But I was determined to use that fabric for Susan's quilt! I will make the water a grayer blue so that the true blue of my beloved fabric will show up against it.
I've decided that to document the stages of making this quilt would be interesting for any readers of this blog.
The first step was to scan the photo, doctor it using Photoshop Elements, and then print it onto plain paper.
I "doctored" in these ways:
|The color enhanced photo|
1. I clicked on Auto Enhance, which immediately brightened up the colors.
|the gray scale version|
2. I also saved gray scale and black and white versions in my folder for this project.
3. For my color enhanced photo, I went to Filter, Adjustments, then to Posterize and used level 4. I did this for both my color image and gray scale one. (This is helpful to see more clearly where shadows appear.)
|the posterized colored version|
|gray scale, posterized|
4. Using the original but enhanced image, I cropped the two boys on the left and the one on the right, enlarged these images, and printed them separately. Then I taped the two images together, which made then an enlargement. Then I traced my enlarged version of the photo onto acetate. I took the acetate to a copy service and had the traced image enlarged to the size I wanted my quilt to be--about 30" x 36".
|the tracing after it was enlarged at a copy shop|