How to Use PixTeller Image & Animation Maker in order to Create Your Own Graphics


Hi everyone, I’m Alex from PixTeller and today
we will make a long video explainer to show you most of the PixTeller Editor functionality,
features, and most of all, what’s new with the Animation Mode release. Soooo …. let’s open the PixTeller Editor
in blank format and we will take the things from there and show you step by step. On the left side, you will find the main menu
and features from setting up your design properties to shapes, images, text, and drawing. On the top of the page, you’ll find an extra
menu where you can order, rotate, set opacity, set alignment, flip, clone, delete any element
selected for your design. Also on the top right, you may find the history
undo and redo buttons. On the right corner of the header, you may
set or change the design title and set the privacy to public or private. Any private design will be visible only to
you under your PixTeller account. The Save button is on the header of the page
and also can be executed from the keyboard command with “CTRL + S”. In the middle-right of the page are located
the multi-page options. By using this function you can create multiple
design pages by adding new ones or clone the existing ones. This feature is also great if you want to
create long length animations using PixTeller Editor. The animation mode switch button is located
in the right-top corner of the editor canvas area. Once you click it you will switch the editor
from design to animation mode where you can create amazing motions between instances for
any element you added in design mode. On the right-bottom of the page, you will
find the zoom menu where you can adjust your design preview area according to your needs. I hope you understand where the main menus
of PixTeller editor are located, now let’s go into deep functionality. In order to start making your PixTeller design,
you must know and set the right size you need. In order to change the size, you must go on
the left panel under the “Design properties” menu. You can use the preset sizes added by us or
you may just type in the design width and height inputs the size you want. Let’s say we want to make a landscape design
for a Facebook post – and to do this I will click on “Preset size” button and choose 1200×630
pixels dimensions. Once I do this, the canvas design will adjust
according to the new dimensions. Another great way to change the canvas size
is the “Smart resize” options. This is great when you use premade layouts
and you want to automatically adjust all the elements to new dimensions. I know it is not perfect yet … but many
times it helps me a lot and especially saves me a lot of time when I convert a size to
a new one. From the design properties, I can also change
the background color. The default background color is white and
when I click on it the color menu will open. In order to have a transparent background
that works great on PNG files, I must change the opacity to zero from the color menu. Also, I can choose between a solid color,
linear gradient or radial gradient. I will play a little bit with these options
so you will have an idea of how they work. To choose the right color you have plenty
of options. You can pick from our default palette that
I think is really great, you can use advanced mode or you can just roll over your mouse
cursor over the canvas and pick a color from there. For more experienced users who know the exact
HEX or RGB of the color, they can paste the exact color code in the related inputs. For this example I will choose one of my favorite
colors … that is yellow. Once the design size and background are settled,
let’s go to the next menu from the left section, that is Shapes. I can choose from the most two common shapes
like rectangle and ellipse, or I can just click the “More shapes” button and choose
from thousands and thousands of different shapes. For example, let’s add a rocket shape. To do this I will search for a rocket, choose
one and click on it. The rocket shape selected will be added on
the left-top of my design area with a default size of one hundred pixels width and one hundred
pixels height. Now, you can do whatever you want with the
shape. You can scale it and keep its aspect ratio
by dragging the shape from any corner of the selection area, or you can move it to any
place of the design area. From the left Shapes menu, you can manually
set the width, height, horizontal and vertical positions by inserting the right values in
the related inputs. Keep in mind that all these input values are
in pixels. For the selected shape you may change the
order, rotation value, opacity, alignment, flip property, from the top menu. For my rocket shape, you can also apply a
bunch of filters by clicking on the filters button on the left and open the shape filters
menu. You can change the Border, Shadow or Skew
values. You may also adjust the shape Brightness,
Hue, Saturation, Lightness, and RGB. What is awesome is that you can add a Blur,
Noise or Pixelate effect on your design shapes. In my case, I will add just a simple shadow
filter. You can change the shape color by clicking
on the color button from the left “shapes menu”. You may choose between Solid, Linear gradient,
Radial gradient using the same steps as we did on the design background color. For my shape, I will choose the white color. What is really awesome on PixTeller Editor
is that you can always replace any shape with another, by keeping all the initial properties
like size, position, color or any other filters. In order to use the replace function, select
the shape and click the replace shape button. Once you do that, select the new shape you
want to be added. In my example, I will replace my space rocket
with a different one. As soon as I do that, the new shape will keep
the rocket shape properties. This operation may save a lot of time because
you don’t need to repeat the process to add new properties and so on… I really hope you understand the basics of
handling a shape. Now let’s move to the next big menu – the
Images menu. Once you open it, you can click on the “Add
Image” button in order to add any Photo or Illustration on your design. On the Add Image panel, you basically have
three possibilities. The first one is to search in our database
of millions of photos and illustrations the one that is fit for your design. The second one is to upload your own images
by switching the Add Image panel in “Upload” mode, click on the “Upload images” button,
identify the images you want to add and upload them on PixTeller. The third possibility is to add any visual
asset from “My gallery” section. You can add any photo you find in the “Search”
or “Upload” menu to “My gallery” by rollover the image you want to add and click on the
“Save to gallery” button. Once you saved your favorite photos in “My
gallery”, you will always find them there. For example, I always keep my company identity
in “My gallery” section. So, let’s add a rocket photo from the search
section. To do this, I will search for “rocket”. I can also filter the results by Photos or
Illustrations. Choose the image you want to add, roll over
it and click it in order to be added to the canvas. I would like to make a mention here: you can
add images into your PixTeller design in other two ways that for sure many of you didn’t
know this yet: You can search on the Internet for any images,
right click on it, click save image button, come back on PixTeller Editor and paste it
on the canvas using “Control + V” keyboard command or right click over the editor canvas
and click the on the “Paste” option. Other option to add your own images into PixTeller
Editor is to drag images from your computer directly over the PixTeller Editor canvas
area. The images will be automatically uploaded
and added to your design. Now, after I showed you how to insert your
image into your PixTeller design, let’s play with my Rocket photo. I can scale it by keeping the aspect ratio,
by clicking and dragging any corner from the image selection. Also, I can move it onto any place of the
design. You may find very helpful the guidelines. An option that sometimes is misunderstood,
is that I can resize the image at any size without destroying the aspect ratio. We called this the clipping-crop function. I can change the clipping position by selecting
one of nine points. The default clipping position point is on
the middle-center. Remember that, for my rocket photo, I can
change the order, rotation value, opacity, alignment, flip property, all from the top
menu. In my example, I will set the image as background
by clicking on the “Set as background” button from the left menu. Once I will do that, the image will be resized
to the design size, in our case a facebook post – 1200 pixels width and 630 pixels height. Also, I want somehow to have a border around,
so I will manually resize the image from the width and height inputs by decreasing the
width and height with 100 pixels and 60 pixels respectively, and set the alignment to center
and middle. I can easily crop any wanted photo area without
destroying my photo properties like size or position from the editor. Another option for your images added on PixTeller
Editor is that you can mask them with any shape available. You can choose from thousands and thousands
of shapes from geometrical shapes to ones that you didn’t even know that exists. In our case here, the best mask is the rectangle
that is the default mask for all the images you add on into the editor. But do not forget, you can update the mask
at any moment. The true power of PixTeller comes with the
bunch of filters and effects that you can apply to your photos and illustrations, by
clicking on the Filters button on the left and opening the Image Filters menu. You can apply image effects like Vintage to
Sin City, from Clarity to Glowing Sun and give to your photos used on your design a
stunning new look. Again, as you have seen for the shape, you
can change the Border, Shadow or Skew values. You may also adjust the shape Brightness,
Hue, Saturation, Lightness, and RGB. What is awesome is that you can add a Blur,
Noise or Pixelate effect on your design photos. Most of these filters you’ll not be able to
find elsewhere on any other online editor. But, most important, is that you can use all
of these filters to create your own Videos or GIFs from just a single image… We will show you how a little bit later in
this tutorial, so be patient! Let’s adjust the image size and position a
little, so it will look really good. What is really nice is that you can always
replace the image with another one and keep all the initial properties, from size and
position to any effect or filter. You can do this by clicking the replace image
button and choosing another photo that will replace the old one. This function is really time-saving. Now, let’s move forward and see how to add
a text element to your design. To do this just click the “Text” button to
open the text panel. Once the panel is opened, click on the “Add
text” button. A default text element with a black color
will be added on the top-left corner of your design. Let’s move it to a more visible area. Now, double click on the text input in order
to change the text. I will choose a title from a Jason Silva video
that, personally, I love it. It’s called “Creativity is Madness”. So I replaced the default text with this. And remember that you can always replace any
text at any moment. Once the text has been added, let’s adjust
the text element container width. I always love the numbers so I will write
the exact size I want in pixels in the input container. I will resize it to 400 pixels. I know it may be hard to do this but you can
also resize the text container using your mouse but is harder to get exact values. The default font that is used on PixTeller
Editor is Oswald. Let’s pick up a new font by clicking on the
“Font Family” button from the left menu. Once I do that, the “Font family” panel is
opened. We have two possibilities now: The first one is to choose a font from PixTeller
default list that you can easily filter by type: Serif, SansSerif, Monospace, Handwriting,
and Display. You have available over one hundred and fifty
fonts on PixTeller, for free. The second option is to click on “My fonts”
button and from there you can upload your own fonts. As you see in this video, I already have over
one hundred fonts uploaded on the editor. Once the font is uploaded, click on the font
name, and the font family for your text will be updated instantly. In our example, I will choose a font that
is in the default list. I will go and I will apply the “Display” filter. I will search for a font family that I think
is fit for this example and I will click on it in order to update my “Creativity is Madness”
text element. “Breamcather” is the font I choose. Now, let’s align the text on the center, and
let’s update the font size. You may write the size directly on the size
input or you can play with the slider and make the fine adjustments by clicking on the
plus or minus buttons. Perfect! – my text looks great at 90 pixels
font size. From the top menu, you can easily change the
text element order, rotation value, opacity, alignment or flip property. I will set the text element in the middle-center
of my design using the top menu alignment buttons. You can also change the text style by checking
the text filters option. From the text filters panel, you can change
your text Line Height and Letter Spacing. Also, you can change the Border, Shadow, Skew
and Scale values. You may also adjust the shape Brightness,
Hue, Saturation, Lightness, and RGB. What is awesome is that you can add a Blur,
Noise or Pixelate effect on your design text elements. All these options are a gold mine when it
will come to create video motion between instances in the animate mode that we will show you
later and in future tutorials. Another great thing that works really well
for single line text elements is that you can add filters like Circle, Concave, Convex,
Warp, and Triangle Warp. This kind of text element styles you will
not be able to find anywhere else. Combining this effects values between instances
in video mode will result in some Awesome Videos or GIFs that include text elements. For my example, I will apply a warp effect. Let’s change the text color by clicking on
the “color button” from the left panel. What is great is that you can use any color
from the image I have in the background by rollover the mouse cursor over it and pick
any color I want from the photo. Even if I will not use drawings for my example,
I will show you how to use them in case you will need them for your graphics. In order to start drawing please click on
the “Drawing” button from the left section. Once you do that, you may choose between the
“Line tool” or “Pencil tool”. For each drawing tool you decide to use, you
can change the color, the line size in pixels and the line type. You can exit the drawing mode by checking
the “Stop Drawing” button from the left. As a note, each drawing will be interpreted
as a shape once you exit the drawing mode. To delete any unwanted elements, you must
select them. You can also select multiple elements by keeping
pressed the Shift or Control key from the keyboard and clicking on the elements. Once the element or elements you want to delete
are selected, you can press the delete button or press the right click of the mouse and
press the “Delete element” button from the list that opened. Now, I will make a button using three shapes
that later I will group them to one element. I know many of you don’t know this, but you
can group at least two shapes in just one element that is much easier to handle. In order to do this, I will open the shapes
panel from the left and I will add one circle and one rectangle elements. See what I did there? I copy-pasted the circle using the keyboard
shortcuts: CTRL+C and CTRL+V. So now I have 2 identical elements to use
for my button. Next, I will move them and I will increase
the rectangle width. I will position the circles on the left and
right side of the rectangle. The line-guides will help me a lot to exactly
position the circles in the right place. Also, advanced users may use the inputs to
exactly position the elements according. Now, the shapes seem to look like a big button. I will select all by keeping pressed the “Shift”
or “Control” key and by clicking on each of them. Once that all the three shapes are selected
I can use the Group keyboard command “Control + G” or just click on the “Group elements”
button from the left section. From the Group panel in the left section,
I will change the colors to a common one. You can resize the group by keeping the aspect
ratio using the mouse and dragging one of the group selection corners. I will move the group to the place I want
to be and let’s add the text for this button. I will open the text panel and I will add
a new text element by clicking on the “Add text” button. I will update the text content, change the
font family and font size, change the text alignment on center, resize the text container
width and move it over my button. Perfect! We just created a Call to Action button, and
it looks great! Before I go and save my image, I would like
to show you how the multipage menu works. You can find the menu in the middle-right
of the editor. The first button will add a new blank page
and the second one will duplicate my active design page. As you see in my video tutorial, I have created
two new pages. A clone and a blank one. You can easily switch between pages using
the scroll of your mouse or clicking on the wanted page number. Additionally, you can use the arrow buttons
to change the order of your pages. Now, let’s play a little with our 2 new pages. I will change the text and background image,
just for practice, so you can better understand what our Editor can do. If you decide to delete a page, you must have
the page active and click the delete page button located on the multipage menu exactly
as you see in my example. As you can imagine, the multipage option in
PixTeller Editor is a great asset to make complex Videos or Gifs using the Animation
mode, but we will talk more about this on future lessons. Now let’s save my image design. Before I do this, let’s update my design title
from the top-right input from the header. I will call it “Image Design Example”. I can also change my design privacy to “Public”
or “Private”. I really recommend that, if you use your images
created on PixTeller for commercial purposes or if some elements like photos and fonts
have copyright licenses, to save in Private mode. The Private mode is available for all PRO
and Diamond accounts. Any private design is available only for you
to “Use” or “Edit”. If your design is for personal use or you
don’t have anything to hide, you may set the privacy to Public, as I will do in this example. Any public design can be used by any other
PixTeller user, by sharing the URL of the final result. Once I have set my creation “Title” and “Privacy”
I can save my image in order to Download, Share, Print or anything you want to do with
it. The save button is located on the top-right
corner of the page. You can click on the “Save image” button,
or if you like to be faster, you can use the combination of “CTRL + S” keyboard command. The image saving process may last a few seconds
depending on your design resolution, the number of pages, and most important, your internet
connection. Once the image design is saved, you will see
the “Download button” on the right-top corner. If you click on it, you will be redirected
to My Designs page. Here, you can preview your resulted image
and you can download it in PNG, JPG or PDF format. Another thing I think is really great for
the PixTeller download is that I can specify the width or height of my design before download
it. This option is excellent if you need a thumb
for your image or maybe you need a smaller size, depending on where you want to use it. From the image design preview page, you can
take other actions like Copy or Move the file to any of your folders. Please don’t be scared, I have over one hundred
folders created under my PixTeller account, so this is safe. You can also update your design privacy or
delete your image at any moment. By clicking on “Edit image” button, the design
will be opened on PixTeller Editor to allow you to make any changes and save. By doing this, your image will be rewritten. One of the most popular PixTeller actions
after Download is the “Use” button. By clicking on “Use” button, a copy of the
starting premade design will be made and you can customize it to create a new visual asset,
even if it’s a new Image, Video or Gif. So let’s click on the “Use” button for my
just created image and let’s make a short Video from it. We’re back in the PixTeller Editor, in the
default design mode. First of all, let’s make a recap to see what
elements I have in the image. Beside the page background, we have the button
text element, the group of the shapes that create the button, the big text element, the
big shape that is behind and a photo. You can easily rearrange the order, hide or
lock any element from the layer menu located on the top menu. What I would like to do is to show you how
I move the “Creative is Madness” text element on the front of all others design elements. Once I do that, let’s show you the most amazing
thing about PixTeller. On the right-top of the canvas area, you have
the “switch to animation mode” button. By pressing on it, something really amazing
will happen – the Editor will metamorph. When I designed it, I was inspired by my teenage
period when I was working a lot with Flash from Macromedia after acquired by Adobe. Many years for me, Flash was one of most powerful
software I used and was really awesome. Now let’s show you some of the “Animation
Mode” sections. The most important for any Animation tool
is the timeline. From the timeline you can set the total video
time length, you can set how long an animation for an element can be, you can create, move
and delete instances. For any instance, you can change their related
element properties and filters. Between two instances that have different
properties, a video motion will be created, and by doing this, just imagine that you can
have thousands of thousands of possibilities to animate a single simple design. Also from the timeline, you can reset the
instances to their default state from the design mode, and you can set the motion acceleration
between two instances. On the left side are the properties and filters
panel for each element instance I have selected. I will show only the properties and elements
that can be animated. Also on the top, we keep the functions like
Rotate, Opacity, and Alignment, that can be used to create an Animation. From the timeline, you can even reset the
entire timeline to default if you think that something really wrong has happened, like
I just did while playing. Now I will prepare the timeline for a 2.9
seconds video length. To do that, I will move each last instance
for the background and all elements at the 2.9 seconds time. I must select the instance and move it to
the right accordingly. The default time per page is two seconds,
but you may change this at any moment like I am showing you right now. Moving forward, let’s animate the background
by adding five more instances for the Video Background timeline. To do that you have two options. One is to select the frame and click on the
“Add instance” button, the second option is to select the frame and change the background
color property by clicking on the background color from the left section panel and change
the color to a new one. Once a new property is added to a frame, a
new instance is created as you see. Now I will change the background color for
the first instances I have created. Once I set a different background color for
each background instance, I already have an animation. To check that you can click on any frame between
2 instances and you’ll see that you have a different background color for each of the
frames. Also, you can click the Play button to see
a low-quality version of the animation. Please note that for the background you can
create only background color video motions. As you already know, you cannot scale or move
the video background color. What can we do next? Uhhh… we can do things that you will never
imagine. Sooo… let’s make an instance for the image
element in the middle of the timeline, at the 1.5 seconds. To do this, I will select the image frame
at the 1.5 seconds and click the “Add instance” button. Once the instance has been created, let’s
change the Image properties, filters or effects for it. I will open the Image Filters & Effects panel
and I will change the blur value and also the saturation value. To have an idea about what I should expect,
I can select any video frame and see what the result should be, or just click the animation
preview “Play” button. Now I will create two more instances for the
big shape and for “Creativity is Madness” text. I will select the 1.5seconds frame for each
design element and I will click on the “Add instance button”. Keep in mind that you can easily move any
instances through the element timeline in case you need a different time. For the new instance created for the big shape,
I will apply a 360-degree rotation and a 75% opacity. For the 1.5seconds instance of my “Creativity
is madness” text element, I will open the text filters panel and I will set the warp
filter power to zero. Now let’s take a quick look to see what we
made and let’s continue to some advanced things. Lets set the acceleration for the shape. The default acceleration between 2 instances
is linear. In my example, for the shape animation between
0 second and 1.5 seconds instances, I will set an “Ease out” acceleration, and for the
shape animation between 1.5 second and the 3 seconds, I will set the “Ease in” acceleration. To set or change the acceleration, you must
select any frame between two instances and click on the acceleration type from the right-top
corner in the timeline section as you see in my example. Let’s create five new instances for the group
button. I will click on each 0.5 seconds frame, 1-second
frame, 1.5 seconds frame, 2 seconds frame, and 2.5 seconds frame and add for each of
them a new instance. For the instance at the 0.5 seconds of the
group, I will change the color. Now I will copy the 0.5 seconds instance by
pressing the “Copy” button from the top-left of the timeline section, and I will select
and replace the 1.5 seconds and 2.5 seconds instance with it. The copy/paste instance action will help you
a lot in the video making process. I think that this is enough, so I will rename
the title to a more relevant one. And now it’s time to save the animation in
order to download it. You have two options located on the top-right
corner. One is the Save button which will save your
animation source code without render, so you will not be able to download the Video or
GIF after the save. This option is great when your work is in
progress and you don’t want to lose the steps you made until the save is executed. The second option is “Render and Save” button
that I will press it right now. This action will start to render and upload
the animation, including the source code, on our servers, in order to be able to download
or use it at any moment. The time it takes to render depends on many
factors, like animation time and size, your computer power and your internet upload speed. In most cases, for small-time length videos
– a few seconds – the render and save time is under one minute. Once the render and save has been done, you
will have to choose from two options – continue to edit your animation or click the Download
button to be redirected on the preview page. From the Preview animation, you can click
on the Download button and download it in MP4 video format or GIF format. What is really cool, is that you can adjust
the size by keeping the aspect ratio according to your needs. From the actions panel you can Copy or Move
the video on any of your folders, or you can update the privacy settings or delete it,
just like a regular design. The full power of PixTeller is that I can
use any premade image or animation design. By pressing the “Use” button I can easily
just replace some elements in design mode, go in animation mode, save and render. As you see I will make a quick test to see
how fast it is. Once the Editor is open, select the text elements
and make the changes by writing another text message, update the font size and family. You can also click on the background image
and replace it with another one. If you want, you can select the big shape
and replace it with something new. If your image looks great, now go to animation
mode by pressing the canvas area top-right corner button. Make a quick check if everything is fine by
checking some animation frames or just click the “Play” animation button to have a short
preview. If all is good, update your title and click
“Render and Save” button. Once all is rendered, click the “Download
button” to be redirected to the Animation Preview page. Now you can download the Animation in Video
or Gif format and it’s ready to go viral. I’m Alex from PixTeller, and I really hope
you enjoyed my video explainer. If you have questions regarding what we made,
don’t hesitate to contact me or one of my team via Live chat or contact form directly
on PixTeller.com. Until next time, please join PixTeller.com
and create your own Images, GIFs and Videos for your Websites, Banners, Social Media Posts,
Mobile Apps, Business and more… it’s free!

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