Hi, gems! If you are keeping up with me via Instagram you probably saw me post this picture of me with an edit of the Disclosure face and so I thought it'd be a pretty fun idea to make a post about how I edited the picture and how you Disclosure fans out there can get the "Disclosure Face" too. The best part is you don't need Photoshop! All you need in an internet connection and the ability to copy and paste :)

First off if you're just looking for a quick edit you can actually go to the Disclosure Facebook page and go to the "Face App" they have on their page! However, you have to have a Facebook account (which I don't) to access the app and the picture you use has to be a straightforward head shot. The picture I used had my head at a slight tilt and the app doesn't give you the option to rotate the sticker around or anything. So that's the only downside of the Facebook app, but it's one of the quickest ways to edit your photo! 
Now how I edited the photo was a bit more complex. First I chose the picture I wanted to use then I Googled "Disclosure Face." The first picture result should be a transparent picture, and having a transparent one is key for this. If you can't find a transparent one here is the link to the photo I used or you can save one of the non-transparent pics, go to LunaPic upload the Disclosure face and click on the area that you would like to be transparent and then save. 
After choosing the photo you want to use and finding/making a transparent "Disclosure Face" go to PicMonkey.Com and upload your photo. 
Click on the Butterfly Icon (Stickers) and click on "Your Own." 



Choose the Transparent Disclosure Photo and add to photo, adjust the Disclosure Face onto yours with the rotation "nob" found at the top of the sticker. You can also flip the sticker with the arrow buttons found in the grey box. 


 After adjusting the sticker onto your photo, voila! You are now the newest member of Disclosure. 

And if you're curious as to how I got the color effect, I used this app on my phone called "Potato Cam." It's free in the App Store but I'm not sure if it's available to Android users. 

The filter I used is called Desiree and you can adjust the intensity to your liking :)

I hope this post was helpful and I'd love to see the pictures you guys you make with these tips(? if you can call them tips). Be sure to tag me on Instagram @Katsangfr0id or use the hashtag #KatSangfroid so I can see them :) 
Up Next On The Blog:
What has Matty Carter + Ariel Been Up To?
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How To Get The "Disclosure" Face (Without Photoshop)

August 18, 2015

Hi, gems! If you are keeping up with me via Instagram you probably saw me post this picture of me with an edit of the Disclosure face and so I thought it'd be a pretty fun idea to make a post about how I edited the picture and how you Disclosure fans out there can get the "Disclosure Face" too. The best part is you don't need Photoshop! All you need in an internet connection and the ability to copy and paste :)

First off if you're just looking for a quick edit you can actually go to the Disclosure Facebook page and go to the "Face App" they have on their page! However, you have to have a Facebook account (which I don't) to access the app and the picture you use has to be a straightforward head shot. The picture I used had my head at a slight tilt and the app doesn't give you the option to rotate the sticker around or anything. So that's the only downside of the Facebook app, but it's one of the quickest ways to edit your photo! 
Now how I edited the photo was a bit more complex. First I chose the picture I wanted to use then I Googled "Disclosure Face." The first picture result should be a transparent picture, and having a transparent one is key for this. If you can't find a transparent one here is the link to the photo I used or you can save one of the non-transparent pics, go to LunaPic upload the Disclosure face and click on the area that you would like to be transparent and then save. 
After choosing the photo you want to use and finding/making a transparent "Disclosure Face" go to PicMonkey.Com and upload your photo. 
Click on the Butterfly Icon (Stickers) and click on "Your Own." 



Choose the Transparent Disclosure Photo and add to photo, adjust the Disclosure Face onto yours with the rotation "nob" found at the top of the sticker. You can also flip the sticker with the arrow buttons found in the grey box. 


 After adjusting the sticker onto your photo, voila! You are now the newest member of Disclosure. 

And if you're curious as to how I got the color effect, I used this app on my phone called "Potato Cam." It's free in the App Store but I'm not sure if it's available to Android users. 

The filter I used is called Desiree and you can adjust the intensity to your liking :)

I hope this post was helpful and I'd love to see the pictures you guys you make with these tips(? if you can call them tips). Be sure to tag me on Instagram @Katsangfr0id or use the hashtag #KatSangfroid so I can see them :) 
Up Next On The Blog:
What has Matty Carter + Ariel Been Up To?
Find out on the blog, coming up next! 
Hello everyone! I hope you're all doing well, and if you haven't already noticed the final touches on the new template are being made. I really am in love with the new look of the blog and for some reason has inspired and motivated me to take this blogging thing a little more seriously. Not saying I didn't take it seriously beforehand, but now I feel somewhat more official. I hope to invest in a better lens for my camera next because I feel my photos have been a little lackluster so I am currently researching into different kinds of lens and different camera body models. 
Anyway, for today's post, inspired by the new template, I thought I'd discuss more along the lines of different blogging templates, how to look into finding the best template for your blog, pricing, personal customization, and so on. 

Where To Find Blogging Templates
First things first is finding and or researching into finding the right template. How I came upon finding my template was through going to other blogger's blogs and seeing where they got their template from. Usually there's a given credit in the footer of the page that sources back to the origin of the template. 
I did Google search blogging templates but some of the results I found seemed kind of sketchy and I wouldn't want to recommend you guys to any sites that weren't legit or trustworthy. 

Template Pricing + Personal Customization
Also a key point to make note of it that a good template usually don't come cheap. Most templates are an investment and it's important to do your research on what kind of template you'd want and where you're potentially going to be obtaining your template from. However when you find the ideal template you'll find that the investment is very much worth it. 

I found templates as cheap as $10 USD to as high as $75. So there are various prices to templates and it really is up to the buyer/blogger whether or not that want to splurge on a template or not. Most templates are customizable, on the flip side though, I have noticed that the more pricier templates are less limiting and give you more possibilities of making it more personal to you. However that does not mean that the cheaper templates aren't a good buy as well, if you're good at html coding you can get away with taking a dull and bland template and turning it into something more. 
If you're having second thoughts about investing into a template or don't want to splurge $50+ dollars on a template you may not like in the end, I would suggest just playing around with the default templates offered by platform you're using. Or start off with the cheaper templates and mess around with those, it really is up to the blogger. 

Recommended Template Sites

Pipdig 
(Blogspot + Wordpress)
Pipdig is where I purchased my template (Aruba Nights). Phil and the gang are all super patient with their customers and really work with what you want. They respond to you very quickly and offer very simple yet beautiful templates that work for every kind of blogger. 
Also I would like to mention that when purchasing a template from Pipdig you do have to provide your log in information in order for them to install the theme. They do provide the option of self-installing it, however I tried and it was just all too confusing and frustrating for me that I just asked Phil to do it for me haha. Also when providing your log in information PLEASE make sure all the information is correct because they will not try to log into your account a second time. And if you are uncomfortable with providing your log in information but can't seem to figure out how to install the theme yourself, simply just change your log in information soon after they have installed your theme. 
Price Range: $50 USD + Additional Charges For Extra Features


KotrynaBassDesign
 (Blogspot + Wordpress)
Kotryna makes absolutely stunning templates and I was really torn between whether or not to get one of her templates or the one from Pipdig. Other bloggers like Sammi (Beauty Crush) use her templates so they are legit and trustworthy. 
Price Range: ~$30 USD

Andy Mae Studios  
(Blogspot Only)
If you're on the fence on splurging on a template I found some cheap, yet still simple and cute templates on Etsy! TheCharleyGirl is currently using one of her templates and so I definitely recommend trying out one of their templates for those who want a more "professional" and put-together looking blog but for more than half the cost! 
Price Range: $10 USD


Restored316Designs 
(Wordpress Only)
Stumbled upon this template site on Milk Bubble Tea's Page. Sadly they only offer Wordpress templates, but these are super cute and girly templates for any of you Wordpress users out there!
Price Range: $50

A template will make or break your blog that's why I feel investing in a good template is worth it if you're serious about blogging. It is both aesthetically pleasing to you and your readers. Ever since I installed the new template I've been in love with it and it's really motivated me to be more serious with my blog and do more with my blog! 
So I hope you guys found this post really helpful and informative and that you guys find a template you guys like! 

Up next on the blog:
How To Get The "Disclosure" Face 

Welcome Back // New + Improved

August 17, 2015

Hello everyone! I hope you're all doing well, and if you haven't already noticed the final touches on the new template are being made. I really am in love with the new look of the blog and for some reason has inspired and motivated me to take this blogging thing a little more seriously. Not saying I didn't take it seriously beforehand, but now I feel somewhat more official. I hope to invest in a better lens for my camera next because I feel my photos have been a little lackluster so I am currently researching into different kinds of lens and different camera body models. 
Anyway, for today's post, inspired by the new template, I thought I'd discuss more along the lines of different blogging templates, how to look into finding the best template for your blog, pricing, personal customization, and so on. 

Where To Find Blogging Templates
First things first is finding and or researching into finding the right template. How I came upon finding my template was through going to other blogger's blogs and seeing where they got their template from. Usually there's a given credit in the footer of the page that sources back to the origin of the template. 
I did Google search blogging templates but some of the results I found seemed kind of sketchy and I wouldn't want to recommend you guys to any sites that weren't legit or trustworthy. 

Template Pricing + Personal Customization
Also a key point to make note of it that a good template usually don't come cheap. Most templates are an investment and it's important to do your research on what kind of template you'd want and where you're potentially going to be obtaining your template from. However when you find the ideal template you'll find that the investment is very much worth it. 

I found templates as cheap as $10 USD to as high as $75. So there are various prices to templates and it really is up to the buyer/blogger whether or not that want to splurge on a template or not. Most templates are customizable, on the flip side though, I have noticed that the more pricier templates are less limiting and give you more possibilities of making it more personal to you. However that does not mean that the cheaper templates aren't a good buy as well, if you're good at html coding you can get away with taking a dull and bland template and turning it into something more. 
If you're having second thoughts about investing into a template or don't want to splurge $50+ dollars on a template you may not like in the end, I would suggest just playing around with the default templates offered by platform you're using. Or start off with the cheaper templates and mess around with those, it really is up to the blogger. 

Recommended Template Sites

Pipdig 
(Blogspot + Wordpress)
Pipdig is where I purchased my template (Aruba Nights). Phil and the gang are all super patient with their customers and really work with what you want. They respond to you very quickly and offer very simple yet beautiful templates that work for every kind of blogger. 
Also I would like to mention that when purchasing a template from Pipdig you do have to provide your log in information in order for them to install the theme. They do provide the option of self-installing it, however I tried and it was just all too confusing and frustrating for me that I just asked Phil to do it for me haha. Also when providing your log in information PLEASE make sure all the information is correct because they will not try to log into your account a second time. And if you are uncomfortable with providing your log in information but can't seem to figure out how to install the theme yourself, simply just change your log in information soon after they have installed your theme. 
Price Range: $50 USD + Additional Charges For Extra Features


KotrynaBassDesign
 (Blogspot + Wordpress)
Kotryna makes absolutely stunning templates and I was really torn between whether or not to get one of her templates or the one from Pipdig. Other bloggers like Sammi (Beauty Crush) use her templates so they are legit and trustworthy. 
Price Range: ~$30 USD

Andy Mae Studios  
(Blogspot Only)
If you're on the fence on splurging on a template I found some cheap, yet still simple and cute templates on Etsy! TheCharleyGirl is currently using one of her templates and so I definitely recommend trying out one of their templates for those who want a more "professional" and put-together looking blog but for more than half the cost! 
Price Range: $10 USD


Restored316Designs 
(Wordpress Only)
Stumbled upon this template site on Milk Bubble Tea's Page. Sadly they only offer Wordpress templates, but these are super cute and girly templates for any of you Wordpress users out there!
Price Range: $50

A template will make or break your blog that's why I feel investing in a good template is worth it if you're serious about blogging. It is both aesthetically pleasing to you and your readers. Ever since I installed the new template I've been in love with it and it's really motivated me to be more serious with my blog and do more with my blog! 
So I hope you guys found this post really helpful and informative and that you guys find a template you guys like! 

Up next on the blog:
How To Get The "Disclosure" Face 

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