Hi there, How have you been?
Today I wanted to share a little tutorial with you.
If you know my work, you must’ve noticed that I am always adding my logo to my illustrations. But I am also adding a logo to my photos on instagram.
A lot of people were curious to know how I do that, because I am adding these logos on the photos from my phone.
But first of all: Why would you add a logo?
Years ago, when just starting as an artist, I had mixed feelings about adding a logo. Who would steal my work anyway? I am just a starting artist with no name or fame. And what if they think of me as some small and big headed creative with a big fat logo? Maybe it’s a weird thought, but I felt a bit uncomfortable about it all.
But to be honest, these thoughts were just plain rubbish.
Everybody has the right to protect their work, no matter if they are unknown, or have less experience
A logo can be used to protect your work. The internet is such a huge busy highway and resource of data. You have no idea where your images can end up. Adding a logo makes it easier for people to identify and recognize you and your body of work.
I already started adding logos to my web images ages ago, but didn’t use a logo on my instagram photos.
Most of all because I had no clue how to do it. Of course it would be possible to send myself the images, render them on my computer, send them back to my phone and then publish them. But that would be such a hassle. Plus the fun of social media is that it shows the thing you are doing ‘right now’.
After some searching and trying out different apps I found the right app, that did all the things I needed. It’s called Picsart.
The PicsArt Photo Studio (PicsArt) app is available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Windows 8.1.
And without further ado, I will show you a step by step tutorial to add your logo to your images from your phone.
How to use Picsart:
1) Quite obviously: Download the Picsart app to your phone.
2) Make a special png file for your logo on your computer.
If you are using photoshop, then use the ‘save for web’ option for the best quality web image.
In photoshop go to> File > save for web.
I saved mine with a width of 600 pixels. But you might have to try it out for yourself first to see what works best for your settings.
Make sure you save your logo as a png file with a transparent background.
The picsart app can handle png files easily.
Tip: I made 3 different versions of my logo. One in full-colour, one blank and one in black. This is handy in case you have a photo that turned out a bit darker. My own logo has dark letters. So when my photo is too dark for this logo, I will use the white version.
After making a photo that you want to publish on the net, you open Picsart.
Click on the upper left icon (edit) and choose the photo you want to edit.
After clicking the ‘edit’ button, a new frame pops-up.
Choose the ‘photos’ icon, top left. Or you can of course make a photo with the app.
Choose the photo from your albums on the phone.
This might look different on your phone or device. My screencaptures were made with the iphone.
Your photo of choice will appear on your screen, accompanied with a series of tools and features.
On the bottom of your screen you will see a bar with a set of tools.
Scroll to the right and select the ‘add photo’ tool.
You will notice that picsart has a lot of possibilities for editing your photo. But I only use one feature.
Select the logo you want to use for your photo.
I saved all my logos in a special folder on my phone, so I have easy access to them when I work with this app.
After selecting the photo(s) you want, you click on ‘done’ on the bottom of the screen. You might notice that it’s possible to add multiple images.
It’s really fun to play around with this option.
The logo appears on top of your photo.
You can move it around freely. Expand it or even minimize it a little bit. And of course you can also rotate it.
This is the best part of it all.
Picsart offers some effects similar to the layer settings in Photoshop.
Click on the opacity option and try out the possibilities. I often use multiply. It adds a bit of transparency to my logo and makes it look like the logo is really embedded in a photo.
All done. When you are content with the placing of your logo, simply click on the tick mark (✓) in the bottom of your screen, and you are all set.
On top of the page you will see the ‘save’ icon. Click on that and your photo will be saved to one of the albums on your phone.
You are ready to share your photo with the worldwide web!
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and found it useful.
If you have any questions regarding this post, please let me know.
Or share if you like 😉
P.s. This app allows you to do so much more fun stuff. Play with it and try things out.
I used the ‘add image’ tool in combination with the ‘multiply’ setting to create these fun photos. I simply combined a sketch with a photo. Enjoy.