It’s week three of the monthly challenge, and we get to the image I’ve been looking forward to making. As a side note, I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do for week 4, eep.
When I was flipping through the book, The Artist’s Guide to GIMP – Creative Techniques for Photographers, Artists, and Designers by Michael J. Hammel (O’Reilly, Amazon), this is one of the main things I wanted to try (and the steam from last week).
I tried several iterations of font and text, initially I just had the text Coffee • Tea • Hot Cocoa • on a repeat …which I then changed to all caps… COFFEE • TEA • HOT COCOA • … but ultimately my husband and I thought that actual text looked better, which I copied from Wikipedia (Green Tea and Coffee), and again I switched it to all caps.
The key to this technique is removing as much white space as possible so that you can still make out the image being made by the letters.
Once I had the font and text worked out, I added a white vignette and then played around with blend modes. I couldn’t decide which I liked best (see gallery below). My husband liked option 1 and option 4. Over several days I’d ask him again and he always picked those two, I on the other hand picked a different one each time. So the one above is option 4, my husband’s choice (and my compromise – option 1 being the one without the vignette). I like them all for different reasons. You can click on the gallery to see the images bigger.
Which one would you have chosen?
Kind thoughts and comments are welcome!
I have joined a month-long photo post-processing challenge called One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me. “This challenge is about processing １ image in 4 different ways over 4 weeks.” Every Monday Robyn posts a new version of her photo and challenges us to do the same each week.
I’m still really behind in my offline life, the Santa Ana winds have brought not only heat (today’s high forcast is 90°F – even though we still have a week before it’s officially Spring), but also allergens which are kinda kicking my butt.
The tutorial for this technique is here.
Until next time…