Strange Little Hobby

I have this thing about seeing incredibly easy to do things that people are charging money for. I can’t stand it when people apply a blue filter to a photo, save it as an action, then sell that action for $10. Drives me right up a wall. I’m a DIY kind of guy, and so my other strange little hobby is actually recreating some of those fairly easy effects. Mostly Photoshop actions and layer styles, Lightroom presets, that sort of thing. When I saw these for $6, and someone on Reddit asking for similar, I knew I had to recreate them. So, 15 minutes later…

XBOX 360 sized version

PS3 sized version

Made with CS5, saved with editable layers. Edit, print and enjoy.

If you’re wondering what on earth these are, they’re case art replacements for Xbox and PS3 games, designed to look like old school Penguin Books book covers. Now you can display your game collection right in the living room and your non-geek friends will think you’ve got a huge collection of classic paperbacks.


Ok, so, I have a confession, and a question. A Confestion. I’m an artsy guy, and as such the left side of my brain isn’t exactly in the driver’s seat when it comes to organization. I’ve managed to make a few attempts at organizing the collection, mostly the typical binders (albeit with interesting spines)…


Big October

So, October has come and gone and the card faeries have been especially kind. I made several trades, a couple group breaks, and the usually random ebay cheap pickups. I did manage to scan the break cards from both Sam and Ryan (thanks guys!) but I honestly have no idea where the files are and I’ve already filed the cards in my binders. Same goes for the two trades, again, with Sam and Ryan. Have I mentioned how awesome you guys are?  Anyway, as I mentioned before, it was one hell of a month. My freelance stuff finished up nicely and I’m waiting on two nice checks to arrive. I hoping to save those up for some crazy Black-Friday card shenanigans.

As for the rest of my cards, since I couldn’t find the files, I rescanned what I still had on my desk. That’s what I have for sharing today.



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