I realized that most of my blogger friends are photography buffs, as am I. Here is a free web sight that has really helped me make some dull photos into works of art...okay - well maybe not art ..but better anyway! There are many sights like this one that have more variety, but they are not free! The web sight is www.picnik.com You will have to register and you can opt to pay for more upgrades if you choose, but I have only used what they offer for free.
Below is a picture of our barn cat named Boo. The photo is in color, it is a bit off centered and well - just plain boring.
I took this photo to the Picnik web sight. First I imported my color photo onto the sight. Next I went to the Edit section. I cropped out some of the sky and centered the photo better. I sharpened it up a bit and lightened it as well. Next I went to Create. Under Effects, I changed the photo to Black and White and put a Matte finish on it - which gave it the eerie faded look around the edges. Using the text, I chose a font and size to write in Boo's name and then drug the word to the location I wanted it. Then I saved the photo back to my computer as a jpeg file under pictures. Now I can send it to Walmart or Shutterfly or any photo store and have a poster made out of it if I want!
Don't you think this makes a great Halloween photo?
Here is another example: