How to "Sugar Skull" Your Online Portrait has a cool feaure on their site right now. It allows you to upload a portrait and then enhance it with all kinds of Dia de los Muertos graphics. I tried it out using a photo of Maya. There are a LOT of features, so it takes a while to play with it and get used to all the knobs and whistles. Here’s how I made this picture:

Start at the landing page and click on the Day of the Dead graphic.

Click here to see all my other Dia de Los Muertos tutorials!

First you upload a front-facing photo.

Use white to color the skin, and then add a background of colored areas if you wish.

Add all kinds of layered graphics. They start out black, but you can change them to any shade you want. OR – you can use black and just color the background a bit.

– Why not take a printed portrait and use craft paints to apply the same designs freehand?
– Print off the cyber version and touch it up with glitter, gems and crystals. A mixture of the two!
– Print off mini-version using a business card program and trade them with your friends like trading cards.
– Use the images in your mixed media or collage work.
– Print onto fabric and sport it on a t-shirt or tote bag.

Love & light,

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