Consistent head size

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  1. Christie Photo

    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm preparing 30 or so portraits to be used in a class composite. Is there a good way of doing this repeatedly? I'm using Photoshop.

    Thanks for any ideas.

    -Pete
     
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    What a useless post....


    Pete do a quick google on photoshop actions. The action recorder will blow your mind, especially if your tasks are incredibly repetitive. It sucks a bit when if you're making different adjustments to each picture (cropping for instance), but if for every image you doing the same things with the same values then you can record an action and then even batch apply that action on a directory of your choice.
     
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    Yes, it does. I've created actions for cropping, vignetting, saving files and the like, but I'm not sure how to proceed with this one. When I set the head size for passports and yearbook glossies, I just sort of sneak up on it until I get one that meets the specs. There has to be a better way to do this. Maybe I'm just wishing.

    -Pete
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Off the top of my head, I'd create a blank 'template' file. Make it the size & resolution that you need for the final images. Set Photoshop to show the rulers. You can then either show the grid lines or drag out your own guide lines and place them where you want (top & bottom of the head, for example).

    Then just drag each photo onto this template and move/resize them so that the heads line up with the guide lines, and will thus be the same size.

    It's still a bit labor intensive, but with only 30 to do, it shouldn't be to bad.
     
  5. Christie Photo

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    Sweet! Thanks, Mike.

    -Pete
     
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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Wait.. didnt you shoot them on the same chair, on a tripod, same distance, and same zoom? If not then I dont think an action will do anything (unless I am really missing something).
     
  7. Christie Photo

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    Yeah... I did shoot that way, but everyone has a different sized melon... some have "big hair," and some lean in or out.

    I think you're right. I can't imagine an action that would work. Mike's template idea will save me some time.

    -Pete
     
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    So those with a small "melon" are now to get a big one, they'll be happy. H
     
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    Yeah... or vice versa.

    Oh well.

    -Pete
     
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    "a class composite"

    Very simple.

    Select each head shot with the lasso tool and copy it. (one at a time)

    Paste each into the new composite created photo and select Image-transform-free transform. (Elements 5.0) and you can size each head shot to perfection
     
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    No. Not really. At least not the way you propose. That would result in images with the same head size but with differing overall sizes.

    Besides... I'm not doing the composite. I'm preparing files to be used in creating a composite.

    Thanks, though.

    -Pete
     

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