A thing of beauty.



  • This is an image I came across it work today. Bear in mind this is the front page of a current advertising brochure, printed and mailed out by the thousands. Somebody said "yeah, that's good enough", saved the image and closed photoshop, and somebody else said "Like that" and committed it to the front page of their brochure.

    No, really. They did.

    I can't see anything wrong with it. Can you?



  • Well, it's in French.



  • There is town/village in France that is called Saisies. Saisies means seizures or foreclosure make "vous avez tout saisies" a rather strange sentence.



  • Maybe you're looking at the mouse cursor they put in there?

    The upside down 'i' looks like, uh, I forget what that's called, but it's a dumb plot device in a Dan Brown novel.

    But my job has nothing to do with graphics or publishing, so maybe I'm just out of my league here.


  • SockDev

    Yeah, I see the thing you mean, where it has 180 degrees rotational symmetry.


  • :belt_onion:

    The part where he's riding his... skatescooterboard backwards?


    Filed Under: taking a guess before I read the rest now that I read what I put, it reads as skatescooterboard... yar.

  • :belt_onion:

    @boomzilla said:

    mouse cursor

    This would be my second guess? But I think it's intentional to get the computer website idea across?


  • SockDev

    Yeah the mouse cursor is intentional (and looks backwards to me)

    I am confused by the extra from Caddyshack however.


  • :belt_onion:

    Tis a marmot, not a groundhog.


  • SockDev

    It looks like it's missing a golf course to cause havoc on, whatever it is.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    So, a marmota marmota instead of a marmota monax?


  • SockDev

    That sounds like pedantic dickweedery. I approve.



  • @darkmatter said:

    This would be my second guess? But I think it's intentional to get the computer website idea across?

    Me, too, but I can't figure out what @tufty seems to think is so egregious.

    @darkmatter said:

    The part where he's riding his... skatescooterboard backwards?

    I think that's actually the right way to ride it. I know I'd rather have the extra weight on the back end than the front if I were riding one of those.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    We use marmota marmota as a standard example in some of the presentations we do at work, because it's fluffy and cute and a potentially disastrous invader if the climate changes substantially. D'awwww!



  • @boomzilla said:

    Me, too, but I can't figure out what @tufty seems to think is so egregious.

    OK, let's start with our friend marmota marmota. He's local, which is fine, but he's been truncated and crudely pasted onto the grass. It's hardly surprising, they live in burrows, and it's rare to see their hind legs.

    Now, if we compare his height with the draglift pylons on the left (by extrapolation), we notice something amusing. He appears to be somewhere between 6 and 10 feet high. That's quite big for a marmot.

    Now, again, we compare his shadow to that of the bush (actually a small tree, I know the location) on the left, we note that whilst the tree's shadow is hard edged (being, y'know, an actual shadow), our "little" friend the marmot has a crudely photoshopped in bit of blurry smudge. We also note that it doesn't tie in with the angle of the actual shadow in the photo, nor that of the sunshine what's somehow illuminating the marmot.

    So we have giant marmot that's been planted like a flower, and 3 suns. One of which is enormously diffuse. So far so good.

    Now for the "skatescooterboard". The direction is more or less correct, but the photo has been rotated (it's quite clearly a phot of a child going downhill on a mountainboard). Thus, "local gravity" for the child is acting at something between 30 and 45 degrees from vertical. And the child is illuminated from the right, increasing our "sun count" to 4. But what's that I see? Another crudely added "shadow" directly under the board? Make that 5 suns.

    Going by the latter shadow, we can place the child at the same depth in the photo as our friend the giant, truncated marmot. So he must be around 30 feet high.

    Now we have the fabulous "nyan cat" motion blur. This is, without doubt, the work of a master photoshopper. However, there's no blur on the wheels, so they obviously aren't rotating. How long has the 30 foot child been in flight?

    There are other glitches as well. Bad lassoing on the lower left wheel, the lake has obviously been floodfilledto a glorious azure, and so on. Its probably the laziest piece of photoshopping I've ever seen.



  • Oh, and "vous avez tout saisies" is a play on words, it means literally "you've understood everything" ("saisie" in the sense "understand" or "grasp")


  • SockDev

    It's far from the laziest piece of Photoshop I've ever seen. It's almost passable compared to some of them.



  • @Arantor said:

    It's almost passable compared to some of them.

    I suppose I'm in the target audience, graphically speaking, 'cause I don't really notice any of that. Not my particular zip code, OCD-wise, I guess.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @tufty said:

    the lake has obviously been floodfilledto a glorious azure

    I might give them a pass on that point; I've seen lakes that exact colour. It depends on getting the right angle and the sky being that hue, but it definitely happens (and it's pretty glorious when it does).

    However, I wonder what things did they remove from the picture?



  • @dkf said:

    However, I wonder what things did they remove from the picture?

    Nothing I can tell (like I said, I know the location), although the picture itself is almost exactly 5 years old



  • Based on his feet, it looks like he's doing a frontside 360.



  • @tufty said:

    printed and mailed out by the thousands

    That is probably the funniest part - that they still use postal mail in 2014 😄


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