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Mar 06, 2007 23:44 |  #136

I like it nice bright color.


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Mar 06, 2007 23:46 |  #137

Alec Trevelyan wrote in post #2829223 (external link)
Okay, now I think I'm getting somewhere...

Looks great !! Good Job, welcome to the madness. The only thing I would suggest ( and it's only my preference ) is to put a border around the edge of the picture. A white background picture and posting in this forum makes it hard to see the edges of the photo.


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Mar 07, 2007 00:50 |  #138

Y'know, that's one thing I've never quite got around to figuring out...borders...should be so simple, right?! :p


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Mar 07, 2007 00:57 |  #139

Alec Trevelyan wrote in post #2829557 (external link)
Y'know, that's one thing I've never quite got around to figuring out...borders...should be so simple, right?! :p

Get ready... here is your class! :D Are you using "Photoshop"? if so:

Bring your picture up in Photoshop.
1) click on SELECT and then ALL
2) then go to EDIT and go down to STROKE
3) select the amount of pixels you'd like. I usually select 20 px in Black.
4) then I go back to EDIT and then STROKE and select 17 px in White.
5) then i go back to EDIT and then STROKE and select 3 px in Black.

Save you work.

You can do the border however you want... that's just how I do mine. if it's a dark picture it's quick and easy to STROKE 20 px in white and call it good. Or if you have a white picture (like what we've been posting here.. it's quick and simple to STROKE 3 px in Black.)

Hope this helps.

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Mar 07, 2007 01:28 as a reply to  @ T0DD's post |  #140

I do it a bit differently.
(Guide from Nori Ravis homepage)


Step 1 :
Open the image you want to frame in Photoshop.
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Step 2 :
Set the foreground color and background color using the eyedropper tool.
I choose a background color of black and foreground color of 225,225,225.
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Step 3 :
Open the canvas size dialog by going into menu item "Image->Canvas Size" and increase the size of the canvas by 2 pixels. The original size of the image was 213x319, make it 215x321. Choose the canvas extension color as the foreground color. This will draw a small white box around the image
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Step 4 :
Open the canvas size dialog by going into menu item "Image->Canvas Size" and increase the size of the canvas by 50 pixels. The original size of the image was 215x321, make it 265x371. Choose the canvas extension color as the background color. This will draw a black box of 50 pixels dimension around the image
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Step 5 : Open the canvas size dialog by going into menu item "Image->Canvas Size" and increase the size of the canvas in bottom by 30 pixels. The original size of the image was 265x371, make it 265x401, choose the anchor as shown in the image. Choose the canvas extension color as the background color. This will draw a black box of 30 pixels dimension at the bottom of the image
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Step 6 : Now you are done with drawing the frame, write the title and name and you are done. Choose the font and font size of your choice, I usually go with "Times New Roman" for the font type. Click on the location you want to write the title and type in the title. Add a second layer with a smaller font for the name. Flatten the image and you are done.




  
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Mar 07, 2007 01:29 as a reply to  @ BrewsterPilot's post |  #141

And it looks like this:

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Mar 07, 2007 01:33 |  #142

BrewsterPilot wrote in post #2829671 (external link)
And it looks like this:


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Great write up !!! I love learning new things in PS. Thanks !! :D


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Mar 07, 2007 02:00 |  #143

T0DD wrote in post #2829682 (external link)
Great write up !!! I love learning new things in PS. Thanks !! :D

Don't thank me, thank Nori Ravi (external link)...:D




  
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Mar 07, 2007 05:48 |  #144

T0DD wrote in post #2823597 (external link)
I switched to my 28-135mm IS lens. I'm not a huge fan of this lens but it seemed to do OK for this application.

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lol... I havent tried my 28-135...man its pretty sharp under the right conditions aint it?


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Mar 07, 2007 05:49 |  #145

fuel123 wrote in post #2825510 (external link)
What ever happpened to doing color backgrounds?
I am going to try some color backgrounds tonight. I would love to see some of you guys post your color ones

i posted one earlier on in the thread...


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Mar 07, 2007 09:23 |  #146

I'll be working on color backgrounds this weekend in the meantime heres my new toy that my wife got for me:


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Mar 07, 2007 09:34 as a reply to  @ post 2792557 |  #147

what kind of paper are you guys using for this? i couldnt find easel paper so i got some banner paper...... i saw some tracing paper but didnt think that'd be thick enough


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Mar 07, 2007 09:41 |  #148

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what kind of paper are you guys using for this? i couldnt find easel paper so i got some banner paper...... i saw some tracing paper but didnt think that'd be thick enough

For a BG? Use large, colored poster paper... for diffusion use eithe Vellum(or is it Vellem? lol) tracing paper, or go to walmarts (if its possible) or any good fabric store and get some white "rip-stop" nylon or something close to it. Shower curtain (white) works too. Anything that the light will shine through but you want as close to white as you can get!


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Mar 07, 2007 10:15 as a reply to  @ zacker's post |  #149

My lightbox is nothing more than 4 clamp-on fluorescent lights and a 30" L x 20" H x 20" D made of white foam core board. If I was doing a lot of product photography I might make improvements but it works very well for me.


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Mar 07, 2007 11:55 |  #150

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Time to add a photo of my true companion!

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Where's the 1911? I'm gonna make my box tonight...I'll throw up what I've got :)


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