October 31, 2018 at 3:24 pm #34624
I have been practicing putting text on some of my photos and so far this is my favorite one.
When I took the photo I specifically meant for it to be used in this fashion, I didn’t want all the attention on the rose so I put in the corner of the frame and slowed the shutter speed just enough so it was slightly out of focus.
Just so you know what I’m trying to accomplish with this…I want to use them as prints to put around the house so I don’t want to hide the words at all but I want them to blend in and match the photo.
Any advice would be lovely!October 31, 2018 at 3:53 pm #34626
These are so fun, aren’t they? Out of all the graphics designs I’ve done, “versepics” are some of my favorites. 🙂
A couple of hints:
- Take advantage of all the beautiful, free fonts that are available to you. Fontsquirrel is a good place to find good free fonts.
- Experiment with opacity and drop shadows to make the text “fit in” while still standing out and being easily readable.
- Try adding in other shapes, (circles, squares, etc) at a reduced opacity behind the text to make it stand out.
- Have fun!!
Oh, one more thing; watch out for typos. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Corinthians spelled that way before. 🙂October 31, 2018 at 4:26 pm #34628
How fun! Adding text to photos is something I really enjoy as well. 🙂
I would second what @buddingphotographer said, as well as add a caution to watch out for disfigured, wilted, or bug-eaten petals. This is something I have to watch out for all the time…and often forget until the post-processing stage, but it’s something I’m working on training my brain to watch for. Another thing…I know you were going for an “out of focus flower” look, but I’m curious if, instead of doing it how you explained, you tried lowering your aperture to say a 1.4, if you have that option, and taking the photo again. By lowering you aperture that low and focusing in the flower, you would still get a blurred flower picture without it looking as blurry. Just an idea…. 🙂
When I saw you picture, it immediately reminded me of a very similar picture I had taken last year!November 1, 2018 at 9:28 am #34630
I agree with what @buddingphotographer and @morganwriter1gmail-com said.
For me, having the rose out of focus is something that actually distracted me from the verse rather than drawing my attention to it.
Keeping with the rose theme, here’s something I threw together last night as an example of using different fonts, different opacities, shadows, etc. I’ll admit it’s not the best example, but I thought I’d just put it out there for you to see another idea. 🙂November 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm #34634
@buddingphotographer I’ve tried to get more fonts but I still haven’t figured out how to add them in photoshop.
Thanks for being “typo police” 🙂 (I hadn’t noticed it and neither had my parents so thanks) I had copied the verse off of google to avoid typos and to speed things up but obviously google isn’t perfect.
@morganwriter1gmail-com Thanks for the tip about lowering the aperture! In the moment that didn’t occur to me. That’s crazy that you have a photo so similar!
@bennett-family I had worried about if it would distract from the words that’s the main reason I posted it here 🙂 So thanks for pointing that out.
Your “sample photo” really gave me some ideas! Thanks for taking the time to do that!
November 7, 2018 at 4:38 pm #34817
- This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by Eliana Franzenburg.
Hey Eliana! I wanted to say what an amazing photo! I was very drawn into this from the beginning, and your passion for scripture in this makes this just that more special for me.
Now a little personal critique from me 😂. You should almost never, and certainly never without checking with other people have your photo out of focus. One aspect of the photo should always be in focus, no matter what, I have photo’s where the entire photo’s blurred but one leaf, but you should always have something for your viewers to focus in on, that should also always be something other than the writing. Does that make sense? The writing should compliment the photo, not take its place. Sayings like, “I didn’t want anything to be in focus” sometimes provokes doubt early off, and you should always stand by your photos, cause this one is great! 😁 You should also really for all intents and purposes again not have all of your writing fill up this entire photo. Like that one has exceptions but, really for all intents and purposes you should be complimenting, not trying to fill all of your photo up. 😂 which was impressive that you cropped to one side! That’s very unique!
P.s Get CRAZY with those fonts! Go outside the box and try something new!November 12, 2018 at 2:39 pm #34883
@ryanben2 Thank you for the advice! I meant to answer sooner but I was in the emergency room twice which led to my being put on bed rest for a couple of weeks (after much prayer and such I’m doing a lot better now :), I decided to put my time to good use and have been brushing up on my editing skills etc. So this “photo” is an something I was working on and decided to put a verse to it. I think this is better than all my other ones so would like to know what you think of it.
It might look a little grainy to you but that’s because I had to down size it enough to upload.November 12, 2018 at 3:34 pm #34886
Wow, it doesn’t look grainy at all to me! What a unique idea to curve the roses! Good verse, I very much so like this one better than the others. One small piece of advice, the snow white background kinda gives that effect of getting a text message at two in the morning, opening your phone and realizing its on full brightness. Maybe gray, or a less lit white.
Really good job!
November 12, 2018 at 3:39 pm #34887November 13, 2018 at 7:17 pm #34897
- This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by James Staddon.
I’m sorry to hear about your health challenges. 😕 Praying you’ll continue to be on the mend!
I really like what you did with the curved flower garland picture! The stark white background doesn’t bother me personally; I find it “clean” so my focus is drawn more to the flowers and the words. One thing I thought I would point out was that I really like how your picture meshes with your font. The flowers you present are curved and dainty in appearance and your curved and dainty font does a great job in matching the whole atmosphere of the image! If you had done, say block letters, the atmosphere would feel confused, but I think you did a fantastic job in this case! Well done and feel better!
November 13, 2018 at 7:34 pm #34899November 13, 2018 at 9:19 pm #34901
- This reply was modified 4 months ago by Morgan Giesbrecht.
You’re welcome! 😊November 25, 2018 at 9:08 pm #35255
My random thoughts:
I like Lydia’s flower because it is not only partly in focus, but it is also bright. Our pastor sends out a daily verse that he receives from somewhere and my constant complaint about the background photos is that they are sort of muddy in color. I’m sure they are trying to make the verse stand out, but the blah background is disappointing.
On the curved garland, I always look to see if the multiple flowers are actually one flower. And I am sure that this is just the same flower, copied, resized, and slightly rotated. While that’s “legal” (I do it with clip art when making an invitation for a baby shower or something), it’s still sort of lacking the umph that you would get with arranging five different flowers in a curve. Even if you had to take five separate pictures and rotate and arrange them, it would be more authentic, I think. Isn’t there a trick something like: take pictures of flowers on a solid background and then use Photoshop to remove the background color?
Ben, I am still wondering what the little white object is on the wood. It’s not in focus enough for me to understand what I am looking at. Does it have roots on it?
The most important thing, everyone, is that you want to put Scripture with objects of beauty that God created. I have to say, because I am one of the old people on the forum, that it should all be King James verses. I would never buy a calendar, note cards, or wall plaque with anything but King James words.
One last thing: please don’t keep posting “holy cow.” I let my daughters read this and I don’t want words taken in vain to be what they have to wade through to get to the message. Please take this to heart. Hindus worship holy cows. We worship the Holy God. Thanks.November 26, 2018 at 3:37 pm #35321
The important thing is “that you want to put Scripture with objects of beauty that God created.”
That’s a really good point!November 26, 2018 at 3:45 pm #35323
Thank you, @momparfitt, for voicing your concern about the content here on the forums. You’ve made a very good case about calling anything holy other than God who truly is holy, and so I have edited this topic accordingly.
I’m very grateful for everyone’s contributions and am so excited to be learning more and more about what “family friendly” means!
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