Our School U theme is gorgeous as all getout. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop playing beach volleyball, barbecuing in the back yard, or catching fireflies to buckle down and get serious about back-to-school! These features will rock your summer pics and kick off great graphics and non-school projects year-round.
We’re incredibly proud to offer a slew of exclusive, custom overlays, by illustrator Jordan Kay. These hand-drawn lovelies show off Jordan’s unique linework style and a nostalgic nod to education through the ages. For a peek at what inspired our designers for this theme, check out our School Inspiration board on Pinterest, and get ready to smile.
Check out all the different looks you can create with School U content and effects in our photo editor…
Make your subway art, Pinterest quote pins, and blog graphics insanely on-trend with this popular look. You can add some of your own custom doodles using the Draw tool (Effects tab). If you want a more sophisticated look, drop titles into Engraved Banners (main Overlays tab), and add lots of Garnishes and Flourishes.
- Chalkboard backgrounds: Boards texture
- Pencil Pete, Eraser Dust, and Sketch Block fonts
- School bus, apple, pencil: School Supplies overlays
- Dashed line: Dashed & Lined overlay
Editing tips: To make a chalkboard background, apply the Boards texture across any photograph; set the blend mode to “Normal” and the fade to zero (notice we also have chalkboard as a Shape-it overlay, too). If you’re using two-color overlays, be sure to make one color white and the other transparent.
This look evokes the kind of doodly, scribbly notes that we would, um, never have passed in class when we were in school. *cough* *morning detention* You can use it for scrapbook pages, classroom signs, and texture-rich, touchable blog graphics.
- Paper background: Paper texture (also available as a Shape-It overlay)
- Paper airplane and Sharpie pen: School Supplies overlay
- Graph paper: Paper texture
- Stroke Dimension, Sketch Block fonts
- Washi tape: Tape overlay
- Hipster guy in a tie: Jordan’s boyfriend, not available in all stores
Editing tips: You can use the color palette to choose the exact color you want, for all the Tape overlays. Use “Open your own overlay” button, in the Overlay tab, to add photos on top of your background. To move an overlay on top or behind another overlay, right-click on the overlay to see options for layering.
Nothing says grade school as well as flat-color primary graphics! Those of you who are homeschoolers and teachers can make your own curricular materials, with several options for school-lined paper. You can make cutting instructions with the dashed line overlay (Dashed & Lined) and place the scissors overlay (School Supplies) next to it. Bunting flags would make great greeting card graphics, spelling out words with a different letter in every shape.
- Lined paper background: a swatch in Collage (also available as an Dashed & Lined overlay)
- Flag border: Bunting overlay
- Learning Curve font
- Apple and crayon: School Supplies overlays
- Super!: Up-Notes overlay
Editing tips: School-lined paper is available as both a swatch in Collage and an overlay (Dashed and Lined). If you’re creating a worksheet with a photo or drawing and just a few lines for journaling, you’ll want to use the overlay.
Awards and Boards
Achievement certificates? Sports booster flyers? Oh heck, yes. We can imagine this up-age, retro look for high school and college level communications and greetings. And a virtual corkboard like this would make an awesome Facebook cover photo or Twitter header image.
- Corkboard and wood desk background: Boards textures
- Trophy graphic and laurel leaves: Awards overlays
- Freshman font
- Label: Notebook label overlay
- Cellophane tape: Tape overlay
Editing tip: Combine the Awards overlays together to create different certificate emblems (laurels with a trophy, ringed seal with wings, stars bracketing a snazzy title).
Check out our Class Cutups frames, for making class tally graphics; cute primary shapes will frame up cherubic faces, including apples and stars.
- Paper background: Paper texture
- Oval frame: Class Cutups frame
- Star arches: Awards overlays
- BFF and #1 notes: Up Notes overlays
- Graph paper and crinkled paper: Paper overlays
- Pencil Pete font
Editing tip: The effects we’ve pulled together for the School U theme add a touch of yesteryear to your photos. Class Pix, Yearbook, and Polaroid will adjust the color and add a bit of vignette to the edges; Newspaper and Archives switch out color for black and white and sepia (respectively).