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Old 10-06-2010, 07:28
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I would love to try my hand at creating my own bottlecaps. What is the best program to use for this. Also, I need the best program to use to edit pictures. Mainly, getting the background out of pictures and just the bow or product show with the white background. Any help?
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:46
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Default Re: What is the best program?

I know lots of people use Photoshop but it's not currently in my price range plus I'm not up to learning an intense program. So I have Microsoft Digital Image. I LOVE it! It's cheaper and very user friendly. It does SO much!
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:41
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I use paint.net for photo editing, but for bottlecaps, I actually print using microsoft word. I take my image into paint.net (it's the name of the websit and of the software) FREE BTW, and crop it into a square and save it.

Then I have a word doc that I changed the paper size to 4x6, I insert as many square photos as I can (I do a 3x5 grid of photos) and make sure they are sized to a 1" square. Then I print on 4x6 photo paper.

Sounds a little complicated, but once I edit the photo, I have it forever, and when I get a good combination of photos on one doc., I just save it and reuse over and over.
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:07
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I don't make bottle caps but I use GIMP for my photo editing and I am certain you could make bottle caps there as well. There is a little bit of a learning curve to it but once you've played around with it for awhile you should be able to get the hang of it. GIMP is a free software found at http://www.gimp.org/ I know several of the other members use this program as well.

The easiest way to remove a background is to not have a background. A quick and dirty way of creating a white background for your photos would be to take a white piece of poster board/foam board/etc, set your item on top and take a photo from above. (I'm sure there are photographers out there cringing at that.) There are a lot of free tutorials/how-to articles online about creating a lightbox. I personally made mine from white foam board, a piece of poster board, a couple of sheer curtains, and clamp lights with day light bulbs.
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I use gimp & I bought amandas template for them.
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Even the whitest of backgrounds will require you to do some editing, to get it perfectly white. This gives a much more professional look. Photoshop will definitely do it, but Photoshop Elements is much, MUCH cheaper, and will do this perfectly. It is under $100.
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