Creating print for school and coach

Discussion in 'Retouching and Post Processing' started by phecksel, May 22, 2007.

  1. I am not happy, it's not that WOW look I want to achieve.

    Trying to edit with Elements have some limitations there.
    I can uncrop some of the sky to get a lighter background for the lettering
    Don't even like the title wording
    Tried a few different colors below the girls, still not happy

    What I am happy with, is the quality of the photo :) It's the creative stuff that's killing me.

    I would give a copy to the coach and one to the school for their record case. Would carry a similar style over to individual photo for Lyn. Haven't approached the other parents about something similar for them.

  2. Their mom's really named them that, LOL

    I didn't think it was appropriate to put their names in a public area.
  3. Its a cool pic :smile::smile::smile:

    What about moving the title wording to a separate white area above the looks to be crowding the girls to me.

    I like the colors of the lettering....did you try to match their outfits ?? :smile:
  4. Hyper-Performance


    Apr 11, 2007
    SW Ohio, USA
    You might want to throw a border around the entire photo and land the text there so it is less distracting.
  5. dlroberts


    May 25, 2007
    grey box

    You could try a translucent "text box" rectangle between the text and the photo -- any light color to offset the text -- round the corners, bevel the sides, graduate the fill, whatever you like. It's a popular technique in PowerPoint.
  6. Yep...there's lots of different ways to try....such as this. Here's a shot of our basketball team - not my best work, but the best I could do in the very short time I had. (Thanks to Bosslady for the PS work.)
  7. Mark,

    I really like that. I know this is a stupid question, but it's so easy, I haven't been able to find the answer. How do you create not only one border, but two?

    What font is that?

  8. It was really easy for me. I just sent the shot to Bosslady, and she sent it back to me all dressed up. I'd be willing to bet that if you sent her a PM, she could tell you exactly how she did it.
  9. Logan

    Logan Guest

    extend the border via image > canvas size > pick size/color > repeat above process >... maybe theres an easier way, but i think its pretty simple heres an example using the above >>


    PS, sorry for the weird picture, it was the first i saw in my album on photobucket that clearly showed the border
    Last edited by a moderator: May 27, 2007
  10. StephanieHelen


    Jun 9, 2006
    How about a motion blur on the background (not the track) to indicate speed? Just a thought...
  11. GBRandy


    Feb 28, 2006
    Green Bay, WI
    Things I would do....and this is just me.

    1. I would build a frame around the entire image...I use Logan's technique as well.
    2. I would do a drop shadow on the top title
    3. I would make the text below the runners smaller and more neutral to the track, keeping it a few shades darker.
    4. I would then adjust the opacity of said text to about 60 - 70%.
    5. I would possibly...and I would need to see the effect first as I typically hate this a vignette around the edge of the photo to concentrate the focus on the center of the image and the girls.

    Just my crummy 2 cents worth....refund available upon request :)
  12. I want double my money back, LOL

    This has been put temporarily on hold, I spent better part of six hours the other night FIGHTING with my PC trying to create a DVD video for the team to play at their celebration party. Never did get it... Also thinking about opening up that thing in my pocket with all the cob webs and buying CS3. Emailed the coach for her new address in your neck of the woods, as she's moving over there next month.

    I do like your ideas! Unsure about the vignette concept, it sounds interesting, but can't envision it. Really like the title concept. Will play around with the individual text colors, initially went with yellow for the high impact.

    Thank you again to everybody offering suggestions.
  13. GBRandy


    Feb 28, 2006
    Green Bay, WI
    Two words.......ProShow Gold

    Best $70 you'll ever spend if you want to do slide shows....DVD, Standalone, Web stream....

    Go here: ProShow Gold
  14. I'll take a look. I used the Microsoft stuff which didn't have a lot of capability, but it previously worked just fine.
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