PROJECT 1

April 25, 2014

BOOK TITLE: India Frances Hope / Maid in Thailand.

 

GENRE: No particular genre. If anything at all it’s: ‘Quirky’

 

BLURB: “India Frances Hope writes of her experience growing up in Thailand under the influence of a difficult father. She tells with brutal innocent irony of her daily discoveries and developing relationships. Through the honesty of her stories, many fascinating cultural clashes and contradictions of language in a mixed race family come to light with amusing effect.”

 

BUDGET: $ Zero.

 

TOOLS USED: ACDSee, PhotoScape, Picmonkey.

 

PROCESS: Now how does one illustrate a work like this? Pictures of Thailand can make the book appear to be a travelogue. I went to the author’s photo album and found a couple of intriguing portraits. I chose one and started to play around, cropping and distorting the color.

 

STEP 1

 

Download copy of original photograph in the edit suite at PhotoScape. Mask area of photograph needed and crop to size. (Ratio 2x3. Resize to 1600 pixels x 2400 pixels)

 

STEP 2

 

This is the fun bit: In ‘Home’, adjust ‘Bright,Color’/’Color Enhance’ to desired exposure levels, thus adding contrast. Then use the ‘Filter’ button for a menu of other effects. It’s very much a case of playing around until you are happy with a particular look as each original photograph reacts differently.

 

I settled on two very different color schemes which I planned to combine.

 

STEP 3

 

Reduce the % opacity on one picture and overlay on second. Adjust the % opacity until you have the desired finished combination. This will disguise the fact that it is one photo stuck on top of another.

 

STEP 4

 

For the finishing touch, save and download to Picmonkey.In the ‘Edit’ suite, click on the magic wand icon. Here you will find yourself in a wonder world of assorted effects.Put the combined posterized image through ‘Lomo’ for a mystical lighting effect.

 

STEP 5

 

Add the type. (See section: TYPESETTING) In PhotoScape, select Felix Titling. Letter space the text by using the space bar on your keyboard to add a space between each letter. Typeset author name and title as separate elements. Manipulate the two to size, fit, and position.

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