The link to Tripredacus' image is:
Tripredacus *very kindly provided* the source material which he used to make his JPEG, and he indicated that others could do with the image as they wanted.
So, this provided me with a *great opportunity* to try to come up with my own version -- of course, using Tripredacus' version as a *springboard*. (In Art, as well as in Olympic diving events, springboards are *very important*. lol)
This is the image I developed:
This image looks different than Tripredacus' image, because I simply did not want to *exactly reproduce* his image, but I wanted to come up with something that would reflect my own artistic tastes.
This Post basically concerns the steps and considerations I used to make my version.
I will try to provide as much detail as I can, so that those of you who aren't too familiar with Photoshop can get a feel for my "PS approach".
In this regard, then, I guess this will be something of a "mini-tutorial".
To start off, I've listed the links to Tripredacus' source material, and I give my "initial treatment" of this material.
link # 1, http://en.wikipedia....0_years_old.jpg
shows Max Planck's signature on a cream-colored, parchment-type paper.
Since the background was not uniform, I did not use the Magic Wand Tool on this image to "extract" the signature.
link # 2, http://en.wikipedia....k_signature.svg
shows Max Planck's signature in black on a white background. I took a screenshot of the page, cropped out the Max Planck part, and then removed the background (Magic Wand Tool) to leave the signature on a transparent layer.
link # 3, http://photos.aip.or...nstitute_e1.jpg
gives the background Tripradecus used.
The JPEG shown here is 428x330 pixels.
I reduced it proportionately to 385px wide -- (instead of 380px wide, the width we want the final image to be) -- so that I would have some leeway (i.e., flexibility) in positioning my image border over it. The *very first thing* I did with this background was to remove (Rubber Stamp Tool) that indecipherable, large, dark mass in the light-colored area -- (right above the crowd) -- at the left side of the picture. [I'd guess(?) this "mass" is a door. Nonetheless, it is *very distracting*.]
link # 4, http://www.wildlifea...k-Institute.jpg
gives the logo for the Max Planck Gesellschaft (translated into English as the "Max Planck Society").
This logo gives the outline of a "Roman face" and the word "GESELLSCHAFT".
The JPEG image is very large, at 3,590x1,980 pixels.
I removed the background of the image using the Magic Wand Tool to leave the Roman-face outline and GESELLSCHAFT on 2 different transparent layers.
Now, the further development of my image will be discussed.
I'll be numbering the layers from "1" up, where higher values indicate layer(s) *above* layer(s) with lower values in the Photoshop "layers stack".
I won't be discussing these layers in sequential order from bottom to top, because I think this will make the discussion clearer.
Layer "1", background
I *really liked* the cream-colored parchment shown in source-material link # 1 above, and I wondered how the background (link # 3) would look if it had this *tone* rather than the "grayish tone" of Tripredacus' image.
I color-sampled the parchment (Eyedropper Tool, "Sample Size: 5x5 Average") -- which was shown to have r,g,b = 247,224,200.
I "over-layed" the background (link # 3) with a new layer having these r,g,b values, and changed the Opacity of this new layer to 45% (that looked about right to me).
I then linked and merged the original background with this reduced-opacity new layer to get the "cream-tinted" background shown in my version of Tripredacus' image.
Layer "5", top layer
Settings for MaxPlanck signature:
Lettering color: the "teal-family" color shown
Layer "effect": Outer Glow (Mode:Normal; Opacity:100%, Blur:6 pixels; Intensity:600%) with color r,g,b = 238,228,217. I arrived at this color by sampling the light color on the steps in Layer "1" above.
Lettering color: the same "teal-family" color used for the Max Planck signature.
Layer "effect": Outer Glow (Mode:Normal; Opacity:100%, Blur:20 pixels; Intensity:600%) with color r,g,b = 238,228,217, the same color as used for the Max Planck signature.
Layer "4", 2px border outline with 2px horizontal line
I used a solid (i.e., no transparency effects), light color, more or less in the teal "family, with r,g,b = 141,186,180.
Layer "3", Roman-face outline (with outer circle)
Size:100x100 px. (I did not want the face to be *really* large.) I positioned the outline as shown in my version so that the Roman's lips would not be covered up by the 2px horizontal bar.
Color: I sampled a rather dark color in the background -- (it turned out to be a "tan" color) -- and used it for the outline color. I then reduced the Opacity of this outline layer to be 70%, so that the outline would neither be too light nor too dark as it showed up against the very-light-colored steps. So far, so good. But the dark area on the background showed through the upper part of the Roman-head outline, and it was virtually impossible to distinguish the outline from this dark area (i.e., the two basically merged together). To remedy this situation, I made Layer "2", as described below..
I made a new 100x100 px circle -- (the same size as the Roman-head-outline circle) and placed this new circle *exactly under* the Roman-head-outline circle. The color of this new circle was sampled from the very lightest part of the steps, and its color parameters were r,g,b = 235,225,214 . I reduced the Opacity of this new circle to 65% to get *everything* finally in balance.
A little final discussion:
First, I want to sincerely thank Tripredacus for providing the *basis* for my additional work.
I like the way in which my image has four *clearly-defined* levels in going from front to back as:
Max Plank GESELLSCHAFT;
The 2px border-and-horizontal-line "unit";
The Roman-head outline;
I let the opaque outer glow around GESELLSCHAFT cover up the *lower part* of of the Roman-head-outline.
(I didn't do anything else, as in fades, etc., to cover up this part of the outline. However, I made one *very small correction* that the outer glow didn't cover up -- so small that it doesn't warrant discussion.)
One reason I wanted to use a cream-colored background was that it made the picture stand out well against the very-light-colored MSFN background.
Also, I think many other colors will work well with this background -- (but I could be wrong).
Two other colors that I might(?) try are maroon and blue.
I have the .psd file(s), and the only thing I'd have to change would be Layers "4" and "5".
If these versions look as interesting as my version seen in this Post, I'll Post the results -- (that is, if I even take the time to do these additional versions).
Thanks again, Tripredacus.
I really enjoyed playing with your image.
Reason for edit:
to change the file name and link for my one image given above in this Post -- to provide consistency with the "descriptors" used for my images in the following Post # 182.
This post has been edited by larryb123456: 07 January 2012 - 11:24 PM