Archive for December, 2010

Sally

DEAL ALERT! Get 10% off on your Posters by sharing them on Facebook

We thought we’d end the year with a bang and offer a 10% discount on poster prints (of any size). All you have to do is share the poster on your Facebook Wall. We make this super easy by providing an option on the ‘Add to Shopping Cart’ page.

Make a Poster now!

Hurry while the deal lasts! Make a poster now or browse through the public gallery for inspiration!

Veronica

Tips for Customizing Posters on Poster Studio

A lot of our posts contain pre-designed custom posters that you can just take and customize with a single click. Today we thought we’d go over some of the ways in which you can customize a poster so that you can make full use of the features in the custom poster maker.

Replacing a Photo

Many pre-designed custom posters have a number of suggested photos with various effects (like soft edges, rotation, shadows, borders etc.) applied to them. Instead of using the ‘Add Image’ button to upload and replace the suggested photo manually, you can simply:

  1. Click on the suggested/sample photo.
  2. Click on the ‘Replace Photo’ option that appears in a palette on the right side of your screen.

Replace photo on a custom poster

Duplicating Text and Photos

A pre-designed custom poster will mostly style photos and text a certain way so that they blend nicely with the poster background. If you want to add more text (or photos … but this technique works best for pieces of text) on a poster that use the same styles as all the other pieces of text on the poster, you can simply duplicate any piece of text by:

  1. Clicking on a piece of text or photo that you want to duplicate.
  2. Clicking on the ‘Duplicate’ option that appears in the a palette on the top-right side of your screen.

Duplicate item in a custom poster

Change Poster Background

Sometimes you will see a nicely laid out pre-designed custom poster, but when you add your own content the background doesn’t really look nice. There’s hope! You can retain everything on your poster and simply swap the background. Simply:

  1. Click the ‘Change background’ option in the palette on the top-left side of your screen.
  2. Select a new background from the variety of different background types. You can select either a solid color background, a background with 2 colors faded together, or a professionally designed image background.

Change background of a custom poster

There are a lot more handy options that you can use in the poster maker to enhance a pre-designed custom poster or one that you create from scratch. Good luck with creating your own posters, and do share any feedback you have with us on our Facebook FanPage!

Sally

What you should know about Collage Maker software

Collage Maker software has been around for ages. Adobe Photoshop has long been the predominant photo manipulation tool for professionals. It provides unlimited creative freedom and control, but at the cost of a steep learning curve (and a steeper asking price).

In recent years, several web based alternatives have become available. The leading example of this is Picnik.com. Tools of this type run within a web browser, and charge for a monthly subscription (a basic version of Picnik is available for free). These tools allow you great creative freedom, but have one major short coming. They provide output of resolutions of about 16 megapixels. While this is fine for small prints, if you want to create large prints (2 to 3 feet tall), you need tools capable of greater resolution.

Alternative web based Collage Maker solutions have been released by companies like Zazzle and SnapFish. These companies have produced tools that allow you to create large collages, but do not provide creative freedom. They are designed to layout photos on a simple background, but do not provide the creative freedom needed to create interesting designs. They do not provide visual effects, masking, borders on photos, transparency, etc.

PosterMyWall has created a collage maker aimed at combining the benefits of these tools:

  • Web based and free
  • High resolution support for crisp images at large poster sizes
  • Creative freedom to create memorable and artistic designs

We hope together with the great content here on Poster Studio, and the awesome easy-to-use tools on PosterMyWall, you’ll be able to create a great looking collage or custom poster from your photos.

Check out some of these collages & posters created by users on PosterMyWall.

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You can check out all public posters shared by PosterMyWall users in the Public Gallery.

P.S. If you have a lot of photos on Facebook, check out the Insta Collage Maker, that allows you to create a collage in just a few clicks!

Darren

Football Poster Ideas and Backgrounds

Today we’re going to do a roundup of some Football poster design ideas that will help you create a great looking custom poster, whether its for your college football team or for an athlete in the family. We’ll also be showcasing some awesome customizable poster backgrounds that were specifically designed for Football posters.

Football Poster Backgrounds

Check out some of these professionally designed backgrounds that are great for a Football poster. You can see sample posters made on some of these backgrounds below. Click on a background thumbnail to customize it instantly in the Poster Maker.

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You can browse through the entire range of sports themed poster backgrounds here. Did we mention that all poster backgrounds are free to customize? :)

Poster Design Ideas

Instead of explaining the different ways in which you can layout content on your custom poster, we’ve created some sample Football posters using PosterMyWall’s Poster Maker. Hopefully they will inspire you to have a go at making your own poster.

Tip: Check out the links in the ‘Getting Started’ section at the end of the post to see how you can learn more about designing and ordering prints of your poster.

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This is a great background to use for single subject football posters. Using the Erase Background tool in the Poster Maker, you can remove the background from behind the subject and put them in the center of this poster. This layout works great if you’ve got action shots from a recent football match lying around.

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You can also try adding other photos of the player or team around the main photo. Use the Fading Edges effect in the Poster Maker to have photos blend in with the background. It looks great on a printed poster!

football sports poster idea

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Also be sure to try a Football specific poster background, they’ll give your poster a unique look. Be sure to give your text an outline and maybe a dropshadow as well to increase readability. Also try rotating the text and placing it vertically along the edge of a poster; that’s a good place to put a school/team name or a slogan.

If you have a team album somewhere on Facebook, you can also try the InstaCollage Maker. It’ll automatically make a collage out of all your Football photos.

Lastly, also have a look at some of these articles on eHow which might help you brainstorm an idea for a Football poster:

Get started

Here are some things you can do to get started with your own Football poster right away:

  • Like one of the backgrounds or samples you see above? Just click it to customize it in the Poster Maker.
  • Don’t see a background you like? Tell us what you’d like to see on our Facebook Fanpage. Remember, you can always upload your own poster background in the Poster Maker.
  • Go to www.postermywall.com, and have a look at some of the features and poster print sizes that we have to offer. Or better yet, take the tour!
  • Check out the PosterMyWall Facebook Fanpage for the latest news and promotions!
Veronica

Make a Poster of your Facebook Photos

Here’s a great poster idea if you have a lot of photos on your Facebook account; create your own poster sized collage of photos on Facebook, in less than 2 minutes!

You can order high quality poster sized prints and also share it on your Facebook wall in a click. Check out the Wizard that will guide you through the steps for generating your poster.

Tip: You can even use your friends’ Facebook photos to make the poster. Makes for a great gift idea!

It’s a great way to preserve memories of a special event, or commemorate a wonderful relationship.

Get started!

Here are some things you can do to get started with your Facebook poster right away:

Veronica

Professionally Designed Poster Backgrounds – Customize Now!

Looking to make your own poster on great looking backgrounds? Congratulations! You’ve come to the experts. Poster Studio specializes in cataloging professionally designed poster backgrounds that you can customize to create your own work of art. Oh, and did we mention that all backgrounds are free?

If you haven’t checked out our recent round-up of Top 5 Customizable Poster Backgrounds, be sure to check it out right away. If you’re looking for sports team posters backgrounds, we did a nice roundup of poster backgrounds for Soccer, Football, Golf, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, and more.

Check out a few of the popular backgrounds below (you can browse through the entire collection here). Click on any one to customize it instantly.

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Browse through all poster backgrounds

Get started

Here are some things you can do to get started with your own poster right away:

  • Like one of the backgrounds you see above? Just click it to customize it in the Poster Maker.
  • Don’t see a background you like? Tell us what you’d like to see on our Facebook Fanpage. Remember, you can always upload your own poster background in the Poster Maker.
  • Go to www.postermywall.com, and have a look at some of the features and poster print sizes that we have to offer. Or better yet, take the tour!
  • Check out the PosterMyWall Facebook Fanpage for the latest news and promotions!
Sally

Great holiday gift idea for Facebook Friends

Do you have a friend or family member who loves to share every special moment with photos on Facebook? Here’s a great gift idea that is memorable, personalized, and easy.

PosterMyWall’s InstaCollage maker will allow you to take photos from their Facebook Albums and automatically turn them into a custom poster-sized print. Since you’re using the same photos your recipient has chosen to share with their friends and family, you know you’re creating a piece of artwork from the photos that are special to them.

Once InstaCollage creates the basic poster, you can customize it with easy to use design tools such as stylized captions, bigger highlight photos, and lots of other effects. In a matter of minutes you can create a complete custom gift that will be treasured for years!

Get started!

Here are some things you can do to get started with your personalized holiday gift right away:

Darren

Basketball Poster Ideas and Backgrounds

Need inspiration for a custom basketball poster? Whether it’s for an upcoming game or just something to hang in the locker room for motivation, a little preparation before you design your poster can result in a high quality work of art that will be admired by all.

Here are some things to think about when designing your basketball poster.

Take Great Photos During Games

High quality photos of the team, individual fans, the cheering squad, and fans are the building blocks for a great poster. Parents can volunteer for taking photos at a game, but it is important that they have a good camera (a DSLR is recommended) that is capable of taking close-up action shots.

Check out our previous post for tips on this topic: Action Shot Tips for Sports Posters.

Spotlight Individual Basketball Team Members

Be sure to highlight all team members in at least one photo. That will create harmony in the team and boost their spirits.

You can find a lot of other useful poster ideas here: Basketball Spirit Poster Ideas. If you are creating a poster for the team’s motivation in the locker room, have a look at this article: Locker Poster Ideas for Basketball.

Use an Attractive Poster Background

A great poster background can really bring life to your poster. For a basketball poster, a great background is a photo of the court, or the school team’s logo. You can also try other sport themed backgrounds that are abstract in nature.

Check out these professionally designed backgrounds from PosterMyWall that are suitable for a custom basketball team poster.

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You can check out the entire collection of free poster backgrounds here.

Get started!

Here are some things you can do to get started with your custom basketball poster right away:

  • Like one of the backgrounds you see above? Just click it to customize it in the Poster Maker.
  • Go to www.postermywall.com, and have a look at some of the features and poster print sizes that we have to offer. Or better yet, take the tour!
  • Check out the PosterMyWall Facebook Fanpage for the latest news and promotions!
Veronica

Create Posters from photos on Facebook

Have a ton of photos on Facebook? Wish you could do something cool with them?

Have a look at our Facebook InstaCollage wizard, that allows you to create huge, poster sized collages from your (and your friends’) photos up on Facebook. You can also apply color effects on the collage, add bigger photos, great looking text, and much more!

You can easily order prints of your poster collage, and share it on your Facebook Wall with a couple clicks as well.

Want to learn more about how it works? Take a tour of PosterMyWall.

Darren

Custom Soccer Poster Design Inspiration

Are you in a soccer team or club? Why not show your pride with a great looking soccer poster of you and your team?

Have a look at some of the awesome soccer posters below. You can create similar looking posters using your photos in the Poster Maker … but more on that later.

Here’s what you need to do to create an awesome soccer poster that will stand out from the rest.

1 – Get Inspired

Have a look at some of these great looking soccer posters for the world’s biggest clubs and teams, and get inspired for your own poster.

2 – Take spectacular sports photos

For a great looking poster, you need great looking action shots while your team is playing. Check out our tips from a previous post: Action Shot Tips for Sports Posters. The fellows at eHow also have some good advice in this article.

The key is to use a good camera, and take exciting action photos.

3 – Find the right background and styles

Now that you’ve got an idea for a poster and have great photos, it’s time to put your photos on a poster background in the Poster Maker. Yesterday we did a roundup of great sports themed backgrounds.

Some great ones for soccer are shown below.

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You can browse through the entire range of sports team themed custom poster backgrounds here.

Now the key is using the right photo and text effects in the Poster Maker to make your content stand out. Try out different photo effects, and play around with fonts till you get a look that you like. Did you know that you can replicate the photo effect in the 5th poster above (the red one that says ‘Pride – Manchester is Red’) by using the Posterize photo effect?

Get started!

Here are some things you can do to get started with your custom soccer team poster right away:

  • Like one of the backgrounds you see above? Just click it to customize it in the Poster Maker.
  • Go to www.postermywall.com, and have a look at some of the features and poster print sizes that we have to offer. Or better yet, take the tour!
  • Check out the PosterMyWall Facebook Fanpage for the latest news and promotions!