Facebook Profile Hack

Posted on December 20th, 2010 by Jean

Artist Alexander Oudin is credited with creating the new Facebook phenomenon, profile hacking. In essence, beautifying fb profiles by cropping a single photo six times, tagging yourself in five, and making one your profile avatar.

Hundreds have jumped on the bandwagon, and the results are highly entertaining.

Applications are popping up to slice & dice your favorite photos, making a snazzy profile page. I used Pic Scatter to create mine using the awesome “Kitty In A Tree” picture from last week. Another app that looks handy is FBCrop.
If you’re like me, you’re going to waste spend a lot of your day uploading pics and playing around with these apps. Have fun, and let me know what you create!
Here are a couple I made yesterday while I could have been cleaning the house, watching football, and feeding my family.


Don’t blame me if you do not get all of your errands accomplished.
• Will you hack your FB profile?
• Would you rather friend request Burt Reynolds or Kim Kardashian’s Ass?
• Have you finished your Christmas shopping?

Photoshop Tips I: The Basics

Posted on May 14th, 2009 by Jean

I’m using CS2 for this demonstration. I’ve used Photoshop professionally for 7 years.

The Basics

File, Open, then select the photo you’d like to work on.

I chose the photo that has become my current avatar on MySpace and Facebook.

Before: Unretouched photo 

The first thing I want to do is lighten this photo. Select Image, Adjustments, Curves.

Place your icon on the line in the center of the grid, hold your mouse down, and slide the line up. You will notice the image getting lighter. Click OK, then repeat the process if necessary.

Resize the photo, making it smaller thus easier to upload and/or email. Image, Image Size.

Change Document Size, making sure Constrain Proportions and Resample Image are checked. When you adjust width, height will automatically adjust.

Crop your image using the Crop Tool. I’ve highlighted the tool in red below.

Hold your mouse down on the image and drag to select the portion of your photo that you are keeping. You can adjust your selection by using the weight points (squares that appear on the dashed line signifying your selection).

When you are happy with your selection, hit return.

Fun With Filters

Filters give your photos fun finishes, and are quick & easy to use. Select Filter, Artistic, and just click on the first one, Colored Pencil to get the ball rolling.

A new window will open, automatically previewing the changes to your photo. Click on the various options to see previews of the filter effects.

Click OK to choose a filter effect, or cancel to close the filter window.

When you save your photo, choose Save As and rename your photo. This ensures your original photo will not be altered.

The finished result:


If you have any questions or suggestions for the next installment, please let me know.

Thanks for reading!