Like a Tree

Renee Ann Smith —  May 21, 2014 — 22 Comments

Bible graphic Somebody LIke You

~He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. Psalm 1:3~

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Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

Photo Backstory . . . 

This verse kept coming to mind as I read Beth Vogt’s Somebody Like You. For me—with this Psalm in mind—the hero Stephen is a tree. Those of you who read the story, do you agree with my metaphor? Follow this link to read my review of Somebody Like You.

I made this graphic by tweaking it & adding words to an iPhone pic with PicMonkey. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share. Directions below. (Follow this link for more Free Graphics.)

The graphic below shows the original iPhone pic and how it evolved into the background above. If you click on the graphic, you can see that the original pic shows one of our school buildings, our driveway & someone’s van in the background. You can also see the stages as the pic evolved into a graphic. 

Graphic how to iPhone pic PicMonkeyGraphics How-to . . .

  • Step #1: After loading my iPhone pic into PicMonkey, I used sharpen twice. This adjustment almost makes the photo elements look like brush strokes in a painting.
  • Step #2: I went to Exposure and darkened the photo to bring out the color the sun had washed away.
  • Step #3: I cropped, the graphic. Square or narrow and long work best for my blog format and for Pinterest. I most often use a drop shadow border to make the graphic pop on the blog page.
  • Step #4: I used Soft Focus to blur the background. This sometimes gives an impressionistic painting effect & makes the font stand out more.

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Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

22 responses to Like a Tree

  1. One of my favorite Psalms. Visiting from Three Word Wednesday!

  2. Gorgeous photo! And the psalm is great.

  3. Love this verse! And it’s a beautiful graphic.

  4. what a beautiful picture and verse
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  5. Renee, beautiful photo and powerful verse. The photo backstory was full of lots of helpful tips. I love Pic Monkey…such a user friendly program. You are gifted in your writing and presentation of the pics that bring such a visual presentation! I am loving your blog. 🙂 Cathy

  6. Very pretty picture and I love how you put the verse on it! Visiting you back from my blog. Where exactly is Columbia County in NY? You must have lilacs if you are in Upstate!

  7. Thank you, Renee. I use PicMonkey but you’ve showed me some tips I didn’t know. I love this verse — have a “thing” for trees of the sheltering kind.

  8. I love the imagery of this Psalm! Visiting as your neighbor in Coffee For Your Heart 🙂

  9. Thanks for taking time to leave your lovely words here, friends. I so enjoyed visiting all your blogs!

  10. Love the Scripture graphic, Renee! How did you upload it into Picmonkey from your phone?

    • Anne, when I want to use PicMonkey, I upload my iPhone pics to my laptop. If I leave the pics on my phone, I use an app called Snapseed, but I can’t do as much—add words & such—with that app. Thanks for the visit, friend 🙂

  11. Thanks for the info on how to do this with photos from your phone. I’m still tweaking this, especially choosing the best font for photos. Love yours!

  12. If you’re looking for an app to put beautiful text over your photos on the iPhone, check out Over:

  13. Thanks for these lovely graphics. I love that you will share them. I loved the verse too. You remain one of my favorite blogs to visit.
    Blessings to you!

  14. I love that there are free (or inexpensive sites where we can do photo editing. The effects you added are lovely! Visiting from SITS Sharefest this morning.

  15. This is beautiful and I’m just amazed by the graphic process. Wow! Thanks for sharing with TWW every week. Blessings.

  16. I loved the scripture and the graphic. You explained some things about picmonkey that I wasn’t aware of, so thanks so much, Renee.

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