Posts Tagged ‘color’

Digitally Embellishing Photographs

February 13, 2009

Oh I just love my Paint Shop Pro tool!  I have the newest version and what fun it is to embellish photographs!  Below I simply used a rectangle tool to frame my daughter’s face and then I added her name and the year the picture was taken… and then added a few swirls using a Paint Shot Pro brush I picked up along the way… If you haven’t tried to embellish your photos… you really should… it will make your scrapbook pages unique… I am planning on using the cheep talk stamp set to layout my page for this picture…  I was thinking old olive and pixie pink birds! to match the colors in this hat…

There’s a really silly story behind this photo… she wears this hat everywhere… it is the most brightest (hot pink) silliest hat… but oh how it frames her face perfectly!  And it makes her green eyes pop!  I want to put in a journal entry with this…

So the question is which graphics file format do you use to save the Digitally Embellished Photograph?  Well… the answer is it depends….   If you are going to print the photograph – then use PNG format… if you are going to only edit once and then view the photograph – use JPEG…. Here’s why….

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JPEG Format

JPEG (pronounced JAY-peg) is a commonly used method of compression for photographic images. The degree of compression can be adjusted, allowing a selectable tradeoff between storage size and image quality. JPEG typically achieves 10:1 compression with little perceptible loss in image quality.

JPEG compression is used in a number of image file formats. JPEG/Exif is the most common image format used by digital cameras and other photographic image capture devices; along with JPEG/JFIF, it is the most common format for storing and transmitting photographic images on the World Wide Web. These format variations are often not distinguished, and are simply called JPEG.

The JPEG compression algorithm is at its best on photographs and paintings of realistic scenes with smooth variations of tone and color. For web usage, where the bandwidth used by an image is important, JPEG is very popular. JPEG/Exif is also the most common format saved by digital cameras.

On the other hand, JPEG is not as well suited for line drawings and other textual or iconic graphics, where the sharp contrasts between adjacent pixels cause noticeable artifacts. Such images are better saved in a lossless graphics format such as TIFF, GIF, PNG, or a raw image format. JPEG is also not well suited to files that will undergo multiple edits, as some image quality will usually be lost each time the image is decompressed and recompressed (generation loss). To avoid this, an image that is being modified or may be modified in the future can be saved in a lossless format such as PNG, and a copy exported as JPEG for distribution.

Here’s a better description of PNG and a comparison of it to the other types of graphic files ( you need to scroll a bit to find the word comparison!)

For me I love using PNG because I do not have the issues of quality loss when I continually edit the photo… but then my printer does not print the photo as nice as the JPEG.  So I basically use PNG until I am satisfied with the editing and then I export my graphic to JPEG to use on my scrapbook page.

I am a hybrid scrapbooker (digitally embellish photos and use fonts to enhance scrapbook page) but use traditional framing/embellishments on scrapbook page!  So JPEG is what I really need for my printer to print.

What do you think?  This page is going to be a fun one!

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In-Color Color Combinations

February 4, 2009

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{ Click above for ’09/’10 In-Color Combining Chart! }

Oh I just absolutely love the new In-Colors… but have you ever wondered which standard Stampin’ Up! color matches with our new In-Colors?

My favorite In-Color combination is:

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If you click on either picture above, you can get an In-Color Combining Chart to help you see which of the non-In-Colors from Stampin’ Up! match the new In-Colors!

Sweet!

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Scrapbooking is a lot like quilting!

January 27, 2009

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Scrapbooking and color usage goes hand in hand. Just like a quilt, you need to ensure that the colors involved in your page layout coordinate and do not clash with your photo or with each other.

A very important tool when scrapbooking is a color wheel.  Using Stampin’ Up!’s color wheel certainly helps me when I am trying to determine what my color scheme should be and with Stampin’ Up!’s 52 colors, you are sure to find a color scheme that compliments your color.  With so many choices though, you can go wrong very quickly… so figure out what your main color will be and then look for other colors using the color wheel to compliment your main color.

Here’s a few ideas that will help you with your page color schemes:

  1. Avoid Color Overload – only use 2-4 colors in your scrapbook layout.  This will keep your photograph as the focus of the page instead of your colors.  Remember the colors are going to bring out the photo.
  2. Use colors that invoke the right mood – for example blues are soothing colors while reds are exciting colors… keep that in mind when using color to enhance your page.
  3. Black – dominance, sickness, death, danger, fear
    White – purity, newness, cleanness
    Blue – contemplation, sadness, peacefulness, masculinity
    Red – passionate, angry, cautious, hot
    Orange – happy, warm, appetite
    Green – envy, stinginess, tranquillity, youthfulness
    Purple – royalty, power, mystical, holy
    Pink – youth, femininity, healthy
    Yellow – joyful, freshness

  4. Avoid black and white backgrounds – black seems to make the photographs darker and white seems to wash out the photographs.  Save the black and white as framing colors instead of background color.
  5. Avoid huge patterned backgrounds – these take away from your photo – use the patterned backgrounds for embellishing your page instead of the main background.
  6. Look through magazines to get ideas on colors that work together… pay attention to the emotions you are feeling as you page through the pages … pay attention also to the pages that draw you towards the photograph… companies pay large sums of money to advertising agencies who specialize in color combining… take advantage of that and get inspired a bit…
  7. Use your computer to create headings for your page that match a color in your color scheme… refer to the Computer Fonts Overview at this site to get the color RGB/CMYK values for Stampin’ Up! colors.
  8. There are four types of color schemes you can choose to use:
    – Monochromatic schemes use varying shades of one color, such as a layout mixing dark and light blues.
    – Analogous schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, such as purple and blue.
    – Complementary schemes use colors that are directly opposite one another on the wheel, such as blue and orange.
    – Triadic schemes combine three colors that create a triangle on the wheel, such as red, yellow, and blue.
  9. If you’re having trouble getting started with your project, however, there are two easy ways to break though this creative block:
    – Choose a dominant color from your photos as the starting point for your color scheme. For example, you may wish to build your son’s birthday layout around the vibrant red shirt he’s wearing in the photos.”
    – Choose colors that help support the theme of your photo, such as pastels for a springtime layout or cool blues and greens for pictures of your most recent beach vacation.

Utilize the color wheel to help you get started… if you have a photo that does not match the cardstock you have, consider making the photo black and white.  This will give you maximum flexibility in colors to use in your layout…

Want to learn more… check these booksbook-club out:

The Scrapbooker’s Color Palette: Using Color to Create Fabulous Scrapbook Pages (Hardcover)

The Scrapbooker’s Essential Guide to Color

Happy Scrappin’,

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