Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by lordmarcovan, Sep 17, 2019.
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Whenever possible, all I want to see is your coin. I don't want to see a background.
As every good graphic designer will tell you: less is more.
Edit: of the three options you posted, I found the gradient background most distracting. Which probably isn't surprising since it's the busiest of the three.
My thoughts on the gradient were that because some coins look better against a light background and others against a darker one, the gradient lets you see it both ways.
It also gives some illusion of depth, but eschews the busier spotlight/reflection/shadow effects of the older templates I used.
I was also tempted to go with a "dark seascape" background but have restrained myself (except for this sample). Too busy and twiddly, I know. But fun.
Been having a lot of fun with the remove.bg tool.
"Slab label" variant, too, where applicable.
Good commentary on the current thinking/rationalization of Americans.
Let's not stray, please.
Yeah, I'm still "all in" on the gradient. Comparing the 3 options, the black background makes the coin look darker & completely obliterates the edge.
The white background leaves the coin a little washed out, but worse, the edge looks like those GTG posts, where the poster blocks the slab, leaving only the tabs showing & no discernable edge. (Sometimes less really is less.) I still think the white is too harsh.
The gradient shows good contrast & the coin actually looks like it has an edge, almost 3-dimentional.
In the end, it's how each individual sees it & I prefer the gradient version.
There will always be a Jeannette Rankin...always! (& I'm not saying I'm the Jeannette)
I agree with your take on it and favor the gradient. Those will likely become my primary display images for the set. But I'll keep all three versions.
I also *really hate* pattern backgrounds, such as that seascape. It distracts from the coin, and you want the picture to be all about the coin.
I usually prefer a solid black background, because that shows the coin and isn't distracting. Dark coins can sorta get swallowed up in a pure black background, but bright silver or gold really looks good dressed in black. Kinda like a beautiful woman.
All that being said, for this particular coin, I think a subtle gradient actually looks really good. I wouldn't make that a standard or default, but for certain coins it looks cool.
I agree with you most of the time about white backgrounds. That's my least favorite of the three simpler options shown here, but they can have their uses.
I recently abandoned my old "shadowbox" templates in favor of solid black. But I kept thinking a very subtle gradient like this could be effective.
You're right about the twiddly textured backgrounds, of course. They're usually too far over the top, and too distracting for default use. I still think they're fun to play around with, though.
https://remove.bg works fine on all of them...
Yep, as mentioned, that's the tool I've been using to create them in the first place. Somebody on the Ancients forum pointed it out a while back, and it was a "Eureka!" moment for me.
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