Have you heard the news?
PicMonkey is no longer a free graphic-design tool.
Fear not. Fotor is still a free alternative to PicMonkey.
Fotor is an amazing graphic design, collage maker, and photo-editing tool.
This post will share the exciting changes happening at Fotor.
The folks over at Fotor have revamped their templates– and just in time for Halloween.
How to Celebrate Halloween on Your Blog with Fotor
You can use Fotor to make your own Halloween pictures more interesting.
To access Fotor’s Halloween templates:
Step 1: Go to https://www.fotor.com/.
Step 2: Click Design.
Step 3: Scroll down to Events. Click Poster.
You will immediately see Fotor’s Halloween templates on your left.
How to Use Fotor’s Halloween Templates:
Example 1: Modifying a pre-designed template without a photo:
Look at the original template:
Look at how I modified it to suit a Halloween blog party post I needed it for:
You have choices when bringing in the template. You can download them as png, jpeg, or pdf.
It even downloaded 724 x 1024, the right size for Pinterest and Twitter.
Example 2: Modifying a pre-designed template with a photo:
Look at the original template:
Step 1: Import and drag your photos into place.
Step 2: Click on the photos to be able to move them around and center them in their boxes.
Step 3: Do you see the top blue skeleton? I zoomed in. You can zoom in on the photo to make it larger if needed.
Step 4: I modified the font sizes and text writing.
Video instructions for making a collage with Fotor:
How you can use Fotor’s features to enhance your photo effects:
Step 1: Go to https://www.fotor.com/features/photo-effects.html. Click Get Started. Make sure Features is highlighted. When the man at the top asks if you want to turn your photo into an artist’s sketch, click Try It Now. Click the plus sign (+) to bring in your photo. You will see the photo to the right under Import. To be able to apply Fotor’s special effects, click the photo.
Step 2: Pick an artistic look you’d like for your photo. Fotor uses Artificial Intelligence to make your photo look like an artist’s sketch! You have a number of free choices too great to count. The premium selections are marked with a diamond.
Step 3: Since this post is to show how to use Fotor for Halloween graphics, I wanted to fit a spooky look. Which look to pick? Surrealism? Color Fantasy? As I explained, you have a great number of choices. I experimented with each. Surrealism looked surreal but I chose Color Fantasy since it made the colors more vibrant.
Vibrant colors are important. You want your posts to be noticed on Pinterest and at linky parties.Fotor advertises its platform as “revolutionary.” It’s true! Due to the Artificial Intelligence component, it is absolutely revolutionary.
I had so much fun, I wanted to try again.
I applied the Metaphysics effect to the photo. Notice the effect dramatically changes the look and the mood of your photo.
Notice you can see your photo effects choices. This was just a fraction of your possibilities as the arrow to the right indicates.
If you want to apply Fotor’s effects to a different photo, click Choose a Photo.
I have a post coming up about my climb to a site with an SSL certificate.
Since this is still my post about how to make your Halloween graphics, I hoped I could make this look scary. My path to an https site really was a climb, so the photo would fit the mood of the post.
Which effect would make my photo look scary? Early Autumn? Abstractionism? Impressionism? Ukiyoe? Rust? Cubism? Pointillism?
Let’s try Early Autumn:
Although this is majorly cool, the photo really does look like an artist’s sketch, the purpose of the photo effects, the result does not look scary enough for this Halloween-themed post.
How about Ukiyoe?
Are you seeing what I’m seeing? That colorful staircase has actually been transformed into a photo with a dramatically altered mood.
Step 1: Go to https://www.fotor.com/features/photo-effects.html Upload your photo. Choose an effect. When you’re happy, save your photo to your computer.
Step 2: Go to https://www.fotor.com/app.html#/editor/effect. Click Open to bring in your saved photo.
Step 3: Click Sticky to bring in a basic shape. Change the color as desired. You could change the transparency as well.
Step 4: Click “T” and bring in a font. Change the color and style if you prefer.
Step 5: Frame your creation if you like. Since I was going for a scary mood, I brought in a grungy-looking frame.
In contrast to PicMonkey, all of these features are free. Fotor is your free PicMonkey alternative.
Further instructions regarding how to transform your photos into graphics can be found in my published Fotor photo editing instructions.
Note: The entire time I was working on my creations, I could see the original photos in case I liked the original better.
All of these special effects were free. Fotor is not only your PicMonkey alternative but, as incredulous as it seems, Fotor is your free PicMonkey alternative.
How You Can Get Fotor For Your Blog
Photo editing: www.fotor.com
Photo effects: https://www.fotor.com/features/photo-effects.html
Facebook cover photos: https://www.fotor.com/features/facebook.html
Upcoming Halloween Designs: https://www.fotor.com/features/facebook-post.html
In closing, posts about holidays do well. Since Halloween is two weeks away, people are currently looking for blog post articles about Halloween parties, recipes, and crafts.
There is no reason why readers can’t read about how to celebrate Halloween on your blog.
Fotor photo editing is fun, fast, free, and easy. The company has even dropped hints that more Halloween-themed templates are going to be released any day.
Let Fotor help you give your readers the festivities they desire. What better way to start than a Halloween-themed graphic?
Readers, please share so other graphic designers learn about Fotor’s capabilities.
Can you think of any other uses for Halloween graphics using these templates and photo effects? I look forward to your views in the comments section.
This was a sponsored post but the opinions contained herein are my own.