Playing around in photoshop

How’s this for a header?

I know, I know, the whale is black, but I kinda like it.

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7 Responses to Playing around in photoshop

  1. dave says:

    Photo credit:

    Humpback whale flipping tail off coast of Moloka’i, Hawai’i taken January 20, 2005 by Jim Harper.

    This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 1.0 License.

  2. Bud Parr says:

    Hate to state the obvious, but you can make the whale white in photoshop.

  3. Bud Parr says:

    This is a great project, like the Samuel Pepy’s Diary (, I think it’s a great use of blog technology.

    Question: Are you going to be typing the text (I hope that’s not an absurd question) or you copying it from Gutenberg or someplace like that? Also, are you going to be commenting yourself (and if so, in the comments section, or on the site? (sorry if you answered these already elsewhere)


  4. dave says:

    Yeah, yeah, I know I can make it white… I was more just excited that I found a whale photo I could use without clearing copyright.

    I remember the Pepys diary project. I should probably check it out. I think this is a bit different because what I’m trying to do is to duplicate or improve on the paper book experience by using a bloglike interface.

    I will definitely be commenting on the text myself (which I’m downloading from PG, not typing!), in the comments section.

  5. Bud Parr says:

    What was I thinking – typing? Anyway, sounds interesting and I love MB.

  6. Anne says:

    oh, Dave, make it white…please!!! (I don’t know how to write that in the cheerful nagging tone of a child, but that’s the intent.) Otherwise, very cool.

    What other features are you adding? Annotations like at Pepys? Links to scholarship? Occasions for readerly debate? How much of a book club is it going to be? How much of a resource for readers?

  7. dave says:

    Book club? I hadn’t really thought of it that way. It’s really more of a thought experiment for myself, and if others would like to come along for the ride, I’m happy to include them.

    I’m not thinking of it as exactly a resource for readers, except that it’s a resource that will allow people to read the book. I’m not going to be putting in any “extra” scholarly information myself, other than my own impressions of the book.

    I did play around this morning with making the whale white. I’m no photoshop whiz, and I have to say, it’s harder than you’d think. If any loyal readers of WM have suggesions on how to make the whale white (or want to volunteer their own labor), it’d be greatly appreciated.

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