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Jun 14, 2012 10:23 |  #1

Hey folks, i have been involved in photography a while now but really only offered a photo disc or a plain overleafs album printed and slotted in to the leaves pages!!! Boring yes...
So i want to start creating my own modern pages in photoshop 10 which i am now used to... Is it as simple as starting a blank page say 12x8, 10 x 8 ect and then keeping it simple, one photograph then maybe picture in picture and some simple effects, vignettes ect... I have read through this forum and there are some saying kiss keep it simple stupid...Then i am looking to find somewhere to send the prints to to do the flushmount process so the pics are in the pages.. My budget sadly is low end so good quality cheap books or albums are for me??? Any advise welcome. I have attached a picture with pics on ? am i on the right lines with something like this... Size is for a double page inside 10x8 s0 did 20x8? Steve England


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Jun 14, 2012 10:51 |  #2

Do you not see that you're altering the aspect ratios (squishing from top to bottom) of the photos you're inserting ? Perhaps it's just the bottom left shot.



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Jun 14, 2012 11:35 |  #3

Christopher Steven b wrote in post #14578356 (external link)
Do you not see that you're altering the aspect ratios (squishing from top to bottom) of the photos you're inserting ? Perhaps it's just the bottom left shot.

Nope did not realise, how do i keep the ratio then as i have held down the shift key as i am making them smaller?




  
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Jun 14, 2012 11:41 |  #4

Not sure if your version of photoshop does this, but consider 'placing' your images as smart objects. That way you're playing with the full res. images throughout all your transformations until you rasterize down to the single layer .jpg for print. I then using masking layers to 'crop' the smaller images as I like. But, yes, shift will do it; shift-alt will alter size expanding or contracting from your anchor point (usually at the centre of the image).



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Jun 14, 2012 11:50 |  #5

I agree about aspect retio - watch out for that. I'm not sure about different b/w in the big vs small images. Are those from different weddings?


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Jun 14, 2012 11:50 as a reply to  @ Christopher Steven b's post |  #6

Is that better chris?


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Jun 14, 2012 11:57 |  #7

Yes different weddings svetlana




  
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Jun 14, 2012 12:03 |  #8

Hate to say it, but I'd start from the beginning. Everything appears squished vertically. The bottom left image is definitely not looking the way it looked when you shot it.



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Jun 14, 2012 12:06 as a reply to  @ Christopher Steven b's post |  #9

Ok thanks, thats why come on here for advise cheers




  
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Jun 14, 2012 14:57 |  #10

If you're doing it in photoshop select your layer that includes the image and type CTRL+T this will select the image and then hold down SHIFT while your dragging a corner of the image to downsize it, this keeps the ratio correct.


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Jun 14, 2012 15:04 |  #11

mosabi wrote in post #14579532 (external link)
If you're doing it in photoshop select your layer that includes the image and type CTRL+T this will select the image and then hold down SHIFT while your dragging a corner of the image to downsize it, this keeps the ratio correct.

That's what I did, but seems to not have worked. Are you sure you do not hold shift and alt together?? Thanks for input




  
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Jun 14, 2012 15:16 |  #12

yep CNTR+T (not alt) let you keep the ratio intact.


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Jun 14, 2012 15:19 |  #13

I don't know what 'CNTR' means, but ALT+ SHIFT while dragging does as I suggest it does, at least in CS5 on windows.



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Jun 14, 2012 17:44 as a reply to  @ Christopher Steven b's post |  #14

Yep sorted it thanks it is shift and alt together...Any advise on my other queries? Templates albums uk?
Abellli? Blurb?




  
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Jun 15, 2012 10:10 |  #15

Ive heard Blurb has stepped up on their quality...enough so that the adobe implemented the book layout with an export straight to blurb in the new Lightroom. I haven't used them for a while but may be worth it!




  
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