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Photoshop for Christmas

December 27, 2011

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. I know I did. The family was all together again, making this thirty straight years that we’ve all managed to be together for Christmas.

Things went pretty well presents-wise, though we’re collectively getting to the point of not knowing what to buy each other because we mostly have what we want. Gift cards are awesome, as are thoughtful people. That brings me to my brother, who gave me one of his old Macs. He’s a graphic designer, and a good one, and so the Mac had a copy of Photoshop CS2 on it. We spent a couple hours the next day going through and making a brand new cover for Pollymorphed, because holy wow did it need a new cover.

Old cover on the left (the one that I made). New cover on the right. SEE?

So yeah. Awesome. He’s available for freelance cover work, btw. Just send me an email at and I’ll hook y’all up.

Anyway, took him a while because he had to stop and explain things to me. I have the attention span of a concussed duckling sometimes, so while I picked up some of what he was doing, I didn’t get nearly all of it. So today I fired up good old Photoshop to make a new cover and immediately started floundering. It was like watching a caveman try to hammer a nail into a piece of wood using only a laptop. I realize that my brother has umpteen years of training and damn near daily hard experience with the program, but geez, guys. It must be easier to launch a space shuttle.

So I went to the gym and worked out the frustration, and on the way home I realized that I could get a book about the subject. Duh-hur. Sure enough, Amazon had a For Dummies book on the very program I now possess. A few clicks and there it was on my other computer’s Kindle app. Now I can flail much more effectively, and best of all, the fifteen bucks I spent on the book will be tax-deductible since it’s a business expense. Woo hoo!

Quick reminder from the last post: the book Changing My Channel is brand-new. It’s about a guy who wakes up to find out that he’s pledged to join the frat where he partied himself into unconsciousness the night before. He also finds out that he’s now wearing a ring that he can’t take off, a ring that means that the full-fledged frat brothers can alter his body and make him do things that he might not otherwise have considered. Anyone who follows this link and enters the coupon code CW88W can get a free copy between now and the end of 2011. Cheers!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2012 15:14

    Is the coupon expires?

    • January 6, 2012 14:30

      Nope! In response to the excellent response I’ve had from the folks over at TGComics, I’m leaving the coupon until the end of January. Cheers!

  2. January 29, 2012 07:13

    As a (slightly underemployed) freelance graphic designer, I’m happy to see an author who gets that there is a lot to it. I can count the clients I’ve had who genuinely appreciated what I did for them on one hand, and I promise you, that does things to your head, even when you know your work is good.

    As a fellow writer, I would like to say I quite enjoyed ‘Exchange’, the short story you included in the USC5 antho. Finding pretty solid plot and character development in erotica of any stripe is a pleasant surprise.

    So there you go, that oddest of oddities, critical (if brief) praise. Looking forward to reading more, when time and funds permit.

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