Friday, November 12, 2004

Fun with Photoshop. Color in Grayscale and Image Editing.

The past couple of days I got to work on editing some pictures using Photoshop. It certainly is something I love to do when a challenge rises. Being a software developer I really struggle with visual, color coordinated tasks. A blinking cursor at a command prompt is pretty enough for me. So I always try and push myself to be more creative.

Removing a person from a photo.
Some friends of ours wanted to use a picture taken during their family vacation at Mt. Rushmore. After getting their film back(biggest bonus of Digi Camera) they were surprised to find only one good picture that they could use for their family xmas greeting card. On that one good picture, an unknown miscellaneous tourist decided to be a big part of the picture. They wanted the women on the lower left removed and I made it so.

After looking at the image I knew it certainly was possible to remove the women. Given the stone tile background it was easy to manipulate the area covered by the women. The only real difficult part was adding the grass around the tree.

Color in Grayscale.
A trick I have always want to learn was taking a color image and turning it to grayscale with exception of certain items or colors in the picture. I follow a great
tutorial located on Here is the end result:

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Winamp dead!

Sad day in the audio world.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Feedreader - RSS Reader Application

I must say, I am quite impressed. So far I have relied upon only a couple different plug-ins to keep up with my RSS/ATOM feeds. IntraVnews, an Outlook plug-in, and Desktop Sidebar is a must have for people with plenty of screen realistate. The advantage of both of these apps is that they are always running on my Desktop anyway so why not add a plug-in to post my news feeds too.

This weekend I got a chance to mess around with Feedreader and am really liking it. I'm not keen on having yet another full application just for news feeds but maybe it will grow on me. It is simple, lightweight and free.