If you followed along with part 1 of this “Make Your Own Monthly Baby Graphic” tutorial I posted last week, you’ve done the legwork and the rest is easy. You’re well on your way to the cutest darn way to track your baby’s monthly growth. Here’s where we left off.
1. You’ve downloaded your free trial version of Adobe Fireworks or decided to use another similar photo editing software.
2. You’ve chosen your color palette.
3. You’ve selected a background image with color and texture.
5. You’ve photographed your babe and chosen the money shot. And if you’re like us, you and your baby daddy tag teamed the whole “let’s make a fool out of ourselves” shtick to get that perfect smile.
Let’s move on to the new stuff:
1. Open Fireworks and create a new document that’s 1200 x 1800 pixels. You may notice that my Des documents are not this size. In hind sight I wish I’d made them dimensions that they would also print well in standard photo sizes like 4×6 or 5×7. I was thinking of sharing only online and wished I could easily print mine but my odd sizing will prevent me from doing that. I’m a stickler for consistency, so I’m just continuing with the size I originally created. But you should do it right from the start!
2. Save your image as “mybabygetscutereverymonth.png” or something like this. Fireworks works well with PNGs and this means you’ll be able to edit the image every time you open it. If you save it only as a JPEG, your editable features like text and images will flatten and no longer be editable. Or edible, so if you’re hungry, you’re out of luck.
3. Now, on to the elements that will go into your “mybabygetscutereverymonth.png.” In a separate document, open your textured background image and resize it to fit into your baby graphic document. Wait. How do I resize it?!4. Open your cutie pie’s photo (Again, with the resizing).
5. Paste the background image on the bottom and your baby’s image on the top onto the canvas of “mybabygetscutereverymonth.png”
7. Now export your image as a JPEG, naming it for the specific month. By exporting rather than saving you’ll be sure not to overwrite your “mybabygetscutereverymonth.png,” which you will re-use every month as your baby grows.
8. I know what you’re saying right about now. This was a lot of work… I don’t want to re-do this month after month. You don’t have to! Next month when you open “mybabygetscutereverymonth.png,” go to the pages panel, select your already-done page, then right click to choose duplicate page. Now on your duplicated page, just paste in your new photo and change the text each month, rather than re-doing these steps each time. This is a huge time saver (and another reason I LOVE Fireworks. Swoon).
And there you have it. You have an original, one of a kind graphic to feature your baby’s subtle changes every month! Ta-da! Now take a bow and get back to that baby. If he’s 8 months, like mine, he’s definitely into something right now…
Here’s Desmond’s final 8 month graphic: