I Have a New Logo (and I Learned a Nifty Graphics Trick)

Yippee! I’m so excited that I have a new logo. It’s a new year, and I needed a makeover. Here it is in all its glory.

Logo_Heart_Color

Like the hooks and books combo?

Here’s what you’ll see tomorrow for the WIPs and BIPs department:

Logo_wips_bips

And here’s what you’ll see on Friday for ColLINKtion!

Logo_Collinktion

When I was creating this little logo, I stumbled upon a really useful trick. I learned how to give an image a transparent background. Have you ever wanted to do that? You’ve got an image — one you created yourself or one that you purchased or downloaded online — and you want to get rid of the background.

How do you do it?

It’s SUPER easy and FREE if you use Pixlr Editor, an online photo editing tool. Pixlr Editor is a free Photoshop replacement for people like me who don’t need (or refuse to pay for) the powerful punch Photoshop delivers.

Don’t confuse Pixlr Editor with its two siblings, Pixlr Express or Pixlr O-Matic, both of which are loads of fun.

So, here are the steps for…

How to Use Pixlr to Make an Image Background Transparent

1. Visit http://pixlr.com/editor/

2. From the menu that appears, click “Create a New Image.”

3. That brings up another dialogue box. Under “Name,” give the image a title. Don’t worry about the presets. Set the image’s width and height. You want the W and H to match the W and H of the image you want to edit (remove the background from). Make sure you click the Transparent box!

4. Click OK. This opens a new image in Pixlr. It should be a blank image with a transparent background indicated by a gray/white checkerboard pattern.

5. Click the Layer menu at the top, and select “Open image as layer.” That’ll allow you to search your computer for the image you want to modify.

6. Once you’ve opened the image, click the Wand Tool on the left-hand Tools pane (third icon down on the left side).

7. After selecting the Wand Tool, click your mouse on the background (the area you want to remove). You’ll see a dotted line appear around the perimeter. Keep clicking around till the dotted line surrounds the area you want to remove. Sometimes you won’t be able to remove the entire background in one go. You’ll have to remove it bit by bit. (For example, I had to remove the background between the “holes” in each of my text letters. I had to select the circular space within the Os in “Book” and remove them individually.)

8. Once the Wand Tool has selected the right area, click Command+X or go up to the Edit menu and choose “Cut.” You can also simply press the Delete key. The background should disappear, leaving the white/gray checkerboard pattern AND giving you a beautiful transparent background!

That’s all there is to it!

QUESTION OF THE DAY

What online image editors do you prefer?

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