…but I thought it might crystallize it in my mind and as you have been so helpful with your opinions I figure it’s only fair to share.
I worked thru a number of options for the colour of the photo. The blue was felt by many to be too cold. I do like it, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t a difficult thing to try a few more options. Seeing them all side-by-side I thought might help me really SEE which one I preferred.
What that shows is (clockwise from the top left) standard sepia in PSE, antique effect in iPhoto, standard B&W in PSE, and Sepia effect in iPhoto.
Now, the antique version matches most closely the tone of the Tim Holtz papers, the pumice stone option rather than the blue.
It could be slightly warmer but overall it is my favourite, I think.
The B&W version is OK too, although I think it has less definition – the Convert to B&W in PSE is a but of a sledgehammer, IYKWIM. I think you see that most clearly in the folds and creases of GFs jacket.
And the other two sepia versions are overall maybe too warm. But not the iPhoto sepia holds the same definition
and the PSE sepia is less so:
I still like all the words, but then I like text and think more is better 99% of the time LOL! But I’ve a lot of time invested in this mini and I am not willing to rush the decision just to have it done. I may take it with me to my crop tomorrow and see what people think seeing it IRL, but I am pretty sure it will be DONE done by Monday.
Cheers to all who voted and commented, either here or on PollDaddy – while I am never one to do something just because other people like it, I am certainly not so dim that I can’t agree to look at suggestions and see if they really are an improvement. A few people did say that, at the end of the day, it’s MY book and I need only please myself, but it is helpful to know WHY they suggest a different version, then to see it in action. So thanks for that. I promise I WILL move on from this…soon….