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Photo design question

Dan cook

I'm not the most knowledgeable guy on computer programs. Hope one of you can steer me in the right direction. What I want to do is take a photo of veneer and the manipulate it on screen to make different patterns by bookmatching or repeating the picture and then turning it in different directions, reversing it, mirroring it, etc. what program will do that? I would rather use a photo than just a drawing. It helps me as well as the customer to visualize what the pattern will look like. Thanks for any suggestions.

1/27/16       #2: Photo design question ...
Jason Rogers  Member


I use Photoshop but pixlr is my go to when I'm out of the office. It will handle all of the basics. It's web based & free -


2/1/16       #3: Photo design question ...
Dan cook

I've never used sketch up will it do it with a photo or just a drawing. I'm looking for photo realism. I do use auto ad and I think there is a way to do it on it, but I'm not exactly sure how it's done.

2/4/16       #4: Photo design question ...
Dan Cook

Ok. I got it to work in autocad, I imported the image as a raster image. It allowed me to copy, mirror, and rotate, but that's it. I can't seem to make it trim to a different shape or work any further with it. Suggestions? Here is what I have so far.

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2/5/16       #5: Photo design question ...
Jason Rogers  Member


"work any further with it" ... exactly what do you want to do?

How do you want to present the final work ... photo paper, website, shop drawings?

Can you send me your files so I can experiment a little bit?

2/7/16       #6: Photo design question ...
Dan cook

Ok. I think I finally figured it out on auto ad. You import the picture in raster image import. Then you go to image which is under tools or modify, I can't remember, then to new boundary, followed by either rectangle or polygon, which allows you to create a border which then can be manipulated into different shapes and configurations. I was able to get it to do book and butt matches using different sections of the veneer and by creating a triangle I was able to get it to do radial matches. It works great once you find the right tools. I never thought I could do this with autocad. If any of you want to try it just email me and I'll try to give you the exact steps. I haven't tried to plot it yet, but it is a great tool for giving customers a preview of what the pattern will look like using the exact photo of the veneer you are going to use!

6/27/16       #7: Photo design question ...
lawrence Member

Oh, you are looking for a simple photo software instead of some professional photo processing software(photoshop) right?

Speaking of rotating, resizing, copy, ... I can think that Watermark Software can help, and it's smooth to operate.

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Fine photo filter software

2/4/17       #8: Photo design question ...

I mostly use photoshop which no editor in the world can compete, but i have a paid version of ps, in my office computer, But when i am away i always use which is my best online browser editor. Somebody above suggested pixlr, but i do not use pixlr as pixlr is taken by autodes and hence they are now hiding many good feature under there paid version. And toolpic is giving all that paid feature in it's free one.


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