It’s Just a Photoshop Fake!

Since putting the graphics up a few days ago, I’ve been inundated with emails and comments accusing me of using Photoshop to create a “fake” graphic of a HackBook nano Asus S101 running Mac OS X 10.5.7.

Well, my response is this – “Duh, yeah!!”.

In the absence of a studio where objects levitate against a completely white background, most will realise that the image has undergone some processing.

So, in the interest of setting the record straight, here are the original images I used as the basis for the graphic on the front page.

My original idea was to have an angled shot but it didn’t look good once I had isolated the image from the background so I rotated and warped it straight.  I then tried to adjust the colour to blend well with my site theme but in doing so, I messed up the OS X desktop.

By this point, it was past 1.00am, and not having the inclination to start over,  I took a screen dump of the S101 and pasted it on to the screen of the NetBook.  Wishing to get rid of the reflection of yours truly, I did the same with the Mac screen using the magnetic lasso to cut the hole for the S101. A final few tweaks to sharpen the screen edges then emboss and overlay the S101 keyboard to make it sharper and by 1.30am I was done.

So, the nay-sayers are right, the image IS a Photoshop fake, but hopefully this helps convince them that the S101 HackBook nano is real and that the work is original.

For anyone wishing to learn more about Photoshop and some of the truly amazing things it can do (like the graphics on this site!), I can thoroughly recommend the all colour book Photoshop CS4 for Dummies, or the video course, Graphics Champ.

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