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Post #961 • February 26, 2007, 8:21 AM • 13 Comments

The latest installment of The Moon Fell On Me has hit a snag that I can't figure out. The art was placed into Illustrator, traced by Live Trace, expanded, knocked out, and colored. It was then imported into Photoshop, cropped to size, saved as PNGs, and uploaded. Unfortunately, the crop tool (I think) is leaving pixel-wide discolorations at the edges, but not all the edges, and not every time. They're destroying the seemless blackness that I'm trying to create, and I've rebuilt the artwork twice in an unsuccessful attempt to eliminate them. Does anyone have any ideas? Oh webernets, I beseech you.

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1.

George

February 26, 2007, 9:05 AM

Franklin,

This sounds like an artifact caused by the image compression,
Since the files ate two color, try saving them as GIF's (using a 256 color table)
Also make sure that in Photoshop the original file, after cropping but before saving, doesn't have the artifacts. Usually if this occurs it's because "antialias" is inadvertantly checked for the tool being used.

2.

Franklin

February 26, 2007, 10:46 AM

Saving at PNG-24 instead of PNG-8 fixed it. Thank you, George.

3.

Franklin

February 26, 2007, 11:56 AM

And we're up. Ladies and germs, the latest installment of The Moon Fell On Me. Brought to you by George.

4.

wwc

February 26, 2007, 3:09 PM

Really nice Franklin - My scroll went slowly which was perfect for the story. That moonlight packs a punch.

5.

ahab

February 26, 2007, 9:09 PM

I, like Opie, thought Goodnight was sweet, and I quite enjoyed scrolling through it. The moonlight midway is an almost startling surprise. It's a pleasantly familiar narrative, yet somehow even though the whole thing is 'nice' I think it avoids trite cliche.

I hope it's okay if I critique a bit. I don't like frame four, and feel either four or five upsets an early rhythm - possibly because of the shift from white pants to black... ...oh, those are pyjamas. Well, anyway, it took of couple minutes studying those two frames and to either side to understand them. The rest I understood readily enough. The only other glitch I experienced was on frame sixteen. The upper head with its unsure (obscured) features looked a little comical, I thought, which caused me to mildly anticipate - wrongly - an ironic twist.

The series is eloquent, and I'm especially impressed by those blotches that achieve so much expressiveness both inside, outside and on both sides of their contours.

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wwc

February 26, 2007, 10:18 PM

My dear ahab,

While I'm flattered you mixed me up with Opie, but I am certainly no Opie. I'm more of a Barney Fife-like fellow.

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ahab

February 26, 2007, 10:26 PM

Flip back a thread and you'll see I was actually quoting Opie, wwc. But it's true, I agreed with you too.

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jm

February 26, 2007, 11:26 PM

Looks good Franklin - I like the edges the way they are.
As an aside, are you a registered Libertarian voter?

9.

Franklin

February 27, 2007, 8:16 AM

Thank you for the feedback, particularly to Ahab. There's this interesting line of comprehensibility that one can skirt, in that some transitions, if not obvious, can slow the reader down in a good, thoughtful way. On the other hand, making readers sit there and wonder what's going on isn't what I want. Fascinating medium.

Thanks, Jordan. I didn't actually register libertarian, although I thought about it seriously after Alberto Gonzalez said before a Senate committee that he didn't think the Constitution guaranteed habeas corpus. So I'm unregistered. If we get lucky, Ron Paul will win the Republican nomination, but I don't have the stomach to register Republican to help make it happen.

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wwc

February 27, 2007, 11:56 AM

Duh. Sorry ahab. Late night brain fuzziness. I guess I was wishful that someone would mix me up with Opie...

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I was there

February 27, 2007, 12:54 PM

Beautiful color
Beautiful sequencing
Beautiful smile

I'd like to see the sunrise sequel.

Silence is nice but a minimal audio track might heighten the experience.
a la casio tone or wind.

12.

Wowa

February 27, 2007, 4:56 PM

i agree with the audio track , that'll take it some place else.

13.

John

February 27, 2007, 7:40 PM

Not much chance of Ron Paul securing the nomination. The GOP has wholly abandoned its small government principles. But I'm getting off topic: awesome work, Franklin! Very romantic.

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