How to Make Pumpkin Patterns From a Photo Generator


Make your own pumpkin carving patterns instead of purchasing books. Almost any photo can become a carving pattern. You do not need to download or purchase photo-editing software to make them. Use photo generators to edit and enhance photos. Many online photo generators are free to use. The only other required software is Microsoft Paint, which is native to Windows computers.

  • Go to the website of a free online photo generator such as BeFunky or Picnik. Upload the photo you want to use for the pumpkin pattern by following the directions provided at each site. Click on "Upload Photo" on the right side at BeFunky. Click on "Upload a photo" on the left side at Picnik.

  • Edit the photo as desired. Click on a type of effect at BeFunky and choose the effects on the left side of the screen. Click on the various editing options along the top bar at Picnik to change colors, tint or red eye. Click on the "Create" tab for more photo editing options and effects. Other photo generator sites may have other options. Follow directions provided at each site.

  • Save the completed photo. Click "Save" on the upper right side at BeFunky. Choose "To Computer," and click "Save." Click on the "Save & Share" tab at Picnik and click "Save." Other photo generator sites may have different steps to save the photo. Choose where on the computer you want to save the photo and click "Save."

  • Open Microsoft Paint by clicking on "Start" and type the word "paint" into the search box. Double click on "Paint" under programs.

  • Click on the "File" button on the upper left of the screen. Choose "Open" and locate the photo you created. Double click to open the photo.

  • Click on the "File" button. Choose "Save as." Click the drop down box under "Save as type" and choose "Monochrome Bitmap." Click "Save" and then "OK." The photo will become black and white. The white is where you cut pieces out of the pumpkin.

  • Touch-up the photo so that the result stands out clearly. Click on the black color to color in the pumpkin areas, and the white to color in where you want to cut shapes out. Make the edges of the shapes smooth because jagged sides are difficult to cut. There should be no black shapes surrounded by white. All of the black must be connected.

  • Click "File," choose "Save as" and save the photo as a JPEG image. Print the photo when ready to use as a pumpkin pattern.

Tips & Warnings

  • A simple photo, with few objects or background scenes, is the best choice for pumpkin carving patterns. Start with a photo with only one object, and work up to more difficult photos as editing them in Microsoft Paint becomes easier for you.
  • Use photo generators to crop photos, leaving behind only the objects you want for the pattern.
  • Keep in mind what the photo will look like once it becomes monochrome. All dark spaces, and backgrounds, will become black. All light spaces, and front objects, will become white.
  • Adding lots of props, decorations or effects to a photo using a photo generator will make the photo more complicated to change to a pattern. The monochrome image will look like random blobs instead of an image.

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