If you purchased one of our styled desktop stock photography images that has a mobile device this tutorial will show you how to add your own screenshot or image to the mobile device screen using Paint.net.
Once you download your image be sure to extract the file you downloaded so that all files are accessible in Paint.net. After you have extracted your files open up Paint.net and follow these steps:
Step 1: From your Paint.net dashboard open the stock image that you purchased and would like to edit.
To do this click “open” in the upper left hand corner. Then locate the file and click the image you want to edit and then hit “open”.
Step 2: You will need to re-size the image. Our stock images are very large so you will need to change the size to fit your needs. For example if using in a blog post you would change to a width between 600-800px depending on your blog width size.
To re-size your image click “Image” and from the drop down choose “Resize”
A screen will pop up where you can enter the new dimensions you would like your image to be. In my example I changed my image 3071px wide to be 740px wide. I don’t adjust the height I usually let it auto adjust.
Step 3: Now that the image is the size we need we need to figure out how big our mobile device image should be. Again using the rectangle select tool outline the space around the mobile device screen to give you an idea of what size your screenshot needs to be re-sized to in order to fit that space.At the bottom of the page you will see the dimensions next to the words “bounding rectangle size”. To be safe make the area a little bit larger than the screen. Note the width: in this case it is 230×174. The width is 230 in the example below whatever your width is write that number down so you can remember it for step 5. (The height is not important to note as your image will auto adjust to keep its shape)
Step 4: Now open up the screenshot or image you are going to be adding to the mobile device screen.
If needed crop the image down to only the area you want to show on your mobile screen removing all unwanted area from the outer part of the image. If your image does not need to be cropped skip to step 4.
To do this use your rectangle select tool and then outline the area you want to use.
Click “Edit” and then from the drop down choose “Cut”
Then “Edit” and from the drop down “Paste into new image”
Step 5: Now using the width you got from step 3 you will re-size the image so that it can fit in the mobile device space. Click “Image” and from the drop down choose “Resize”
A screen will pop up where you can enter the new dimensions. Again enter the width from the step 3 and let the height auto adjust.
Step 6: Now select the entire image by clicking “ctrl” and “A” or on Mac click “Command” and “A” and copy it by clicking “ctrl” and “C” or you can use the dashboard and click “Edit” and then “Copy”.
Step 7: Click back over to the stock image and add a new layer, this new layer is where we will paste our image.
To create a new layer you can click “layers” and then “Add New Layer” OR you can easily click the green “+” button in the bottom section of the layers window.
Now paste your image by clicking “Edit” and then “Paste” or by clicking “ctrl” and “V”. You can now drag it over so its on top of the mobile device just click the square with the arrows in it and drag that to place the image where it should be.
8. Now you will need to drag that layer under the background layer as shown below. To do this simply click the layer in the layers box with your mouse and drag it below the background layer. (If you don’t see your layers box simply click the icon in the upper right hand corner that has 3 transparent squares layered)
Choose your “Move Selected Pixels” tool to manually move your image around if needed.
If your image is all set and does not need to be rotated go ahead and save your file. I tend to always save my files as png especially if they have text but you can play around saving various ways to see what works best for you.
If you have an image that needs to be rotated because the mobile device is tilted on the desktop then follow the steps below:
IMPORTANT: You have to rotate while the image still has layers if you save your image and then exit paint.net you will have to start over. If you save it and the layers flatten but you need to rotate click “step background” from the “edit” menu and the layers should re-appear.
To rotate your image:
1. Select the layer that has the image you want to rotate in this case it would be the mobile screen so layer 2. Select all by clicking “ctrl” and “A”.
2. Move your mouse to the upper left or right corner and a half circle will appear letting you know that it is set to rotate. Left click and move your mouse to the right to rotate right or left to rotate left.
3. Once you adjust you will notice that your image is a bit blurry. To fix it choose “Effects” and then from the drop down “Photo” and then “Sharpen”
When you are done click ok and then save your image. Again saving as a png file works best for me.
I hope this tutorial was helpful if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section or contact us.
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