A quick tutorial on how to use Photopea (a free online editor site) so that anyone can make a character card for #TheReadingQuest. This tutorial only has 6 steps to help anyone without Photoshop.
(Update: Readers can still participate in #TheReadingQuest for fun after the official sign-up closed on 14 August but won’t be eligible for the book prizes.)
1) In Photopea, select ‘File’ + ‘Open’ to open the blank card from your downloads folder.
2) Select ‘File’ + ‘Open’ to open your character graphic from the downloads folder. Both the blank card and character graphic should now be separate tabs in Photopea as shown below.
Step 2: Resize the image
1) Go to the ‘Image’ tab and select ‘Image Size’ to resize the character graphic in order to fit the blank card.
2) In the ‘Image Size box’ below, change the width + height from ‘1000’ px to ‘385’ px and click ‘OK.’
*Updated tutorial to 385 px for a better fit instead of 400 px.
Step 3: How to copy your character graphic onto the blank card:
1) Go to the right hand side of the screen and right-click the character’s layer in ‘Layers.’ Then select ‘Duplicate Into’ from the white pop up menu.
2) In the ‘Duplicate Into box’ below, change the ‘Destination’ in the drop down menu from the character graphic option to the blank card option highlighted in blue. Click ‘OK.’
Step 4: Click on the ‘Blank card‘ tab to see that your character has copied onto the card below. If needed, click and drag your character to re-position it on the card.
1) Continue to add text by selecting the ‘T’ icon in the left-hand corner below. Type the text first. Then highlight the text and select the tools needed to change the font type, font size and colour.
2) In this example, I used the Teutonic No1 font (with font size: 70 pt) for the name. I then used the IM FELL DW Pica font (with font size: 27 or 30 pt) for the rest of the text but feel free to use the font type that works for you.
3) Tip: I recommend a lighter font colour for visibility. For example, copy and paste a hex colour code like b7abf0 in the ‘Color Picker’ box below.
Step 6: Save and download your character card by selecting ‘File’ then ‘Save for web.’
Finally, check the format is ‘PNG’ and click ‘Save.’
Update: How to add your character card to the Goodreads TBR or sign-up.
For more on #TheReadingQuest, see my updates on Twitter