Re: "Zooming" in on screen shot

Subject: Re: "Zooming" in on screen shot
From: Lou Quillio <public -at- quillio -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 15:26:02 -0400

l_migliorini -at- yahoo -dot- com wrote:

But the client
is saying that they want the zoomed area to be outlined and connected to
the original section with a line....

In PhotoShop or similar:

1. Open the screenshot and view at a zoom level appropriate to what will be the zoomed/called-out portion.

2. Select the area to be zoomed/called-out.

3. Copy it to the clipboard.

4. Create a new layer. Paste the copied portion onto the new layer.

5. Add a stroke to the copied selection on the new layer, with desired final-version weight, color and miter.

6. Return to the original screenshot layer. The selection should still be active.

7. Add a fine stroke of some innocuous color, to serve as a visual cue for your own later use. The reason will become clear later.

8. Resize the original screenshot to final production size.

9. Zoom-in on the resized original screenshot, so you can clearly see the fine selection stroke you made as a reference in #7. It will be blurred, but should be visible.

10. By eye, make a new selection over the reference selection.

11. Add a stroke to this selection, with the same characteristics as the stroke you made on the called-out selection. This new selection stroke should completely obscure the reference stroke.

12. Overlay the layer with the call-out on the resized original screenshot and position attractively. Draw whatever connectors you'd like. The connectors should ideally be placed on a third layer.

13. Save this all off as a new file, in the graphics program's native file format -- to preserve the layers.

14. Order the layers if they're not already, merge down and export to the desired file format for production graphics.

You can make further use of layers to preserve the editability of your master (to change the stroke weight or color, etc.).

The same can be done with vector illustrators, perhaps to more flexible effect, but this is the basic procedure I use. It applies generally to all tools.




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