Re: How to impose small-enough numbers on a photo?

Subject: Re: How to impose small-enough numbers on a photo?
From: "Guy K. Haas" <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com>
To: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2009 20:56:28 -0700

Hm... It was at 720 dpi. I INCREASED the dpi to 1440, and that seems to
make the 6pt text digits smaller with respect to the size of the people.

--Guy


Robert Lauriston wrote:
> Reduce the dpi of the image (without resampling) until 6-point text is
> small enough.
>
>> On Jul 26, 2009 8:28 PM, "Guy K. Haas" <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com
>> <mailto: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?
>>
>> --Thanks,
>> Guy K. Haas
>> Software Exegete in Silicon Valley
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How to impose small-enough numbers on a photo?: From: Guy K. Haas
Re: How to impose small-enough numbers on a photo?: From: Robert Lauriston

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