out in the pasture, hence the lush greenery that is nowhere in sight at the moment in the great state of Wisconsin. My model happens to be an 8 year old paint named Cheeko. He enjoys apples, fresh grass and trying to be king of the herd.
I pretty much did the whole editing process in Picmonkey.
First step is upload your picture and find the overlays on the left sidebar. Choose the geometric option, then the rectangle.
Next, stretch the rectangle from one corner of your picture to the other so it will cover the whole thing. Then change the color to white as this will be your new background color.
Once your page is completely whited out, locate your overlay toolbar and click the erase tab.
In the erase option, adjust your fade just enough to make out the object in the picture that you will be outlining.
Now comes the fun part.
Think back to your younger school days when you used the paint program to create pretty pictures. Those skills will come in handy right about now because you're pretty much erasing part of the white overlay to outline your picture.
Remember, this picture will be enlarged quite a bit so it pays to be meticulous.
It helps if you zoom in and work on small portions at a time.
When you're all done, adjust the fade back to full strength and your picture should look like this:
I added a few effects to my photo to give it an aged look and saved it to my desktop.
Next step: Choose a printing location.
Sam's Club is where I chose to print my picture but I know Walmart offers the same printing options if you are not a member. I simply uploaded my photo, cropped it into 2 prints (front of the horse & back) and selected to print as POSTER prints, not regular photo prints. This saves lots of money and the quality is just as good. I chose the largest size they offer and it came to a little under $10 per print.
And in case you're wondering, the frames are from Ikea.
This whole project costs me just under $70. Not too bad for "2 " pieces of art.