How To Turn Your Photos Into Wall Art

Hello my sweet friends, Happy Monday!  Did you have a great weekend?  We had another amazing 60 degree day here in central Ohio, and it was glorious.  I. {heart}. spring.  Anywhoo, I’m excited to share today about how to turn your photos into wall art; a few simple techniques I use to take my photos up a notch or two to make them wall worthy.

Tip#1 is an app called Waterlogue.  Waterlogue turns any photo in to a “watercolor” painting; right in your phone.  Want to see what I mean?  Let’s use this photo I snapped with my phone of the gazebo across from our house.

 

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I opened the photo in Waterlogue and voila!

 

Waterlogue 1.2.1 (66) Preset Style = Vibrant Format = 6" (Medium) Format Margin = Small Format Border = Sm. Rounded Drawing = #2 Pencil Drawing Weight = Medium Drawing Detail = Medium Paint = Natural Paint Lightness = Auto Paint Intensity = More Water = Tap Water Water Edges = Medium Water Bleed = Average Brush = Natural Detail Brush Focus = Everything Brush Spacing = Narrow Paper = Watercolor Paper Texture = Medium Paper Shading = Light Options Faces = Enhance Faces

Cool, huh?  Printed on cardstock in your home printer, and this shot would be beautiful hung on the wall.

Here’s one of my house, sans garage.

 

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Tip #2 is to take better photos.  ;)   Light, bright, and crisp photos are way more wall worthy than dark, fuzzy ones.  My best tip for taking great photos, whether with your phone, or a camera, is to shoot in great light.  I love to take photos outside, and a cloudy day is best; no sun to create shadows.  :)  If the sun is shining, make sure it is behind you, as the photographer.  If the sun is behind your subject, they will appear dark.  If you take photos inside, choose a room with great light, and turn off your flash.  The flash makes photos look harsh, and distorts the color.

This photo I took of my son at the Christmas tree farm this past December is a good example of a natural light shot.

 

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Tip #3 is an easy way to edit photos taken with your phone, an app called PicTapGo.  Open your photos in this great app and you can lighten, sharpen and adjust color and contrast.  I always use two of the edits, “Lights On” and “Auto Contrast.”

After making those two edits, the above photo now looks like this.

 

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Tip #4 is Picmonkey.com.  If you take photos with a camera, and upload them to your computer, Picmonkey is a great option for editing.  It’s free to use, and you can crop the photo, lighten (use the Exposure menu option), sharpen, and also overlay words and other images on top of your photos.  I use Picmonkey to edit all of the photos posted here on Reinvented, and I used Picmonkey to create our Christmas cards last year for a fraction of the cost of other options.  To learn all about Picmonkey, check out these tutorials.

Tip #5 is to always use a mat when framing your photos.  A mat makes a photo, a print, or even a free printable look more high end.  Most of the time I prefer plain white or cream, but you can get creative and choose something more colorful, or even a pattern, like this faux wood grain mat I made.

 

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My favorite places to purchase mats and frames are Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and IKEA.

 

Are you ready to turn the photos in your phone and computer into art for your walls?  Go for it!

Thank you so much for reading, have a great day!!

This post is linked up to:  Something To Talk About, Celebrate Your Story

 

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “How To Turn Your Photos Into Wall Art

  1. Wow, what a difference! I know there are some things I can do with PicMonkey, but I will have to look into this app. I am also glad to have discovered Reinvented. I am a (sometimes) Ohio resident…in Florida the rest of the time! I am headed off to check out lots more of your projects! Thanks so much for sharing over at Celebrate Your Story!

    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Chloe! I would love to some day be a part-time Ohio, part-time Florida resident too. :)

  2. Waterlogue is one of my favorite apps and I don’t use it nearly enough. Can’t wait to try create some spring art thanks to your fabulous suggestion! Thank you for sharing at the Celebrate Your Story Link Up Party.

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