Test your kerning skills!

For the past 2 1/2 years, people have been streaming in to the 2 tracking/kerning/leading posts I put together.  In case you missed them, here’s Part 1, and here’s Part 2.  I’ve actually been kind of surprised how common of a topic it is for people to search on.  With that being the case, I thought a lot of these same kerning enthusiasts would find this game/test website pretty interesting.

It’s an interactive test to see how well you can kern your lettering.  I got 77% – can you hopefully beat my pretty sad score?  Try it.

And for an even harder design-based game, try their letter-shaping test.

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Here’s another movie poster baby announcement we did a few months ago.

And, like usual, here’s a list of the types of things we did in Photoshop to finesse the image:

  • Darkened the background by duplicating the original image layer, setting it to the Multiply blend mode, and painting white into a mask on that layer to specify where to make the background dark.
  • Shifted the skin color.  The exposure was just too yellow in the skin tones, so we created a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer that desaturated the yellow-pink range and shifted it more towards red, and then painted a mask where we wanted that effect to happen, which was just in the skin areas.
  • A little bit of dodging and burning on the skin, to add some more shape.  Iff you look at the forearms, you can see how they’re darker towards the sides, and lighter in the center, more so than in the original.

It’s a pretty cute pose, that we’re amazed they were able to pull off.  (Having a newborn of our own, that would not have been possible for us to do!)

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Here’s a movie poster baby announcement we did recently for the arrival of our 4th child.


Here’s a list of some of the Photoshop
work that was done:

  • Got rid of a slobbery wet spot (that was more noticeable when the blue sweater got brighter) and the beige dog on his sweater with the clone and healing tools.
  • Colored the zipper handle blue to be less distracting.
  • Extended the cabinet top horizontally with the clone tool (being careful to keep the reflections consistent)
  • Cloned out the mommy’s head (as she had to hold the baby up from behind)
  • Rotated the image a bit to get the top of the cabinet to be square on the card.
  • Brightened up the colors a bit, especially the blues.
  • Added text to the book spine

Here’s a post about the baby’s perspective on the photo shoot:
Baby Photo Shoot Details

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Extreme Color

Here’s a fun image I made recently, and I thought it would be worth describing the processing process a little.

This is the original image, straight-out-of-camera.

I always shoot in Raw+Jpg, so I usually like to take the Raw image into Adobe Camera Raw for some quick processing (usually less than 5 mins, though this one admittedly took longer).  This is what I got after running it through Camera Raw:
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Paper Cards or eCards?

There is a question, or a few related questions that have been on our mind since we started this babynounce thing.

Is there a place for something similar to our cards in digital form yet, or is the world not quite ready to view them in that medium only?

On the one hand, there is something to be said about being able to hold a nice-looking card in your hands, and feel the stiffness of the cardstock.  Something hard to describe, but it has the feeling of being substantial.  We see digital images online everyday but there’s no difference between them in print quality or paper quality, so they can all be more equal, but at the same time, none are as likely to feel unique or memorable.

On the other hand, we are in a time of going green, where it seems more wasteful to send out tons of paper cards and envelopes, especially when most people throw cards away shortly after receiving them (not that people throw THESE cards away!).  We are also in an age of Facebook, and having 782 “friends”, and while it doesn’t make financial sense to send out that many paper baby announcements usually, you would like many of your friends to be able to at least see the announcements.

With these things in mind, we’d like to pose the following questions.  If you vote on them, you get to see how everyone else voted too!

And please feel free to leave any thoughts about this in the comments section as well —

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