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    Using GIMP to make photos....

    I have been using GIMP (a free downloadable program) to make photos for TTM send outs for a few years. With the help of my son and friends I have progressed to a level where I believe that the quality is outstanding. Take a look at the progression.

    (A) Simple design, not many extras but still works
    (B) An oval eclipse make the photo pop out
    (C) The 1959 Topps design now reigns as the choice.

    Our photo collection is somewhere around 3,000 but with the new ‘59 style will predominately be the featured optioned.

    It took my son and I about 2 hours (and some help from friends) to get it down but I think they are great. What I do is send three in the mail asking the players to keep one. What has happened in the past with option (B) the players tend to keep them all or send only one back…so offering to keep one of the three seems to work.

    Anyone using this program. Would love to share other skills.

    Chime in!

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    GIMP has allowed me to make the 1959 Topps style of many older players that cards are hard to come by or too expensive.
    It does a great job in taking smaller pixel sized photos into a printable 4x6 or 8x10 photo size.
    Some are them here on the photobucket page:

    http://s128.photobucket.com/albums/p.../Old%20Timers/
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    Looking good, keep it up!

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    Our 1st return of the 1959 Topps remake. A few things about that I have noticed. The players tend to give a better looking signature and placement on a well put together effort. Player will also tend to keep some, or most, as was the case here...we sent 3 asked for him to keep "1" but got one back.
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    I was just going to ask if you offered one to the player. They look good, it's cool that they like them enough to keep one (or more).

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairmetalfreek View Post
    I was just going to ask if you offered one to the player. They look good, it's cool that they like them enough to keep one (or more).
    Hey I do...I believe its a good thing....I am sure they like them and it better increases our return rate. Not on this style, but others I have done and have been asked to send some extras after.

    I made this set and did some IP'ing at the Sea Dogs game doing the Altoona Curve and the players loved them. Its a good way to start a conversation...."This is a 1959 Topps card style photo, I think they look great" and then the player starts...and it begins. Some of the Curve asked me send some to them and will send them out this week.

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    But not in this case...as both Mr. Pyecha and Mr. Goggin kept two of the three..I guess I will have to BOLD and capitalize the ONE from now on.
    What I do like about the photos, though, is that the poor shadowing on the Pyecha photo, it still looks nice in the red border and grey border makes all the points on the Goggin photo look real nice.
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    When it all comes together, nice photo, using GIMP and then the player matches the color with blue sharpie...the return is awesome~!
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    And at the ball park the players will take an extra moment to sign the photos nicely...
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    and Tyler Moore
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    Hobby is great when it works like this
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    Does your printer print at a higher resolution? Almost all of the scans looks very pixelated. You may want to experiment with the fonts and / or how you crop the photos. Here is a custom I recently made. Some of the "noise" (specks of ink) is due to my scanner.

    http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x...heme/bxter.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by metrotheme View Post
    Does your printer print at a higher resolution? Almost all of the scans looks very pixelated. You may want to experiment with the fonts and / or how you crop the photos. Here is a custom I recently made. Some of the "noise" (specks of ink) is due to my scanner.

    http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x...heme/bxter.jpg
    Thanks for the input....the main issue is that it is the photo itself...some are too small to begin with and making them into a 4x6does distort some...so in essences there is not much I can do with those...here is an example....Luke Greinke's photo came in a big size where as Danny Godby's photo was small. I use the photo lab at CVS...so its not the printer or system.

    The Greinke photo was in a size that was well over my formatted 4x6 but the Godby photo was under 2 inch in height and width.

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    The way i figure it is, I'll take what I get...a little "smudged" is better than nothing and even some make the photo look a little "antigue".
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    I can imagine finding high res images of players online is tough, simply because by definition, images on the web are usually screen resolution (72 DPI) vs. print DPI (300+ DPI) since they're designed for quicker downloads and display on a screen, not print.

    Are there any good sources for high-res pictures of players online?
    Visit my new card scan site at Baseball Card Scans.

    View my autograph collection at Mike D's TTM Page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike D. View Post
    I can imagine finding high res images of players online is tough, simply because by definition, images on the web are usually screen resolution (72 DPI) vs. print DPI (300+ DPI) since they're designed for quicker downloads and display on a screen, not print.

    Are there any good sources for high-res pictures of players online?

    The one that I use alot is:

    http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/boar...photopack.html

    I just work my way through the pages...outside of Flickr..I only know of paid sites.

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    Interesting...I've played in an OOTP league for close to 10 years now...I love sim baseball, makes fantasy baseball seem SO lame!
    Visit my new card scan site at Baseball Card Scans.

    View my autograph collection at Mike D's TTM Page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metrotheme View Post
    Does your printer print at a higher resolution? Almost all of the scans looks very pixelated. You may want to experiment with the fonts and / or how you crop the photos. Here is a custom I recently made. Some of the "noise" (specks of ink) is due to my scanner.

    http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x...heme/bxter.jpg
    Part of the fuzziness too is my scan size from my printer to BBF.....I have to use another PC to upload to a remote drive and then switch back to this one and that has a program that I am not used to.

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    When it all works
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    When it works is works...
    Beautifully signed
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    Nice photos but signatures are horrible...
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    New style rollout this week
    Bill Endicott, Eddie Carnett and Mike Palagyi are amongst the oldest living former Major Leaguers. (see list below)
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    1 Connie Marrero 4/25/1911 1950-54 Yes
    2 Ace Parker 5/17/1912 1937-38 No
    3 Mike Sandlock 10/17/1915 1942, 1944-46, 1953 No
    4 Freddy Schmidt 2/9/1916 1944, 1946-47 Yes
    5 Art Kenney 4/29/1916 1938 Yes
    6 Ray Hathaway 10/13/1916 1945 Yes
    7 Eddie Carnett 10/21/1916 1941, 1944-45 No
    8 Al Veigel 1/30/1917 1939 Yes
    9 Moon Mullen 2/9/1917 1944 No
    10 Alex Monchak 3/5/1917 1940 No
    11 Virgil Trucks 4/26/1917 1941-43, 1945-58 Yes
    12 Lennie Merullo 5/5/1917 1941-47 No
    13 Mike Palagyi 7/4/1917 1939 Yes
    14 Carl Miles 3/22/1918 1940 Yes
    15 Lou Lucier 3/23/1918 1943-45 Yes
    16 BOBBY DOERR 4/17/1918 1937-44, 1946-51 No
    17 Lonnie Goldstein 5/13/1918 1943, 1946 No
    18 Chuck Stevens 7/10/1918 1941, 1946, 1948 No
    19 Bill Endicott 9/4/1918 1946 No
    20 Fred Caligiuri 10/22/1918 1941-42 Yes
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