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Editing Pictures in a Box

In this post I'm going to show you how I take these photos here...


... and turn them into this

Now, anyone can do this with basic editing programs, like collage apps, if you keep everything inside the box.


But if you want to do fun overhangs, you'll need either photoshop or the app that I use, Procreate.


I've had procreate on my ipad for a few years now and while it does take a little bit of a learning curve to figure out all the ins and outs, I think overall it is user friendly!


Another item I use for editing is an apple pencil. I'm not sure if you'd really be able to use procreate to its full potential without one.


Before I add the photos to my ipad and open them in procreate, I straighten and crop them on my phone so that they look like this...

This helps me not have to erase too much but I make sure to crop just to the edge of whatever is hanging over the box.


The first photo I upload is the center picture. Then I try to work from the middle row, add the top, and then the bottom is last.


For this to work, you have to be familiar with the layering aspect of procreate.

Each photo is in it's own layer and then I move them up or down depending on which box picture needs to be in front of the other. You can use the merge down or combine down. I also take the background color out.


Once you have all your photos added in their own layers, you need to erase the background.

 I use the eraser, zoom into the photo, and set the eraser tip/point to super tiny so that I can get in all the nooks and crannies of the photo and erase all of the background.


I erased everything except the box, my kid's legs/feet, and the pom poms that were falling.


For the edges of the box that aren't completely square, I use the resizing feature and either drag out the corners using distort or warp.

Here I'm using warp to drag out the edges of the box to make them straighter. This will make everything line up neater when it's in the 3x3 grid.


If you have any places that still are a bit uneven, use a paintbrush and the color drop feature to fill it in and a smudger to make it look more flush.



Once you get all of the background erased and the boxes square/straight, then you can play around with your layout.


Here is the timelapse of me editing this one!




I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments and I can edit the post to include those answers!

-Jordan


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