Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by lordmarcovan, Sep 17, 2019.


I'll save all three, but which do you like best?

  1. Black

    10 vote(s)
  2. Gradient

    15 vote(s)
  3. White

    7 vote(s)
  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

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  3. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    The gradient is the only one (for me) where the coin immediately draws my attention. With the other 2, I have to mentally subtract the background to focus on the coin. (Love your choice of coin for this demo!)
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  4. BuffaloHunter

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  5. Maxfli

    Maxfli Well-Known Member

    I voted for white. Many, if not most, website backgrounds are white, and thus your photo background effectly disappears, leaving 100% of the focus on your coin (as you demonstrate in the first post).

    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.
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  6. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    I'm not a racist, but I prefer the white.

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  7. Mr. Flute

    Mr. Flute Well-Known Member

    White background as it does not compete with the coin at all and provides the most contrast.
  8. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    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 tool.

  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I'm probably gonna go with the gradient, but save versions of all three for each coin, so that I (or someone who buys one of my coins in the future), will have multiple options.

    "Slab label" variant, too, where applicable.

  10. TheFinn

    TheFinn Well-Known Member

    Good commentary on the current thinking/rationalization of Americans.
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  11. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator


    Let's not stray, please.
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  12. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    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)
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  13. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    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.

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  14. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    Wow, that's a beauty!
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  15. physics-fan3.14

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    I have to say, I really hate white backgrounds. Most coins don't look good on a white background.

    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.
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  16. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    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.
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  18. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    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.
  19. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I use dark blue the most and like white with some coins.
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