Graphics question.

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  1. ThunderZ

    ThunderZ Registered Member

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    I`m just starting to play with graphics. For now all I want to do is create a wallpaper for my PC using Irfan View. The largest size you may set the font at is 72. No matter what I do it seems the lettering turns out to small. Then when I stretch it to fit it become very pixelated. I run a screen resolution of 1280 by 768, saving it as a JPG. What setting am I missing. Remember everyone, this is my first attempt at graphics of any kind so please speak slowly and in single syllables. :D ;)
     
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    Hi ThunderZ!
    yes, you can go over 72 pixels.I tried both 120 and 150 pixels earlier and it worked! One thing though, make sure that your selection is big enough to be able to contain all the text you want to write in it. Better draw a big selection or marquee with your mouse than a small one! Also, my screen resolution was 1024x768 too. Remember also that many fonts become aliased a bit when increased a lot, that's why many people rely on commercial fonts when comes the time to display big letters.

    here's the main steps.

    1. You draw your selection on your image or wallpaper.

    2. You go to Irfan View Menu > Edit > Insert text into Selection (or Ctrl+T)

    3. Write your text.(1)

    4. Choose the type of alignment you want , I chose Center (2)

    5. Click on "Choose your Font" (3)

    this will open another window...

    6. Select the font for your text (4)

    7. Choose a size (5)

    8. Choose a colour (6)

    9. Once you're done click OK to both windows (7).

    10. See if the text is to your liking, if not, click "undo" and try another setting.
    .....this way you should be able to go over 72 pixels!;)

    fontjx6.jpg

    example
    [img=http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/7495/rungu3.th.jpg]
     
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    :D WOW, how the heck did I miss that. :oops: Many thanks Uguel707. :thumb:
     
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    Here's another one with the font set to 150%
    But this time I used a commercial one.
     

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    hey, you're welcome ThunderZ!!!:)
    remember to draw a big marquee at first
    this way, you can be sure your font will fit in!
     
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    LOL. Now you went and made me hungry. Fonts are not a problem. Ran across a collection of them a while back. Now I just need to learn how to use them.
     
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    Yes, that doughnut looks yummy, no wonder it gets run after!:D

    ...too bad there is no preview in IrfanV fonts window
    for it will save you lots of time.:eek:
     
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    Very true, especially for a beginner like me. :rolleyes: Another question if I may. After using the "edge detection" is there then a way to insert a different solid colored text into the image so that the original outline color stays?
     
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    No, unfortunately you can't do that with Irfan View. It remains a good application to open many image formats but it's definitively not the one that I would use for writing or editing images. I would suggest that you get Photofiltre instead. It is free, light, quite simple to use, you can write your text with a different stroke colour too and yes, it has a preview window. You can still keep Irfan View to open your images and have Photofiltre has an editing program.They're both useful in their own way and, as each is very light in resources, it is good to hang on to both. You can download Photofiltre at this address.

    http://www.photofiltre.com/

    We also have a Photofiltre thread going on here....

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=141853&highlight=Photofiltre

    Feel free to post in the thread and ask questions whenever you want. :)
     
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    Many thanks again Uguel707. You are quickly becoming my graphics Guru\Hero. ;)
     
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