Art Lessons with Jakey!

Jakey, Director of Blogville's Department of Artistic Services here.
 We are combining February and March's Artistic lessons by doing a 3 week series of tutorials on different aspects of Pizap

What is Pizap, you ask?? Why Pizap is a free photo editing and design program found right here on the interwebs!! You can get to it by clicking HERE, or just go to www.pizap.com! There is no fee to use Pizap, and you do not even have to "sign up" for them. Pizap is easy to use, pretty user friendly and can help you do LOTS of things!!

In today's tutorial, we are going to learn how Bilbo can play in the mud WITHOUT having to actually get dirty!! I know...it might not seem like much fun to you....but Bilbo says he has a "reputation" to uphold...plus, he has this thing about keeping clean all the time since he landed the most beautiful gal in Blogville, Sasha!

OK....so let's get started! Here is what we are going to need.....

a picture of Bilbo to cut out and put in the mud......

...and a picture of a muddy area!

First...head over to Pizap and click that big green START button on the right!
(If you would like to join their community and save files to Pizap, you can sign up for a free account in the upper right hand corner)

This is the screen you should see after clicking the START button. Click design for the picture we are going to make today.

Then it will ask you to choose a canvas shape. We are going to choose landscape because that is the shape of our picture.

Then click "Add Background Image" to add the image you want your subject. In our case it is the muddy picture where we want to Bilbo!

Mama saves our pictures on our computer, so that is what we are choosing.

Choose your picture and click "Open"

Now click on the little symbol that looks like a human with scissors in their head (I know...weird, right??). This is the "cut out tool".

Now it's time to choose the subject you want cut out.

In our case...this is Bilbo. Select the picture and click "Open".

It will cover up your background picture, but don't worry....3
The background picture will come back after you finish your cut out!Make sure the paint dot is clicked and you choose a brush size that works for you. We used the medium brush size because Bilbo is kind of small.
Now you are going to "color in" the part of the picture you want to cut out with your mouse.
(left click and color with MS click and color with MAC)

Don't worry if you make a mistake, you can click on erase and use your mouse to erase the mistake!

Once you have colored in the part you want to cut out, click on finish!

and look...there is Bilbo in the marsh with the duckies, BOL!!
You can move the cut out around with your mouse and make it bigger or smaller by dragging the corners in or out!

We made Bilbo a little smaller and moved him to the side!
We are done editing for this week, so we want to save the picture. To do that click the blue SAVE button in the upper right corner.

You can create a caption...we chose, "Muddy Bilbo."
Then click the blue SAVE button.

Then you can save it to a place on the computer where your staff will remember it....The desktop is always a good place for our Mama.

So now we have Bilbo IN the mud.....next Thursday we will see what we can do to get Bilbo


If you have any questions about Pizap, PicMonkey or even Photoshop, feel free to leave us a comment and we will answer it next week...or email your staff with the answer. We here at the Department of Artistic Services are here to serve YOU!!

A copy of this tutorial can also be found on our Artistics Tutorials page HERE.

We will be saving all our photo classes to our "Artistic Tutorials" page for easy reference

Please note that we are not advertising, and are in no way affiliated with PiZap. It is a photo editing site that we enjoy using only. All our opinions and directions are our own.


Chef Sasha said...

OMD my Mommy is learning so much from you. She loves picmonkey and now she is gonna try this. she has been wondering how you got yourselves into some of your cool pictures. She says thank you so much!! You are a great teacher. I am glad Bilbo didnt have to get muddy cause that would lead to a bath. I know he feels the same way I do about baths.

Love Sasha

Charliedownunder said...

Crikey ....... you are such a good teacher. You make it sound so easy. Mum is going to give this a try. Thankyou!!!

Julie said...

This is very clever, so well explained and easy to follow and I know Mum could do this but I'm not sure I should let her see it though...who knows what she'll have me doing!!!!
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Molly TheWally said...

Nice one. Have a tremendous Thursday.
Best wishes Molly

Mark Muller said...

bravo! we will use it too! first you look green and one second later you are on a different place without using a teleport tunnel. wow! that's like magic!thanks!!!!!
easy rider

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

sounds like a great little graphics tool

Jeanne Pursell said...

I thought I had heard of them all, but this is a new one for me! I usually use the apps on my ipad to do most of my editing...although I do love both Picasa and Picmonkey. Thanks for the tutorials ... you ARE a great teacher!!

Sandra said...

i have been using Pizap for months now and did not find that brush to cut things out. thanks so much. i cut out in photo shop and picmonkey but have not tried pizap.. can't wait to play.

Miley's Daily Scoop said...

Oh thank you for teaching and sharing this, we are bookmarking it for sure! Looks like a lot of fun, you're a great teacher!!! :)

Emma said...

Oh goodness, my photographer can so use this lesson! She can do lots of stuff with lots of programs but she always fails at cutting out an image. This looks easy enough for even her to master! Thanks!

stellaroselong said...

Mom has been using this for awhile...she really likes it...I am sure she can learn more from you though....stella rose

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OMD OMD OMD YOU are a FABULOUS Teacher.... this is EXCELLENT... THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOoooooooooooo much.

Murphy said...

Such an excellent lesson! We are going to put up a special link to it!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

This is a pawsome tutorial.

Sketching with Dogs said...

Wow, that is just incredible! Thank you so much for the tutorial. Mum is beyond hopeless with computers and you make it look well within her grasp (we hope).
Dip and Elliot x

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Pawsome tut Jakey! I didn't know about pizap!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Yabbadabbadoooo that is such a fantabulous tutorial Jakey. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

We will get lady to try this and let you know if she has a talent now!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Fantastic. We are going to make mud
Lily & Edward

The Army of Four said...

What a great tutorial! And YESSSSS - MUD!!!! Oh. Sorry.
Great job!
Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Lauren Miller said...

Awesome post! Great job!

Idaho PugRanch said...

You make this look very easy! Thanks Arty
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

Idaho PugRanch said...

Sorry - we meant Jakey, moms head is all stuffed up and not working quite right

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

So good to see you, Jakey. And thanks for the Pizap lesson. Mom has never tried that one, but if she can come up with a good idea for a pic, she is going to give it a go. Thanks for the awesome lesson.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Tweedles -- that's me said...

ok,, I think tonight we will try to do your art lesson,
Keep your fingers crossed.
Mommy wonders if there is something to remove blurry stuff

Sully said...

OMD I'm very excited about this cause I think my mom will learn some tricks. Thanks a bunch for this!

Aroo to you,

Cinnamon said...

OMD this was so easy I did it in less than 5 minutes. Thank you so much for making it so easy. I have photoshop for 3 years and can never do anything with it.
xo Cinnamon and Linda

KB Bear said...

Jakey - You are an amazing teacher. Thank you so much for taking the time to teach all of us computer illiterates! I can't wait to see a muddy Bilbo!

Ruby said...

Yuppers, Pizap is the bestest! It has the easiest cutout tool around! the ball is MUCH easier than trying to make a straight line with the mouse!
And, their Collage is the easiest to do too! you can shrink or enlarge the pics inside the frames, you can't do that with PicMonkey.
Ruby ♥

Wallace Wright-Parkin said...

OMD! This is exactly what we've been looking for AND you've taught us how to use it. Jakey, you are an A++++ teacher!!! Thank you so much!!!!
Wally & Sammy

Madi and Mom said...

Bravo bravo for a great tutorial mom is going to print this!!
Hugs madi your bfff

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I am visiting from Sandra @ MadSnapper. I had to check out this artsy lesson. Thanks for sharing, have a happy weekend!