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« on: July 06, 2008 11:32:45 AM »

I made this image in Photoshop using pictures I found on Photobucket.  I checked out the Photobucket rules and as long as the account is public, the pictures in it are in the public domain.  Anyway, I  just searched each letter and found the ones I liked best, then used Photoshop to arrange them and size them appropriately.  I used the program at blockposters.com to separate the one long sheet into several sheets so it would be cheaper to have it printed.  I then emailed the file to Staples and got it printed in color, on card stock, for less than $7 (CHEAP!!)!  I had an old cardboard backing from a poster my son has hanging up in his room and just cut it to fit (with an xacto knife).  I used spray adhesive to glue the pictures down (being very careful to get the joins right because the program that separates the image separates it by page size and not by each letter, if that makes any sense) and then used mounting tape on the back of the cardboard to hang it up.  And voila!  A cheap and unique way to display your last name (or any other word of your choosing) in your home.  Although you can see where I screwed the join up on the letter "I", it's not really noticeable for the average person viewing it in my home.  I figure I'll take a black marker to that little piece to get rid of the white space.  Our last name is Hribar (weird, I know) and here are some pictures.








And a shot of it with our tv for scale.  The tv is 35 inches and the poster thingy is a little over 4 feet wide by 10 inches tall.




Note: If anyone else wants to do something similar, you get a lot more hits on Photobucket if you search "the letter h" rather than just searching "h". 
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2008 12:10:45 PM »

LOVE IT! Great idea!
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2008 12:36:59 PM »

this is really cool!
i think flickr has some tools associated with it, for doing something similar...
here is one: http://metaatem.net/words/

ETA:  i imagine with those searches you could also check each image to make sure it was CC (creative commons) with permissions to use their image if not done for profit.  that would be good, too.
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2008 12:52:54 PM »

Thanks for the instructions!  I saw this same idea in a magazine and as I recall it was very expensive to have done.  Great job!
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2008 01:49:02 PM »

this is really cool!
i think flickr has some tools associated with it, for doing something similar...
here is one: http://metaatem.net/words/

ETA:  i imagine with those searches you could also check each image to make sure it was CC (creative commons) with permissions to use their image if not done for profit.  that would be good, too.

I tried that flickr tool, but I didn't really care for the images it pulled up.  One of the things I like best about the letters I found is that some of them aren't actually letters.  Like the H is part of a house, the I is a door and window, the A is an anarchy symbol.  I think it makes for a lot more interesting end result. 

Were you saying to check the CC for the Photobucket images?  Or the flickr images?  Cause with the Photobucket images, it's not necessary.  Like I said, if the account is viewable to the public, the pictures are in the public domain and are legal to use for whatever.  I'm not planning on doing any for profit anyway.




Thanks all for the compliments!
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2008 02:05:40 PM »

I've seen books made like this for children to help them learn their alphabet. I've always though the photographer was so great to find all of those letters in our environment!
Your project is awesome and personal. Great job!
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2008 04:49:38 PM »

what a cool idea! i love it!
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2008 06:42:30 PM »

I tried that flickr tool, but I didn't really care for the images it pulled up.  One of the things I like best about the letters I found is that some of them aren't actually letters.  Like the H is part of a house, the I is a door and window, the A is an anarchy symbol.  I think it makes for a lot more interesting end result. 

Were you saying to check the CC for the Photobucket images?  Or the flickr images?  Cause with the Photobucket images, it's not necessary.  Like I said, if the account is viewable to the public, the pictures are in the public domain and are legal to use for whatever.  I'm not planning on doing any for profit anyway.

hey that's really cool.  i didn't really know anything at all about photobucket, but this is a good thing to know.
also i like your letters in things, you're right, that's a more creative trick.
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2008 05:36:46 PM »

great idea!!
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2008 01:10:37 AM »

Oh my... I did the same last week! I used flickr spell, (didn't know about photobucket) to spell me and my hubbies names. Only I printed it at home, covered it with clear contact paper, framed in a black construction paper frame.  Grin

(Hee hee, it probably won't last very long, but I live in a resort town, 500 km from the nearest ...well, anything, really.... in a country that is, to say the least, crafterly challenged!  Grin )

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