What do YOU do with all the cute little videos you take on your cell phone? I know mine get uploaded to my computer and if I’m lucky, they won’t disappear into the depths of my hard drive and we’ll maybe watch them again a few years later. Well, I’ve decided that’s not good enough for me, so I’m here to show you how you can incorporate video into your project life or regular digital or paper layouts quickly and easily, plus I have a fun free set of cards at the bottom to help you do just that!
Add Video To Your Project Life: A Tutorial
Step 1: Take your video and upload it to the server of your choice, whether it be YouTube, your own family website, or other photo/video sharing site. If you’re worried about the privacy of your videos on youtube, you can set them so that only people with the link can see them.
Step 2: Visit the QR code generator and follow the steps to create your QR code, it’s a 1 step process so don’t stress!
Step 3: Save your QR code and open it in Photoshop. You’ll notice that it’s really too small of a resolution, but don’t worry, we’ll fix it!
Step 4: Little known fact: If you increase the size of a low resolution image 5% at a time, the image will maintain most of it’s integrity, as long as you don’t make it too large. So, increase the size of the QR code by hitting ctrl (or cmd) +t and typing 105% into the top tool bar for width and height. Hit enter to accept the transformation. (see below)
Step 5: You’ll notice it doesn’t get that much bigger, but if you hit ctrl (cmd) + shift + t to transform again a few times, it will fill up the box soon. Do so until it’s the size you want it to be. It WILL be a bit fuzzy, don’t worry, we’ll fix that.
Step 6: Once you’ve filled the box with the QR code, It’s time to sharpen! Go to Layer>Sharpen>Unsharp mask and use the following settings, see how much sharper that looks?
Step 7: Now comes the fun part! If you’re using the PSD template, decorate your card to match your spread, otherwise, skip straight to printing.
Step 8: Once your card is printed, use a free QR code reader app like QRReader on your phone and scan the QR code. I haven’t printed mine yet, so I’m going to read straight from the computer, but here are a few screen shots of what happened on my phone when I did so!
You can actually use this technique for all kinds of internet content, maybe you want to go to a certain song or website? You can make a QR code for that!
Aww, here’s the video I linked up to..half naked baby playing video games LOL
P.S. If you use this technique or the cards, I’d love it if you came back and linked me up so I can see!