Tag: Photoshop

A How-To Guide for Scanning View-Master Reels

A How-To Guide for Scanning View-Master Reels

Mental Debris
Recently a visitor to my View-Master gallery wrote in and asked how I scan my reels and get them ready for publication. So as a public service I'll go through the steps I take to get an image from a reel to you. Note that I don't profess to be an expert in this area, and by no means do I claim to have the best technique. I also tend to make things much more complicated than necessary, so keep that in mind. So here is my humble guide to scanning View-Master reels and getting them cleaned up. The Hardware For my reel scanning I use an Epson Perfection 1660 Photo Scanner. It's a rather old model -- at least a decade -- but does the job. If memory serves it came with plastic photo scan adapters, but they have long since been lost. See that opaque strip in the middle of the lid's un...
Retro Football Cards — Andrew Luck, Pro Set 1989

Retro Football Cards — Andrew Luck, Pro Set 1989

Football Friday, Sports
After a lengthy break, it's time for another retro football card designed by yours truly. I didn't intend for this series to be so quarterback-heavy, but I can't overlook the great performance turned in by rookie Colts QB Andrew Luck last weekend. Against the Miami Dolphins in Week 9, Luck passed for an NFL rookie record 433 yards. It was his fourth 300-yard-plus passing performance this season, only the second time a rookie QB has done that. The first? Peyton Manning. So yeah, I think #12 deserves this. This card is based on a 1989 Pro Set card for former Colts quarterback Chris Chandler.  I picked '89 since Luck was born that year. I had some trouble finding the right typeface for the name, and ended up using Haettenschweiler. If anyone reading this can think of a better choice, le
It’s the Geoff Tate Queensrÿche Experience!

It’s the Geoff Tate Queensrÿche Experience!

Music
I haven't posted much of anything about the ongoing soap opera in Queensrÿche land, mostly because it's all too depressing for this long-time fan to contemplate. But for those not in the know, vocalist and band co-founder Geoff Tate was fired from Queensrÿche about a month ago. Queensrÿche then went out and got a new singer. I figured Tate would leave well enough alone and just go for a solo career. I was kind of excited about this prospect, actually. But nope, turns out we now get to deal with two Queensrÿches. That's right, Tate put together his own version of the group -- this one featuring former Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, and Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo, ex-Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, and former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover. Maybe this band will be good, maybe not. But the f
Hologram Tupac Shakur Is Truly Outrageous

Hologram Tupac Shakur Is Truly Outrageous

Funny Stuff
He shocked hip hop fans with his dramatic return at Coachella, and he's the talk of the music industry. He's Tupac Shakur, and he's back... in hologram form. And if the spate of posthumous album releases in 2Pac's name are any indication, this won't be a one-off show. So who better to join forces with one of the most celebrated rappers of the '90s than one of the most celebrated fictional girl groups of the '80s? That's right, it's Jem and the Holograms feat. 2Pac! Look for the group's first single, "Truly Outragouz (Muthaf***az)," this summer!
“New Orleans Saints Bounty Hunters? We Don’t Need Their Scum!”

“New Orleans Saints Bounty Hunters? We Don’t Need Their Scum!”

Funny Stuff, Sports
I'll let professional and amateur sportswriters vent their spleens over the whole New Orleans Saints bounty brouhaha. I just want to use Photoshop to make funny images. It's not my best Photoshop job but you get the idea. That's Jonathan Vilma standing to Bossk's left, by the way. I sure hope Han Solo doesn't play quaterback. Click on the image for a full-size version. And no, that's not Gregg Williams in the Darth Vader outfit. Although with as much as George Lucas screws with these movies, I wouldn't put it past him. Related articles Jonathan Vilma Offered $10,000 To Whoever Took Out Brett Favre [Video] (deadspin.com) Daily Madden: Saints Facing Harsh Penalties For Bounty System (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com) Rams DC Williams met with NFL to discuss 'bounty' system (nfl.c...
Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days (it's been a slow week): Ever wanted to lick Professor Dumbledore? Now's your chance, with the latest set of stamps from the Royal Mail celebrating famous wizards and witches. (Guardian) It's nice when journalists agree with everything I say; like Michael J. West, who agrees with me that artists like Robert Glasper represent jazz's best hopes for the future. (Washington CityPaper) If there is one good thing to come from the latest YouTube viral abomination — and there is just one thing so far — it's this Bob Dylan-esque cover of tone-deaf tween singer Rebecca Black's insipid good-time anthem, "Friday." (StumbleUpon via YouTube) I helped retrieve a lost World War II-era tank from a bog th
Jennifer Love Hewitt – Social Crusader

Jennifer Love Hewitt – Social Crusader

Rants
Jennifer Love Hewitt, truly one of the great thespians of our time, took issue recently with a series of photos taken of her on a Hawaii beach. The photos were unflattering by some accounts (I'm not posting them here, but if you really want to see them they aren't hard to find), and since they were released Jennifer has been the subject of some pretty nasty comments. In response, she posted the following on her website (no I don't have it bookmarked. It's already my home page.): This is the last time I will address this subject. I've sat by in silence for a long time now about the way women's bodies are constantly scrutinized. To set the record straight, I'm not upset for me, but for all of the girls out there that are struggling with their body image. A size 2 is not fat! Nor will ...