Know a rider who deserves to be honored as Mountain Bike Action
's Rider of the Year? It is easy to make it happen. Here is how you pull it off.
Find a photo of that
special someone and make a copy of it. Do not use the original photo in
case you have a problem. Open your copy on whatever photo or image
manipulation program you have on your computer. I used the very basic
Apple Preview program to pull this off so you shouldn't have problems.
Choose from one of the four MBA
logo and coverline templates below and download it to your computer. I
chose the white lettering with the "Rider Of The Year" headline on the
right side because it will fit this photo nicely.
Open the template and choose "Select all
" from your program's menu and then click "Copy."
Close the template.
Go back to your rider photo and click "Paste
Using the little anchors at the top and corners of the MBA
template that is now sitting on top of your photo, stretch or squeeze the artwork until it looks good over your photo.
You might be ready to print your cover at this point, but I don't like the way the rider's helmet is behind the logo.
I went back to the
original photo and using the lasso tool, I traced around the rider's
helmet. Once happy with my clipping path, I hit "copy
" and closed the original file.
I went back to my cover version and hit "paste
." I could then move the clipping path of his helmet to position it properly and hit "save
Using a good quality glossy photo paper, I print out my masterpiece and
present it to the rider. If you really want to make an impression, glue
your cover on an issue of the magazine to give it a realistic feel or
SHOW US YOUR RESULTS
If you are pumped on your rider of the year cover, you should show it to everybody. E-mail it to email@example.com
and we'll post as many as we can.
A shout goes out to Tim LaPaglia who put the templates together and figured out how to make this idea work.
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