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thegrindre

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on: September 30, 2011, 12:03:42 PM
Hi all,
Been playing around with lots of ideas for making your grids to fit your photos so the picture can be transferred to the canvas easily.
Here's one idea and is pretty simple.
This zip folder (Below) holds four grid templates, two as a portrait and two as a landscape. Both are made to fit our US standard 8 1/2" by 11" letter size printer paper with the 1" and approximately 1/2" squares that I've added to them.

How to use them is pretty easy. You'll need a graphical painting application that utilizes layers. Reason is, the white background will need to be deleted leaving the black grid lines to lay over your photo.
Once that's done, the pic should be printed out as easy as pie on a 8 1/2" by 11"  piece of printer paper for transferring purposes.

Briefly it'll go like this:
1. Unzip this folder to your desktop. (It'll have four bitmap files in it.)
2. Open your favorite graphics application software.
3. Load your photo in and re-size it to 8 1/2" by 11" or smaller. (1056x816 pixel size, BTW.)
4. Create a layer or load a template as a layer of the appropriate template (Portrait or Landscape) then delete all the white background. (Using the magic wand tool.)
5. Merge the layer down and bingo. Your photo has now been gridded.
6. Print, transfer and paint...

PLEASE ask questions if you need more detailed help.
I'd be more then happy to walk you through it all, step by step, if necessary.
« Last Edit: October 07, 2011, 10:38:39 AM by thegrindre »
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Reply #1 on: September 30, 2011, 11:56:53 PM
What software are you using?  :help:  Have no idea where to start with this but it sounds like a great time saver.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #2 on: October 01, 2011, 06:43:45 AM
Well, I've spent very little money on software since 1988 because most everything you and I need is free so I use Paint.NET for one of my graphic manipulating tools.
You can get it here.
http://download.cnet.com/Paint-NET/3000-2192_4-10338146.html

You can use most any graphical painting program that supports layers that you want to.
There's Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, Gimp, Coral Draw, just to name a few. There must be hundreds of them out there, though.
Unfortunately, the little painting app (MS Paint) that comes with Windows doesn't support layers.

Here's a before and after shot.
« Last Edit: October 01, 2011, 07:34:15 AM by thegrindre »
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Reply #3 on: October 01, 2011, 08:09:25 AM
Looks good Rick, I'll have to see what I can find.  O0
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Reply #4 on: October 01, 2011, 08:44:34 AM
Just got to thinking that I would be happy to do all this for you. No charge or fee, just happy to do it is all.
Send me your photos and I'll grid 'em for you and send 'em back.

Happy  :painting:
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Reply #5 on: October 01, 2011, 12:08:07 PM
that's very kind of you Rick  O0


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Reply #6 on: October 01, 2011, 04:28:28 PM
No problem, Nolan. PC 'art' of all kinds is what I do best. It wouldn't take me but a few minutes to grid one for somebody who doesn't know much about it or doesn't want to deal with a 'new application' and the learning process involved.

Shucks, I'd be glad to help...  :urwelcome:
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Reply #7 on: October 02, 2011, 03:46:47 AM
Thanks Rick...appreciate the offer. Unfortunately I am having trouble posting anything lately. Pictures of any kind (even reduced sized) just don't seem to make it. Some of my text posts don't go either. Its happening on just about all of the sites so its not just related to this one. Afraid its just very poor net. It does have its moments when things just whiz...just not that often.
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Reply #8 on: October 02, 2011, 04:09:31 AM
Maybe I should also mention that it's far better to send your photos to me via e-mail or PM rather then posting and snatching.
Reason is because of the photo's integrity. You'll lose a lot of the fine detail if you don't. Fuzzy or blurry spots can easily crop up in a posted photo.
Once you have the photo on your PC, right click on it then select, Send To, Compressed (zipped) Folder. This zipped folder is what you should send to me. This will keep the photo clean and clear of any internet interference and noise that can creep in.

Hope this helps as well.
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Reply #9 on: October 04, 2011, 01:38:57 PM
Hey rick thanks for the info on how to make a grid for our pictures. Just having one little problem. I've downloaded the program you had the link for and got it all working but I can't seem to get the white out of the grid file that you had here. when I hit the magic tool it just turns light blue. Is there something that I'm missing? everything else seems to be working great.

have a great day.

Travis.


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Reply #10 on: October 04, 2011, 05:09:14 PM
How does one "merge'' with paint.net??
If not now, when? If not me, who?


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Reply #11 on: October 04, 2011, 07:37:48 PM
OK, it sounds as if you haven't DESELECTED. You always need to deselect after doing anything in Paint.NET.
Paint.NET isn't smart enough to know what you're gonna do next so always Deselect after any function you preform.
This can be done a number of ways;
1. Use the Deselect thingy up in the toolbar between the words, Layers and Adjustments.
2. You can also click on the Rectangle Select tool (Upper left corner) in the little Tools window THEN click on a blank place on the canvas. (I do it this way most often.)
You'll know when you've Deselected because all the 'crawling ants' will disappear and, in your case, the blue hue will turn to white.

Once you have deselected, Paint.NET is ready for your next function.
So let's delete all the white.
1. Click on the Magic Wand tool.
2. Hold down the Shift key then click on a white area.
3. Now hit your Delete key and bingo. All the white is gone. All at once.
(The Shift key causes the Magic Wand tool to select all of one color throughout your whole canvas.)

Now, Deselect again. Remember, you always have to deselect to do something else.


OK, now let's merge the two layers together. After Deselecting, click on the first down arrow (4th thingy over) in the little Layers window. That'll merge 'em together for you. It's called, Merge Layer Down.
You can also do this by clicking on the Layers menu up in the main tool bar.
(The other two arrows are for moving your layers up and down to change their order.)

If you need pics, I'll make a few screen shots and post 'em here if need be.

Any more issues, just holler...

P.S. I've only tried to get you to remember to Deselect after every function you preform because I still forget on occasion myself...  :2funny: (And I've been using Paint.NET for years.  ::) )
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Reply #12 on: October 05, 2011, 07:09:14 AM
Hey rick I got it to work perfect now and I didn't have to do the first part about the deselecting thing. I just held down the shift key and hit delete like you said and all the blue was gone and my picture had a grid. so many thanks again, this will save a lot time and is so easy to do.

Have a great day

Travis.


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Reply #13 on: October 05, 2011, 07:18:13 AM
Fantastic!  :yippee: Glad it worked for you.  O0 I hope it'll help others as well.  :)
There happens to be a number of ways to do the same thing but I wasn't going to list them all. Sheesh!  :pullhair:

Paint.Net is a pretty powerful painting application for the money, (free). It's capable of manipulating pics and photos in all kinds of ways and, is about the easiest of all the free ones to learn.

It also has a ton of free user made plug-ins that'll do amazing things for you, as well.

Have fun,
« Last Edit: October 05, 2011, 07:49:19 AM by thegrindre »
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Reply #14 on: October 07, 2011, 09:06:55 AM
Hi Rick thank you for this tip.  I have downloaded the programme and managed to do it.   Is there any way one can make a smaller grid?

It seems a lot easier than photoshop as I tried it there first.

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