Using ipiccy to Make a Photo Collage

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I love mash-up photo collages. Remember back in school when you used to cut pictures up and mash them with phrases and other magazine pictures to make a kick ass collage to give to a friend? Or when you would cut up a picture of you and place yourself in the middle of the Backstreet Boys?

As much fun as cutting and glueing is, I’m going to show you how you can get that same kind of mash-up collage look but completely digital (So you’re not wrecking photos anymore).

I’ve been wanting to make a quirky family collage for a bit. The only problem was that up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t have a picture of Jason and me that would work in the way I wanted. The only good pictures I had were of us sitting down or in some awkward position. So when we had anniversary pictures taken, I finally found one picture that would work.

Normally you could do this in Photoshop, but I don’t have Photoshop. I’ve been using a website called ipiccy.com to do most of my editing. The best thing about ipiccy.com is that it’s free and super easy to use.

The first thing you need to do is go to www.ipiccy.com.  On the main page will be a yellow button that says “Get Started”. Click on that. Then upload the picture you would like to use. Once it’s uploaded then double-click it to open it in the editor.

How to use ipiccy to Make a Photo Collage

Now that you have it open, here’s how to get rid of the background of the picture. {Each step is numbered in the pictures below}

1. Click on the Paint Icon of the tool bar. It will now open in a different option area.

2. To make being exact easier, zoom into your photo using the slider on the far right side.

3. Click on the eraser in the tools box.

4. Adjust the size of the brush to whatever is comfortable for you to use. (I like using the 45 for most but then switch to a smaller one to get into the tight places.

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5. Just start erasing the background. If you make a mistake you can click on the undo arrow or just click ctrl+z to undo your action. It will undo everything that you clicked until the moment you unclick. So I like to click and unclick a lot so that not as much is undone when I click the undo arrow.

ipiccy 2 erasing 6. I like to work in a section at a time. When I’m, say, done with our heads I would move on down the body. You can keep zoomed in and move down the characters by dragging that red box in the Navigator around. ipiccy 3

 

7. When the erasing is done as close as you would like, then use a larger brush to clear away a larger chunk of the background. You don’t have to do the whole thing.

8. Then click on the camera icon so that you can crop the rest of it out.

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9, Then click on the crop option on the left hand tool bar. Box out the area you would like to crop and then click apply. ipiccy 5

10. To save it, just click on the floppy disk icon.

11. IMPORTANT! It saves as a .jpeg by default but you NEED to save it as a .png for the background to remain transparent. Make sure you do this! You don’t want to go to put your collage together and then realize that you have a big white background behind your images.

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Then there you have it! Your image sans the background! us standing photoshopFor the kids pictures, since they were in full colour still, I first put them in black and white (found in the magic wand toolbar) and then faded the black and white out a bit so some colour would still show through. Then I went ahead and followed the same instructions as up above. benji photoshop Brooke2 CalebHere’s part 2, showing how it is all put together. Enjoy creating!

Love,

Kat

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