What do you think? - Layout added

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What do you think? - Layout added

what do you think? I need to go back and add shadows. does her name look okay?

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Remember the layout I did of my Grandma for my mom for a Christmas gift? Well, I want to do one for my dad too. His mom died when he was 13, and I have NO pictures of her. My mom sent me this one in the mail, so it's what I have to work with. I thought I might try something in color. I downloaded a program called Recolored (using the trial version) and it's really cool! It took me a while to get it to this point, and it's not perfect, but it's good enough for me. Anyhow, just wasn't sure if it's too cheesy to use the colored version or if I should stick with the b&w original. The picture Mom sent is a small one from 1955, not even 3x5 size. So I scanned it at a high DPI so I could work with my dad's mom (figured you need to know this so you know that she's really tiny in the original so she'll be a bit grainy in the end result). I actually cropped about 2/3 of the picture out because it was too hard to colorize all of the background stuff like trees, houses, and a car. I will apply a soft focus to her, either way I think.

Anyhow, I resized the pictures to share here, my digital copies are about 3 times the size.

Should I go with the color or b&w?

(sorry for the long text just to ask that question)

BTW, her name is Astrid so I will write that on the page like I wrote Lillian for my mom's page.

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That's a really hard one for me to pick from. I like both. I think it's neat that you are able to re-color everything. I kind of like the color pic better.

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Again, A hard choice for me too! I think you did great with the color, so give it a go and see what the page looks like!

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I kind of like the color one too - it is kind of a cool vintage look - kind of reminds me of the movie Pleasantville

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yeah i'd have to say i'm kind of fond of the color one too

not sure what exactly it is about it but i like it

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I think you should go with the colored version too. Mostly because your dad might never get another opportunity to see his mom in a color photo. I think it looks really neat. Can't wait to see your page when it'S done!

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it looks great and its not THAT noticable but there is a blue dot on her right shoulder

coolmama72's picture
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yeah, that dot is in the original. but I guess I can smudge that out. Wink thanks for reminding me!

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Wow, Gwen, that looks amazing! I might do her name a smidge bigger, but it really looks fabulous. I LOVE what you did with the colorizing of the photo--very evocative of an era!

That will make such a neat gift Biggrin

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I think it's lovely and you did a good job!

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thanks, I'm so happy with how it turned out!

I did make her name a bit bigger and added some shadows. it's all ready to be printed at Costco and framed for Dad. whoo hoo!

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That's fantastic! You've certainly inspired me with ideas for next Christmas Biggrin

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That looks great. I really like it with the color. Her name looks very good.

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You did a great job! Randall thinks so too! Wink