In my previous post the photographs I took of their sons’ birthday party the parents wanted to give out some cards or prints to the other guests with my details on the back – I decided to try and create a layout for a thank you card and get that printed.
As I’m currently working for my old company, freelancing retouching/scanning work I thought I’d save time and find a digital download – plus I’ve been wondering how these work as I’ve seen lots of adverts for digital downloading of card/blog/scrapbooking/general layouts that people can use to help layout their images… to save them learning a complex piece of software like Photoshop.
I brought a basic layout and opened it up – the blurb said you can resize the template but I noticed that they just had grey boxes on separate layers… and that was it? I paid money for boxes on layers????? They weren’t even vector shapes so saying you can resize them means the edges (curved) would all be pixellated and look terrible… so I had to re-create the whole thing.
NO saving of time or money… actually a waste of both… sooooooo I might sell the template I made for myself (which is a completely different layout and design) which will also feature adjustment layers, vector shapes (so they can ACTUALLY be resized without destruction) and MORE YAY!
I just need to write up the instructions that will make sense to a photoshop newbie and then get someone to test it for me. I already have an Etsy.com shop so maybe in the next week or so you’ll see it appear. I just have a lot of other work to do first… and I have a family portrait/baby session on Saturday.
I recently came up with some mock-ups to help visualise a canvas print (or even a framed print) of images from a Birthday session which consisted of portraits and fun times had in their local park.
One to show sizes and how it would look in the families home and the other to show that they needn’t have just one image on a canvas print – one with straight edges between the images and the other with curved. The parents picked the straight edged version for a 60×40 canvas print – I hope to take a picture of it on the wall after this weekend and will post it up later.
This allowed the parents to choose which images they wanted printed as it can be confusing having so many options.
The parents took some mobile pics of their lounge, hallway etc which didn’t come out very well so I used some Photographer’s Aids. I then re-created their living room in photoshop – you can see their computer desk (which is rather colourful and pixellated lol) in the corner of the lounge image (middle pic) as I couldn’t find one which echoed the same angle in the timeframe I had.
We managed to get a good deal from Photobox, who were doing a discount on giant poster prints. This was to go above the door of their flat which has a huge space above – the mother chose the photograph of the father and sons walking along a path – I think this gives a great perspective on them leaving the house and going on wonderful adventures together. I had initially thought a big smiling face of one of the boys would be fun to have above the front door but I have to say, I much prefer the mothers choice!!
I hope putting up the huuuge poster on such a high ceiling isn’t as hard as I envisage it! lol.
I would like to create room mock-ups to show people how my Art prints would look on their wall – it is hard to ‘see’ how prints and frames look on your own wall and what size to pick, so hopefully I’ll figure something out or find a solution – I have the above templates which is useful for showing clients (you can pop in your own pictures into the frames and swop sizes etc) but I like to use something similar to how this photographer shows his work off – which does look rather fab! Rich Helmer room layouts of his photography art in rather lovely rooms.
Moviestore needed a couple of small ads for Grafik Magazine, Creative Review and also for Bapla (British Association of Photo Libraries).
The Creative Review Ad will feature a different image each month – total running time (for now) 3 issues = 3 months.
I’ve worked at Moviestore Collection Ltd for several years now… mostly part time since starting the BA course.
I started with retouching and scanning of image which are then uploaded to several websites (syndicates as well as the company own website) – a step backwards in one way but I knew that I wanted to study and if I’d managed to get a well paying, long hour job then I wouldn’t have started the course!
I now tend to deal with the IT (small scale) for the company as there are only 4 people working there – 2 part time including me).
I’ve finally managed to convince the boss to switch DAM (Digital Asset Management) hosts to one that costs 3/4 less than the previous one and this new site now actually works a lot faster and doesn’t come up with constant errors – it still has a few issues to sort but hopefully they will be completed in the next few weeks.