Instructables

Recreating Printed items from photos - BSG special

Picture of Recreating Printed items from photos - BSG special
Picture 18.png
Ok, here Im going to show you how to take a photograph of a printed item, eg a letter, or a business card, or in my case a paper prop from battlestar galactica.

I found my image on the internet, so as long as the quality is good, you should be able to do the same.

This method is also great for re-creating logos from scans and pictures.

Let me know what you think!

The only things you need are photoshop, and a laser printer!

Step 1: Resize it

Picture of Resize it
Picture 4.png
Picture 6.png
Picture 5.png
Picture 7.png
Picture 8.png
Picture 9.png
Picture 11.png
Ok, im gonna run by pictures as usual

Pictures 1 & 2 - Open up the files!

Picture 3 - Duplicate the layer by dragging it to new layer button (this is a back up for when we mess up)

Picture 4 - Drag some rulers to the edges of the page, these will be used to straighten it out.

Picture 5 - Go to Edit > Free transfrom - or press command/ctrl - T

Pictures 6, 7 & 8 - While holding down the command key(ctrl in windows) click onto the anchor points in the corners, pull to get a feel for how this transforms the picture, Drag the edge to match up with the rulers.

thats it resized! If you image now looks a little squashed then use the corner anchors (without holding anything down) to resize it till it looks comfortable.

Step 2: Making it black and white!

Picture 1 - Firstly change the colour mode, do this by going to Image > Mode > Grayscale

Picture 2 - Click don't merge on the following box (we want to keep the back in place)

Picture 3 - Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels…

Picture 4 & 5 - Click the black eyedropper tool (see image notes), Then click on the lightest Black area of the image.
Click on the white eye dropper tool, then click on the darkest white area of the image

It should now be mostly black and white.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up
Hi  where  can  I  Original Image   for  project ?
codavex5 years ago
Sent you a pm. I'm trying to put a BSG scrap book together with various memorabilia like insignias, schematics, rosters etc. This ballot would make a fine addition. I'm having problems finding a good image. Can you help me out? Thanks.
gmjhowe (author)  codavex5 years ago
I stumbled accross mine when googling battlestar under the 'high res image option'
Could you show more pictures showing the steps please??
click the next butten
gmjhowe (author)  mrtentaclenun6 years ago
Erm, there is pictures for almost every step - you do need a small amount of photoshop knowledge also. If there is a particular bit your stuck on, just ask.
wenpherd5 years ago
what i said was kinda redundent
wenpherd5 years ago
(removed by author or community request)
gmjhowe (author)  wenpherd5 years ago
Indeed.
wenpherd5 years ago
(removed by author or community request)
gmjhowe (author)  wenpherd5 years ago
yes, its about £400-500, a free alternative is 'the gimp'
ShadyLogic5 years ago
This really only works for images and logos that you: A. Already have a high quality image of and B. Were taken from taken from a top-down angle. I'm afraid this is nothing more than a photoshop resizing ible.
gmjhowe (author)  ShadyLogic5 years ago
Actually, its more focusing on the converting it into a solid black and white image (and i don't mean greyscale, i mean black and white) The same technique can be used for creating stencils. And you say 'I'm afraid this is nothing more than a photoshop resizing ible.' as if its not worth having? some people have got to learn to do these things?
I suppose that's true, I simply felt that the title implied instructions on recreating something more difficult to obtain / recreate. I apologize if I offended you.
gmjhowe (author)  ShadyLogic5 years ago
well, as long as its a relatively good quality picture, this method should work fine. Don't worry, it would take alot more than that to offend me!
Jedi Ronin6 years ago
How do you get the rulers? The only part I'm stuck on.
gmjhowe (author)  Jedi Ronin6 years ago
if you press
  • cmd r
or on windows
  • Ctrl r
Then to get the guides, drag from ontop of the ruler.