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Can someone please share with me the workflow to position a photograph on a canvas and place a text caption/title below it..

The things I can't quite grasp are.... (pretty much everything!).

- How to position and move the photo to an exact position... is this done on an overlarge image or on the canvas?.

- How to write the text... I understand PS should not be used for text as it is pixel based?.

If anyone has any other comments on the process or samples to share I would be grateful to hear them, such as good fonts/font colours to use (nothing funky, more of a classy style)..

Thanks...

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I've never actually done ANY of this, but you could use Adobe Illustrator for the text. Since it's vector based, printing to any size will work since there's no pixels to deal with. If you have photoshop, it's still possible, but a bit harder (type text, select, convert to vector then fill, I did it a while ago and forgot how), since you'd be working with both pixels and vectors at the same time (possible, but no so smart and user-friendly)...

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I don't have that, would it be possible to do it with powerpoint or word?..

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Oh yeah, forgot to add. Here's a really cool font site:http://www.dafont.com Most of the fonts are free to use (not sure about commercial), and user submitted. Some are limited unless you buy, but they usually contain everything except symbols or numbers. Under the "Basic" category you'll find much more toned down fonts...

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I'm not sure. I took a short class for word, but we never worked on stuff like that. I'm pretty sure that word prints in vector, since I've never had pixelation of text with it (you usually need a DPI of like 500+ to avoid pixelation, or I did in one case involving text turned into pixels. some fonts are vector based though). Maybe you could print on white paper or such and then cut out? Anybody you can consult for this? Have you posted this on yahoo's answers (it could help maybe)?..

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Do you have a link to the specific Yahoo site?..

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Gashead wrote:.

Can someone please share with me the workflow to position aphotograph on a canvas and place a text caption/title below it..

[snip].

- How to position and move the photo to an exact position... is thisdone on an overlarge image or on the canvas?.

I have Photoshop CS2. I am assuming that your version of PS has similar tools..

I assume that you have the picture and the canvas on separate layers. If not, you should. If you don't have a canvas layer, create an empty layer and fill it with whatever you want for your canvas. Click on the layer with the photo. Click the "move" tool (or press V). You can now move your photo around the canvas..

- How to write the text... I understand PS should not be used fortext as it is pixel based?.

Click the "text" tool (or press T). It will create a new layer. It will allow you to use all the fonts that you normally use. Please note that these will only include only the fonts that you have installed on your computer (the same font files that you use for Word and PowerPoint). You will see the options on the top bar. I'm not sure how PS handles text, but most fonts are vector based.



If anyone has any other comments on the process or samples to share Iwould be grateful to hear them, such as good fonts/font colours touse (nothing funky, more of a classy style)..

Just go to Google. There are many sites that offer free fonts...

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Gashead wrote:.

I don't have that, would it be possible to do it with powerpoint orword?.

It's possible, crudely, easier in Word..

But for your use, you should use a desktop publisher program. MS Publisher is fine if you have that. You would specify your page size, position your image on the page, and put your text, in any font and color you want, where you want, where it stays vector-based until printing from the program. It will print in "photo quality", because that is more a function of your printer driver than the program. As a DTP program, there are many other features for background fills, user-created standard templates, etc..

If you don't have any DTP program, the free version of Serif PagePlus is more than enough for this. You'll have to register with a email address, and they'll send promo emails to that email address once or twice a month. Get it at:.

Http://www.freeserifsoftware.com..

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If the printing process is photographic then I don't think that using a vector program like Illustrator would help since you'd need to rasterize and save out as a JPEG in order to upload to the lab? so might as well just use photoshop..

1) open the image in photoshop2) modify the canvas size (not the image size which would distort the image)3) add your text and place it where you want.

We use Myriad Pro a lot, partly since it's a deep family with lots of variations available (semibold semi-condensed italic and that sort of thing). Often we use it fairly heavy, like the Black variant. Don't be afraid to track out the text (adding space between each letter) for readability and to fill up the space allotted..

For your text and background colors you could consider sampling colors from the photo..

Less can often be more, especially if you have a good photo (i.e., the font/frame shouldn't overwhelm the photo)...

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Good point about font colours..

So as a large jpeg the PS text (albeit pixel based) shoudn't be a problem?..

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All good advice..

Hartcons wrote:.

If the printing process is photographic then I don't think that usinga vector program like Illustrator would help since you'd need torasterize and save out as a JPEG in order to upload to the lab? somight as well just use photoshop..

Absolutely right. Only if you have your own printer is there an advantage to using vector text. I'm not sure which the OP meant..

Another point is that if the print is very large, and the text large-ish, the advantage of non-rasterised text diminishes..

(Edit: - it occurs to me that some specialist suppliers of display graphics can accept formats such as Illustrator EPS, where you would see the benefits of true vector text. If the OP is having posters printed, as per the subject line, it would be worth asking the supplier if this is the case.)..

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I learned how to do this from a CD, that came with my magazine called "Digital Photo"Contact Jon Adams,Editor at , for advice, and maybe a disc..

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Mike Rudge..

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What do you mean by a canvas?.

To put words and pictures onto the same piece of phtographic paper, printed on a phto printing machine at a store like Costco....

First, plan your project..

How big an end result, how big a picture, how big do you want the words? Where do the words go?.

SIMPLEST;.

Use a product like Photoshop Elements..

PRep[are the picture the way you want it..

Add a text layer using the controls of the software..

Type in t e words you want, and change them to the colors you want, and resize them to the size you want..

If you want the words above or below the picture, not on the picture, go to RESIZE and change the size of what Elements calls "canvas" so that there's room above or below for your words..

Really very easy, other than my lack of understanding of your whole project purpose..

BAK..

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