Photography: Words and pictures
Sometimes you want your photograph to get across a particular message. Then you can use words overlaid on your picture. Someone once said that the Black Country was black by day and red by night. I edited this image to try to convey that and added the words. How did I do it?
First I changed my image to grey scale, then colourised it red. Then used out region (out of focus) to colour the left side of the picture in grey scale. Then a vignette completed the image part. The lettering was done in black with a white shadow. It takes a little practice.
Here I’ve used a faint sepia image in the background. Then a script for the lettering. It’s fun making up and designing different diplomas and certificates.
I’ve used region (out of focus) on this image and added a border. Then I added a little text to make it interesting.
Quite boring pictures can be made interesting with a little editing and the addition of some text.
You can also design leaflets and posters this way. You do need to think about definition for posters. I had a photo enlarged to 30 X 20 inches, that was at 300 DPI (dots per inch) and it was 3000 pixels by 2000 pixels. I can take photos that are 6000 X 4000, so I could do even larger posters. You need a camera that goes to 24 Mega-pixels for that size and definition. Lack of definition isn’t always a problem with a poster if there isn’t too much detail in the picture. You can get some idea of definition in Windows Photo Gallery by zooming in on part of the picture and see if it become pixelated. You also can do quite effective adverts. If you’re advertising a shop, you want people to find it easily and so a photo of the shop with text to say the address and phone number over the top can be very effective.
This one is more artistic, but to advertise the pub, it would have been better to get the whole sign on!
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