More Photoshopping

Life has gotten craptchas, as per the comment thread on yesterday’s journal entry. They’re just text, and they’re totally optional anyway. Woo. Not linking life because it hasn’t gotten any significant updates.

The meme photos made me feel like working around more with Photoshop, so I did some of that today.

The goal in all of these wasn’t to significantly change the image but rather accentuate (and/or enhance) the subject.

Click any of the images. They get bigger (since I’m rather happy with the way some of them came out, and a 400px image doesn’t do them justice… then again the 800px versions again aren’t nearly as good as the 3000px originals, so iono).


Changed his shirt color to match his eyes, pulled out the color of his eyes some more, muted and mushed the background a bit (solarize, invert, various blurs).


Applied a slightly grainy filter to the background to dull it out, and also desaturated portions of it (because Em’s bright red hard drive was rather distracting). Jayne herself is untouched.

Applied some noise and grain filters to the blanket and desaturated Em’s (rather distracting) arm.


This is one of my favorite portraits of him. Intensified his eye color. Slightly blurred and muted his shirt and camera, as well as the background. Also removed color from the background.

Pittsburgh Skyline:

I already loved this photo (the original basically looked like this), except the lightness of the sky somewhat bothered me. Greatly darkened both the sky and the water and drew out the reflected colors a little more (not much though, because they were already quite intense). The buildings themselves are untouched.

I may have to play around some more tomorrow. The walrus Toms are just begging to be played with. I don’t know how well it’ll work though, since all manipulated images thus far have been without the harsh lighting from a flash.

In other life things, Safeway had a huge sale on crap, so I bought some pop tarts, bread, and fruit snacks for $1/item. The cashier scanned the fruit snacks twice but forgot to scan the tomato, so I guess it all works out in the end. Then there was fresh guacamole (with the avocado I had left over from last week) and gin and tonics with Brewer, who came up to SF to return Em’s laptop.

Also, unrelatedly, I just upgraded the WordPress installation (wow, the admin center looks completely different). Let me know if you see any problems or have issues.