Do you have a logo for your boat? You don't? If you did, you could use it on your boat cards, boat stamp, tee shirts, etc.
Here's how to make one:
- Find or take a picture of your boat against as simple a background as possible (empty sky would be ideal).
- Load the photo into your favorite photo editing software (I use the Gimp - it's free).
- Crop the photo down to the essentials: the boat.
- You are going to use the software's "threshold" function to create a black/white version of the image. If you still have items in the background or foreground that will survive that transformation, you'll need to remove them from the image. I kept the wavelets and reflection in our foreground because I thought they added perspective and depth.
- With my software, the effect of the threshold function is better if the image is first inverted, so I invert the colors here.
- Now use your software's threshold function. You will want to play around with the location on the black->white continuum where the threshold is placed.
- There may still be some artifacts after thresholding that you will want to remove.
- That's it! Save the image. If you save it as a gif image, it will retain that hard-edged pixelated appearance. As a jpeg, the edges will be blurred. Picassa uses jpeg storage, so the image above has been blurred somewhat.