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Posted By: Graeme Ogg
Posted On: Sunday November 22, 2020 at 8:43 AM
[PICS] p.s. Some background details (For nerds only. Others please ignore!)
People enjoy seeing pics of "work in progress" on the Forum, so I thought one or two of you might have a passing interest in the making of the Pink & Green Story. Especially on a dull Sunday afternoon when you're desperate for anything to look at.

The story started as a little cartoon-ish idea that just popped into my head, and I eventually set about putting it together by finding lots of photos and clipart images online and finding the ones that I could make work. Images had to be cropped from their background, unwanted details "painted out", missing details drawn in. Arms and legs had to be re-sized and/or re-positioned - even the eyeballs gor moved in a couple of cases where the character was too obviously looking in the wrong direction!

Bits that looked fine in isolation were pasted onto the background image and didn't work well at all, so had to be either adjusted or scrapped and replaced with an alternative. Lots of trial and error involved in making it all work.

Not having any high-end graphics programs, I worked by a strange process of ducking back and forth between PowerPoint, my old and crash-prone Photoshop Elements and my simple but reliable Photofiltre photo editor.

Shown below are some of the elements used. Apologies for the small, low-res thumbnails but they may give a taste of the evolution that various bits went through.

None of this matters, of course, if nobody enjoys the results, so I was pleased to see some folks found it fun. Whether it was worth the effort ... well, I enjoyed doing it and came up with one or two little details I was quite chuffed with (even if some of them might have passed unnoticed!) Did you notice the Dalek was a hybrid?

There. Hope that didn't bore you too much. You can go back to staring at that blank wall now with a certain sense of relief.

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Message thread:

[PICS] Revealed At Last! The true story behind a Forum favourite. by Graeme Ogg #29220
So funny, and an entire classic, book length story!! (EOM) by Richard Nosker #29220.1
LOL! It's always the backstory that makes a momento so endearing! (EOM) by John Kuvakas #29220.2
John, by chance did you own a Corgi 59 Impala this color as a kid? (EOM) by Jack Dodds #29220.2.1
Not a Corgi. But.... by John Kuvakas #29220.2.1.1
On the one hand you made my day. On the other hand, I want one of those damn magic cars now. (EOM) by Ralf Buyer #29220.3
Ralf, I'm sending you the name of a good optometrist. :-) (EOM) by Jack Dodds #29220.3.1
Thank you, Jack! (Pic) by Ralf Buyer #29220.3.1.1
Oh...I see you already know him! (EOM) by Jack Dodds #29220.
Great fun! Thanks, Graeme. Is this a Spark model also? (EOM) by David Holcombe #29220.4
More fun than one of JK's long-winded reviews! (EOM) by Harvey Goranson #29220.5
Would make a good Barbie car (EOM) by John Roberts #29220.5.1
This is great! Lots of good laughs in this. Thanks, Graeme. (EOM) by Mark Sweeney #29220.6
Excellent! (EOM) by Brian Cox #29220.7
Hilarious! I suspect though, that the "apologies to JK" note is a tad insincere. by Jack Dodds #29220.8
Actually I was aiming for "cynically patronising" (EOM) by Graeme Ogg #29220.8.1
Lol...and achieved! (EOM) by Jack Dodds #29220.8.1.1
Well done! (EOM) by John Kuvakas #29220.
Very funny and clever. Much thought went into... by Raymond Paszkiewicz #29220.9
A saga for all time. Something for everyone. I laughed, I cried, I reached for another Twinkie. by Randall Olson #29220.10
Yes, a real millstone in the history of Art. (EOM) by Graeme Ogg #29220.10.1
Ha, ha! You mispelled milestone! You must have it the wrong key. E and L are close together. (EOM) by John Kuvakas #29220.10.1.1
This man is a fool (and I say that with the utmost respect) (EOM) by Graeme Ogg #29220.
Actually he is quite approachable...btw, you spelled aloof incorrectly. :-) (EOM) by Jack Dodds #29220.
I think he meant that I was a fooe. It's the E and L thing again. by John Kuvakas #29220.
Outstanding! We need more of this levity! (EOM) by Curtis Parisi #29220.11
Well, don't look at me. by Graeme Ogg #29220.11.1
[PICS] p.s. Some background details (For nerds only. Others please ignore!) by Graeme Ogg #29220.11.1.1
That's a lot of work, Graeme. Thanks! (EOM) by John Kuvakas #29220.
So, not too much work then Graeme! (EOM) by John Roberts #29220.
[PIC] Just by the way . . . . by Graeme Ogg #29220.
We Brits do have a great sense of humour even during by Mike Coupe #29220.12
I love the British sense of humor. It's part of the reason I belong to the WMTC . (EOM) by Jack Dodds #29220.12.1
But how did they let you join? Don't they have any sort of vetting? by Graeme Ogg #29220.12.1.1

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