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Everyone is not just a designer, but also a photoshop expert too | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Everyone is not just a designer, but also a photoshop expert too


If you’ve ever visited this blog before you’re probably wondering why I’ve decided to show a poster to a movie that I’m never (ever) going to see. Well if you look closely or from a fair distance off you’ll notice all the tricks of a composed movie poster that is fairly flat and smudgy on the photoshop side. The tell-tale signs like the eyes, the lips, the weird proportions all make the poster seem kind of ignorable. However that’s not happening here – Dane Cook (center) writes from his myspace page (people still use that?) about some of the photoshop issues he has. He’s got ten issues that almost work as a cheat sheet for the next time you feel a bit dirty when you look at a movie poster. Below are a couple – read them all at www.danecook.com

4. Lips:
It looks like I’m wearing Maybelline Water Shine Diamonds Liquid Lipstick. My characters name is now Winter Solstice and I’m a hooker with a heart of gold. Jason is my floral carrying pimp, while Kate is my first trick!

7. Hair:
It’s actually a close up shot of Tom Sellecks Magnum P.I. mustache they photo-slapped on my noggin’.

I was going to ignore the whole poster, but when I came across a second sort of related but different article about actors complaining about how they’re promoted in posters Actors Slam Movie Poster Printing from Hotcards blog I thought it might be worth mentioning.

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  • http://sirjorge.com/blogx sir jorge

    what mr cook doesn't understand is the design side of the poster making business in hollywood. As a designer, I hated the head hunters from the studios, giving me work like this. It's not about creativity it's 100% what they tell you to do, even if you know it's horrible. Maybe Mr. Cook should get a real designer to himself, rather than allowing himself to be a puppet…then again…puppets get a lot of money

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    you do bring up an important point that i should have talked about. designers want to do good work, but when something doesn't come out well they're the first to be blamed when in reality there could have been a lot of other hands wanting to give input instead of leaving it up to someone w/ the skills. yes, nobody likes being the puppet but there's more to life than just design…