You don’t have to be an architect to love the look of blueprints. Cyanotype photography is popular among photographers and artists who love to experiment with the color blue.
Creating cyanotype photos involves treating paper with Prussian blue, aqueous potassium ferricyanide and aqueous ferric ammonium citrate (don’t try this at home). An image is then placed on the treated paper, weighed down with heavy glass and laid out in the sun. In about 15 minutes, the image gets printed onto the paper.
Sound complex? It is. BeFunky has a better idea. With the Cyanotype effect, you can create your own cyanotype photos without spending a fortune on chemicals. Best of all, it’s all done digitally without any technological knowhow.
Selecting the perfect image for your cyanotype photo
We used our helicopter’s photo for the example above but you don’t have one, do you? While any photo will work, we like cyanotype photography of plant life and architecture best. Since buildings and nature are all around you, snapping a photo should be easy. Step outside, look up and you’ll find the perfect subject to apply the cyanotype effect to, like a house or a building or a skyline. If you don’t, anything in nature will do. Snap a blade of grass or a flower.
Applying your cyanotype effect
Once you’ve selected your photo, it’s time to upload it to BeFunky so the system can work its cyanotype effect magic. Under the Create section of the website, you’ll see a tab with Upload, Save, Print and Share icons. Click the Upload button to get your photo onto the BeFunky servers.
Once uploaded, the photo that you want to add the cyanotype effect to will appear in the center of your screen. Now’s a good time to crop it if you want to zero in on a specific section of the photograph. You can also rotate the photo to switch between portrait and landscape modes.
When you’re ready to play, look for the Cyanotype dropdown menu under Photo Effects on the left side of the screen. By clicking it, you’ll discover six separate cyanotype effects that will instantly produce impressive cyanotype photography.
The amount of blue and the type of effect vary from preset to preset so you’ll want to play around to create something spectacular.
When you’re all done, you can save your cyanotype photo to your computer. You can also upload it to your favorite social networking site like Facebook or Flickr.
But the real fun comes when you print your cyanotype photograph out. Go ahead. Tell everyone that you messed around with all those hard-to-pronounce chemicals to create your own cyanotype photo. We won’t say a word.