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« on: June 25, 2011 08:56:40 AM »

I've been on a bamboo tile necklace making kit.

I've decoupaged the images, then coated them with diamond glaze. Once dry, I wrap the tile with copper wire to create a pendant. Then, I put the pendant on a waxen linen cord with copper coiled ends and an S clasp. I coiled the copper with a coiling gizmo.

I've made lots of then using images from PDFs that I've purchased. I've made lots of Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Horses (I am in Kentucky), Catholic images/icons, mermaids, and Beatrix potter bunnies.

But I'm hoping to find ways to create collage sheets with my own images. Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2011 12:36:02 PM »

It looks lovely, the glaze really sets it off.
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2011 05:42:57 PM »

I bought a bamboo tile placement on clearance a while back for this very purpose but haven't gotten to it yet. My suggestion on the collage sheets is to just get familiar with photo-editing software, most are sophisticated enough these days so you don't have to buy anything really fancy, just something that lets you size several images individually on a single background.
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2011 06:31:06 PM »

My suggestion on the collage sheets is to just get familiar with photo-editing software, most are sophisticated enough these days so you don't have to buy anything really fancy, just something that lets you size several images individually on a single background.

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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2011 08:50:40 AM »

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I'm hoping to find ways to create collage sheets with my own images. Any suggestions?

If you actually want to combine images into a collage, as mentioned a lot of photo-editors will do that.  You may have purchased photo-editing software in the past, or your computer or scanner may have come with photo-editing software, but some of the online (free) photo-editors will do it too though without as much fine tweaking, etc.
Here are the names of many of the larger online ones (but you'd have to see if they also do collages):
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101012145035AApBfWc
 
Picnik is one that will though: http://www.picnik.com/app#/home/welcome
At least some of the others should too:
http://www.google.com/search?q=free+online+photoeditor+collage

P.S.  You may want to put a coat of clear gloss (indoor) polyurethane on top of your dimensional white glue (if you're not already) since the polyurethane will give a much tougher surface which is less prone to later scratching and cloudiness from humidity.  Some of them come with UV protection too to prevent later yellowing, and the brand called Varathane (Diamond) is a favorite of polymer clayers. 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm
and you may also be interested in this page:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/transfers.htm

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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2011 12:40:45 PM »

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I'm hoping to find ways to create collage sheets with my own images. Any suggestions?

If you actually want to combine images into a collage, as mentioned a lot of photo-editors will do that.  You may have purchased photo-editing software in the past, or your computer or scanner may have come with photo-editing software, but some of the online (free) photo-editors will do it too though without as much fine tweaking, etc.


Thanks. Right now I'm experimenting with a 30 day free trial of photo shop but I've also tried to make collage sheets with Picasa with no luck. I should be able to create the photo collages using photo shop, I just need to figure it out how. When I used the collage sheet setting, the pages were 12x12 for some reason. But I did successfully change the size of each individual image and put them on a solid background.

Thanks for your suggestions!
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2011 11:35:04 PM »

That looks very well done and I liiiiiiiike it. It has a sort of Baroque feel to it.
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2011 11:34:00 AM »

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Right now I'm experimenting with a 30 day free trial of photo shop . . .I should be able to create the photo collages using photo shop, I just need to figure it out how. When I used the collage sheet setting, the pages were 12x12 for some reason. But I did successfully change the size of each individual image and put them on a solid background.

Are you getting the "real" Photoshop or the lesser version of Adobe Photoelements? (there's even a Photoshop "editor" online).

I have Photoelements (baby Photoshop) and it was hard enough to figure out how to do collages all the way to completion that I can't imagine what it would have been like in real Photoshop.  It's pretty easy though, I'm sure, if someone can just show which things to do, in which order, without leaving anything out...and there should be videos or other lessons online for Photoshop as well as Photoelements.

I'll post some of the collages I've done with Photoelements in several different ways (combined old photos of family members showing birth-to-old age, etc) over on the Discussions & Questions board, if you're interested in seeing what it can do:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383893.msg4545966#msg4545966
(....oops, thought I was reading this on the main Polymer Clay board so needed to answer at Discussions & Questions...oh well).


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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2011 02:22:21 PM »

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Right now I'm experimenting with a 30 day free trial of photo shop . . .I should be able to create the photo collages using photo shop, I just need to figure it out how. When I used the collage sheet setting, the pages were 12x12 for some reason. But I did successfully change the size of each individual image and put them on a solid background.

Are you getting the "real" Photoshop or the lesser version of Adobe Photoelements? (there's even a Photoshop "editor" online).

I have Photoelements (baby Photoshop) and it was hard enough to figure out how to do collages all the way to completion that I can't imagine what it would have been like in real Photoshop.  It's pretty easy though, I'm sure, if someone can just show which things to do, in which order, without leaving anything out...and there should be videos or other lessons online for Photoshop as well as Photoelements.

I'll post some of the collages I've done with Photoelements in several different ways (combined old photos of family members showing birth-to-old age, etc) over on the Discussions & Questions board, if you're interested in seeing what it can do:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383893.msg4545966#msg4545966
(....oops, thought I was reading this on the main Polymer Clay board so needed to answer at Discussions & Questions...oh well).


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Thanks so much for your suggestion. I'm not sure if the version is water down because of the trial version but I'm using Photoshop elements.

I found this really great tutorial. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTyi3Qz5QwA

Using the collage function was not the way to go. This video help me create a collage sheet using a blank new document.

It worked really well. Now I know how to add images by hitting Control A - To select, Control C - to copy, then Control V to paste image onto the new document. Control T- transforms the individual image or "layer". After hitting Control T- you can manipulate each image to resize while holding shift.

It took some time but it was much simpler than I thought!
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It worked really well. Now I know how to add images by hitting Control A - To select, Control C - to copy, then Control V to paste image onto the new document. Control T- transforms the individual image or "layer". After hitting Control T- you can manipulate each image to resize while holding shift.

Just looked up Transform command and see that it's just another way to change the size of a layer or selection, as well as allowing for rotating, moving, and even skewing/distoring/perspective it.
I'd always just used the Move tool (clicking on it automatically creates a bounding box, then allows resizing and moving), and the Rotate command if I ever needed to flip. The Perspective sub-command could come in handy though perhaps, and maybe someday I'll want to go crazy with skewing/distorting.

In fact, I just ran across this too:
"The Move tool is one of Photoshop Elements' most integral parts, used in all sorts of operations. Not just for moving things, it has basically replaced what was called the "Free Transform" tool in some previous versions of Photoshop. It is simple to operate, but has some extra functionality which people (may not be aware of). . . "
http://www.easyelements.com/move-tool.html

As I said, there are often lots of ways to do the same thing in a single photoeditor!

P.S.  Have you tried applying some of the Filter effects to your images? 
At least 4 of the categories have filters (in drop down menus) that are very useful and totally great to play around with!  I'll go and add one example of something I've done that way in the other link:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383893.msg4546937#msg4546937

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