Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by ldhair, Feb 13, 2019.
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I can help with crop circles of coins.
Sorry Larry . . . just couldn't resist.
I know how to use the one on photoscape .
Photoscape is free
Another option, if viable, would be to create a matte with a transparent circle to cover the unwanted area. (I assume the image would also need to be in .png format)
Personally, I think it looks overcomplicated (and time consuming) with that software. I would use a non-vector based software. I've been using GIMP, which is an opensource freeware photoshop clone. Unless you are doing some next level graphics editing, it will perform as well as photoshop.
On you tool bar click on the selection tool( looks like a square)
Click on selection type and select "circle"
Place cursor on center of coin(use Grid guide if it helps)
Drag cursor until it captures area of coin
when satisfied with selection(may take a few tries)
click on file and copy
open "new image" and select size and color of background.
If you are going to put both side of coin in image mage the new image twice as wide as the height.
Click "edit" and select "past as new layer"
cropped image should appear in new background
Click on "pick tool" arrow, and move coin where you want it
If you want it to fill the box, click on pick toll and drag corners
of selection until it fills the box
next "save copy as" from file. Rename image and save as .jpeg. Now you can "resize image"
The process is time consuming. It is much easier to use PhotoScape which is free software.
I use the following online crop program ... works perfect for my needs
Click on "replace with" circle and Strength bar to the end.
You are right. It is really fast. Thanks.
https://www.picmonkey.com/ I use it for our Christmas cards too now .
But, and this is probably just for Mac, there is a super simple tool in Preview (and perhaps the image view on a PC works the same). This literally took me about 10 seconds with a photo I had sitting on my desktop. I can now import the photo (a PNG file so just the coin on the transparent background) to PicMonkey to put it on a background of my choosing and tweak the lighting or whatever.
First I picked a random photo I had sitting on my desktop and opened it up. Mac calls it Preview.
Next click on the pen tip looking thingy in the middle of the bar across the top. That opens up the editing tools (though you can get to them via dropdown menus too).
Next, click on the cutting tool shape selector all the way to the left of the editing tool menu. This will bring up the Ellipse shape.
Clicking adds the drag and drop tool selector which you use to encircle the coin.
Then hit the crop button and there you go. This post took waaayyyy longer than the coin cropping.
And, like I said, it's a png file with a transparent background so you can add it to whatever program you use and make it better. PNG files are much larger than JPG so I do convert them into something before posting in general.
Corel. I started with Pro X3 and currently have Pro X8. I mostly use it to do initial cropping and minor adjustments after downloading from camera. I use PhotoScape about 99% of time to do final cropping. I also have Photoshop, which I use for creating my digital albums along with other software.
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