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Old 07-02-2013, 06:09 AM   #2921
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:27 PM   #2922
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I think the gauges are a really neat idea. I think they really help for non beer geeks who don't know 75 ibus from 75 hogsheads. Couldn't you just keep the font size of the gauges the same and decrease the size of the gauges themselves if you want to make them smaller?
Not really - if you shrink the "tick marks" and not the numbers, then "40 50 60" becomes "405060" - then again shrink the numbers too, and you get "xososo" - you can't read it anymore.

I actually had this idea as well - getting rid of the numbers and needles, shrinking the gauges more and just keeping the LCD readout - basically it becomes a "digital gauge". Here's a rendition:


And incorporated into the label itself...


Now I just printed this out, and the identifiers for each number - "ABV", "IBU", etc - becomes hard to read, but a drop shadow or outerglow on the layer could help that. It is getting pretty small though - I might need to bump up to 400 dpi (everything is currently 300) and that makes finding detailed-enough source images for the backgrounds pretty tricky.

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As usual, you've outdone yourself! My vote is on the larger label, but both are outstanding. Just wondering if you have some inside information - Is that a picture of an up and coming MOPAR product?
Haha - thanks. No the background image is from EVE Online - an MMORPG video game. With the (top) label being printed, I'm going to pose the bottles against some in-game screen shots and actually advertise it back to the company who makes the game - CCP Games out of Iceland. I'm kinda hoping they'll A ) make the beer an in-game item that can be bought/traded/sold, or even B ) wish to procure a few kegs/cases for their annual player conventions/parties (held in Iceland and Las Vegas) and - since I can't sell them the beer directly - I could possibly trade it for lifetime memberships, swag, in-game currency, who knows.

Just a thought...

The beer by the way - people like it...
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:37 PM   #2923
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Made for end of the year softball party... Team - Gashouse Gorillas

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Old 07-10-2013, 10:42 PM   #2924
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Made more to figure out what the hell I'm doing in GIMP than anything else.
Girlfriend requested a raspberry chocolate stout, still working the recipe. Description needs to be more...noir-ish, and the front label is even more of a dark blurry mess when printed. I want to keep the name text dark, figuring out a way to make it readable.

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Old 07-10-2013, 10:46 PM   #2925
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Made more to figure out what the hell I'm doing in GIMP than anything else.
Girlfriend requested a raspberry chocolate stout, still working the recipe. Description needs to be more...noir-ish, and the front label is even more of a dark blurry mess when printed. I want to keep the name text dark, figuring out a way to make it readable.

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I like what you're trying to do there. Obviously you'll need lighter text. When you've got GIMP figured out, teach me
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:31 AM   #2926
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Here are the labels I threw together for my first few brews. A Cider, and a spiced short mead.



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Old 07-11-2013, 02:37 AM   #2927
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Made more to figure out what the hell I'm doing in GIMP than anything else.
Girlfriend requested a raspberry chocolate stout, still working the recipe. Description needs to be more...noir-ish, and the front label is even more of a dark blurry mess when printed. I want to keep the name text dark, figuring out a way to make it readable.


Maybe try selecting a color from the picture, like the red in her dress, and do a fine border around the black text. I don't use GIMP but I'd think it would be doable and would help it stand out against the "almost" black parts of the background.
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:42 PM   #2928
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Made more to figure out what the hell I'm doing in GIMP than anything else.
Girlfriend requested a raspberry chocolate stout, still working the recipe. Description needs to be more...noir-ish, and the front label is even more of a dark blurry mess when printed. I want to keep the name text dark, figuring out a way to make it readable.
Just remember, how it looks on your screen is way more brighter than when you print. Photoshop has an option to show you how it looks printed, don't know about GIMP. Think of it this way, the colors on your screen are being EMITTED from the screen, they actually light up the color, this is not what happens on the paper. Brighten up the whole image and print a few...you'll figure it out.

PS-Laptops are really bad with this, the angle of the laptop affects how bright it appears. I teach photography and this happens all the time, students are very disappointed with the printed result as to what they saw on a computer
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:49 PM   #2929
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Just remember, how it looks on your screen is way more brighter than when you print. Photoshop has an option to show you how it looks printed, don't know about GIMP. Think of it this way, the colors on your screen are being EMITTED from the screen, they actually light up the color, this is not what happens on the paper.
Good point. The rattletrap printer I'm working with is nothing like top-end either, so the prints come out a lot more pixellated than it looks on the screen.

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PS-Laptops are really bad with this, the angle of the laptop affects how bright it appears.
Ugh, tell me about it. 'S a pain in me arse working on this at home, every time I shift position I have to tilt the screen.

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Maybe try selecting a color from the picture, like the red in her dress, and do a fine border around the black text.
Yeah, I think that's the way to go. I found a how-to on outlining text with the Paths tool, but the only hitch is that it will only outline it in black. Which works fine for this, since I think black outlining red would look better than vice-versa.

Lightened up the red in the name, outlined it in black, kept some drop shadow and brightened up the whole thing. I kinda like it. I have a more current version of GIMP on my laptop at home, when I get back I'll try the 'Oilify' filter on the name text so it looks painted. The version I have on this computer just makes things look blurry and messy.

Still not certain I'm going to use this pic, I have a handful of potential candidates.
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So i found some surreal art i had to use because of the bee's nest in the hair of the girl...its seemed perfect for mead...i had to snatch it up and use it for my strawberry-vanilla. Hard to see it in the photo but it turned out great IMO.

Those are just awesome. I love the look of the paper, the tone of the artwork and text, the burnt edges. Amazing.
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