How to Put Your Picture on Play Money

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How to Put Your Picture on Play Money
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Placing your face on play money allows you to create a unique novelty gift. Done correctly, it will actually look like the mint printed your portrait on the money. Done incorrectly, it could look bad and ruin the fun. Follow the right technical procedures, and you can seamlessly integrate your photo onto play money.

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Things you need

  • Scanner
  • Graphic design program
  • Photograph of picture
  • Cellphone
  • Scissors

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    Preparing File From Hard Copy

  1. 1

    Lay your photo on the scanner's glass, and close the lid.

  2. 2

    Scan the photo by setting the resolution to 300 dots per inch (dpi). 300 dpi allows you to scan an image at sufficient resolution so that print quality will appear smooth and crisp.

  3. 3

    Save the resulting scanned image file to your computer by selecting the file format as jpeg (.jpg) and naming the file something like "my_image.jpg."

    Preparing File from Phone or Digital Camera

  1. 1

    Connect your digital camera or video phone to your computer using a digital connecting cable. The digital connecting cable will consist of a mini-USB cable that connects to your phone or camera.

  2. 2

    Transfer your file from your phone or camera to your computer. As soon as you connect your phone or camera, a window will open on your computer allowing you to access the image on your phone or camera. Drag the image to your hard drive.

  3. 3

    Convert the native image file to .jpg using free software translator Photoscape or Picasa by opening the file with the software translator and selecting "Export" from the "File" menu, then selecting ".jpg" from the drop-down menu.

  4. 4

    Select the output directory on your hard drive. The output directory consists of the location you want to save your file.

    Preparing the Photo

  1. 1

    Open your .jpg file in your favourite graphic design program such as Photoshop or Picasa.

  2. 2

    Select the background of photo with your magic wand. The magic wand will select the background colour without selecting your portrait.

  3. 3

    Click "delete" to delete the background image.

  4. 4

    Save the new "doctored" image as a .png file. Saving your file as a .png file keeps the background "transparent" rather than having it appear as a white square.

    Placing the Photo

  1. 1

    Open your play money image. The play money image will usually consist of a .jpg file or maybe a Word document (.doc) that has an embedded play-money image in it.

  2. 2

    Cut and paste the doctored .png portrait file onto the play money, centring it within the oval.

  3. 3

    Print your play money using an inkjet printer.

Tips and warnings

  • Unless the dimensions of your play money match your paper size, you might have to cut the play money out using scissors.

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