So, I set out to improve upon the dynamics of the game by replacing all of the original face cards with cards of my own creation. Now we can ask questions such as "Has your person ever lived with me?" or "Does your person have a substance abuse problem?"
The fun-level of the game has reached a mind-blowing new high.
Step 1: Go get things.
- Guess Who? board game
- 24 images of your friends or relatives (of decent resolution)
- Photoshop software
- Files included in next step
- A printer capable of printing double-sided color prints on cardstock - OR - $10 and a Kinkos
- Exacto knife
- Ruler or straight edge
- Someone to play with
Step 2: Download these files.
The zip file should contain:
template.psd (the file you will be manipulating to create the face-side of the cards)
and the images for the back side of the cards:
Alright, I have uploaded some PNGS as requested by those of you using GIMP instead of Photoshop...
BUT BE WARNED!
To convert from PSD and TIFF to PNG I had to convert the files from CMYK to RGB color mode. This ultimately is not ideal for printing. And I'm not sure how converting CMYK to RGB (and then ultimately printing in CMYK) will affect the final output.
Also, during formatting, the template file was flattened by Photoshop into just one layer, so it is not particularly helpful any more.
Step 3: Preparing the files.
I'm assuming that if you have Photoshop, you have some level of comfort within the program. Even so, I will try to explain it as best I can for those who don't
With that said, open the file and make sure the guides are visible like in the picture below. If you don't see the guide lines go to the menu bar on the top (view --> show --> guides). By selecting this you should turn on the guide lines.
Next make sure the "Snap to Guides" option is selected. Again go to the top menu (view --> Snap To --> Guides).
Now your file should be ready to begin work.
Step 4: Cut out and insert your image into the template.
Select the "Polygonal Lasso Tool" and enlarge the part of the image you want to use to fill the screen. Carefully and slowly outline the person with the "Polygonal Lasso Tool."
When you are done and close your selection you should have a blinking outline. Now would be time to copy your selection (edit --> copy). (see secondary picture)
Go to your template and paste this image into it (edit --> paste)
In the coming steps we will actually resize and reposition the image to make sense in the template.
Step 5: Reorder the layer (optional).
For instance, I decided I wanted this image to be above the caption "Face 5" so in the layers menu I literally dragged the new layer I pasted from its initial spot in the menu to the spot right over layer "Face 5". (see secondary picture)
NOTE: Since none of the layers overlap, reordering the layers isn't necessary, but it will make your file more organized should you need to change something later.
Step 6: Resize the image.
The first thing you are going want to do is delete any image that may already be a place-holder for "Face 5."
Once done, select "Free Transform" (Edit ---> Free Transform). Now you can resize your image.
Be sure to check that little chain link on the menu bar in the top and resize the image from the corner. (See secondary image)
Scale the image so that it fits nicely within the guides alloted to it. For reference, look at the other images already there.
Step 7: Repeat and rename.
Once all the faces are in their places it is time to change the caption below them to the appropriate name.
With the "Horizontal Type Tool" select each name (Randy, Danica, Face 14, etc...) and change them one by one to the names that match the image above it.
Step 8: Duplicate the image and delete layers.
On the first one, go to the bottom of the layers list and delete the blue and red layers. The background is now yellow.
On the second image, delete the yellow and blue layers so that the background is now red.
On the third, delete the red and yellow layers so that the background is now blue.
Step 9: Flatten the images and save.
Step 10: Resize the yellow image.
As such, it is time to increase the size of the yellow image. Go to "Image Size (Image --> Image Size) and change the pixel dimensions to 2855 x 2332 and hit "OK."
Save the image.
Step 11: Print.
Print the yellow, blue and red images lined up front to back.
If, like me, you don't have such a printer, go to Kinkos with a CD containing all your files and ask them to:
"Print on white card-stock paper the following sets of images aligned front to back. The red files with the faces should line up with the red files with the question marks. The blue and yellow files should also line up in their respective sets. Also, please don't resize the image to fill the page when you are printing it."
That should be enough to get Kinkos to print it correctly. If they don't, refuse the job and ask them to do it again.
Also, if they charge you more than $10 to have this done, there is something wrong.