I left Monday’s class feeling pretty good about the mysteries of Photoshop, but I realize now I was a little too optimistic. Does anyone else feel like it be nice if they could work a whole lot the night after a class so it all sinks in? This week I decided to tackle the engravings tutorial. I got my image from the Alumni Association’s 1945 published history, “A Century of Naval Academy Life.” The original image was this terrible mustard/brown color. The black color helped with the definition but seemed a bit harsh.
I’m assuming we’ll go over it in class soon, but I’d like to know how to take the background away and have a floating image that can take on the webpage background.
After taking stock of images already scanned from last semester’s work on the project I realized a couple things. First, most of my images are from books or at least have the paper texture. After watching the paper texture section of Lynda.com’s tutorial I may need to scan 4 different directions of a number of images in order to create a softened texture. Second, everything is scanned as a JPG, which will be fine for the modern images, but for the older images, it would have been nice to get to the TIFF level and then save them for the web.
I made four scans of a couple paper textured images and went to work. I think I can see a difference, but for the extra time involved, I’m not so sure it’s worth it. I rotated, cropped, and combined multiple layers to reduce paper texture. Here is the before and after:
Perhaps I did it wrong because I do not see a discernible difference. I plan to play with it more this week. My biggest issue now is finding good photographs/images to use that both help my final project and fall under the image project guidelines. I’m hoping I can find some at work this week!
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