If he’s honest with himself, the cat will admit that this toilet paper tube is now 100% more entertaining than it was when he first started playing with it. (When it was still just a tube. That’s so boring. We can do better than that.)
I made that spiraling dangly thing just for him. Is he grateful? Not that I can tell.
The above photograph was bad from the start (poor lighting), and I over-brightened and over-sharpened it in Photoshop, just to make it somewhat viewable. Anyway, it’s still a bad photo, but something about it started to intrigue me. I liked the shapes, and the shadow of the spiral.
I decided to mess around with Photoshop filters. The Cutout filter yielded this…
…which was kind of interesting, but not enough on its own. I took the Cutout file and copied it into a file with the original photo. With the Cutout on a layer above the original, and the Blending mode set to Multiply, I ended up with this:
Which is an improvement on the original, I think. The same file, but with the Blending Mode set to Exclusion results in this:
Returning to the original photo, I used a filter that I have never had any success with. The Stained Glass filter. Always a disaster. So, why even bother trying it? That’s the triumph of hope over experience. And…
OMG! I really kind of love that!
Every time I use Photoshop filters I hear voices in my head, the clamor of professionals saying, Take a competent picture to begin with! Filters are cheating! And I get what they’re saying. I really do.
On the other hand, this started out as a toilet paper tube. You know?