Saturday, January 31, 2015

Your Pictures are Never Safe on Facebook...

I totally forgot about this project! My son's best friend posted a picture of her grandmother, when younger, on Facebook and I borrowed it to play around with in Silhouette Studio. I had never traced a photo before but wanted to see if I could. The picture was already in black and white so I didn't have to convert it, but the end results are much better when using a black and white photo. Picmonkey is a great place to go to convert your photos if you don't have any photo editing software! I brought the jpg into Silhouette Studio, selected the area I wanted to trace and then played around with the high pass filter and threshold until I was left with the best result I could achieve. After tracing it, I then went and zoomed really close into the picture and deleted or erased as many of the small dots and such that I could as they would be heck to weed! Ok, So, once I got the design the way I wanted it, I mirrored it, cut it out, weeded it and applied it to the back of the glass. Everything went GREAT!!! I had it all finished in no time and realized I had a few finger prints on the glass, so I took a dry baby wipe I had (don't recommend baby wipes as they catch on the vinyl and leave little white fuzzies) and was wiping them off and BAM- I broke the glass!!!!!! I am not going to type what I said as it wasn't very lady like at all!!! I walked away and took a bit of cooling off time before I went back and tried again. Oh My Good Gracious, if it could go wrong, it DID the second time around. I started in the morning and didn't finish until late evening!!! I lost letters weeding, letters were tore up while cutting, transfer tape wouldn't pick up the letters and SO much more! I can't tell you how many times I had to go in and edit the saying to get only the words or letters I needed, then applied those to the glass and realized I lost half my dots on my "i's" and my comma!!! I finally managed to get it back together and shared a picture only to be told the dot in the i in "bit" was missing!!! I sat there and said I KNOW all the dots were there as I double and triple checked it when I finished! Then I started thinking, I wiped the glass to remove smudges and I bet it took my dot- went to look at the cloth and sure enough, there was my dot, LOL So, it was an all day job but I am so tickled with the end result and my son's best friend was in awe when she saw it!! I posted the finished project picture on Facebook but didn't say who it was or who it was for, but she knew instantly so that made me happy! So, here is my finished photo! (The dot IS missing on this picture in bit, as I didn't take another one after I replaced it, and the picture isn't the greatest due to it being night when I finished and took it)

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