Meg Makes: How I helped my sister make a frame subway art poster of her legal property description

Meg Makes: How I helped my sister make a frame subway art poster of her legal property description

My sister and brother-in-law bought a new house this winter. During their closing, my sister realized she loved a few phrases in the property description. (I love that - I don't even think I read mine when I bought our house.)

She asked if I could make some sort of subway-sign-inspired art piece using the description to hang in their new home. Of course, I thought it was a great idea and was excited for the challenge.

To start, she scanned the printed property description to create a PDF. Rather than retype all that legalese, I ran it through online optical character reader software. This allows the text on the scan to be copied and pasted. I like Free Online OCR for this.

After I did, I double-checked that the wording was still accurate, and saved the text.

We first discussed turning the art into an oversized engineering print, the kind I used to make those huge faux canvases of my pets. My sister wanted it to have a black background with white words.

So, I created a huge blank black image using online imaging software Pixlr Editor. My image was 4,000 pixels tall and 3,000 pixels high. I wanted to make sure the resolution was good enough that it would look great in printed form.

(If you use Blog PhotoPixlr, make sure you save your images to the highest possible quality using the slider that appears when you click "save.")

Once I saved it, I opened the black image in Pixlr Express and used its built-in text feature to copy and paste in the property description.

To make it work, I went line by line, adjusting the size and types of font as I went. It took a little while to get used to the text feature, but once I did, it took me about half an hour to complete the property description.

Blog PhotoMy sister ended up printing the poster as an oversize photo at Staples and bought a black frame for it from a craft store. I honestly didn't recognize it when I saw it at her house last weekend. I think turning it into a framed photo, rather than a faux canvas, makes it look better and more polished.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share her idea - it seems like a really great way to commemorate their purchase of the home my sister and her husband are hoping to live in for the rest of their lives.

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Jodi Heckel wrote on August 08, 2013 at 9:08 am
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Very cool, Meg!

Meg Dickinson wrote on August 08, 2013 at 10:08 am
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