Ray Rasmussen

I start with the premise that framing of an image and font type and placement are as important to a haiga composition as the image itself and the haiku.  So, this lesson assumes that you want to add a frame around an image and place the text of your haiku either in the frame or on the image. The end result will look like the haiga images in the portfolio. And, the methods on this page can be used to produce a variety of different framing styles. Some styles that I find attractive are found in the section on framing styles.


1. Open photoshop

2. Open your original image and save a copy.

Never work with your one and only original image.

The image I'm working with in this lesson is named "snowscene.jpg". If you want to follow this lesson using my image, click on the snowscene.jpg image and download it to your desktop.

In photoshop, go to the FILE MENU -> select SAVE AS. In the dialogue box, rename the file [e.g., snowscene-copy.jpg] and save it as a .psd file. This is the copy you will work on.

3. Modify the image [color, blemishes, etc.].

This is the subject of other lessons and won't be dealt with here.

Make whatever modifications of the image you wish to make, e.g., shifts in color, elimination of blemishes, etc. But, do NOT add text at this point.

4. Resize the copy.

Good sizes for the Internet are between 400 and 700 pixels width and 400 - 800 pixels height. Resolution should be 72 ppi. You can size images in two ways:
A. Click on the IMAGE MENU -> select IMAGE SIZE. In the dialogue box, change the height, width and resolution. Note: you will have to play a bit with the three setting boxes in the dialogue box which looks like this. However, this resizing may cause your image to go out of proportion. In this case, use method B to resize the image.
B. Click on the crop tool, set the width and height and ppi as desired, then crop the image. This will usually result in some of the image being lost.

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