Thursday, February 24, 2011

Photo Thursdays - Cartoon Your Images with SuperLame

What's cooler than cool? Superlame. No, seriously.

My husband is a technology nerd and recently attended a giant technology convention - AKA Nerdfest 2011 - in Austin, Texas. He fit right in. He even tried to e-mail himself home.

Anyway, while there, he learned all sorts of cool things to use with his students, but some of these work for everyone. Superlame is one of these awesome tools.

Everyone loves comics. Maybe not the hardcore X-Men style, but at least Family Circus has to have some place in your heart. Superlame allows users to create their own comic using their own photos and then adding speech bubbles. It's super easy to use and fun.

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Press the GET STARTED button. This takes you to the Superlame creation palette. Sounds cool, right?

Step 3: Upload the image you want to turn into a comic. If you can't figure out how to do this, there is a blinking arrow that bounces up and down underneath the "Upload Image" link. For my purposes, I decided to pick on poor Justin Bieber. I say poor, because he more girls chasing after him than Leo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake and Taylor Lautner combined.... times infinity.

Step 4: You may need to resize your image. If your image looks pixelated, you will probably want to make it smaller. To do this, simply click and drag the blue arrows in the bottom-right corner. At this point, you can also change the background and border, if so desired, by choosing one of the three options to the right of the image.

Step 5: Now, look for the bouncing arrow again. This time, it's under the "Add a Balloon" link. This adds a comic balloon to your image. The default balloon isn't very exciting, but there are many features that can be manipulated by clicking on the balloon.

Step 6: Type the things you want the person to say inside the speech bubble.

Step 7 (optional): Superlame also has "Sound FX," which are a throwback to the 1960s Batman, complete with KaBooms, Pows and Lame! These can also be customized with color and size.

Step 8: Once your image is just how you want it, press the "Save Image" link. Superlame will double-check with you to make sure your image is just how you want it. Tell them it's GOOD. This will take you to the final screen where you simply press "Save to Disk" and your image will be downloaded.

There you have it. Superlame is a fun feature to add to a blog or to use if you have children. One downside is you can only do one frame at a time. The man who created this site is looking to expand a future feature of multi-frame comics, but he needs more money to develop it. In the meantime, stay tuned for next week's Photo Thursdays feature when I show you how to do a multi-frame comic using Superlame and Photoshop.

Seriously, Biebster, get a haircut...

1 comment:

Brandy@YDK said...

i think i heard that he did get a hair cut.