RECREATING POSTAL HISTORY

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Tutorial - the Cancel / Strike (1)

the finished cancel in its natural habitat

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make the commemorative cancel at left the BoltCutter way. There are 3 essential tools. #1) A computer #2) A scanner, #3) An image creation program capable of layers. (Photoshop/Paint Shop Pro for example.) I will be using Photoshop, but the steps are essentially the same for whichever program you use. To enlarge the finished product, click on the thumbnail at left.

On the right are the building blocks for our commemorative cancel. We will be using the face on the postcard that we used in the previous project, so it has been imported into a new canvas. The wreath is the same as well. SAVE OFTEN.

 

Duplicate the face layer, and Desaturate. Go to Image/Adjustments, Brightness/Contrast and adjust the sliders until most of the grey areas are washed out.

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