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My first political "photoshop"...comments?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Jim March, Mar 14, 2003.

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  1. Jim March

    Jim March Member

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    Hi all...I'm working on a document on the California CCW system, needed a graphic and rolled this:

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    Tools: Irfanview, Win98 Paint :).
     
  2. foghornl

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    Pretty good, Mr. March...

    And I like the Vaquero in the scale pan.
     
  3. Tamara

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    It's a little hard to make out what's on the other side of the scale. The whole thing's a little too "washed-out", I think.
     
  4. Viking6

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    Are those rolls of money? What is the significance?
     
  5. Jim March

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    Ya, cash. That's what it takes to score the permit :).

    Maybe I got too "artsy" though. Found the Irfanview "filters" and went "oooh, neat!". All three elements started out as photos :)..

    It's clearer in the print version (intended use) or on a larger scale.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Quantrill

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    OK, I get the point. But I don't think the average sheeple would. Quantrill
     
  7. Tamara

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    It takes that much money to buy a Vaquero?
     
  8. 45R

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    Too much money not enough gun?
     
  9. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Moderator Emeritus

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    No offense, Jim, but it looks like a drawing, not a photo. I don't like it.
     
  10. Jim March

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    Yea. Too "artsy".

    Oh well.
     
  11. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Moderator Emeritus

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    Well, I haven't used Photoshop, but I have used other photo manipulation packages, and Iv'e found you can goof with an image to the point it really looks like crap. Most times less is more.
     
  12. Quartus

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    Very hard to make out the money as money. Even if you used a very big, clear dollar sign, I don't think the point is clear.


    Sorry, buddy! :(
     
  13. 45R

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    Keep trying Jim...sooner or later the point will come across.
     
  14. Mauserlady

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    Just my little ole [​IMG] here...

    We know it takes big bucks to score a CCW here in Cali... Why not put an image of one behind the gun and make the scales be even.

    To me that would represent what I know you're trying to get across... "You too can have a CCW if you have this much money"
     
  15. gun-fucious

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    Stop!
    Place your hands on the top of your head and
    Step away from the filter/stylize/find edges menu!
     
  16. Jim March

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    :D

    "Put DOWN the filter tool and come out with your HANDS UP!"

    :p

    Oh well.
     
  17. Phil Ca

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    Jim, I have had a CCW permit for over 20 some odd years and never donated to any campaign for the local sheriff either. In fact when I got the permit the first time the then undersheriff spent a good 20 to 30 minutes re-reviewing my application, going down the hall to confer with someone else and finally issuing the permit.

    At the time I had to submit two letters from people that knew me and would vouch for me. I also had to give copies of my DD214s and show a letter on a office letter head. At that time I was a federal officer and a police reserve officer but that did not guarantee me a CCW. I also had a police firearms instructor license and had to provide that as well. I have been retired from the federal job for about 6 years and from the reserve job a couple of months.

    Now after 25 years at that location I have moved. I am in another place and in a town not the county. When I talked to the sargeant at the local PD he said that the chiefs of the twn I live in and the neighboring one were not issuing permits but allowing the sheriff of the county to do that. He said I should have no problem getting a renewel and if I had a problem to come back and see him.

    I went to see the person at the county and he gave me a 18 or 20 page application with all sorts of rules and laws to read as well. The permit here will cost 103 dollars as opposed to 50 for two years at the other county.

    If it is denied there is always the original permit given to us all of us some years ago.



    :cool:
     
  18. OF

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    Don't quit your day job, Jim. ;)

    Get Oleg to make some stuff for you. Your sketch would make a fine concept piece for him to work from.

    - Gabe
     
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    Not bad. How's about a coupla suggestions:

    1. Replace Vaquero with a human figure holding a gun and the words CCW permit on that person.

    2. Have a person holding the scales and put a label on that person: Label should read politician or Sherrif/Chief of Police. Make sure to put an evil/greedy smile on said scale-holding scumbag.
     
  20. BigG

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    How bout dead bodies rather than a gun in the pan being outweighed by money? You can use words to describe the gun not available might have saved these folks but they didn't have the money to comply with the regs.
     
  21. Don Gwinn

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    Why not photoshop the sherriff on a street corner doing the standard "Super-Suave Secret Handpass" standard drug dealing maneuver, palming a wad of bills while passing a CCW to a guy in a suit? If they both look nervous enough, it could work.

    That one gives the impression that the money is the price of the pistol, as Tamara has pointed out already.
     
  22. schmo

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    To be honest, this graphic doesn't make it and no amount of discussion here will save it.

    But if you really want to work on an effective graphic... email me.
     
  23. Sven

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    VERY few people know what "CCW" means... especially the people you may be trying to convince. Make sure you don't alienate yourself by using 'insider' lingo.

    I agree that a photo would look better.
     
  24. Standing Wolf

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    You have a good concept, but the illustration needs to be instantly understandable and instantly convincing.
     
  25. The Mayor

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    Is it too late to revert to the original photo? If you can post the original and let fellow members have a shot at manipulating the photo. I just started fooling arouind with photo-shop and can spend hours acomplising nothing.
     
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