Let me start by proffering my abject apologies. I’ve had my head so very buried up the back cover of a book that I’ve had little time to come up for air.
Insanely cool contest to follow . . .
So anyway, good news: While I was blowing you guys off, I had some great times with my two little sons. We had 2nd-grade science night the other evening. Made a volcano. Explored how to make invisible ink. The next night, at Scouts, we made a bird feeder. During which I experienced the singular joy of having my finger hammered by my eldest, Max. Damn, he knows how to let loose with the mighty mallet. Oh Thor, oh Odin! Which is why I’m so glad fingers are expendable.
But that’s all beside the point. Just to prolong the anticipation, don’t you know.
Here’s the actual point: Recently, there was a certain dekePod, where I made a promise. And there was a certain beloved member who nudged me to come through on my promise. To which I additionally promised deliver a posting Monday morning. Which turns out to have been a lie, b/c here it is Thursday morning. Which, for anyone with a calculator, is later in the week.
Anyway, rather than provide a long-winded description of the technique, I offer to you, members of dekeOnline, the real, actual Photoshop comp of the mysterious Natasha, retrofitted as l’objet petit a Captain Kirk.
But I have a challenge, and I’m suggesting this to just those of you who are dekeOnline members. And this challenge is very real, no screwing around:
- Download the PSD file of Natasha. (This is the 3rd link to the file, in case you clicked on one of the other ones.) She’s 12MB, so prepare for a time investment.
- Watch dekePod episode 009, “Sixties Space Siren.”
- Compare the many-layered Natasha file that you just downloaded to that movie. And be aware, the file is no pushover. It’s a layered file that contains a smart object that itself contains nearly a dozen more layers. Deep inside you’ll find the original image.
- Here’s your challenge: Reverse-engineer and write a detailed step-by-step description of how the final image was achieved (minus money effect), in classic One-on-One style. With figures. And context. And submit it as a comment to this dekeStuff post.
Whoever does the best job wins. There will be one and only one winner. I will announce that winner on Wednesday, Nov. 19 (in just a few days). The reward will not be a book or a video or a trinket. But rather, I will personally write you a check for $124.99 (the highest amount of money conceivable by the human brain) and mail that check to you, by standard snail-mail post. You can then frame it or cash it, up to you.
Wow, this is exciting. I feel so space-tingly.