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Ed Driscoll

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October 6th, 2013 - 12:11 am

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As frightening as the Obama administration can be at times, I’d like to think that the following is a much cheerier exhibition than anything Rod Serling ever proffered to TV network audiences. Back in November of 2011, I ran a retrospective of some of my more interesting Photoshops, created both for my own PJM column and for other authors here at the PJM Website. Since then, as you’ve probably noticed, I’ve produced many more. Here are some of the more interesting ones, either from an aesthetically interesting point of view, or because of what went into creating them, or simply, like the image above, because they were fun to produce. Apologies for all of the techno-wonk details to follow, but those who wish to jump-start the potentially steep Photoshop learning curve may benefit from them.

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Road to Iran: Victor Davis Hanson’s September 22nd column was titled “Goodbye Syria, On to Iran!”, which immediately suggested a parody of a Bing Crosby and Bob Hope “Road” movie, and Road to Morocco certainly fit the theme nicely. VDH had emailed in his column early enough on a Sunday morning that I had sufficient time to knock this out. This took almost three hours, beginning with tracking down suitable photos of Obama, Kerry, and Samantha Power, then sizing them to fit. There are plenty of layers as well, one of which is the base “wood” of the road sign. After realizing that using either the clone tool or the content-aware fill tool would have been a brutal task to replace the background under the sign, I ended up replacing the whole sign with a photo of a wood panel from Shutterstock, which I painted with the Photoshop Paint Daubs filter. I then found a free font that was close enough to the original whimsical “Road to Morocco” font, then resized the stock Myriad Web Pro font to 130 percent of the original height to get close to the tall letters used for the stars’ names on the poster.

The whole poster was a lot of work, but the end result looks pretty darn good, I think.

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Obama Hope Drones: This was originally created for a VDH article that ran in April, titled “America in the Age of Myth.” On Friday, September 27th, Obama “Hope” artist Shepard Fairey was recorded in an interview by TMZ saying that if he had to do it over again, he would replace the word “HOPE” on his iconic poster with the word “DRONES.” As soon as I read the story, I quickly found my Photoshop file, and thanks to the power of Photoshop layers, simply blanked out the word “Hope” in his poster, and substituted his newly preferred slogan. (Hey, Rube!)

The original image was a combination of Fairey’s artwork and his source photo, in between a Shutterstock image of a white canvas on an artist’s easel, in front of a neutral gray photography backdrop, and a separate Shutterstock photo of an artist holding a paintbrush. That image had the artist wearing a white polo shirt (isn’t that what all artists paint in?), which I colored black to give him more contrast from the gray wall. I simply cloned the shirt to another layer, colored it black, and then on another layer, painted on folds and the bottom of his collar in white, and then adjusted the opacity, to allow them to blend into the “fabric.”

For the “Hope” poster, I sized it to fit the canvas, then on a separate layer underneath, sized the original photo it was based on to match up, and then using a soft basic Photoshop brush, erased away the right portion of the “Hope” poster, revealing the photo underneath.

In order to create the impression of a shadow of the painting on the wall, on the layer between the “Hope” poster and the wall behind it, I drew a black box, and then blurred it with the Gaussian Blur filter, and then adjusted the opacity down. Little tricks like that really help to create the suspension of disbelief that you’re looking at a photograph of an event, rather than a bunch of files cobbled together in Photoshop.  Though in retrospect, if I had to do it over again, I probably would have added a filter to simulate the texture of fabric on the polo shirt.

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Chapeau! I thought for a second the "DRONES image was a partial view of the Spanish word "LADRONES". You are an artist, sir.
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Appreciate the technical notes, Mr. Driscoll. Take a bow.
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Thanks all!
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They are not only well executed but matching perfectly in the context. Paper-boy Putin and Road to Iran are just awesome, congratulations.
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Good fun, Ed. Thanks.
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These are all very good. Agree with Mark v, the constitution should be on fire, in shreds, or under Barry's heel.

Obama is the master of distraction. Surely right next to where he puts his feet on the desk is a jar full of folded up pieces of paper with "distractions for the day". Yesterday's was about the Washington Redskins needing to change their name. Who knows what this week will bring from President Asterisk BarryCade?
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I like the "Drones" poster. It should be mandatory for every classroom in every university. Of course, that wouldn't set well with the leftist faculty, which is a great reason for doing it!

Don't like the Constitution image. To accord with reality, it should be under his heel, not in his back pocket. Having something in your back pocket evokes a sense of having mastered it, in the sense of being really good at it, or being totally in control of it. As in, "He's got the judge in the case in his back pocket." It doesn't indicate an adversarial relationship.


The calculator is also good. (Well, they're all good, in a technical and artistic sense.) Is there a subtle hint of "666" there?


Nice work, all of it.
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