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Jan 15, 2011 11:55 |  #1

My uncle will soon be 100 years old and asked me to put together the picture below as gifts for his kids. So, I want to make it as nice as possible because of the occasion.

The picture is saved as a psd, so all the layers can be easily edited. The wording is his along with the picture choice on the left. If anyone has any advice on how to improve the picture regarding the layout, color scheme or whatever, I would appreciate any ideas. Or is it OK as is?
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Jan 15, 2011 15:17 |  #2

I find the name font too huge...some script might be nicer and more elegant.

Don't think you need the yesterday and today, its fairly obvious?

The crop/vignette feels weird to me in the today photo.he looks like he is floating? Maybe a black gradient vignette would be more useful? Or a clear blur?


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Jan 15, 2011 16:59 |  #3

The blue vignette doesn't work with the blue shirt. Show his hands in today's picture.


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Jan 15, 2011 19:21 as a reply to  @ dino211's post |  #4

Thanks for your reponses and advice. I will use it to tweak the picture.

Yes, yesteday and today is obvious, but that is what he said he wants on the picture and since it is his birthday...

The crop is wierd because the picture was taken with him sitting on a stool with his shirt, tie and coat over bib overalls and no suit pants. He had dressed himself as such before I arrived. I was cropping out the pants, which is where his hands were resting. As could be expected at his age, he has some serious health problems with limited mobility and it took a great effort for him to just do this much. I had a nice picture of him sitting in his recliner in his overalls, but he wanted the picture taken with a coat and tie away from the bright window where he usually sits.


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Jan 15, 2011 19:50 |  #5

Perhaps do his name in white too, and the same font as "100 years". It would be easier to read. I would do the "today" and "yesterday" in the same font as each other. I would also move him (the one on the right) down a little, it would balance it out a little better I think. His head is a little too close to his name and the bottom of him doesn't line up with the bottom of him as a toddler.




  
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Jan 15, 2011 22:07 as a reply to  @ LettieVonDread's post |  #6

I still say the font is too large.use writing script instead, gives it an air of class. and possibly have it on the bottom of the photo, instead of having it run into his head.....can you change the BG color of the today photo?

Hoe about an oval vignette then on the now side? I keeps him from floating away.


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Jan 16, 2011 05:28 |  #7

There's like 4 different fonts there, cull it to like 1 or 2, 3 max. I really don't like how the "and" has been done. Also I feel like if one photo is going to be black and white both should be, that texture doesn't work with the plain blue background in my opinion. But that font, that's my biggest worry. It's too hard to read and there's too many types. Easily fixed though, try to pick something a bit more classy or traditional maybe. Just my opinion.


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Jan 16, 2011 07:09 as a reply to  @ CallumPhoto's post |  #8

Good suggestions all. Thanks.

I did the following revisions: Deleted the AND which I think I can sell to Uncle Carl. Did a black and white background gradient on the Today side. Changed name font to Vladmir Script and the other fonts to Lucinda Bright with demibold and black font color for 100 Years.

I am not sure about the name font color. Black won't show up well in that background color. White looks a little too stark. One of the other two might work. The blue matches the blue in Carl's tie.

What other fonts would you suggest is more elegant and classy?

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Jan 16, 2011 08:11 |  #9

I think you've made huge progress here, this might be personal preferrence but I'm a bit iffy about that texture on the left but see what everyone else says. It might not be a universal thing, font looks way better, if I commented on it then again probably just personal preference. Except that maybe think about making the 100 Years the same as Yesterday/Today. It looks like 100 Years is bold. Also something to consider is having the name up top and the other text down the bottom.


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Jan 16, 2011 09:17 |  #10

I'd have to agree with Callum on the Texture.... Why not go with the same Grey tone on both sides?
Put his name up top and go with a smaller font for the Yesterday, Today and 100 Years...


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Jan 16, 2011 09:55 |  #11

On left hand side, what if a collage of photos, say 3-5, are put. It will show progression of life. Also I second the idea of bringing in hands in current photograph composition. In place of 100 years, DOB & todays date will be more interesting.


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Jan 16, 2011 10:17 as a reply to  @ ssmanak's post |  #12

Far better, but remember, LESS is more when using font..so ONE name is all that is needed? ALso, did you try the oval vignette on the present photo? Would make him look far less square and cutoff..just a very light opacity in black or gray.


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Jan 16, 2011 10:49 as a reply to  @ HazYleaF's post |  #13

Here is the latest revision. In my previous version, I was using that old time look on the left to reflect sort of what a photo 100 years ago might look like. The photo I used on the left was cut out of a group photo of siblings and was the earliest photo of my uncle.

I haven't decided yet if the background on the left is the best I can do. But I have plenty of time to play around with it since his birthday isn't until latter March.

Thanks for all the input. I know everyone will have their own personal preferences as do I, but feel free to throw in your 2 cents worth. It is an opporturnity for me to learn and that is always a good thing.


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Jan 16, 2011 11:03 as a reply to  @ tom30's post |  #14

I actually liked the old timey Bg on the first one, it still matches his tie:)

Maybe just tone down the bright whites of the photo when he was a babe....

Also agree with having a birth date.above the 100 years.not large....

The black doesn;t show up very well.I like the color of the name font...

Lol.where is that oval??


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Jan 16, 2011 11:51 |  #15

I was actually thinking more like this.... Simple, usually turns out a little nicer....but to each his own, I always say.... well actually I don't always say it that way, but you understand.... like Flo said less is more...Hope you like it... still matches his tie... Hee Hee


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