Monday, February 18, 2019

Blue Lou

Today we have a guest star -- Lou the cat, all the way from Australia. (Technically Lou lives in Davis now, but she did make the trip from the southern land last year.) The request from Lou's owner Laura was to make her blue. I think. I didn't write down the color so I may have remembered incorrectly.

In any case, I found that it's a little harder to add color to a cat with dark tortie spots. I tried to lighten her up a bit but wasn't completely successful. Anyhow, I made a couple attempts. I may try again at some point...

I think I probably should have taken the whole picture to B&W instead of just Lou. Next time...

I'm making one image a day for Thingadailies.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Gradients and Masks

Playing with gradients on the mask to hide the fact that I'm not very good at selecting objects that aren't straight... It might need more lasers shooting from Guido's eyes.

I'm making one image a day for Thingadailies.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Big Dog Watercolor

The GIMP filters really do make things easy. I mean, I'm pretty sure there are Instagram filters that would do this just as easily, but this way I can say that I used sophisticated photo editing software.

(Click to make it bigger -- it looks better that way.)

I'm making one image a day for Thingadailies.

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Root of Cubism

Today I learned that if you do a slapdash job of selecting part of an image, the cubism filter will hide that fact. I guess that's not all that useful -- the final photo is, you know, sort of cubic.

It does make Ginger look even scruffier than she normally does, but that's not really a drawback.

I'm making one image a day for Thingadailies.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Glass Tiles

This one is just a filter, but I thought it was kind of interesting (maybe not for this particular photo, but for a different one in the future).

I'm making one image a day for Thingadailies.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Laser Eyes

I found the filter menu and made some waves! Once again I've left subtlety in a whole different building, but this is kind of fun.

I'm making one image a day for Thingadailies.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Magic Road

Someday I'll figure out how to do wavy shapes, but the dogs are informing me that we need to go to agility right now so wavy shapes will have to wait for another day.

I'm making one image a day for Thingadailies.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Big Foot

Again, I have no taste whatsoever. But I'm having a lot of fun.

I'm making one image a day for Thingadailies.

Sunday, February 10, 2019


I was going to add texture to a picture, but the process turned out to be complicated so I did this instead. It's like an Easter egg except with the little dog (which is an improvement).

I'm making one image a day for Thingadailies.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Full of Stars

I was just trying to do something fun today...

I'm making one image a day for Thingadailies.

Friday, February 8, 2019


I was messing around with a few things that would have required a lot more thought than I was willing to put into this tonight. Then I hit on the warp tool and I thought it made an interesting effect with this photo.


It adds a little motion to a static photo.

I'm making one image a day for Thingadailies.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Big Dog Pops Out

Lessons learned today:
  • Somewhere there must exist a mouse that works, but I don't own it. I don't know if it's the mouse (which is not the first with this problem), the cat hair on all surfaces, or the desk (although I've tried using a mouse pad and that worked even less well), but I either get no movement at all or... okay mostly it's just no movement at all and then every once in a while it will move and skip over what I was aiming for. Very irritating.
  • When using GIMP, keep an eye on the active layer. When it just isn't doing anything at all, it's probably either made another layer active or added a whole new layer while you weren't looking.
Anyhow, here we have it -- the big dog popping out of the photograph!

And the layers for anyone playing at home:

 Next time -- something that doesn't require fine control over the mouse...

I'm making one image a day for Thingadailies.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Rainbow Ripley

I'm letting Ripley's inner light shine through here. I feel like I've hit peak 70's locally-produced-tv-show with this image.

The original for comparison:

And in case you want to play along at home, here are my GIMP layers:
There's an unnecessary layer at the bottom but when I started messing with the middle layer I wasn't sure if I would need it or not.

I'm feeling a bit more comfortable with creating layer masks from images now. This could be dangerous...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


I have to walk the dogs to agility in a few minutes, so I just did something quick with the gradient tool. Next time I'll play with using the gradient tool in the layer mask to control how the mask fades in. Maybe.

Bonus fun:

Me (to Noxgear support): I have two Lighthounds that I absolutely love and use every day, but I've lost one charging cable and the other did not survive a run-in with Effing Scooter (the cat).
Can I order another charging cable through you? Or is there somewhere else I can get one?

Noxgear support (in less than 12 hours): (Offer to send me replacement cables for free.)
On a semi-related note, I'm dying to the cat's real name Scooter and Effing Scooter only when you're angry?  Or is he Effing Scooter all the time?
(Thank you for making my morning.)
I sent them back my thanks and a picture of Effing Scooter.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Texture Hodgepodge

It's Monday, otherwise known as the day with no brain power left after 5pm. It's currently 6:15pm.

I took some pictures over the weekend of different textures. Tonight I threw a bunch of them together over a photo of the little dog. It suggests some possibilities for later trials...

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Changing Coats

A few years ago I wanted to color one person green (like the Grinch) in a photo as a joke so I pulled up GIMP and got really frustrated and eventually gave up.

Turns out it can be done by adding a layer of solid color, and masking around the subject.

I added another layer in between to switch the cat's color to black and white first, but I'm not convinced it was really necessary. (Also, Guido is a solid grey cat which brings up the question of why I thought it was a good idea.)

So... I've made him very, very purple. But at least I know how to make someone green the next time I want to.

Saturday, February 2, 2019


It's the second day of Thingadailies, when I'm playing with photo editing software. Today I duplicated the layer, desaturated the image to grey, then added a masking layer and removed the layer over the dogs to allow the original image to show through.

Here's the original:

Here's the modified version:

It looks a bit like the dogs have moved to a place with snow. Also, because of the slapdash manner of the mask editing, it looks a bit like the dogs are levitating or that the original picture didn't have the dogs in it.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Thingadailies #1

February is Thingadailies month. I've decided to spend some time playing with photo editing software. I mess with editing software about once every three years, and usually I make a big mess and get frustrated. My plan this time is to just play around with no goal in mind. It will give me a chance to learn how the tool works with no pressure.

And in the meantime -- horrible images for fun! Here's the first one!
(Pretend it's not a typo and that the cat sleeps in snake sleepwear. I fixed it once and then undid the fix and didn't notice it.)

Maybe I should watch a video or two...