- Arts and Design
How to Make Boring Pictures Funny with BigHugeLabs
Who doesn't love taking photos? I mean really. Notice I didn't say 'good' photos, but photos. Some of us take better photos than others but the bottom line is we all enjoy taking photos. Next to taking photos, editing them and having something to show for it is what we do and why we take photos in the first place! While my title says making photos funny I would have to clarify that and say we're making photos fun and funny.
In 2005 a site called bighugelabs.com appeared on the scene. A great concept come to life....a free place you can make your photos into magazine covers or posters, mosaics...a fun place for you and your pictures and the best part is, its free...free to use for your designs but prints will of course need to be paid for.
Now on to the stuff you really want to know. What can you do with BHL? The list of selections includes: Bade Maker, Bead Art, Billboard, Blog Head, CD Cover, Calendar, Color Palette Generator, Cube, FX, Favorite Finder, Favorite Surfer, Flickr DNA, Framer, Gallery, Gift Center, Guess the Title, Hockneyizer, Jigsaw, Letter from Santa, and much more!
Okay, you've had a little background, now let's take a look at what we can do!
The Captioner option can be lots of fun! You choose the picture, you choose whether or not you want to add a speech or thought balloon and what you want it to say...and how many of them you want to add. You can also add a 'stamp' to your photo for that real comic book feel! You fill in the boxes then hit the Create button. Simple enough!
The next screen is where you assemble your picture. The bubbles you created are on top of the page and you can move them wherever you want them in your photo. If you chose the 'stamp' you can now see them on the bottom of the page and move the ones you want where you want them. If you're not happy with the results, just click the Edit button to make changes. When you have things the way you want them, click the Finish button. If this sounds confusing, hopefully, the photos I've added below will clarify it for you.
CaptionerClick thumbnail to view full-size
Let's look at another option for your photos, Framer. "Framer: If you frame it, it's art". BHL says, "Choose from tons of unique frames to spice up your photos. Choose from stamps, canvas, wood, 35mm film, Polaroid and more. Remember, if you frame it, it's art."
As it states above, your choices range from stamps to polaroids. You can of course, use photos of people, places or things, anything you want to make the outcome interesting to you.
FramerClick thumbnail to view full-size
I've always loved the "pop art" posters you see around the web but they are sooo expensive! Now BHL gives you the chance to make your own for free! Its fun, and like all things on BHL its easy! You can choose from three different options; single, four or nine. Its very Andy Warhol! A nice feature on BHL is even after you've chosen your design you can go back in and edit it if you're not happy with the results. In the pop art section you can shuffle the little boxes around to have different colors in different places. This one is so, well, Pop Art!
Pop ArtClick thumbnail to view full-size
Poster Printing really plays with your photos. There's a little difference in poster printing. You have to upload your photo then click the Next button to make your selections. You can choose from black and white to Edges styles with ten other choices in between and you can adjust the contrast and 'strength'. Probably not what you conventionally think of when you hear the word 'poster' but certainly an array of effects for your photos.
Poster PrintingClick thumbnail to view full-size
I could do this all day, but I think you're getting the idea. I'm going to do just one more then wrap it up. This one, trading card, let's you do just that, make trading cards with your own pictures. There are lots of options here from the colors to icons you can add. Your text, subtitle and description are up to you as well. It can be especially fun for kids or someone you don't know what to buy for!
More things you can do on BigHugeLabsClick thumbnail to view full-size
You can have a lot of fun with this free program! Big Huge Labs has lots to offer along with its ease of use. The only limit to what you can do is your imagination....use landscape photos to enhance your own magazine covers, use precious children's photos to make jigsaw puzzles...the sky's the limit. Have fun!
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