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« on: December 01, 2016, 11:18PM »

As some of you know, I'm finally going to a CW Home for Christmas show in less than 2 weeks!

I'm going to try a Stage and Greet. Who knows how many chances I'll get to meet them besides this, so if I do get lucky enough to meet them, I'd like to come prepared with something pretty for them to sign.

I don't know if my calendar will get here in time.

I don't know what stuff might be available at the venue (if it's like Destiny, there will probably be T-Shirts, mugs, some programs, etc, but not really any photos or stuff that's suitable for mounting in a frame).

The venue hasn't gotten back to me about whether they have any event posters they would be willing to save for me so I can pick it up there.

There also doesn't appear to be any current Celtic Woman posters (ie. with Tara) available for sale from any reputable source.

Soooo, I've decided to try making my own poster just in case that ends up being the best I can do between now and then.

I really liked one of the banners from the Celtic Woman site. Unfortunately, that one is a pretty odd size: 1600x675





I could crop the edges quite a bit, but it would still be tough to get it to a standard picture size. Best I could do would be about 13x6 by cropping alone (without distorting the image through resizing). From a framing standpoint, it's more expensive to get a custom frame done for a weird size. But more importantly, it's harder to find a place that will print a photo in such a weird size.

So, I decided to crop out the the part of the picture that has the girls. I made separate layers for the CW logo and the tour info and tried removing the original background from the text so that I just had the text in transparent layers so I could move it around and resize it against an existing background.

Here's what I ended up with. It's 1200x800 (ie. good ratio for a somewhat standard 12" x 8").

The dimensions kind of look more similar to the original than they are. It's an optical illusion I guess.




It turned out ok, but I wanted some other opinions on how it looks and how I could make it better.

Honest opinion: does the positioning / sizing of the text look ok? If not, what would make it look better? Any other suggestions?


And lastly, I wanted to know if there's any artistic folk out there with the time / inclination do me a cooler CW poster over the weekend. Yeah I know "thanks for the notice and where's my money," right? But yeah, if anyone's interested, let me know.

Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2016, 07:55PM »

 Looks  gorgeous  so  far  Tom.     Kiss   x  4
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2016, 01:28AM »

Looks  gorgeous  so  far  Tom.     Kiss   x  4

Really? Cool!

Although I'll give the girls all the credit for making it look that good.  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2016, 01:21PM »

Still playing around with a few things.

The one thing I don't like about the previous poster is the awkward photoshop job that was done on MC's hair.

I'm not good enough to try fixing that, so I started working on a backup.

There was this really pretty 2017 Tour picture I've been eyeing for a while. It's a Destiny picture rather than a HfC picture, but it does have Tara.

Here's the original:



The Tour 2017 text was bugging me a bit, so I found a ratio that would allow me to crop out the text at the bottom without having to do anything fancy to clone the background over top of the text.

I cropped it to a 12x8 ratio (pretty standard for a picture). I had to use a cloning tool to erase the very tops of the letters, but it wasn't difficult.

I kind of like this one.





It's a very pretty picture, it has the logo... I would just need to get it printed and find a white felt pen in the next few days (black won't work well on a dark image).

This is of course all based on the wishful thinking that I can meet them. But I guess worst case is I still have a REALLY nice picture.

I'll probably play around with a couple more of these, but I've got at least two useable candidates. Now to find a place that can print them locally, because I don't trust shipping to get it here in a week.
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