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April 16, 2005

Better Living Through Photoshop

I don't know how most of you access this page - whether or not you've bookmarked directly to this portion of my site, or if you come in through the root URL, highwaygirl.com. If you've linked directly to this page, you may have missed the facelift that I gave the home page this evening.

Well, actually, it was a joint effort. Eric and I spent the better part of two hours working on it. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) we're both total perfectionists when it comes to things like this. The bulk of the work was done within a half hour or so, but then we spent the rest of the time tweaking it and making sure it was absolutely letter perfect.

Here's a before and after, starting with the old home page:

Old home page

And here's the new one:

New home page

I have to admit - I am in love with it. I think it looks so much more inviting and warm and dynamic. There's a sense of movement in it, whereas the original version was much more static in comparison.

Eric gets most of the credit, though. He found the photo, and came up with the idea to use three unequal panels (since the main portion of the road was on the right side). He also did the actual splicing of the photo, and in a triptych like this that is really the most difficult part.

I only tweaked the code, did a little cropping, and redid the small "highwaygirl" logo at the bottom. The finished product is about 65% Eric's work and 35% my own.

Still - we make a damn good team. The dueling perfectionism paid off nicely, I think.

Posted by Highwaygirl on April 16, 2005 12:09 AM to the category Geek Love

Very nice, hwg & Eric.

I love the way time just passes when immersed in a Photoshop (or web) project.

Posted by: lifeonhold at April 17, 2005 01:15 PM

I am totally digging the new picture - it's gorgeous!


Posted by: Karyn at April 17, 2005 06:30 PM

I am totally digging the new picture - it's gorgeous!


Posted by: Karyn at April 17, 2005 06:30 PM

OK, I'm a lameass. Sorry for the double post.


Posted by: Karyn at April 17, 2005 06:31 PM

Thanks for the positive feedback! I'm quite pleased with how it turned out too.

Posted by: Eric at April 17, 2005 07:16 PM

Spiffy! I like the photo, too. Nice job.

Posted by: Kat at April 18, 2005 12:07 PM

Nice pic, to be sure.


Ultimately, just where does this highway lead? Is this the "Road to Hell", as Chris Rea describes?

Stood still on a highway
I saw a woman
By the side of the road
With a face that i knew like my own
Reflected in my window
Well she walked up to my quarterlight
And she bent down real slow
A fearful pressure paralysed me in my shadow
She said 'son what are you doing here
My fear for you has turned me in my grave'
I said 'mama i come to the valley of the rich
Myself to sell'
She said 'son this is the road to hell'

On your journey cross the wilderness
From the desert to the well
You have strayed upon the motorway to hell


Great song, too.

Posted by: AuntieChrist at April 18, 2005 12:39 PM

ohh very nice, just leads the eye so nicely. very cool!

Posted by: Helen at April 19, 2005 12:01 AM
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