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Creating a Fantasy Photo with Pixlr & Creative Commons

September 3, 2019

[TRANSCRIPT: Creating a Fantasy Photo Using Pixlr (With a Little Help From Creative Commons) Jill Dawson
Marlboro College]>>Hello and welcome to this video tutorial
on how to create a fantasy photo in Pixlr, with a little help from Creative Commons. Pixlr, a cloud-based photo editor, is freely
available in the Chrome Store, or by visiting Once you’ve downloaded the Pixlr app from the Chrome Store, you’ll recognize it from the blue butterfly. Before you start, brainstorm some ideas. Where might you go if you could travel anywhere in space and time? Once you have an idea go to, or
open up the app in the Chrome Store, and select “Open image from computer.” Standing in front of a green screen or some
other solid background will make photo editing in Pixlr much easier. Pixlr has a lot of useful tools. Today you
will be learning how to use the marquis tool, which is useful for cutting out large chunks of a photo that
you want to delete; the wand tool, which is useful for selecting parts of a photograph
that have the same color and deleting them; and the eraser tool. In order to remove the background, double
click on the lock to unlock your background layer. Then, select the marquis tool and start cutting out pieces of the image that you don’t want. If I click “delete,” a whole big piece of the picture was just deleted… There’s more up here. [No Audio] From this point, you are probably good to
try to use the wand tool. [Text Box: After selecting an area that you
want to remove with the wand tool, select the delete button.] You’ll notice that the area that’s in
between the flashing lines is going to get deleted. “Delete.” I’ll have to come back to get this with the eraser. It’s always a good idea to zoom in a little
bit when you’re trying to delete pieces, so I can go in there and try to get that,
using the wand tool. Hit “delete.” [Text Box: If you make a mistake, select “Edit,
Undo.”] You can see a couple of different areas. If I were to hit “delete” right now, I
would be cutting off my arm. [Text box: It’s better to select a few things
to delete at a time, rather than trying to do all of your edits in one movement.] do all of your edits in one movement.] So, I still have quite a bit of a glow around
myself. [Text box: The green glow may be reduced by
using good back-lighting when posing in front of a green screen.] I’m going to select the eraser, and you
can also select different sizes for your eraser. I’m going to pick one that’s kind of small
and not too big. You’ll have to hit “Edit, Deselect all”
if your eraser doesn’t work the first time you try. Just try to get as close to your picture as
you can. Deleting the green glow around my head is
going to be a little bit tricky. If you make a mistake, if you hit “Edit,
Undo,” you can undo the last move that you made. [Text box: Edits made between mouse clicks are considered “moves.”] I’m going to keep working on this, and I’ll
be back in a minute. When you are satisfied that you’ve removed
as much of the background from your image as you can, it’s time to save it. You’re going to want to save this image
as a layered pixlr image. Click on “Save” and select “Layered Pixlr Image,” and
save it to your computer, and then also save it as a PNG file. A PNG
file is a transparent file. You want your picture to be transparent so you can put it
on top of a different background. You’ll know that it’s a PNG file if you actually
see the checkered background behind it. Give it a name and save it. Once you’ve saved the transparent PNG file
to your computer, open up Pixlr and select “Open image from computer,” to select your background image. I’m selecting a photograph that I took myself, but you could also use an image from Creative Commons, as long as it has a license that allows you to make derivative
works. [Text box: Learn more about Creative Commons
by visiting] Next, select “Layer,” “Open image as
layer,” and find the PNG file that you had saved. To move the picture, click on the “Move”
button, and you can reposition it. And to add other pictures to your image (I’ve
also created some other PNG files using Creative Commons images), so I’m going to add another
layer. You can change the order of your layers as
well. [No Audio] [Text box: To move an object, select the corresponding
layer. Layers may also be re-ordered.] To resize images, go to “Edit, Free Transform” and hold down the shift key and grab the corners It will keep your picture in perspective as
you resize it. And you can move the layers around over here
under “layers.” So, I’m going to add another picture of
a Dalek that I found on Creative Commons. Go to “Layer,” “Open image as layer.” Here you can see, this is the actual photograph
that I found from Flickr, but I used Pixlr Editor to create PNG files, to get the Daleks
that I wanted for this picture. I’m going to move it. If I want to resize
it, I go to “Edit, Free Transform,” hold down the shift key to keep it in proportion,
left mouse click to resize. I could also move it around that way if I
wanted to…and apply changes. So, the next step is to go to “file” (if
you’re happy with your image), you can save it as a JPEG file.
Or if you think that you might want to edit it again, or keep adding to it, you can save
it as a “Layered Pixlr image” and you can continue to add to or edit the image.
I’m going to do that. And then I’ll make another one as a JPEG
file. Once you’ve saved your image as a JPEG,
I recommend that you insert it into a Google Drawing as I’ve done here, and then put your attribution at the bottom of the photo to give proper credit, if you borrowed anybody
else’s images. My image has three different components from
three different Creative Commons licensed images, so I have put their names [the original
creators] at the bottom of my photo, as well as a link to where the actual original works
can be viewed []. Something that’s good practice when creating
a fantasy photo is to keep track of all the pictures that you might use from Creative
Commons, the actual link where you found the image, the name of the image, and the license. This is a good strategy, in case you are planning
to make really complex fantasy photos. Thank you for watching this video tutorial
on how to create a fantasy photo in Pixlr, with a little help from Creative Commons.
To learn more about properly attributing images from Creative Commons, check out my other
screen casts. [Music: Creative Commons licensed version
of Doctor Who Theme Song]

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