The Olympus E-500 Thumbnail.

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Larger view of the E-500 DSLR camera mounted on a tripod.
Larger view of the E-500 DSLR camera with the background removed.
Larger view of the E-500 DSLR camera rotated through 180 degrees.

Created Using Paint Shop Pro 7 Paint Shop Pro 7.

Fujifilm Finepix F420

Step 1:
Using my Fujifilm Finepix F420 camera I took an overhead picture of my Olympus E500 DSLR camera while it was mounted on a tripod using a door to give a near as possible white background to define the edges a bit better. To prevent shadow being cast to much I positioned the camera about 3 feet in front of the door, this was with the intention to make it easier to "cut out" later, no flash was used either to prevent shadowing.

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Step 2:
I took about 30 pictures of the same set up but with different speed, aperture, light and distance settings to make sure there is a varied selection of pictures to work with, (it is better to have to many images than not enough). I then imported the pictures to a PC ready for editing selecting the best ones using "slideshow" or similar preview program and deleted the ones that were obviously no good.

 
 

Note:
Being a 6 million pixel camera the images taken are going to be quite large for use on a web page and will need to be re-sized to something more appropriate. However, as the files are JPEG format which compresses every time you "save", it is best to do all the necessary work and create the images in stages before saving the finished article. The re-sizing stage should be done as a final process.

 
Eraser Tool

Magic Wand Tool

Freehand Tool

Step 3 :
Open the imported images into an editing program such as Paint Shop Pro and convert the image from a background to a layer.
Using a combination of the Eraser, Freehand and Magic Wand tools select and delete the outside of the image leaving a profile of the camera image with a transparent looking background. I set the selection range to 15% when using the Magic Wand Tool so I was able to select more of the unwanted area at one time, if it is set to low each individual colour type is selected and it takes ages to remove unwanted areas.

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Rotate Tool

Set Transparency Tool

Step 4 :
Rotate the image 180° and "flatten" the image to a background image, this should cause the background colour to default to white. Set white as a transparent colour using the Palette Transparency Tool and save this image as a PNG file with a meaningful name, this will be the master image, (2816 X 2120 pixels in this case) used for all the sizes produced later.

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Resize Tool

Add Borders Tool

Step 5 :
All that remains now is to resize or rotate the master image to the required size or angle of rotation. The "Flyout" images used in this tutorial are 600 X 800 pixels where by the thumbnail images are 50 X 66 pixels, (48 X 64 pixels with a dark green 1 pixel border added using the Add Border Tool). After resizing the master image it can be saved using a different name or a different format to suit your needs. Most images in this site have been created using this method!

 



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