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So here is a a recent conversation my Human PA Thingy had with a customer this week:

Customer I was wondering if you could do anything with this photo?
Thingy Sure, what was it you had in mind?
Customer Well, I thought you could take out the stuff on the table?
Thingy Yeah no problem, what would you like there instead?
Customer Pardon?
Thingy When I take that away, what would you like in it’s place?
Customer Nothing
Thingy Just an empty table?
Customer No, nothing
Thingy You want the table taken away? I would have to build up the legs of the people behind, thats a major job
Customer Oh no
Thingy I’m confused, you want NOTHING there?
Customer Yes
Thingy Just a blank spot?
Customer No, I was hoping you could Photoshop it
Thingy Yes, I can
Customer Just air brush it away
Thingy But leaving what in its place?
Customer Nothing!
Thingy There has to be something there
Customer [thinks] how about leaving the table, but with nothing on it?
Thingy Good idea.


And on the TV panel show QI, reffering to a picture of someone ‘French’

“Is he supposed to have a cigarette in his hand? I guess they must have photoshopped it out”

It didn’t occur to this person it would be easier to use a different picture than to Photoshop it out



photoshop  (v.)

“to edit an image using a computer program,” 1992, originally in ref. to Photoshop, a bitmap graphics editor trademarked and published by Adobe, released in 1990.”

The verb to photoshop has become such a throw away word now that those who don’t Photoshop are under the assumption that it is some point-and-click-work-is-done-program. For goodness sake, don’t them tell them there’s a Magic Wand tool!

Then there’s the other downer. Create a wonderful image and you get the look down the nose and “oh no, I prefer more traditional ways to create my art”, (to which i assume they mean a bit of charcoal on a cave wall).

[I have deleted about 5 paragraphs from here, I think you get what I am getting at]

What I am trying to say is this, if you are a newbie to Photoshop, welcome along. You have a lot of work ahead of you. If you are already an accomplished photoshopper or digital artist, I salute you, I admire your dedication and appreciate what you have achieved. One day, I hope they will too.

Out Now

Busy time for magazines this week, today saw Advanced Photoshop on the shelves. Again no cover pic, I could scan it I guess… but err… too lazy.

As always your comments, suggestions, links and criticisms are not only desired but needed.

Have a great weekend, I may blog over the weekend, that depends on how much acorn wine I can find.

May the Vibrancy’s slider of life be stuck on +100

About Eric Renno (434 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

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