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
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.
Step 3: Finish Off the File
Ok, now we need to just play with the file a little more
Picture 1 - go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast
Picture 2 - Push the Brightness slider down, and the contrast slider down, until you get a defined black and white
Picture 3 - Here we see the final file
Now onto the printing!
Step 4: Making the .pdf
Using quark i quickly places the two image files in, and added a few extra tick marks for the corners.
however, unless your going for a bsg special, you shouldnt need to add extra corner tick marks.
So you can just print straight from photoshop!
Step 5: Print It!
Ok, so, i then printed the file on a Black and white Laser printer, i printed it on some nice creamy colour stock, just like in the series!
Cut it out, and then there you go!