Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Designing something useful for a change

I rarely design or make anything that could in any way be called useful. However, the receipt of much-enjoyed coasters from my brother last Christmas have set me thinking. They featured some of his own photographs of places that we both love in Aberdeenshire and made a lovely personal present.

I have several friends to whom I send small birthday and Christmas gifts and now, as we are all getting older and are no longer in need of a great deal of new stuff, I often find myself struggling to find the right thing. The coasters idea seemed to hit the button and I've sent images off to Snapfish, the company my brother used, to be made into coasters for a college friend I've known for almost 50 years.

Like me, she visited Australia last year with a stopover in Singapore. I took these photos and several others at night as I looked over the waterways of Singapore and enjoyed the reflections, just as she must have done. I then played around with them in Photoshop, enhancing the colours and inverting, choosing colours I knew she would like and then cropping the results to the right size.




I will be fascinated to know how they turn out and I hope she will like them ...


6 comments:

  1. Love the images, they should look great.

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  2. Beautiful images ... She will be pleased !

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    1. Thank you, Sharron. There were six images altogether, all very similar to make a set ... at least that was the idea.

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  3. Beautiful images and colors. So Snapfish sends them on without a preview? I have a friend that has a birthday soon and this seems so perfect.

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    1. They are fun. I did some with my black and white images for another friend at Christmas and they were great. I' not quite sure what you mean by 'without a preview'. You get to preview and crop each image as you upload and before you place your order. Or maybe that's not what you meant at all. To interpret your question another way, you can either get them sent to you so you can check them over before giving them to your friend or (I think) you can get them sent direct to her. Hope this helps.

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