Wish List For TLC Image Elements

Discussion in 'Wish list for future releases' started by TerryC, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. TerryC

    TerryC

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    G'day all,
    In TLC v6 we now have Facebook Timelines templates, some of which have cutouts built in to them where we can import a photo and 'move to back' so that part of the photo shows through the cutout.

    Would it be possible to include some common shaped cutout elements in a future version of the program, such as circles, ellipses, squares, rectangles, and possibly even the 'torn paper' cutout in some of the Timeline templates? I would love to be able to use the cutout effects in other graphics, like web headers, etc. TIA.

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  2. KD-did

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    TerryC...you could use font dingbats and insert images to color them. You'll need a font viewer to now what letters make what shape.
     
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    With patience, all things can be done! I created this rough draft template using Photoshop elements version 11.0, and it's "Shape tool".

    The shapes are all transparent cutouts, they are white, but trust me, they are transparent, drop a picture behind them, the pictures will show through.

    You can save the attached image.

    Create a new logo with the dimensions of 851 x 315. Import the saved image. Import other images, and move them to the back! custom template.png
     
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    Here's the template with some images imported, and moved to the back.... test template 2.jpg
     
  5. TerryC

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    Thanks, that is one workaround, but I was looking for something more professional, and preferably drag'n'drop like the builtin elements. BTW, what free font viewer would you recommend for a Win7 user?

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  6. TerryC

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    Thanks Glenn, your examples are working fine, but when I try to duplicate the method in GIMP I am getting a white background each time, so I am obviously doing something basic wrong. I will try to attach a couple of files, showing a rough draft of what I am TRYING to do, also the options that I get in GIMP when I Export AS.. PNG. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    All I want is a circular cutout for a Wordpress Header, similar to the mockup attached.

    FWIW, I have Win7, and GIMP, Paint.net, Irfanview and just installed Faststone Image Viewer for batch conversions, as well as TLC, so I SHOULD be able to do a simple thing like this! :-(

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    Thank you! :)
     
  8. KD-did

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    Terry, look for info for "Masking" in Gimp. That is the technique used to make the cutouts.

    The best font viewer I know about is called "The Font Thing"....when running with Win 7 it must be run in the compatible mode....XP compatible. It is FREE and downloadable from http://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Font-Utils/The-Font-Thing.shtml

    Here all I did was use the erase feature to remove the white leaving a cutout.
     

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  9. TerryC

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    Thanks, KD, will do!

    Have you got anything from THIS CENTURY? :)

    I saw your recommendation for this program in another thread, but baulked because it was last updated in 1999, and a number of reviews mentioned that it didn't work with Win7, but will try it under 'Comp. mode'.

    That was how I GOT the white, by supposedly erasing the background with the Eraser tool, so I was obviously doing something wrong. What settings did you use for the eraser and to save the png?

    Terry
     
  10. KD-did

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    Because it was not needing spot treatment I used background eraser.The background color makes the center erasable.

    I know what you are saying but the The Font Thing program is incredible...and I have not found anything better to date.
     
  11. TerryC

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    TA-DAH!
    I didn't use the mask method (still getting the hang of it) but I added a transparent layer, then used the Ellipse tool for the circle, erased the contents of the circle, and saved as png, with background layer.

    If anyone else wants a copy they are welcome to it, now I am going to make a few with ellipses, squares, etc for templates. I will also spend some time over the weekend getting the hang of the mask option.

    KD, The Font Thing won't install on my Win7, even using XP Compatibility Mode -- Windoze just refuses to install it! But I found a program called Font Frenzy at Softpedia which looks okay, installed no problems.

    But my original wishlist still goes, I would like to see some cutout elements included in TLC, either as standard, or as a paid option like the Mascot and People Packs.

    Terry
     

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