Rock it Smart with School U

Our brand new School U theme is up and 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 our new 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…


Chalk Board

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.

graphic showing chalkboard-look from School U theme

  • 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.


Paper

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.

graphic showing paper look from School U theme

  • 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.


Elementary School

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.

graphic showing grade school look from School U theme

  • 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.

graphic showing awards and boards look from School U theme

  • 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).


Yearbook

Check out our new Class Cutups frames, for making class tally graphics; cute primary shapes will frame up cherubic faces, including apples and stars.

graphic showing yearbook look from School U theme

  • 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).