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Can I add Text Panels to a Wall ?

Can I add Text Panels to a Wall ?

Friday, March 27, 2020

What is possible - and looks really great: putting (big) text (artists name, exhibition title, topic, etc.) on the wall. Example: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/16511/fair-trade

For this, you simply create the text as a picture and upload it like an artwork to put it on the wall.

With transparent background (as in the example above) such lettering looks far more museum-like and professional; it also enables you to use such a banner/logo/lettering in various exhibitions with different wall colors at the same time, integrating the lettering nicely and giving it a different appearance than the actual artworks in your exhibition.

Basically, you need the logo or text as a png file with transparent background. There are few tricks with various image editor programs.

You can free a logo of its (usually white) background with the convenient online tool remove.bg, which tends to work less smoothly for longer texts in smaller fonts though. In this case, rather start with a transparent background in your png file and type or paste the text in there.

  • save it as a PNG-picture with transparent background. For long texts or small font (for an artist statement or an explanation of the exhibition) you have to experiment a bit with the PNG export settings. We have found the following set of export settings to deliver good results in most cases:
  • 1900px (long-edge)
  • text: >30 Pt
  • Export settings:

  • color: adaptive
  • dither: no dither
  • transparency: diffusion dither
  • background: none (transparent)
  • sRGB: true
  • interlaced: true
  • Some image editing programs are easier with this than others, the remove.bg is available as a plugin, too, and below we have put together a few illustrations how creating and exporting will look on photoshop, on the free online editor pixlr and on Gimp, also available for free download.

    You can probably achieve this with the other editors as well, depending on your text, the logo details and what you want to present.

    Most important is that you end up with a png file that has transparent background and shows the text or logo clearly on that, in the color(s) of your choice and best cropped to size (mind the 5 pixel border as explained here) and maybe even with a bit of a stucture or shadow effect. As long as you retain the transparent properties when exporting or saving your file, you have what you need. All other things are up to your curating taste and visual concept.

    Here are a few examples of the export process in these image editors.

    Phoshop: use ‚Quick-Export as png‘ or ‚Export as‘ → with the above Export Preferences if available.

    Pixlr: use the tool ‚Quick Export as png‘.

    Gimp: they have a (simpler) text tool as well, and their export of files with transparency works similarly.

    You can also remove the background from text or logo in an existing file with Gimp:

    - Select the icon “Select by Color” from the panel on the left-hand side.
    - Select the part of the image you want to make transparent / wish to delete.
    - In the Layer window that displays your image, select Layer – Transparency – Add Alpha Channel.
    - Go to “Edit,” then select “Clear.”
    - the cleared area or background is now appear transparent
    - save the file.

  • When you have your file prepared accordingly, you upload it as an "artwork" (it requires its own placeholder, too).
    There are 3 tabs (5 when upgraded). "BASIC INFO", ADDITIONAL INFO" and "3D-DISPLAY" (see screenshot).
  • Load your image in the BASIC INFO tab like a painting or drawing. If you are working with white type on the transparent background, the white text won’t show on the thumbnail-preview in your artwork upload, as that has white background by default. In this case, it makes even more sense to unlist this ‚artwork‘ for the catalogue, as described below.
  • The proportions of the png file need to match the size you assign in the BASIC INFO tab, otherwise you’ll see a distortion in the text or logo. If you leave out the dimension info there, the system will assign a default size, based on the png file’s properties. If you want to have it displayed larger in the room, you can adjust it easily with the scaling factor in the 3D-DISPLAY tab and need not deal with assigned dimensions in the BASIC INFO tab at all.
  • Open the "3D-DISPLAY" tab and then expand the last part "override 3D defaults". There is a check box "transparency" which has to be checked for the transparency to work.
  • In order to keep such Text Panels out of the catalogue, activate ‚unlisted‘ as described here. If you activate ‚not-picable‘, the detail view cannot be entered and your visitors cannot scoll closer – please consider that.