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PHOTO(WOOD)SHOP: FOCUS, FRAMES, AND TEXT

Welcome back to another action packed roller coaster ride of excitement that is the Prints On Wood's image effects editor! (Or Photo(Wood)Shop, as I like to call it.)

In the past I've reviewed some of the more advanced features contained in our Image Effects Editor, but what about the simpler ones? To begin, let's access the Image Effects Editor. This can be found on the Create Your Own page after uploading your photo. Just click on the green button with a magic icon above your image proof that reads "Add Image Effects".

Once again, much to the dismay of our readers, I will be using a photograph of myself. Yeah, I know. I look like a mix between Hugo "Hurley" Reyes and Rubeus Hagrid, but surprisingly enough, people get really uncomfortable about having their face plastered on the internet. Luckily for the sake of these hard hitting POW blogs, I have no dignity.

Now that we've got our photo uploaded, let's have a look at three of them shall we?

#1. FOCUS

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The image effects Focus tool (crosshair icon) is a little more unconventional than it's name would suggest. While most Focus tools help you sharpen the edges on a blurry or out of focus image, our version blurs your image in one of two ways to emphasize a certain point or space to your choosing.

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The first of the two Focus options is the circular option (left). Selecting this option toggles an scaleable ellipses where everything inside of the circle is clear and everything outside of the circle is blurred, as you can see I placed around my fat Jimmy Durante nose. The second of the two is the rectangular blur (right), which works exactly like the circular option, just providing a scaleable rectangular box which can also be angled. This feature works excellent with busy images since it allows you to single out a particular space and create an optical illusion of sorts that pulls it forward while blurring the outside area to push it back.

#2. FRAMES

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When ordering your custom wood print, we offer the option to print to the edge of the wood ("no" margin) or create a symmetrical border of empty space around the image ("yes" margin). Fortunately, we also understand people enjoy a wide selection of options... not just two. That's why our image editor features a Frames tool (Frame Icon).

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The Frame tool allows you to select an artistic border, offered in several different styles to best match the look and feel of your image. While the specific frame is entirely up to you, we suggest when a frame effect is applied, the image should be printed edge to edge ("no" margin). This is because the framing effect creates the illusion of layered depth.

#3. TEXT

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While most custom photo prints don't normally include text, it's always nice to have the option available should you be interested in creating a wood print to be used as an invitation, a wedding / birthday card or to commemorate a memorable occasion. This can be achieved by selecting the Text tool. (Uppecase/Lowercase T icon)

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Once you've clicked the Text tool icon, a text box should appear on your image. Each text box includes a silver circle with 2 arrows in the bottom right corner and a black circle with an X in the top left. The silver arrow circle allows you to scale and rotate your text box depending on how your cursor interacts with it. Clicking and dragging on the silver circle while moving it diagonally allows you to increase / decrease the size of your text. Clicking on the silver circle and rotating it clockwise / counter clockwise allows you to angle your text.

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If you look above your photograph after selecting the Text tool, you'll notice 3 buttons. The first on the far left is the Color Picker (Colorwheel Icon). To adjust the color of your selected text, use the slider on the right of the drop-down menu to select the desired hue. After landing on the color of your choice, mouse over the square on the left side of the drop-down menu to adjust the brilliance of your selection. Depending on your color selection, text can sometimes disappear or blend into your photo, so we recommend using a color that compliments your image while contrasting with the background.

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After adjusting the color to best match your image, we can now change the font. To do so, click on the Font Selection button, found center of the top 3 buttons. A drop-down menu appears containing a font library you can scroll through. Text can add to or take away from the theme of your photo depending on your choice, so make sure your final font selection best represents the overall theme of your wood print.

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Lastly, the 3rd feature of the text tool is the Add Text button, which does exactly what it says. If you're interested in placing additional bodies of text on your image, click on this button and a new text window will appear. Remember that if at any point you want to remove any text added to your image, simply click the black circle containing an X in the top left corner of your text windows.

So what kind of text did I create for my dashingly handsome headshot?

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Come to think of it, that would make an awesome name for a punk band... I call dibs.

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