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

Subject: Re: How to impose small-enough numbers on a photo?
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:49:06 -0700

Like the magazines did with "Who's on the Sgt. Pepper's LP cover?"

> Chris

On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 7:59 AM, Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:

>
> Solarize the class photo (or some simliar procedure) and save a version of
> it that shows only the outlines of the forms. Put that on the facing page
> and apply the callouts to it.
>
>
> --- On Sun, 7/26/09, Guy K. Haas <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com> wrote:
>
> > From: Guy K. Haas <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com>
> > Subject: How to impose small-enough numbers on a photo?
> > To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> > Date: Sunday, July 26, 2009, 11:28 PM
> > 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
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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: Keith Hood

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