In this brief tutorial we will show you how to take a scan of a simple food can label and very quickly modify it to create many different ones good enough to sell to any dolls house miniature food collector or to just create yourself an authentic range of dolls house miniature food labels!
Lets face it we could use a bit more fun in our lives and we always seem to run out of the one thing we cannot buy – TIME!
Given that at MyTinyWorld we are developing anywhere in the range of 200 to 500 new dolls house miniature digital products at any one time, if we did not work efficiently we would simply never have the time to develop the huge ranges of dolls house miniature packaging, miniature pub signs, dolls house posters or the exquisite dolls house miniature flower and vegetable seed packets.
Above you can see in the image above, we have scanned an original food can label which dates to the 1890s. We have already cropped the label to shape and straightened it ready for us to lift the design from the aged and discoloured background.
In Photoshop, we use a tool called the select tool. Next we click on the colour we wish to select, in this case we dont have a great deal of choice – its either the red of the design or the cream of the dirty background. We click on the red design. We then use the select similar option from the tool bar – this selects all the pixels that are the same or nearly the same colour.
We now press control – x, and the selected pixels, in this case the entire label design is cut from the image leaving the dirty background. We delete the background and turn it white and then press control – v. Voila! The label design appears only this time on a pristine white background!
There it is in the image above. A beautifully clean and crisp can label from the 1890s that looks like it was just printed! Now this is where you can really get creative and make lots and lots of labels very quickly based on this new image.
The image below shows you the same label but we have changed the colour to create 4 different version. Total time to create those 4 dolls house miniature food labels – 20 seconds!
We use the hue and saturation screen, select colourise then slide the colour slider around until the label is the colour we desire. Its as simple as that.
With that tip alone you could create almost infinite colour variations and end up with hundreds of dolls house miniature can labels!
Still want more tips? Really? Finish playing with the hue and saturation tool then read on.
Removing the food label product description allows you to create a whole range of different labels based on the same themed label. We like ranges and we KNOW our customers like ranges – i think its a miniaturists thing!
We used this technique to create many of the dolls house miniature Apothecary labels. Once we had 4 or 5 distinct designs we liked we could quickly create the labels for all the different contents. When designing the ranges we were constrained by the fact we were designing them to fit our specially made dolls house miniature glass but that’s an article for another day!
Newt, we remove the text by using the clone tool to draw over the text copying a part of the label that has no text.
Above you can see we have now added our english version of the product description – this has the potential to allow you to create ranges of dolls house miniature food labels in many different languages. Once we have finished the text we use the blur tool to take the nice crisp edges from the new description so it does not look out of place.
Can any one see what we have done to the version of the dolls house miniature food label above? Well spotted. We have removed the boxes on both the sides and the bottom which contain various manufacturing information. Sometimes a miniature label can look better with less information on it. Once again we turned to our old friend the clone tool to copy the pattern which we did – right over the top of the offending boxes.
Some times we find a label design that we just simply adore. That is except for maybe the logo, or an image. No problem. Find a logo or image you want to use on your label. We have selected the alibel label below.
We then use the magnetic marquee tool to draw around the part we wanted then dropped it on to our prepared food label. Using the hue and saturation tool we tweak the image to make its color match the label. The image below shows the fruits of our efforts – a very fine looking new label of our own design. Total time to create it? 10 minutes.
Writing this tutorial actually took considerably longer than it did to modify the dolls house miniature food can label. All of the labels were created in less that 20 minutes in total.
Follow our tips and you to can spend less time working and more time having fun and creating things for your dolls house miniature world.
Have fun, see you for the next article.