This is an experiment in combining a short poem, such as a haiku, with a photo. In the past I have separated the photo from the poem as I originally did with this haiku. A fellow blogger, with great generosity of spirit, liked the poem and suggested that I do it this way, even showing me what she meant. This change gave it a format that her site could easily use to reblog the piece to her followers. JoAnn’s helpful comments (the early, public ones) are here on the original post. I encourage you to see the great work that her site, awareandfair.com, is doing to increase public awareness of where the powerful would like to put us.
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This turned out great! Thank you so much for your kind words and site mention. 🙂
Reblogged this on Aware & Fair.
Thank you again for all your help on this, and for reblogging, JoAnn (-:
Impressive work, Bob! I hope you would be willing to teach me how to do this someday 🙂 )
I use Photoshop, it has an eye-dropper function that lets you choose a color from the photo for the letters of a piece of text. I started by selecting a text layer for the poem, then selected a font and a gold colour from the rocks and played with several more fonts and font sizes so that the poem wouldn’t overpower the photograph. It’s easy to move an individual layer around the photo. Then I added a different text layer and chose a new font and a light colour from the sky for my name. A third text layer was similarly added for the site link. JoAnn Chateau uses this: http://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/resources/how-to-create-your-own-images-for-wordpress-posts.
It seems to have similar capability, but I haven’t tried it. Glad you liked it this way, too.
Thank you, Bob!
Oh, Carola, this is important if you are using Photoshop: Save it as a .psd file (the default) while you are working with the different layers. If you want it as a .jpg file, first flatten all the layers in the “layer” menu and then it is saveable as a jpg. You can keep both .psd and .jpg versions and go back to the .psd to tweak it later.
Mytiturk, I’ve been doing this for a long time with my haikus. I think it’s a great way of creating word art.
It’s weird. I’ve been doing it for years when I put funny or explanatory captions in photos used in holiday videos and, this year, I put a haiku on an old photo I’ve always loved of my fiancée meeting me at Manchester airport in England in 1969 and framed it to celebrate our 45th! I have been seeing word art everywhere in blog posts. It never occurred to me to do it until JoAnn suggested it. I will do it more often now. Only been writing really short poems for a couple of years. Have instinctively and unconsciously regarded the photo as a purely visual art form. Sometimes one medium can interfere with the other, I believe, but now get that there definitely are times when the combination is very powerful. I am a late bloomer. Some things take a while to dawn on me… Thanks for your insight.