Free Snapchat Geofilter Designs You Can Customize Yourself!

For those who need a little inspiration.

If you’re a Snapchat junkie like me, you can agree that SnapChat geofilters are probably the best thing that SnapChat ever invented. Not only are they fun but they make memories even more memorable. I’m here to help those who want to make their own filters but don’t know where to start. I’ve put together a couple a few templates that are simple that anyone can work with, even if you are a beginner. They open right into Photoshop as a .psd file so you can edit it however you like.

Before jumping in, let me first explain the most important thing you need to know before editing in Photoshop. One word: LAYERS! These images are just a series of Layers. If you’ve never worked with Photoshop before, you will see what I mean once you start editing using my steps.

It’s also important to note that all of these templates come with a black background layer that needs to be deleted before saving and uploading to Snapchat. The background is there just to give you a view of what your filter will look like on the darkest background and also make it easier for you to see what you are creating without working directly with the transparent background.

Templates.

Click the links below to jump to the template you’d like to use and:

  1. Wedding Template
  2. Graduation Template
  3. Birthday Template

Or click here for steps rto uploading your Snap filter to SnapChat.


Editing Wedding Template.

This template can be used to create a cute little simple wedding filter for your or a friend’s wedding.

Click here to download the template and open it in Photoshop.

This template consists of 9 layers:

  1. Transparent Layer – Main Layer
  2. Black background layer (To Be Deleted Later)
  3. Rings
  4. Blur Effect
  5. Text – “Sue”
  6. Text – “Chris
  7. Text – “and”
  8. Text – “Celebrating
  9. Hearts

For this template, I used a pinkest color but you can easily update the colors to anything your heart desires. It can be your favorite color or the wedding colors, your choice!. In this example, I’m going to update my colors to gold and white.

Updating the colors

To start updating the colors double click on the [T] icon to select the text in the “Chris” layer.

Your text will become highlighted. Next, click the top color in the color panel and choose the color you would like to update your text to. (See image below) After you’ve chosen your color, click ‘OK’.

Your text will be updated to the color that you chose. You should also update the colors of “and” and “Sue” to be the same color. Select “Sue” layer, click the top color again and click ‘OK’. Since you already have the color that you want set as your top color, no need to select the color again.

After changing the colors of my text, here’s how mine came out:

Now let’s update the color of the hearts. Select the ‘Hearts’ layer and then click the ‘fx’ button at the bottom of the layers display and select the Gradient Overlay option.

Selecting the ‘Hearts’ layer
Click the ‘fx’ button and select ‘Gradient Overlay…”

Click the Gradient color field to bring up the ‘Gradient Editor’ , Select the stop color (boxed in red below) and click ‘Color’ (also boxed in red below)

Select Gradient Color
Select Stops color by clicking the button just left of the word ‘Stops’
Select your color.

Use the eye dropper to select the color that we used for our text. To do that, simply click on your ‘Chris’ text. This will make it so much easier to choose the exact same color that you have as your text.

Click ‘OK’ until all the windows that were opened are closed.

Updating the text

Editing the text is the easiest part. Double tap on the [T] icon again of the text you would like to edit. Once text is selected, click within the field to edit the text. If your font is to big, use the text editor at the top of the screen to edit the size. Also if you need to reposition the text, select the text and click slightly right of the text.

I updated my text to 2 other random love birds:

Also, I noticed the rings were a bit hard to see, so I made them more visible my changing the Opacity. To do that, select the ‘Rings’ layer and slide the bar on the Opacity to make it higher. I set mine to 77%.

Check out the final product:


Editing Graduation Template.

This template can be used to create a filter to be used at your graduation party or the ceremony.

Click here to download the template and open it in Photoshop.

This template consists of 5 layers:

  1. Transparent Layer – Main Layer
  2. Black background layer (To Be Deleted Later)
  3. Grads!
  4. Year
  5. University Name

NOTE: I am using customized fonts that I paid for so the fonts that I’m using will not show up in your Photoshop when you open it. However, Adobe does a pretty good job with trying to match the fonts with whatever you have. If you’re not feeling the fonts, go to a free font download website and download some. There are so many free websites out there that will get you right.

Updating the colors to match your school

Similar to the template above, updating the colors is fairly easy! Let’s first update the color of the grads. For this example, I’m going to update it to my school which colors are Red, White and Black.

First, I’m going to select the ‘Grads!’ layer. Then select ‘fx’ at the bottom of the screen and select ‘Color overlay’.

In the Layer Style window, select the color you want to update your grads to. For this example, I’m going to select Red.


If you wanted to update the color of your outline, you can do so by selecting the ‘Stroke’ option. You can update the color and the px size of your outline. I’m going to leave this one as is. Let’s update the text.

Updating the year

Select the ‘2019’ layer and change the color to white.

Keep in mind that the blue outline is still there, so we need to update that as well to match our school colors. I’m updating mine to Red. To update your color, go back to the ‘fx’ button I keep telling you about. Select ‘Stroke’ and update the color to the color of your choice.

Here’s how my final filter came out:

UL!!!

You can play around with it, add more text if you like, etc.

Just make sure you delete that black layer before you save your new filter!


Editing Dirty 30 Template.

This template can be used to create a filter to be used for a birthday celebration, or just anything where there’s wine involved.

Click here to download the template and open it in Photoshop.

This template consists of 6 layers:

  1. Transparent Layer – Main Layer
  2. Black background layer (To Be Deleted Later)
  3. Wine and brush
  4. Text – Chelsey
  5. Text – “Dirty”
  6. Text – “30”

For this template, you can just update the text to whatever you’d like. I personally love this one because of the wine glass and paint splashes.

Updating the text

Update the name clicking the [T] of the ‘Chelsey’s’ text layer. This will highlight your text. Update the name to the name of your choice. I updated mine to ‘Patrick’s’.

I decided to switch it up a little. I updated my ‘Dirty’ text to ‘Happy’ and my ’30’ to ’21’. Next, I moved the texts around. I selected each text and dragged them to the position I wanted it to be. It came out like this:

Lastly, I want to add the ‘st’ to the end of 21. To add text, click the text option in the left toolbar. Click at the top of the image to create a new text tool. Select your font and size that you would like to add. I’m going with the same font I have as ‘Happy”. Position your text where you would like it.

As you can see, this created a new text layer.

And there you have it! You can update your texts and move them around however you see fit. Here’s how mine came out:


Posting your Snap filter to Snapchat

Once you finish editing your snap filter, DELETE THE BLACK BACKGROUND layer before saving. To do that, simply highlight the layer and click ‘Delete’. Save your new file as a .PNG. You can then upload it easy by following these steps:

  1. Go to https://www.snapchat.com/create/submit.html
  2. Select ‘Geofilter’
  3. Click ‘Upload’ to upload your .PNG filter image. Select your freezing cool filter.
  4. Select a date range you want your filter to span.
  5. Select the place and range in which you want your filter to be available for snappers.
  6. Enter in your payment information and wait for confirmation.

Filters are accepted or rejected in a reasonable amount of time; they will email you once approved. As long as you don’t have anything offensive or any personally information in the filter such as first name and last name or a social media screen names, you should be fine! More templates to come.


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Best FREE Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop

It’s no secret; photo and graphic editing has become imperative in this generation. We use it for everything! Whether it’s to create a logo for our business, or to create snapchat filters for your event. It’s a necessity. Adobe Photoshop is one of the most powerful applications today that’s being used by professional photographers and designers. It’s so heavily used that the word Photoshop can now be found in the dictionary listed as a verb.

To Photoshop or Not To Photoshop? That’s the obvious questions here.

With that being said, I’ll let you in on a little secret:

There’s a way to photoshop without spending any money.

I am a huge fan of Adobe Photoshop, however, I enjoyed the application more when I wasn’t paying a monthly fee for it. I dropped about $200 dollars for the application to have forever and could use it whenever I wanted. Now, no matter how much you use it, you are charged monthly to keep the application (Starting at about 29.99 depending on what plan you choose). As a working woman, I found myself paying for it without having time to use it. So I feel that free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop are a blessing.

Here are 5 graphic editing tools you can use for free. Take a moment to look through the tutorial videos I have posted under each one. That may help you decide which application you want to download if you are trying to go with only one from the list.

1. GIMP

GIMP is by far the best alternative for Photoshop. It is flexible and super easy to use. Not to mention it is free of charge, whether you are on a PC or a mac book. Its remarkable features allows users to create artwork from scratch and easily fine tune images. You will be surprised at how professional your photos come out looking after being edited in this application.

If you are a beginner in Photoshop and need a quick tutorial on how things work in this application, you should watch this video:

2. Canva

Canva is an online design solution that offers a plethora of powerful features, including a simple drag-and-drop design tool and a vast collection of over 1 million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It gives users a very simple design platform that enables them to create amazing and professional quality graphic designs.

Check out this video for a guide that simply explains Canva:

3. Pixlr

Pixlr is another web-based photo editing tool that is free and easy to use. This app is intended for non-professional editing, however, with the right skills, the advanced features can make your image look just as though it was edited in Photoshop.

There are several versions available, including web, desktop and mobile apps. Here we’re looking at the Pixlr Editor web app, which is the only one that supports layers.

Check out the tutorial:

4. Inkscape

Inkscape is a great free application for creating vectors (those scalable graphics that won’t get blurring when you resize them). It’s extremely adaptable and powerful, and an excellent tool for graphic designers. It’s so good, that it’s a serious alternative to premium tools like Adobe Illustrator. This application would be great for creating your own SnapChat filters. Check out the tutorial below:

5. SumoPaint

Sumo Paint is yet another application that is completely free. Its interface presents a comprehensive set of photo editing tools that you wouldn’t expect to get for free.  Its variety of brushes, brush effects, and brush styles make a good impression on any digital artists. Every simple feature provides tons of options. Sumo paint also features layering tools that help you create professional looking images. There are also plenty of image filters and adjustments that enable you to create beautiful images.

Check out this tutorial on Sumo Paint that gives a walk through for beginners:

Not free but worthy of being mentioned

6. Paint Shop Pro

If you are looking for an alternative that’s not free but also not TOO expensive, you should definitely try Paint Shop Pro. This is the first application that I used when I first started out with graphic design. It is a classic! Back in the day (I say that like I’m so old), Paint Shop Pro was the application to use, not Adobe Photoshop!

Check out the tutorial below:

I hope this post was helpful to those who don’t want to spend a fortune to have beautifully photoshopped images! Leave a comment if you know of any other alternatives better than the ones listed.

Paint Outside The Box: Challenge Three

Paint your own reality

Since Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, I’m giving you guys one more challenge to do. For those who aren’t familiar with my other paint outside the box challenges, long story short – I’m going to show you how to create a dope Valentine’s Day card with using only Microsoft Paint and a printer. The reason I’m doing this is to show you how you can be creative with what you have. You don’t need to purchase your Valentine’s day cards this year, you can make your own! Research has shown that people are more happy when they receive something personally made by a loved one. Make your significant other feel special this year!

Here’s the card we will be making today:

Note: If you want it to look more like the google logo, you’re going to have to download a font in this challenge. It’s quick and easy, I promise. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Choose the beige color and draw a box on your canvas to fill it with that color

First, you’re gonna want to choose the beige color from the color pallete for both color 1 and color 2. For your fill, choose ‘Solid’. Select the box shape and draw a box to cover the whole canvas with that color. Simple enough right? How’s it lookin’ so far?

Step 2: Download the font

You can skip this font if you can’t download this on the computer you’re using or if you just don’t want to. The font we’re going to use to the Google logo will be a little different from the real logo. The reason being is because Google actually created their own font and we don’t want to get copyrighted! The closest to that font is a font called ‘Futura’ . Click here to download that font.

Open the download file, select the font and click ‘Install Font’. The font should become readily available. Back to paint we go!

Step 3: Add the text ‘Google’ and update the colors to match the Google logo

Update your color 1 and color 2 to black, choose the new font that you downloaded (IF you decided to) and set the font size to 72. By default, the font will be all one color (black) so you’ll need to update the colors to match the Google logo.

G – blue, O – red, O- gold, G – blue, L – green, E – red

To create these colors, you need to select each letter individually and then select the color you need to update the letter to. See my screenshot below to get an even better idea of what I’m describing:

NOTE: Make sure you select the letter BEFORE selecting the color. And DON’T click away from the font box or you’ll have to start over. It happened to me so many times 🙁

Step 4: Add the search box

Next, you’re going to draw your search box. Update your color 1 to gray and your color 2 to white. This one is a super simple step. After you update your colors, also update the size of your outliner to size 3px so that you don’t have a really thick outline. The square should still be selected from the first step. Now, draw your search box! Try to get it as even as possible so that is it is in the center under the google logo. It should look something like this:

Step 5: Add the buttons under the search box and the search results

Another super simple step but might require a bit of reworking. Change your color 1 to white and draw to boxes under the search box. Pretty self explanatory. No need to go into further detail.

Now, add a larger box at the bottom. This is where you’re going to place your punchline:

Step 6: Add the search term and button text

Let’s add the final touches! Change the font to Arial, size 15, and color 2 to black. Type ‘Are you Google?’ and align the text to be just inside the search box.

Then, update the font to Futura (or whatever font you used for the google logo), font size 10, bold, and change your color 1 to gray.

It should look something like this:

Step 7: Add the punch line

Change the font back to Arial, font size 15, color blue. Type out ‘Because you have everything’ and position the text somewhat in the top right corner.. leave a little bit of space (see my screenshot below). Next, change your color to green and your font size to 13. Add the text ‘I’m searching for.” and position it right under the previous text. And you’re done!! Here’s how mine came out:

You can switch it up and search for whatever you want. Have fun with it! Inside jokes are the best! Let me know in the comments how you liked this challenge. And don’t forget to try these other challenges if you haven’t already. Until next time!

5 Places to Learn Photoshop For Close to No Money

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Adobe Photoshop is undoubtably one of the most widely used software applications in the world. It’s hard to imagine a world without Photoshop in 2019 and learning how to use it could be extremely beneficial to you. The possibilities are endless! With Photoshop, you can..

  • make your own logos if you’re starting your own business
  • edit your own pictures, which could ultimately bring you more likes on instagram (just don’t go overboard with this one)
  • get creative by learning how to create personalized holiday cards for you friends and family. That’s a personal favorite of mine.

You wouldn’t need to hire someone to do it for you! Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a whole lot of bread learning how to use this software. There are many sites that offer awesome courses for very cheap, some are even free! Get started today by checking out some of these courses and videos. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

1. Youtube

That’s right, Youtube. If you’re anything like me, you tend to search and scroll on youtube for long periods of time without even realizing it. When you’re bored and you’re scrolling through Youtube, ever thought to search for Photoshop tutorials?

Youtube contains a wide variety of Photoshop tutorial videos to choose from, whether you’re a beginner or a boss at this shit. And the best thing about it is that they’re 100% FREE!

Photoshop Beginner Tutorial

Pros: It’s Free!! And easy to access.

Cons: You will experience a ton of commercials during the video. With a free account, you know they will try to kill us with the ads. But while the ads are playing, just take some time to play around in Photoshop.

2. Udemy

Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace with over 80000 courses and 24+ million students. There are numerous courses on Adobe Photoshop which you must pay for but if you want to start with a free course, check this out: “Learn Adobe Photoshop from Scratch”.

It is 8 hours of freeness! And judging by the reviews, it is highly recommend for beginners.

If you don’t mind dropping a lil bit of cheese on these courses, there are several other courses available. The good thing about Udemy is the fact that they have sales on their courses often. Currently, all courses are on sale for $9.99. New Year, New Prices! It’s the perfect time to learn something new that’s worth learning! Check out these classes below that are only 9.99:

Current Adobe Photoshop courses that are $9.99 on Udemy (Updated 1/7/2019)

Pros: Once you enroll in a course, you can complete it at your own pace and you have lifeline access to the course. Usually the instructor has a Q and A board to answer any questions you may have.

Cons: Anyone can be an instructor on Udemy, so some of them are a bit sketchy. Be sure to read the reviews before purchasing any course. It will give you a better idea of what to expect.

3. Adobe Photoshop Tutorials

Although Adobe Photoshop is not free, they somewhat make up for it by offering free tutorials on https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/tutorials.html. It’s very well put together, having all topics separated from beginner to advanced. There is also a search option, making it easy to find specific topics you’re looking for.

Pros: It is FREE! Videos are clear and they provide a written step by step guide under each video.

Cons: No cons really in my book, its actually pretty awesome.

4. Lynda

Lynda, also known as LinkedIn Learning, is similar to Udemy. The difference is on Lynda you pay a subscription fee once a month to access all the courses they provide. After doing some research, I found that this site is one of the best sites for people who want to learn photoshop for a professional use. There is a free month trial period where you gain access to 13,000+ courses with a single subscription.

You better make the most out of that trial and learn as much as you can!

After the trial, if you still would like to have access to the courses, the subscription starts at $24.99 a month and you can cancel anytime. That’s not too bad; Definitely something you should consider if you are serious about learning Photoshop.

Pros: Extremely professional courses for people who are serious about being a MASTER in Photoshop.

Cons: If you are paying $24.99 a month but not dedicated to using it to your full advantage, it could end up being a waste of money.

7. Envato Tuts+

Tuts+ is another self-paced learning site for you busy people who would like to learn in your spare time. Tuts+ does have courses you can pay for, but unlike Udemy, the selection of free tutorials is extensive!

Pros: A plethora of free courses!

Cons: I got nothin, you can’t go wrong with free courses!

I hope this helps you decide it’s time to get out there and learn how to use photoshop because IM TELLING YOU – learning Photoshop is what will make you a cut above the rest.

Valentines Day is Approaching..

In all my 29 years of living, I’ve never been that single girl who would cry her eyes out on Valentines Day. Sure, I was definitely single (and somewhat nerdy af) but Valentines day was always just another day to me. I don’t need this day to remind me how loved I am by my family and friends, I already feel the love almost everyday.

There are those super romantic couples that live their lives like the Notebook and then there are couples that are more like me – laid back. As you can probably tell, I’m not big on the overly sappy love stories. You don’t need to go all out on Valentines day with the rose peddles, cause who’s gonna clean all that up!?

But guess what! I’ve been working on Valentines Day card designs for those people who want to say “I love you” in a not so mushy way:

What do you guys think so far? You would totally buy this for your freezing cool significant other right? lol more to come..