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In the blog below, we were talking about the best banner for neo. Bill suggested that we use a combination of photos of vintage hardware (which we gratefully have in abundance), and images of ourselves. I'm going to ask those of us with artistic talent to begin thinking about some possible designs and eventually start coming up with drafts. I think at this point, it might be best just to send a bunch of photos and images to our artists and let them play around for awhile.

Everyone, please send some good images and photos that you'd like to see on the banner to e.bartonopoulos aT gmail.com. I'm not sure yet if we'll want to use our actual photos (perhaps p-shopped) or drawings, but try to send some very nice representative photos as well.

Bill, you might want to chime in here with an email address for Christina as well. I'm not sure how much time she has on her hands these days to work on something like this, but wouldn't it be great if she and Elizabeth could actually collaborate on this? I've seen Elizabeth's work and she's gotten worlds better since last time. I think you'll be impressed.

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Bill Loguidice
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Taking Photographs This Week

Well, as "luck" would have it, I'm taking photos now for the book, so I have a good opportunity to provide some stuff. I'll take extras and send them along. The only catch is, they can get quite large, so I'll likely zip them and use www.yousendit.com . I'll be doing Atari 2600 stuff tonight, so that should be a good start. Last night was Fairchild VES/Channel F stuff. It might be a little while before I get a picture of me though, but we'll deal with that once we have some of the other stuff going. It's a very, very busy week for me, as I'm trying to get another book section to the publisher, my arcade cabinet is coming tomorrow morning and I have to be in NYC on business on Wednesday, etc.

QUICK QUESTION, MATT: Obviously for the book, I remove all the backgrounds from the stuff I photograph. This can be a bit time consuming. It would be easier for me to just send the "raw" image file and have someone else remove the backgrounds (each picture is on a white or green background, as appropriate). Will that be acceptable?
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Matt Barton
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Should be

Yes, I would think so. Elizabeth is becoming something of a photoshop wizard, so I'm sure she'd be able to do what you describe. I, on the other hand, am baffled by that program. Dpaint IV, oh, those were the days.

Elizabeth said the soonest she could be able to work on this stuff was Spring break, which happens next week (by the Dog!)

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Bill Loguidice
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Christina's e-mail is

Christina's e-mail is christina@billandchristina.com , however, she's neither an artist nor a Photoshop person. She contributed an article for the last issue of Armchair Arcade and is a professional medical editor, running the "Surgical Rounds" journal. I'm sure she'd be happy to help in any way she can, though, just not graphically I'm afraid.
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The easiest way to do it in PS

The easiest way to do it in PS is to open the image, unlock the layer, use the Magic Wand tool, then save the finished file as a PNG to save the transparency. Could be another file format that's more widely accepted...

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That's the basic method,

That's the basic method, yes, though I save them as JPG, just uncompressed, since that's how they come from the camera. You still have to be careful and do the occasional detail work as even on a purely neutral background it doesn't always extract properly or it does too much. Still, playing with the tolerance certainly helps.
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