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Noam Osband
Advice for how to make archival text pop on screen?
on Feb 12, 2017 at 4:21:50 am

I'm finishing a piece and I have a few archival images that have text I want the reader to read. I've used masks to shade the background and have highlighted only the text. That said, any other editing advice for how to make text pop on screen? Any aesthetic or technical thoughts would be great!


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Noah Kadner
Re: Advice for how to make archival text pop on screen?
on Feb 12, 2017 at 4:34:42 am

About a billion and one Motion templates out there both free and paid- worth a Google.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Advice for how to make archival text pop on screen?
on Feb 12, 2017 at 6:47:24 pm

Try picking the colors using a monochrome monitor setting.

Because 2 colors can look very different at first, but under the B&W filter, you see they are too close in "value" so the letters don't "pop" off the background the way they should if you're using real complimentary colors. This helps color-blind people read the words easier as well.

You can throw a glint or spotlight beam across the lettering in combination with reducing the brightness of the background and adding blur.

Want cheezy? Magnifying glass pass.


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Noam Osband
Re: Advice for how to make archival text pop on screen?
on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:29:31 am

What do you mean by "Try picking the colors using a monochrome monitor setting." I googled the phrase but didn't get anything.


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Mark Suszko
Re: Advice for how to make archival text pop on screen?
on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:35:09 am

http://char.txa.cornell.edu/language/element/color/color.htm


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