The following tutorial will show you how I created the hot air balloon image.
1. To begin, upload a backdrop image of your choosing (for the circus & band practice images, the pic of the kids was the backdrop image). Select the Overlays tab and click on 'Your Own' which will allow you to select another image to overlay.
2. Resize & position your image. I uploaded two images that I'd already combined. The first was a photo of my kiddos sitting in a cardboard box. The second was my hand-drawn hot air balloon. I put those images together in exactly the way I'm about to show y'all.
3. Click on your overlay and select Eraser, and adjust the size and hardness to whatever suits. It will probably help if you zoom in quite a bit, if you are working with detailed overlays. The zoom tool is in the bottom right hand corner (see image - a) zoom, b) position).
4. Start erasing!! If you over erase, you can either click undo, or you can use the paintbrush tool to colour it back in.
5. Once you are happy with how it looks, you can play around with colours and opacity. I faded my balloon little so that it blended with the background image.
6. It's kinda fun to play with some of the other tools too. I'm a fan of Sunglow & Lens Flare in particular, and used both for this image.
And that's it! Really really easy, and really really fun!! Now that I have a drawing tablet, things are even easier, so expect to see a LOT more of this type of thing on here. And don't forget, if you want me to illustrate any custom overlays for you, hit me up for pricing (rutherbrad(at)yahoo(dot)com).
I totally suggest spending a bit of time playing around on PicMonkey, because you can do quite a bit of fun stuff there. I honestly would be so Photo-Editing-Frustrated if it weren't for them...
First PicMonkey tutorial here.
Original Ballooning post (with a bunch of other fun images) here.