Cutting Corners In Photoshop

February 16, 2006

EyeProtection

…stitching together a Photoshop time saver…

Five years ago I told my oldest son that I did not need a computer for any reason. I was a traditional painter… I slopped paint onto paper with a brush… what could I possibly need a computer for? Five years later and I cant finish a job without one.

Here is an example of what a timesaver Photoshop can be for me. My rough sketch (top left) shows my idea for this poster which is basically to repeat the same scene twice. In the old days I would have tediously painted the same picture two times making minor changes to the figure. But now using the computer I was able to paint separate parts of this picture and assemble them later in Photoshop to create two consistent images.

The Comments

Don Jones

It’s the miracle of teknowledgee. I need a set of these posters to post around. I did get a notice in the mail from the government that Brother Jones was supposed to have postings around warning against UNDER AGE employees and discrimination. What else are children good for but to labor? I love my little sweat shop.

Dennis Jones

…make sure Keegan works all day for us again this Saturday, Don… crack the whip…

Don Jones

As long as I keep him strung out on cashew chicken he’s good to go.

Doug Jones

cashew chicken and frappuccinos….what a winning combination… pass the cheetos, Keeg

Doug Jones

Hey… do those Olympic medals remind you of anything… like, say Krispy Kremes?

Dennis Jones

…are the Olympics on?

Don Jones

I’m too busy keepin’ up with American Idol. I like to watch ‘em cry after their dreams and aspirations are crushed.

Dennis Jones

…is American Idol on again, too?

Doug Jones

I only watch the weather… they are crying wolf here again…. Need more milk, chili and crackers… and a case of Yoohoo and strawberry poptarts

Don Jones

On our last pre-winter warning venture to the grocery store Family size tomato soup was the prize and we were too late! SOLD OUT! Bought the small cans and it costs us about 30 cents more… can you believe this Campbell Soup scammin’ taking place in America?

Dennis Jones

…is nothing sacred?

Don Jones

After reading the entire book of Malachi this morning, I would say tithing is still sacred. Don’t be bringin’ no lame, blind sheep to the LORD. This concludes our Brother Jones morning devotional. Amen.

Doug Jones

Them’s good rules if you is livin’ under the LAW… but we ain’t no more… The only thing sacred is Krispy Kremes Amen and amen

Don Jones

Looks like about 39 visits so far from the Designers Who Blog hook-up … and Doug, your Jonesapalooza link seems to be the exit door for Brother Jones. I love SHtats.

Dennis Jones

…where in the stats are you finding how many are coming from where, Don?… I cant seem to find that…

Doug Jones

You mean… I am GUARDING the back door to this place?! Great googly moogly

Don Jones

Top row Middle column – Referrers. Doug, it appears you are not guarding the back door too well. Are your sure you aren’t showing them the door?

Doug Jones

Reminds me of the old P T Barnum trick. He had signs posted that said “This way to the Egress” Of course folks followed the signs and found themselves out. Making more room for the next batch of folks….

Dennis Jones

…I think part of the charm of the Brother Jones Web Site is that while we all do our best to post little articles with pictures we rarely, if ever, talk about them in the comment section… I like that…

…and Doug, keep guarding that back door… do a good job with that and maybe we’ll move you on into the front room with Donnie and me…

Don Jones

I’m not sharing my seat with anybody. I’d like to go on record and apologize for today’s dysfunctional, fantasy football blog. It was a complete and total embarrassment and a downright travesty to our impeccable Brother Jones standards. Since we have a money-back guarantee for each and every dollar spent at Brother Jones, please take your punched Brother Jones vouchers to Doug who is patiently standing beside the Jonesapalooza exit door… and please come again.

Doug Jones

That IS kinda funny, Den. You put up some awesome artwork and write about it and we come on and talk about family size tomato soup. wanna go play kickball? Nobody here but us guys with SHORT attention spans!

Dennis Jones

…our comment sections are pretty much what our private emails to each other were before we had this blog… now we’ve pretty much tossed email out the window and just yap on and on to each other in front of the whole wide world… welcome to Brother Jones… a website about nothing… and proud of it…

Bucky Jones

I’m not doing anything. Can I play kickball?

Corrigan Clay

Hey, thanks so much for the wordless Bible, my 2 year old daughter Keziah requests a read from it every day! I am an artist as well, and I just looked you up online to find out if you were photoshop-ing your work (the repeated scenes just looked so exact). Also figured you used Photoshop to blur things like the waves coming down on those rascally egyptians creating a photo-focus effect… am I right? or are you airbrushing? VERY inspiring. My wife and I are trying to write and illustrate a Children’s book. The photoshop idea will make this much easier. any advice on finding a publisher?

Dennis Jones

…finding a publisher… yikes… about all I could tell you to do is research at the library or book store and see who is publishing the type of book you are creating… make some sort of promotional package (manuscript, art samples, a recommendation from Billy Graham… that sort of thing) and send them to every publisher you can… It’s a lot like fishing… you just keep tossing your line out in the water and hoping something will bite…

Dennis Jones

…the Wordless Bible had a pretty restrictive deadline attached to it… approximately 350 pages of art in 10 months… I was cutting every corner I could… I was working 16 hour days almost every day of the week… I got pretty fatigued before it was all over, lost my focus on the project and kinda overused a couple of Photoshop effects, (specifically the lens flare and blur), but hey, I made the deadline…

Don Jones

Photoshop filter overdose (PFO) no such thing. Some projects just require massive amounts of filter junk to make them appear worthwhile and substantial. Gotta give those clients their money’s worth I say. “Use three Photoshop filters in an illustration and get a fourth filter FREE!”

Doug Jones

Hey there, Bucky… why SURE you can play kickball with us… just meet us on the playground… and be sure you bring your lunch money. (Hey guys… we got another one… the usual three way split?)

Dennis Jones

…absolutely…

Bucky Jones

All right! I’ll be there….but…do I have to be on Doug’s team? He always pats me on the bottom after a good play. Makes me not want to play so good.—-See you guys at the playground!

Jeroen

Awesome portfolio you have. Great stuff! I’m green with envy…

Kermit

it’s not easy being green.

Bucky Jones

Okay, you Jones Brothers, what gives? I feel like Charlie Brown…I’ve been waiting here on the playground, to play kickball, for like three days and no one has shown up. I’m cold, tired and my underwear is giving me a rash. Are you guys gonna play or what?—- I’m keeping my lunch money….so there.

Dennis Jones

…oh man, we forgot about Bucky…

Bucky Jones

Oh, it’s okay, Dennis. I ate squirrels and drank my own….well, you know, to survive.—-Man, I need to brush my teeth.

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A Tribute To Brother Doug

February 25, 2006

CocktailCasual

…from the Plugged album…

We are all pretty darn proud of big brother Doug for selling his jumbo guitar for $2600.00 the other night. I am sure Doug made quite a grand entrance in his festive “cocktail casual” attire.

The mere thought of this was so inspiring WeaselBoy wrote a tribute song about it.

Doug, why dont you download this and play it in your car as you drive to your next big event. I noticed the complicated lyrics are included on the site. Maybe one day you can memorize them and sing along.

The Comments

Don Jones

I am predicting “Cocktail Casual” will soon be climbing up the BILLBOARD charts. It’s HOT! It’s inspirational AND motivational. It kind of conjurs up a George Benson “On Broadway…” melody line of sorts. Catchy. Crisp editing too. Doug you got yourself a THEME SONG.

WeaselBoy

…thanks dude… you see man, there’s like this Broadway Street in downtown Nashville… and like Doug probably had to drive down Broadway to get to the jumbo guitar deal… so I’m thinking it’s like, for Doug anyway, like being as close to being on Broadway as he’s gonna get… dude…

Dennis Jones

…WeaselBoy can shred a guitar… he certainly came up with one smokin’ guitar solo in this one…

Simon Cowell

simpy HORRID!

Doug Jones

I’m working on learning the lyrics so I can sing this as I drive my Limo down Broadway… right into the Cumberland river. how ‘bout sending me the Ukulele chords so I can play along too…

WeaselBoy

…Simon is always so harsh… I value Paula and Randys opinions much more…

Paula

it was HORRID

Randy

Dawg… it was SO HORRID!

WeaselBoy

…wow… and I spent almost two whole hours writing and recording that…

Dennis Jones

…perhaps if you could get that William Hung kid to sing your vocals next time it would help…

Don Jones

When it comes to high quality recordin’ you just have to spend that kind of time. Luckily if you execute your songs like myself … one take usually gets it. Keep that raw, pure, unadulterated sound quality shining through.

Jeff

Not to change the subject but.. Who won the gold in hockey? Was it the Red Wings, uh,, Avalanc…I’m confused.. Besides they don’t let me have a sound card at work so I can’t hear the “song” anyway..

Dennis Jones

…well …I was rooting for the U.S. to win… but they failed miserably…

…so I started rooting for our neighbors to the north, the Canadians… but they failed miserably, too…

…so I decided to root for the Chzeck Republic because I was just there a month ago… Jagr and the boys stumbled along the way, but won bronze I think…

…I did not see the medal game, but I think it was the Swedes vs Fins… I wasn’t rooting for either of them… this is no doubt why they ended up playing for gold…

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~ BROTHERJONES BONUS COVERAGE! ~

My post above was in response to my big brother Doug’s post below.

~

February 24, 2006

the end.

2006_02_23_boot

these boots were made for…limpin’

2006_02_23_redcarpet

my baby at the red carpet

2006_02_23_sold

c’mon… somebody BUY this thing!…

Tonight was the final chapter in my TWANG guitar saga… the auction. As one of the artists, I received one ticket to attend the gala auction. Tickets to attend the auction went for $200 each… I went alone.

I was advised the dress for the evening was to be “festive cocktail.” I had to ask what that meant. I was told the country music industry doesn’t do black tie…they are a pretty casual group… a jacket would be fine. I decided to go as countryish as I could… to blend in. I got my 20 year old boots out of the attic and ironed my new Levis. Into my jacket pockets I loaded up my camera, extra batteries (which I DID have to use) and a 3”x5” sketchbook.

After about 15 minutes at the auction, I remembered why my boots were in the attic. My little toe (left foot) was being jammed into the next toe. My toenail was stabbing into that neighbor toe like a knife! Bad PAIN! And walking in boots is a bit awkward after wearing tennies. I had to work hard at not doing a triple klutz into someone. I made it through the food line, and found one of the FEW places that I could sit down. There were no chairs at this event… you had to stand for the evening. The noise level of the room was extremely loud. I could barely make out the auctioneer over the noise.

I could go on about the celebs I saw and blah, blah, blah… but it’s late…and I’m tired… so I will cut to the chase here. The guitars that were linked to someone like Roy Orbison, Charlie Daniels or Brooks and Dunn went for the big bucks. Roy’s went for $8,200, Charlie’s for $13,000 and B&D’s for $13,000. Those of us who just painted a design without a hot celebrity… sold ours for something in the $2,500- $5,500 range. My guitar, with the avery dots stuck all over it (he he he) went for $2,600. All the money from the sale of the guitars went to various charities such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, United Way, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

My guitar was number 29 out of 68 that were to be auctioned off. As soon as it sold, I limped to my limo (which was cleverly disguised as a blue mini-van with 184,000 miles and only one working headlight) and drove home as fast as I could. First order of business….

GET THESE STINKIN’ BOOTS OFF!

The Comments

Dennis Jones

…oh man… what I really wanted to see here was a picture of you in “Festive Cocktail” regalia… couldn’t you have handed your camera to Charlie Daniels or someone and had them take a quick picture of you with your guitar?

megan

$2,600.00??? That’s fantastic! Good for you! And good for you for contributing your artistic talents to such good causes. Love the pic of your guitar on the red carpet, that’s priceless. Are the neighboring toes getting along ok today? Or will your thumb have to intervene?

Doug Jones

This event took place in the lobby of the BMI music building. We were packed in there like sardines. You had to worm your way through the crowd to get anywhere… which is difficult to do in painful cowboy boots. I found a chair across from the elevators at the far end of the lobby and sat there till the auction got going good. The first thing I said today was… “It’s great to have my tennies on again!” insert smiley face here.

Don Jones

I felt like I was there in attendance with you Douger. Especially when you talked about the food line. If you had given Corporate Brother Jones a heads up perhaps we could have allocated some dollars toward purchasing this fantastic piece of Brother Jones memorabilia for our Branson museum which has yet to break ground. At least take this off your taxes… I’m betting Turbo Tax has a line for this SOMEwhere.

Doug Jones

It works like this, Don… the guy who BUYS it gets the tax break… NOT the guy who paints it. We each got a $500 honorarium for painting these things… which we then had to PAY taxes on as income. I figure I made about 5 bucks an hour on this project. But I did try to eat my weight in free food last night.

Dennis Jones

…dont sell the free food short…

Don Jones

Sounds like our fleet of Brother Jones limos are due for an overhaul. And before I forget it… nice boots.

Doug Jones

you had a pair just like these that I really liked, Don. I think you modified yours with a chainsaw, though….

Don Jones

I believe that was on the same day I had a head-on with my Yard Man into the retaining wall. Man I love yard work.

Dennis Jones

…yard work for you is a contact sport…

Nick Jones Everybody

This post is not Freaky enough for Freaky Friday…. I’m disappointed. Cool story, but got in the way of routine. Ten point deduction. Congrats on the guitar though.

Doug Jones

always GRAND to have NJE appearing on my page… even if it IS to call me to task. Had to interrupt the ever popular and growing F.F. this week ‘cause I actually GOT OUTTA THE HOUSE for something (besides going to the mailbox) sorry

Nick Jones Everybody

ok… all is forgiven. as long as we get back to routine soon… I had to look at my desktop clock just to make sure it really was friday and I wasn’t prematurely excited about the weekend…

megan

Perhaps the freakiness of this Friday IS that you left the house???

Don Jones

Why were the boots in the attic? Storage? You must have an incredible filing system in the attic.

Doug Jones

They had been occupying valuable real estate in my tiny closet for years, so they were banished to the attic about a year ago. Right now they are still in the floor where I kicked them off… the Dennis filing system.

Computer On The Fritz

February 22, 2007

RodentProblems

…rodent problems…

I’ve been dealing with a rodent problem this week at my house. I didn’t even know I had a rodent problem until I hauled my computer into the shop on Monday.

The cursor was no longer functioning properly on screen, (which caused me to cursor several times as I tried to figure out what was wrong). We found out that my utilities folder had magically disappeared… which is really pretty weird… and also that my Logitech Scroll Mouse had fritzed out… darn rodents…

The tech asked me when I last did regular maintenance on my computer. I said… uhm, never. He reinstalled the operating system to correct the utility folder situation and I tossed the LogiTech Scroll Mouse in the trash. The cool thing about the reinstall is that I was running on the older “Panther” system but he put in the newer “Tiger” system for me… HOO HOO!

Unfortunately, now I’m spending most of my time playing with those little Tiger Widgets instead of working.

The Comments

Don Jones

I wuz starting to wunder what wuz up with yu… There’z nuthin’ like a new utiliteez folder and computoor systum to get one’s motor runnin’. “Get yo ‘puter runnin’… head out on the highway! Lookin’ for URLs.. or whatever comes my way…”

Doug Jones

I’m still Widgetless myself…. I was beginning to think you were buried under tons of snow. I had just enlisted Jack Bauer to organize a search team to find you and dig you out…

Dennis Jones

…I took my computer in on Monday and didn’t get it back until late yesterday, so I haven’t been on the internet all week…

Brother JONES… Now Computer Accessible!

Don Jones

I did not realize that Tiger Woods had widgets on the market. He’s into everything.

Dennis Jones

…didn’t Keegan make a widget of some sort?

Don Jones

Affirmative. I believe there’s a link to it from keeganjones.com. Pick up hostile at 1408 Brenthaven.

Nick Jones Everybody

less rodents, more monkeygrams… that’s what I say.

Dennis Jones

…I say… New For 2007… RodentGrams!

Don Jones

Nick Jones Everybody … sorry to see you got kicked off American Idol last night. Your rendition of “American Pie” was moving, and quite long.

Roballoo

I wonder if Steve Taylor was the cause of your computer problem?

Dennis Jones

…you caught me RobalLOO… I am a rabid Steve Taylor fan… have been for years… I got to see him live a while back at the Cornerstone Festival in Illinois… he can still put on a great show… I still sprinkle Taylor lyrics into my everyday conversation… “since I gave up hope, I feel a lot better”…

Roballoo

First rock concert I went to was Steve Taylor opening up for Petra. That was a blast. Cornerstone was an amazing experience the time I got to go.

Blue Hair

March 26, 2008

BlueHair

If you want your character to have black hair you are supposed to use the color blue to achieve that. I’m not sure, but I think all I achieved was giving this lady a head full of blue hair…

The Comments

Terry Elliott

And by giving her blue hair you’ve made her 80 years old. This is getting confusing.

Jason Bourne

She looks like Cher. Very cool.

Doug Jones

wasn’t she eliminated from American Idol last week?

Don Jones

That’s a reverse frost. I’d recognize that hair treatment anywhere. This “blue” hair is similar to the “blue lighting” technique employed in video. When you’re shooting a night scene add blue lights. Perhaps we can get some expert insight from TheRealNickJonesEverybody.

Dennis Jones

…Superman has blue hair… if it’s good enough for Superman it’s… well… hmm …hey, you’re not gonna catch me criticizing that cat… he’s big…