Pushed Around By PDFs For My Posters, lol 😂

Me, riding the Bike Ferry across the gap in the bike path cutting atop Lake Champlain! -  https://felipeadanlerma.com/2015/06/29/biking-across-lake-champlain-vermont-four-years-in-the-making/ .
Me, riding the Bike Ferry across the gap in the bike path cutting atop Lake Champlain!

NOT What I Was Wanting Today!

Actually I wasn’t sure what I wanted other than a short break from long posts 😊

I guess I did get that, lol!

So, enroute to finalizing my last two posters for my trusty long time printer, Harold, owner and pigment guru at Southside Printing in Austin, I hit a snag. A big snag!

Like the larger pics posted below indicate, more than a 75MB snag!

Might as well’ve been a full rip 😊

The culprit was the non– poster version of Theatre of Light, and honestly, I never figured out what exactly the problem was, but – once I created my PDF from the jpg file I’d created from the flattened tif for my photo, vs from the flattened tif file, I got the smaller file I wanted.

1 of 2 PDF upload screenshots for file to print from - via @FelipeAdanLerma
“large” pdf file
1 of 2 PDF upload screenshots for file to print from - via @FelipeAdanLerma
Small pdf file, whew!

Seems kinda like probable-logic that the pdf had too much to work from via the tif file vs the jpg file, but, my digital work flow is so – shall we say – like water, flowing down a familiar incline (from big file to little file), I never much thought how big the molecules might be I was carrying. I thought it was all water, but the tif file is liquid gold, and the jpg is, well, water – cold spring fed of course smile 😊 but water!

The lesson? Besides pay more attention to my work flow?

That my digital program of choice since Photoshop (which I started with on my 1st Mac in ‘92 but finally left when it went the subscription route several years ago) – Affinity Photo – which I’m still happy to use, has lots and lots of nuances – most of which I leave lie, like babies sleeping contentedly in clean clothes.

I only dip into Affinity Photo’s “what-can-be” features on an as-needed basis.

Frankly, I do my photography & art much the same way….

That’s ok. At my age I’m allowed 😊

I still get to this —

Theatre of Light Horizontal © Felipe Adan Lerma
Theatre of Light Horizontal © Felipe Adan Lerma


Tomorrow I’ll Show (some) of My Hand 😊

Well, kinda.

Due to technical challenges, ordering + deliveries of supplies, most of which’ve gone well (‘cept for my order of 3” clear sleeves that are 3 inches flat but not round, lol), Dr appts, and some much needed R&R w/the grandson – I won’t have the spread of images I wanted, but, I’ll have a quick one shot preview.

That then gives me the time to hopefully shoot some convincing pics of what my new posters look and feel like (more on that day after tomorrow; hint: paper surface choices for the differing styles of images)!

I’m also now preparing the files to print my first sports posters, several of which have proven very popular since the 90s.

And, am toying with ideas how to offer an alternative to have any of those personalized! Think name of person being gifted and/or team they’re on and/or special wishes from the sender.

My wife & I used to personalize them on the spot for over a decade in malls and crafts shows.

The challenge now is the logistics of pricing and delivery by mail!

It’s all a lot, but I’m very excited about the possibilities!

Wish me luck! A lot of luck, lol! 😊

My Related Blog Posts

Photography Surprises – Tour Bus Night Images in Paris  Make Good Posters
A Tale of Two Posters – Text & No Text Feel Completely Different – Soft Evening at Palmer Pond Austin
Thoughts About Making Some of My New Posters with (mat-like) Borders


Related Amazon Search & Products

Affinity Photo

– My notes re this search :
1) there are separate bks for desktop & iPad versions of Affinity Photo
2) this search also brings up books w/an “affinity” for something, ie, Georgia O’Keeffe & Ansel Adams
3) very much worth a look at some really good titles!


And I couldn’t resist showing you my own version of the gorgeous Musee d’Orsay clock featured bottom-left above. There’s lots of captures of this wonderful icon around. One of the other seniors showing at the Old Bakery & Emporium here in Austin also has he own very nice version 😊

That’s a good thing!

Like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame and many others, the source of the image is too powerful to be confined.

Along with my gift & print options on Fine Art America, I also intend to offer my Time at the Musee d’Orsay image (circa 2012) as a print/poster in the near future 😊 Plus, my travel-image-memoir, Day 11 at the museum (circa 2014) is also available, on Amazon!

Lots of fun options, from lots of folks. Including me!

I think it’s good to see the variations 😊

Thanks so much everyone!


Artist self portrait - photo of Felipe Adan Lerma on converted railway track bike ferry for the Island Line Trail connecting mainland Vermont to South Hero on Lake Champlain.

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