Sunday, April 08, 2012

Facebook Cover photos!

Well, Timeline on Facebook isn't really a new thing by now, but I was inspired recently to complete what I had sought out to accomplish a while back, when Timeline wasn't even official and that we needed a bypass to access it. Back then, I did up a really quick one where I tried to integrate the cover photo into the user profile photo, as seen below. It wasn't too difficult, but I needed a photo (a decent one of myself is already hard to find) with enough space to fill up the entire right portion of the photo. It would be so much more convenient if we can select which part of the cover photo to crop as our profile photo, but I'm sure that day won't be too far away.

For this one I'm using right now, I'll briefly explain how I did it since some people have been asking. I had Rena lie on our bed, fully equipped with her Kamen Rider Fourze henshin belt of course, executing her version of the Rider Kick. I took a shot, and then got Mabel to help me take a shot of myself, with Rena's foot on the side of my face, in the appropriate angle and direction. The rest of the steps are fully on Photoshop, where I erased the backgrounds, added in my own brush effects and lighting. Of course, some measurements had to be done, such as the calculation of the cover photo dimensions, and how far the profile photo had to be from the edges. The info can be easily found, but I cheated by taking a screen shot and superimposing on it after setting the transparency settings. If you really want to know the details, feel free to drop me a message. I'll be thinking of what to do next as well :)

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Year of the Super Heroes!

And like all the other fans of the Marvel and DC movies, I'm looking forward to the big 3 this year. Starting off with The Avengers, which has the fans anticipating its release since it was first teased in Ironman 2, followed by the respective movies of each of the main hero. It's going to be a huge movie, and hopefully one that lives up to the hype and expectations.

Next is The Amazing Spider-man, which is a reboot of the franchise. Most of you would remember that I hated Spider-man 3 so much I wrote a lengthy review on Rotten Tomatoes back then. I have high hopes for this one, although I'm still trying to dig the new threads. The trailers and snippets so far haven't really disappointed, but I hope that Spidey would keep his mask on longer this time wise. I'm also posting here 2 photos I made and hosted on 9gag, since both of them are related to Spider-man:

For this one it's actually been on my mind ever since Venom made his movie debut in Spider-man 3. I couldn't understand why they couldn't give his character the split personality like in the comics, and instead all we got was a 1 dimensional character meant to be filler between the Sandman plot. Lame, but at least it's over and we don't have to deal with emo Parker any more.

Less angst for this one, it's simply a montage of all the live action Spider-man, since the days of the Electric Company. Old school, but hey I still remember watch it back as a toddler. The rest of the Spideys are from the live series in the 70s, the Japanese Tokusatsu version, and the Tobey Maguire version. The last one is of course from the upcoming reboot.

Last film is the conclusion of the Batman saga. I've enjoyed the 2 previous films tremendously, since I'm a Batman fan as well, although not as much as Spider-man. I have my own fair share of comments about the movies and perhaps a little about the promotional efforts about this one, but all seems well and I'm excited for this one too. All in all, it's going to be a fantastic year for super hero fans and you can bet I'll be sharing my comments about all 3 in time to come :)