View Full Version : To Stroke or Not to Stroke

03-29-2008, 03:36 PM
What do you think? Also welcoming titles - thank you.



03-29-2008, 03:38 PM
ooooh I like this image alot.:) :) :)

window light

03-29-2008, 03:41 PM
I kind of like the stroke...

03-29-2008, 03:48 PM
oh yeah the stroke! Sorry I like the image so much I forgot one of the questions. I like the stroke.

03-29-2008, 03:52 PM
Hi Marilyn;

It definitely needs a stroke. Using the connotation of a candle in the window : "Till He Returns" as a title idea. That could even be for our troops as "Till They Return" . I LIKE THE IMAGE !!!

03-29-2008, 03:57 PM
Oooohhhh - love "till they return!"!!!! got chills - perhaps that helps the impact

03-29-2008, 03:59 PM
I agree, great title!!

03-29-2008, 04:02 PM

No one has mentioned the angle shift of your window. Have you tried to adjust it? And I do like the stripe. The main thing is not to have the color in the stripe match anything on the edge of the image. Good job!

03-29-2008, 04:04 PM
Hey John - I think i know what you are talking about. The top horizontal grid line angles slightly upwards. I did try to adjust it but then the horizontal line of the windowsill shifted too much -- if you have any ideas of how to fix that I am all ears. thanks!:)

03-29-2008, 04:25 PM
take your layer go to edit, transform, perspective. Ho;ding down the shift button, (I pulled upward on the top right corner). After finishing that step, re-crop into your rectangle (this cleans up the warped look), then add your stripe back.

03-29-2008, 04:27 PM
I'm not too sure if you can see the change on here that well, but if you take it and lay it over your original post you will see. BTW If you submit to a judge an off level print it better look intentional or they nail the door shut on you!


03-29-2008, 05:12 PM
thanks very much john - will have a go at it.

03-29-2008, 08:07 PM
The problem with not using a stroke is that the blacks of the image are not exactly the same tone as the black of the border color. That would show clearly under bright competion lights.

The stroke obscures that difference, and what difference might still exist would look more like something you intended.

03-29-2008, 10:09 PM
Here it is - I think I fixed the perspective problem -- and learned a mad new photoshop skill (thanks john!). I really appreciate your help with noticing that faux pas!


03-30-2008, 06:41 AM
...I used to dance the stroke back in the disco days...
...and I think I may have had a few - that's the reason for the first answer...

Really - I like the stroke. I think the image needs the stroke to define the edge of the image and keep it from blending into the matting.
The slight perspective distortion of the window doesn't bother me at all since it's an artistic rendition and not a commercial image. Since I'm an old commercial guy, uncorrected perspectives bother me a lot in images that contain archietectural items, but once you take it to this point, the slight convergence of the windows becomes moot compared to the feeling that the image conveys.
I like it! - just take that big C with the circle around it out of the image... oops, I may have just had another one ... (stroke) ...

03-30-2008, 03:05 PM
Stroke.... very nice image!