Monday, December 12, 2011

DIY Christmas Subway Art Tutorial

Here is a tutorial for all of you who are as computer illiterate as me. 
Seriously, it's terrible. I didn't know how to use a flash drive until this last year.
Heck, I didn't even KNOW it was called a flash drive. I called it a magic stick.

Subway Art Tutorial

Step 1: Picnik
For those of you who haven't discovered Picnik, it's wonderful! It's free, you don't have to download anything or even register, and you can do so many amazing things with it! 

Step 2: Collage 
On Picnic, select Collage. Change the color to the background of your choice, and press finish. Then you can change the size of your collage (if you want it a square, you all means, keep it) by going to "Basic Edits" (top left) pressing "Crop" then using the scroll down menu. I changed mine to an 8x10

Step 3: Frame
Click the "Frames" icon at the top of the page. On the left side bar, click boarders. Choose 2 colors (I chose red and green). Below the color choices, you can change the thickness.

Step 4: Text
Here's the fun part. The part where you can make your own text! Press the Text button at the top of the screen, and use the right sidebar to add your text. Write something in the box, choose the font, press "ADD" and then change the size and position of the word. On the right side of the screen, there will be a box that pops up where you can change the color (not pictured). Don't forget to click somewhere else on the screen before you try to add another word. Rotate, resize and play around until you are happy with your Subway Art.

Step 5: Saving
Click the "Save and Share" tab at the top of the page. Rename your file, and press SAVE. That's it!

It was so easy, I made one for Zoey too...It's all the names we call her... 
We're not the nicest parents...

And My dad too... I'm a little nicer with him... because he understands what I'm saying

So go out there and make some rocking Subway Art....quick...before the trend dies out!! Last thing you want it to be is out of fashion! (Says the girl who still wears an Old Navy Tech Vest...)


Heidi Perez said...

thank you!! I've done some word art stuff in picnik, but didn't know you could make subway art! So excited.

Michelle Johnnie said...

AWesome! I've wanted to know how to make subway art. I am featuring this at today. Grab my "featured" button.

Mopo said...

This is a great idea!!!I like very much your template, can I ask you how to make it? Is it your creation?
Thank you very much!
Have a nice day!

Ameryn Marie said...

Thanks for sharing, I've never used the collage part on picnik before.

Kathy said...

Thanks for sharing !

Teri said...

I found you through Pinterest. Thank you for posting this! said...

this is great! thanks for posting. Newest follower.. would love a follow sometime to


I love picnik too!

A. Simpson said...

Just an FYI, you spelled gospel wrong.

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial. You did it like a pro. I use Jing for arrows and text, but I think you used something else. I like the fancy arrows!

Anonymous said...

This was an awesome tutorial!! Thank you for guiding me through my first subway art creation!!

Leanne @ Because (I Think) I Can

Linda said...

Thanks I USE PICNIK ALL THE TIME. Did not know those features.
I could not rotate mine , but that's okay. Like how it turned out.

Debbie said...

Thank You thank you thank you for this tutorial. I have been wanting to make a family rules subway art for ages but had no idea how to do it. Ironically I found your tutorial yesterday on the day picnik announces it is shutting down but I was still able to make an awesome one this morning. Thanks again

Kris & Chrissy said...

What are you going to use now that Picnik is closing? I just found this tutorial today and they are not accepting new users.

Jana said...

Same question as Chrissy. I have used picnik in the past but don't know what I'm going to do once they close down. Let me know what site you're going to be using.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting this info. It was so easy! Sadly I see that Picnik is shutting down in April. Is there another site you plan to use when this happens?

Vicky said...

Hey! I just want to add the a new site "Picmonkey" is taking over where Picknic left off! It is by the same developers, and works the same way!! Try it out...I am fooling around with it, and find it to VERY similar! Take care!

Vicky @ sleeping in an unmade bed

Anonymous said...

just so you know, picnik is now unable to be used......):

ShellySmith said...

thank you, Vicky!! I have really missed Picnik, and did not know about Picmonkey! Heading over there now!!

Lisa@TheWarmingHouse said...

I have really been wanting to know how to do this! Really! I'm so excited to go try this out. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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