Category Archives: Tutorials

How to change the colors in a photo in 3 minutes


Here is another tutorial which focuses on changing colors in a photo. In this example I’ve changed the color of a dress, but you could change the color of almost any part of the photo.
If you like videos, then check out the 3 minute tutorial here:

Or if you just want the highlights, then carry on reading.

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Apply a black Layer to your photo to remove the color from the photo. Don’t forget to change the layer mode to ‘Color’ otherwise you just get a black photo!
This will allow you to apply a Layer Mask (with Full Transparency) so you can manipulate the area of the photo you want.


I used the Scissors Select Tool to select the dress so it stays B&W, whilst keeping the original colors of the remainder of the photo.
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Once the B&W layer is complete, simply duplicate it and change the layer color to the color you want. This layer needs to be in ‘Overlay’ mode, otherwise the new color doesn’t get applied so well.


Do check out my other photo tutorials as I am hoping to build up a collection of them.
If you need any help with this effect, do get in touch. I would love to hear from anyone who has given this a try after following my tutorial.

Wrapping text correctly around photos in wordpress

My last few posts have been photo related and I usually like to write a short explanation alongside my photos. The problem with using the wordpress Visual editor is lining up the photos and text so the text appears next to the photo and wraps around to make it look nice.

Using the default wordpress formatting, you end up with a post like this:

Green butterfly on lavender flowers

Green butterfly on lavender flowers

First photo
Here is my first photo. Aligned to the left with my explanatory text wrapping around it on the right side. The first photo and text group looks ok, but look where the second photo appears –

Lavender flowers at Herrenchiemsee, Germany

Lavender flowers at Herrenchiemsee, Germany

Second photo
Here is my second photo. Aligned to the right with my explanatory text wrapping around it on the left side. The default formatting doesn’t align the photos nicely though.


How to line up the photos with the text
Some people might like this, but I think it’s rather messy. Here’s a simple trick to get the alignment right.
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When you are editing a post, position your photos on the left/right of the post as usual. When everything is in place, go from the ‘Visual’ editor to the ‘Text’ editor and add this line between each block of text/photos:

<br style="clear: both;" />

Everything will magically line up and look 100% better. Here are the same two photos, but with the single line of html included:

Green butterfly on lavender flowers

Green butterfly on lavender flowers

First photo
Here is my first photo. Aligned to the left with my explanatory text wrapping around it on the right side. Now look where the second photo is –

Lavender flowers at Herrenchiemsee, Germany

Lavender flowers at Herrenchiemsee, Germany

Second photo
Here is my second photo. Aligned to the right with my explanatory text wrapping around it on the left side. Formatting looks much better because the photos and accompanying text appear together.


One warning
Be careful switching back to the ‘Visual’ editor, as sometimes this special formatting line will get removed by the editor and you’ll have to put it back again!

Thanks for checking by. If you have any questions, please post below and I’ll attempt to get back to you as soon as possible.

How to colorize a photo in 5 minutes

Following on from my graffiti tutorial, I put together another video to show how easy it is to colorize your photos for free using GIMP rather than Photoshop.

This is a really quick effect to put together, but can produce fantastic results. I hope you can spare a few minutes to watch the video (ok, it’s 7 minutes long!):

Otherwise here are the highlights:


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Step 1 Create a B&W version of your photo
The easiest way to do this is by creating a new copy of the image and simply setting the Image->Mode settings to Grayscale. You can then copy the B&W photo back into the original photo as a new layer.


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Step 2 Add Layer Mask
The layer mask (with Full Opacity) allows you to cut holes in the B&W layer to reveal the color layer underneath. It can be found under Layer->Mask->Add Layer Mask, or by right-clicking the relevant layer.


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Step 3 Cut out the Layer Mask Using the Scissors Select Tool
The Scissors Select Tool allows you to select irregular shapes easily. This is as simple as joining dots around the area you want to colorize. Make sure you have set the background color to BLACK when you delete the selected area, otherwise the color layer doesn’t appear!


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Step 4 Use the Airbrush tool
Finish colorizing any small areas by using the airbrush tool. Just in case the Scissor tool didn’t select the right areas, you can use the airbrush to correct any mistakes. I use a hardness of 75 to correct any errors quickly.


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Step 5 Sit back and enjoy your finished photo
Well done! You should have successfully colored your photo. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to do this in less than 5 minutes. Good luck…

Check out my ‘How to Colorize a Photo using GIMP’ video and add any comments you have below. I’d be particularly interested in hearing if you guys prefer video tutorials or the written word. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can…

How to Create a Graffiti Logo

I was recently asked to put together a tutorial video for doncharisma.org showing how to create a graffiti logo using Photoshop. The video goes through the step-by-step process of how Don Charisma put together his logo.

Check out my ‘How to Create a Graffiti Logo’ video below and add any comments you have. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can…

How to Spin an Article

The Best Spinner

I have been looking at article spinning for some time now, and have tried a few free article spinners on the internet. Whilst the free spinners do job, they usually come out with unreadable English phrases that just doesn’t look right. They make your article look like it was written by an 8 year old child (although my own children could do a better job!).

Clearly the English language has some tricky grammar and I guess a fully automated article spinner is just unable to grasp the enormous variety of words that could be used in sentences.

With article spinning, you really have to spend some time putting your own variations into the article, so that the software has a reasonable idea of what it can generate. This doesn’t mean you need to spend days rewriting your articles, but with a bit of planning, you should be able to create a good few dozen articles.

Here are a few tips to article spinning to give plenty of unique content – which is what article spinning is all about:

Spin entire paragraphs

Don’t make your paragraphs too long. This will allow you to perform the first step in article spinning. Spinning entire paragraphs will give your article a completely different look and feel, without necessarily changing the structure too much.

Spin individual sentences

The next step is spinning individual sentences. Even replacing or leaving out whole sentences will give a great variety to your article spinning.

Select synonyms for individual words

This is a tedious step, but means you can get an enormous amount of content by simply picking a few words that mean the same thing.

Spin images or any other media

When it comes to SEO, moving the media content, or even displaying different pictures, will create a completely different article. This will require some knowledge of HTML, so is probably for the more advanced blogger.

At the end of the day, article spinning is all about creating unique content with a little effort.

I put a link to one of the best spinning software out there – called The Best Spinner – but this is a paid for option. Well worth the money in my opinion. In the next post I will give an example spin on this article to show what is possible with this piece of software.

What have you guys used out there?

Any questions, feel free to ask them below.