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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-05-2013, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Fellow member Joe Lyddon today gave me a lesson in adding text to my photos which is a big improvement in clarity compared to how I've been doing it this past few years. The subject matter may be of some interest too.
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I've never noticed a problem reading the text on your photos, but even though these photos make it very easy to read your notes, the box may sometimes block some important detail in the photos, so the text only version might prove better in these cases. Your explanations and photos have always been great and easy to understand.

There may be times when putting the text in a box might be a better choice, but it may not always be the best way. I think you should choose based on the photo and text that you are combining and use whichever way is most appropriate for that photo. Changing the color of the text to achieve a significant contrast difference between the photo background and the text also works well. You past choice of yellow has worked well in most cases.

Keep up the great work Harry. Your woodworking, teaching, and photography skills are tops in my book.

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And how did you add the text? :confused
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I'm with Charley. I've never had a problem reading the text on your excellent tutorials. As Charley said, there's a time and place where the new technique might obscure some important visual information. As long as your new system doesn't cover any key information, it does make all the text very crisp and easy to read.

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I too am interested in how you add the text. On another note, that is a great idea for the edge guide. I never thought of using it for anything except an edge guide which means I never use it. I always use straight edges or the router table instead. I'll have to blow the dust off them.

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BJ got Harry started with the text in photos several years ago. You will find the program Harry uses at: getpaint.net

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Can be added descriminately in Photoshop.
Text can be moved, rotated, sized, colored, selected from 100's of fonts, pixel dimensions, ad nauseum. And most importantly, can be positioned so as not to interfere with content. An important art, but unfortunately, will not make you a better RouterMeister
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Nice Harry,I'm not a big fan of the text boxes they do block things out
It's too bad you don't have a ski jig for that type of jobs..

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Looks good to me, Harry. If you want to manipulate the images further but don't want to spring for Photoshop, you can download The Gimp free. In my opinion, it's as powerful as Photoshop and in some ways more intuitive.

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Ok, THAT was funny BJ!

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