The Ralph’s logo on the side of the white cab was half covered in shadow, so I couldn’t flip it in place. I took the Ralph’s logo off the side of the pumper which was on a green background. That’s okay, you can see me slowly erasing the green background.
I’m editing a cement pumper into an image of the Volunteer Park reservoir. The vehicle fits best into the scene if it’s flipped horizontally. That’s fine, not a problem. [Flip Horizontal] at your service.
Sometimes things just don’t line up properly. When that happens, you can throw the rubber ducky out with the bath water, or you can make a strategic edit. Today while joining two photos into a panorama, I noticed too late that the fences weren’t lining up. The fence stretched the length of the entire photograph, so I couldn’t just pick one and go with it; they had to join together. What I chose to do isn’t optimal, but it’s the best way to hide an obvious mistake so it becomes non-obvious.
Hiding the dark fence join seam in the dark water reflection was the best place to hide in plain sight. This is, by the way, the same way JPEG compression works. By taking advantage of the way the eye passes over subtle color changes, we can hide imperfections in a photo that allow us to make a file size smaller, or save us hours of editing time making something perfect that doesn’t really have to be, not for our purposes.
Let the viewer’s brain do some image processing for us. It’s one step better than doing everything in The Cloud.
This edit involved both Photoshop and Affinity Design.
In photoshop, as discussed earlier, I added the Obeebo dance steps sculpture from further up Broadway as if it were a zen garden at the foot of the station where the Central Coop will someday be built.
This is the station on the corner of Broadway and John. Previously, I added a Pride flag as a mural on the side of the station on the corner of 10th and Denny Way. This second part is the first of two parts (parts 2a and 2b), for a total of three parts (1, 2a and 2b).
Photoshop’s Free Transform tool is completely priceless.
Build album cover art for my friend Nance’s 1991 solo acoustic EP.
Background layer is a simple repeating pattern of a wood texture I grabbed from image search. Above that layer is a wood-textured cube, also snagged through image search. (This one clearly has copyright issues, but nothing that can’t be quickly salvaged by an iPhone and a trip to Ikea.)
I am testing out new tools. I used to use Photoshop and Freehand, back when there was Freehand. I’m unhappy with Adobe’s subscription model, so I use Pixelmator (which I absolutely love) and I’m trial-ing Affinity Designer. Affinity’s skew tool is a little wonky (and took me an hour to find because it’s so well hidden) but I expect I just need to fiddle with it some more. Anyway, the perspective is a little off on the rotation and skew of “Rosewood” but this was good enough for the intended use.