Another update to the Halloween theme.

Beau Tochs has been having more fun with Photoshop so I’ve updated the logo with his latest creation. I have to admit that this one is so good that even I have a hard time looking at it for very long. I make a truly disgusting zombie. There’s one more pic to go with just over a week until Halloween so I’ll probably change this one after a few days to the last one in the series he’s done so far. Refresh your browser if you’re still seeing the Demon pic.

Wish I could have pulled off makeup like that when I was younger as it would’ve made for a great Halloween costume.

20 thoughts on “Another update to the Halloween theme.

  1. I didn’t even notice the the motto until Matthew said something.  I almost spit out my milk.

    Man you look like the guys during last call at a few little hick town bars I saw during road trips in college! LOL.

    People were always very impressed with your bullet holes and nail wounds.  I’m sure if you had more money and supplies you could have done it.

  2. All I can say is don’t ever die because this is a face even a Mother would have trouble loving.  I know being that mother!

  3. Momma sez: All I can say is don’t ever die because this is a face even a Mother would have trouble loving.  I know being that mother!

    Technically, were he to become a brain-sucking, flesh-eating zombie, Les would merely become one of the UNDEAD – and as such he’d just be a lapdog of Satan.  Nothing to get worked up about, really!

    Thanks for updating the motto, Les – when Matthew pointed that out, I damn near choked to death – nasally aspirated coffee and all . . . thanks *awfully*.

  4. That is amazing!  I’ve heard GIMP(what I use) is supposed to be able to become more powerful than Photoshop.  Anyone know how to do that kind of stuff with GIMP?

  5. Theocrat writes: That is amazing!  I’ve heard GIMP(what I use) is supposed to be able to become more powerful than Photoshop

    I guess GIMP will get there, eventually.  Plenty of smart people seem to be working on it.  Here’s a comparison of GIMP vs Photoshop, for what it’s worth:

    http://www.ntlug.org/archive/tp/gimp/node7.html

    Theo: Anyone know how to do that kind of stuff with GIMP?

    If GIMP can overlay layers, change their transparency and blend mode, use layers as masks, and use channels as a map for lighting effects, then you should be able to duplicate everything I’ve done.  All I do is load piles of layers, one on top of the other, and mess with the blend modes and other filters until I get a weird effect.  smile

  6. GIMP is supposed to already be more powerful than photoshop, but its not at all user friendly.  As I understand it it’s not that hard to have photoshop take an image and make it look like it is on fire. If you wanted to do this with GIMP though you would pretty much have to write the script yourself that the program would run to make something look fiery.  That comparison table is really old.  It’s talking about GIMP 0.61.  The current version is GIMP 2.2.  It would be nice to find an easy to follow tutorial on how to write your own scripts for cool layer effects.  Right now the primary option is to download layer effects for the program, but I can’t ever figure out how to get them to work.

  7. GIMP isn’t too bad and I’ve seen folks produce some impressive stuff with it, but it suffers from being too much like Photoshop in that I can’t master it. I use Ulead’s PhotoImpact for my graphics editing cause it comes with a ton of wizards and effects built in for stuff you’d have to do by hand in Photoshop. It’s probably not as powerful as Shop, but it can use most Photoshop plugins and it’s pretty powerful for being an $89 program.

  8. Theocrat notes: That comparison table is really old.  It’s talking about GIMP 0.61.  The current version is GIMP 2.2. 

    I KNEW THAT!!

    Oh, very well – I really *didn’t*.  Nuts!

    Has GIMP advanced beyond the shortcomings outlined in that ancient, moldy old table?

    It would be nice to find an easy to follow tutorial on how to write your own scripts for cool layer effects.  Right now the primary option is to download layer effects for the program, but I can’t ever figure out how to get them to work.

    Don’t they have tutorials on the GIMP website?  Whaddabout GIMP user groups? Most graphics geeks have no problem telling other graphics geeks how they came up with a particular effect, and how to duplicate it. 

    Free, open source software is *great* – if only it could do what you need it to do NOW, instead of 2 years (or more!) from now.

  9. BT, the GIMP website does have some tutorials as well as an extensive manual available on it and there’s quite a few GIMP Links that point to additional resources for learning more about the program.

    From everything I’ve read GIMP isn’t quite a full-blow replacement for Photoshop for professionals, but is still a damned fine package for folks who don’t need all the stuff that Photoshop offers. There’s a pretty good overview of the new stuff in GIMP 2.4 in this NewsForge article.

  10. Thanks for the GIMP links, Les. 

    If someone needs a low-end Photoshop, they should consider Photoshop Elements.  It has many of the great features of Photoshop without all of the complex stuff that graphic designers or professional photographers would need. I think Elements might even come bundled with the purchase of some new scanners.

    Some Really Smart People that I know are able to duplicate some of the missing features in Elements using layer masks and quick masks. At about 500 bucks less than PS, it’s worth a look.

    Also, I’ve picked up software at computer shows that may have been a version behind, but cost *significantly* less than you could find anywhere else – it made the upgrade path much easier to afford as well.  Years ago, I bought Photoshop 3.0 for about 30 bucks at such a show, and upgraded to the current version for about $150.

    Students (listen up, Theo!) can also get significant savings by purchasing Academic versions of Adobe’s Creative Suite – the fine print at the bottom of the page (below) tells you how much it’ll cost ya, but it doesn’t say what hoops you need to jump through to get it.

    http://www.adobe.com/education/whywait/main.html

    So there’s no excuse not to get your hands on some graphics software, so you can start abusing Les’ face *today*!  smile

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