How to Make Personalized Back-to-School Photos

Families around the country have been snapping pictures of their kids on the first day of school for years. 90% of these photos seem to happen on the home’s front stoop.

In our family, it’s no different. Fifteen minutes before departure time, we line the kids up and snap pictures of their sweet faces in front of our door.

How to Make (easy) Amazing Back-to-School Photos

Each year, I like to add a little extra information to help me remember what they were into (and what they weren’t). For fun I even sometimes make one for my husband who is a PhD student ;). 

To create these great memories, I use the free online editing tool- PicMonkey.

1. I upload the photo by going to “edit” and then “computer.”

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2. After choosing the photo I want to edit, I’m ready to add some text.

3. I choose “Overlays” in the left hand column, and then scroll down to the geometric overlays. I choose the first in the row- the rectangle.

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4. I grab the edges of the rectangle and expand it to the space available. To lighten up the color of the rectangle, I adjust the fade spectrum (I choose 44%), and then I can change the color of the box by choosing “Color 2” and playing around with the colors until it’s what I want.

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5. I’m now ready for the text, so I choose “text” in the left column, and choose a font. I know I like Chelsea Market so I go straight for that. I press “add text” and then my text box pops up. I resize it to the size of the shaded box, double click inside the text box, and then I get typing!

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6. I soon realize the text font is too big. I can resize it by using the size sliding bar on the pop-up box. I may need to adjust the size of the font or the size of the shaded box to fit the text. I just play with it until it looks how I want it to be.

7. I fill in all my content and then press save! 🙂

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Here’s to a great school year!

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