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This month's Model Railroader has two articles on Photographic back scenes. In one the author shows how to create a backscene 30 inches high and 45 feet long using digital images captured by himself and manipulated using Adobe Photoshop. In the other the author obtained a single 30 inch wide photo from a series of images of a prototype scene, again blended together using Adobe Photoshop. In both cases it was of course necessary to find a printer capable of producing such large prints. It was also important to coat the finished prints in a film which protects against the efects of UV light and thus prevents fading.

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It's not easy by any means. I've done a bit for getting photos of brick and stone textures for platform facing, the track side finish beneath the platform edge. Doing a canal wall suited for a eight coach train and stitching the hundred of photos together is no fun.


If you wanted to give it a go you'll need a large open space in front your subject. You'll need to zoom in too to reduce the curve of straight lines so you can stitch them together. A spot like a canal, public park is perfect and a photo needs to be taken about every 5 metres, moving in a

straight line parallel to the scene. Then stitch the photos together like this.




http://www.fantasyjackpalance.com/fjp/photos/composites/index.html for more that might suit.





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