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Re: How to impose small-enough numbers on a photo?
Subject:Re: How to impose small-enough numbers on a photo? From:voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com> To:"Guy K. Haas" <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com> Date:Sun, 26 Jul 2009 23:53:47 -0400
I thought PhotoShop will let you use pixels as units for fonts as well as
point size (preferences > units or something close to that). But I'm using
CS3, so it may be a new feature.
An alternative numbering scheme is to have a second image which is a
silhouette of the first, and then put numbers on THAT, so it won't obscure
the original photograph.
On Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 11:28 PM, Guy K. Haas <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com> wrote:
> This is not directly about tech writing, but it touches on it a related
> problem. I have a 5-megapixel black-and-white photo (scanned to .jpg
> but saved in .psd format) of a seventh grade dance circa 1955. It shows
> probably 40 people, from foreground (head about 1/10 the height of the
> image) to background (heads less than half that tall).
> For the class newsletter, we'd like to apply numbers to the image --
> say, on people's chests -- and see who can identify the most people.
> Now, the problem is that with my Photoshop CS2, I can't make the text
> digits small enough. The smallest font they offer is 6pt, and that
> makes digits that are as tall as the smallest faces in the image.
> I've thought of resizing the image LARGER, but that invents pixels,
> reducing quality.
> I considered doing it with a grid [A,B,C,... across and 1, 2, 3, ...
> down the side], but that seemed cluttered.
> I've thought of callout leader lines from people to the margin, but that
> gets cluttery.
> Would the GIMP or some other shareware/free tool be of any help?
> It would be REALLY tricky to blow up the image, apply text numbers to an
> overlay, then resize it downward and superimpose only that layer to the
> original photo.
> Any other bright ideas?
> Guy K. Haas
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