A software developer who loves to check out cool mobile photo editing apps and utilize them to their fullest in her free time.
Trick or Treat?
Halloween fever is in the air, and what would be a better time to indulge in some cool stuff like creating a seasonal image featuring you? This card could then be your profile image on Facebook for the season, or you could send it just like that to your friends on Whatsapp or Snapchat.
The application that we are going to use today to create this personalized Halloween eCard or image is called Over. It’s available on the App Store*. Over is an amazing application — it not only has filters to edit your image, but also provides overlays which are ready to use and make your image look awesome.
*All assets, applications, and resources used in this article are available for personal use, and the links are shared in the resources section.
Starting Our New Project - Tap +
Selecting the Base Image
So tap open your new photo editing app and select a picture. The one I’ve used is an image available on Pixabay.com. But of course, you should use your personal image. One that shows your darker side. Simple makeup tricks could make you the perfect model for your Halloween image. Think smudged red lipsticks or blackened lips with Kohl going from the corner of your lips to your eyes! Then practice a scary expression in the mirror. It could be extra wide eyes or a cunning smile or a combination of both. And then click the scary selfie. Don't forget to observe it carefully because in case you're looking funny instead of scary, it's better you know it before anyone else does.
So once you have your selfie, load it in Over by taping the plus symbol at the top.
Three Main Controls at Bottom - Image, Text, Artwork
Special Status Update for Festive Season—Is This Your First Time?
Use pinch and swipe to zoom in or out and adjust the position of the image. The user interface of this app is extremely intuitive, but if you face any problems, let me know in the comments, we will try to sort it out.
Notice the three buttons at the bottom? They are to add an image, text or artwork respectively. There are some great varieties of fonts if you want to add some custom text. Also, as previously mentioned, Over provides great artworks (overlays for your images) at regular intervals for the users. Apart from free artworks and fonts, there are paid packs for too, but we are not using any of that for this tutorial.
Getting Ready With All Our Assets
To keep our life simple. We will use ready-to-use overlay images. These are from a cool website called TheHungryJPEG and download links are there in the Resources section. When you download, you will get a zip file, please unzip it. If like me you’re using MacOS, then the folder from zip file will automatically get extracted, and the zip file will be moved to trash. Don’t forget to empty trash.
You can also download the zip files on a mobile device. You will need an app to unarchive the files.
There are four files in the archive you have downloaded, including SVG and eps. We want the PNG version. Our images have a transparent background, so they can be easily added as an overlay to any image without the hassle of background removal.
Once you have the PNG images in your photos, tap on the image button once again, and add one of the images. Adjust the size and location of your image as per your requirement. You can use the layout guides to center your image if that’s what you prefer.
Using the Image Editing Controls
Tap Done if you are satisfied. You can tap on the image and tap edit again if you want to make any changes. These changes could be made by using the controls at the bottom. You can add filters, adjust colors in the image, and a lot more. Each control has further sub-controls to fine grain the image. For e.g., the Adjust control will allow you to fine-tune the brightness, saturation, contrast or even add a great looking Vignette. While it's not possible to discuss each of the controls and sub-controls, we will discuss the Shadow control in detail in the next section.
The Transparent Background Overlays
Did You Know About Over Already?
Adding Shadows to Contrast with the Background
The Shadow control is quite interesting. The image used here has a dark background, and the images have some dark elements too. To make such elements visible, we can use a white blurred shadow. For that, tap Shadow, then tap Blur and move the slider to the right, say 100. Then tap Opacity and again, move the slider to the desired value. We have used 100 for a remarkably visible blurred shadow.
Please note that these high-quality controls are also available for any custom text that you add. Instead of using a blurred shadow, like we have done, you could use sharp shadow to add an outline effect. Or use the Angle sub-control to move your shadow.
Changing Opacity, Colour and Blur Properties of Shadow
Tap Done, add the other image and make similar adjustments.
All you have to do now is, save your image. Tap the save button at the top right corner, then either save it to photos, or you could directly share on the Social Networks.
So now you have an absolutely unique image that features you. You can use images of your friends too. There are many great masks and grunge texture overlays available which can make your friends or loved ones look really scary. Make sure that images you begin with are high quality and overlays have an alpha channel or transparent background. These would normally be PNG files. Images which don’t have an alpha channel can be tricky to use, as their background may or may not blend with your base image. You can either remove the background or change the hue and tint of the image. You could also try using filters which Over provides.
Hope this tutorial was helpful, if you create something which turns out to be creepy cool, then please do share. Again, if you face any issues, use the comments box below, and I’ll try to help as much as I can.
1. Over App at iOS App Store
2. Trick or Treat Overlay at TheHungryJpeg
3. Search for keyword "Witch" to get similar images as above at Pixabay.com
© 2017 Anusha Jain
Anusha Jain (author) from Delhi, India on November 16, 2017:
I am glad you loved the results, the ease with which these things can be achieved these days with simple steps on your smart phone is the real source of amazement for me.
And these steps are also so easily available in form of either written or video tutorials, that it becomes somewhat of a cakewalk. With a little bit of creativity, the results could be mesmerizing.
Thanks a lot, for stopping by and for your kind words.
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 15, 2017:
This is a great fun tutorial, am amazed at the results. Will try it out, thank you for sharing.
Anusha Jain (author) from Delhi, India on October 27, 2017:
I'm glad you found it useful. I hope you create some amazing pictures for yourself and for your loved ones, and that they are pleasantly surprised by your creations :)
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 27, 2017:
This is so interesting and informative!
Modern technology makes everything so interesting and I also love trying new things.
Thanks for introducing me to this and I would love to try this one too.
Thank you for sharing!
Anusha Jain (author) from Delhi, India on October 24, 2017:
You're welcome, thanks for stopping by. And I hope you have a lot of fun with this awesome app, and these amazing overlays.
Nell Rose from England on October 24, 2017:
What fun! I will definitely have to try this! I love messing around with apps and fun stuff. Thanks for introducing me to it, now to have a go! lol!
Anusha Jain (author) from Delhi, India on October 19, 2017:
Hey, thanks for your kind words. I am glad you like it and I really hope your son would love Over too.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 19, 2017:
Fun and informative! I'll share this with my son. I'm sure he'll have a great time doing this. Thank you!