It’s time to stop blogging and go outside. There are no more ways you can photoshop a cat. You’ve done them all. Maybe take a vacation. I hear Mars is nice this time of year. Or perhaps you can get that testicle rejuvenation you’ve always wanted. Low hanging balls are really a turn off to the alien space babes. So stop trying to refresh tumblr. Those error messages will be there when you get back. Close your space computer and get your ass to Mars. Okay?
How can I make my own “Deal With It” pictures? I hope it doesn’t involve photoshop, cause I don’t have that :C
Photoshop would come in handy, as it is one of the most powerful and capable gif editors around, but it is not necessary to make a simple gif as you have described. You can do it all with free software even. First you will need an image editing program that does layers. Paint.net for PC is quite good. GIMP works for PC, Mac, and Linux, but the learning curve is a bit steep. It can also make your gif animation if you have the time to learn it. Google “GIMP gif animation tutorial” and you should find the info you need. And lastly, you can even use an online image editor called Aviary which is actually quite powerful for an online application.
Basically what you need to do is create individual frames of animation. So let’s take the glasses dropping down as an example. Get your main image and load it up as the background layer. Then you’ll need to create a new layer above it. Draw in your sunglasses or cutout an image you have found elsewhere. Get them properly positioned over the character’s eyes. Type your “Deal with it” text at the bottom and save that out as something like image001.jpg. Delete the “deal with it” text and then move the glasses directly upward a smidge. Say 10-20 pixels. And save that as image002.jpg. Keep doing this using the same amount of space upward each time until the glasses are out of frame. By the end you will have maybe 10-15 images saved.
Now it’s time to create your gif from these images. I like Ulead Gif animator, but you will have to acquire it through torrents as it is no longer made. Adobe imageready works too. You might be able to find an old copy on ebay or on torrent sites. And Adobe Fireworks is another option. But none of those are free per say. And if you can’t figure out how to work GIMP there is another option that is fairly user friendly. http://imator.com/ is an online gif creator that is quite easy to use and has a fair number of customizations available. Take the images you saved and load them in reverse, one by one. Then just follow their directions and create your gif. Keep in mind tumblr’s gif restrictions of 500px wide and 512kb and you’ll be golden.
I realize that is a long drawn out explantation, but gifs are tedious to make no matter how you do it.
¡Hola El Señor Rana! If you had to visit anther country and your only two choices would be Venezuela and Pakistan, Where would you go? I really enjoy your unprofessional Photoshopping, keep up the acceptable work!
This could be a joke, or a compliment gone horribly wrong. First, your question.
Venezuela…due to it being less “nuclear”.
Now let’s address this unprofessional thing. My shops are as professional as the images allow. In a perfect world I would have high resolution elements all with matching lighting, sharpness, and all photographed at the proper angles. But that is rarely the case. Most of the time I’ll have one blurry screencap from 10 years ago and a blown out photo taken with a flash. If I can make it so the first thing you focus on is the joke and not the quality of the shop, then I have done my job. There are a few occasions in which all the elements match up in a perfect storm and I assure you, when that happens, my work is quite “professional.” I’m a capable graphic artist and I have been paid for my work on several occasions.
Now if you were making a joke, kindly ignore all of that.
FROGGYMAN!!! I had a dream about you. It was really weird, because you’re not even a tumblr person that I’m in close contact with and I usually just laugh at your posts, sometimes reblog, and move on, ya know? But in my dream, I asked you a question via askbox and you showed up at my house to answer and I was like “OMG FROGMAN” and gave you a hug and we talked for a bit and then you were like “ok I’m feeling fatigued I have to go home and lie down now” and I felt bad that you came ALLL that way just to answer my question, but also it was really cool and you made my day! I wish I could remember more, but it’s fading fast… so sad but um… THAANKS FROGGY FOR ANSWERING MY QUESTIONS IN PERSON AND SAYING HI AND GIVING ME A HUG!!!
That was no dream, my friend. This answer is coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE.
You should learn an instrument and join Four Year Strong. (Y)
Well, I’ve played guitar for 12 years. I’m guessing that should work. But why Four Year Strong? Hmm. *googles*
OHHHHHHHH! I get it.
I just had a dream, Steve Jobs and a pregnant lady Gaga were fighting over a green ipad. Should I seek professional help?
Freud would say that Steve Jobs is you. Pregnant Lady Gaga is your mother. And the green iPad represents your penis. What does this mean? Well, you impregnated your crazy mother with your green penis. So that’s perfectly normal. The only professional help I would seek is a urologist because penises aren’t supposed to be green.
Do you think hairless kittens are cute, or just regular kittens?
What in crap’s name…that’s a kitten? I love kittens, but this one is testing that love. Why is it wrinkly!? Anything that is born looking 284 years old creeps me out. But, if someone gave it to me, I would love it as I should. I might buy it some sweaters…and maybe a tiny ski mask, but I would love it.
bit random… but I saw your “tiny mistake” in your graphics project post and it reminded me of islamic art where they deliberately put a mistake in their designs because they believe only god is perfect. That is all :)
That’s actually quite clever. People give Islam a bad rap, but there is good and bad stuff just like any other religion. Unfortunately I don’t think I can blame Slinky Dog’s missing eyebrow on my religious beliefs. His Noodly Appendage has no such tradition.
I will have to keep that a secret from myself as any mention of such a thing would make me absolutely impossible to be around.
I feel like I’m missing some context here. Feel free to write in again and tell me what the crap you’re talking about. Thanks!
Can you explain why this blog is your job?
Because of my Chronic Fatigue I have to spend most of the day in bed. That’s not very conducive to your typical 9-5 occupation. I also can only work in spurts of a couple of hours at a time before I have to rest. So I have been on disability for quite some time. It doesn’t pay very much and it’s challenging making ends meet. I say this blog is my job because it is something I can do from my bed. I can take breaks when I need to. I still work 8-10 hours a day. And it isn’t all fun. The images I create take hours. They are WORK. I don’t press a magic photoshop button. And no, I don’t get paid right now. Neither does tumblr. Why do they get to say they have jobs and I don’t? But like tumblr, I don’t plan on not getting paid for very long. It takes time to build something before it can be profitable. So right now, I’m building. And maybe in a couple of years I won’t need to take disability money anymore. That’s my hope anyway.
The “old lady” on Oxygen was Sue Johanson - and she was inducted into the order of Canada, just to let you know. Crap. This isn’t a question. Umm… you’re cool! Yay!
What does she get for being in the Order of Canada? Is she Dame Sue Johanson? Does she get any prizes? Free Tom Horton’s? A pure bred attack moose? Well, in any case, she is a horny old broad that makes me think of sex and my grandma simultaneously and I am not a fan of that.
How did you get so many followers? I can’t even get one!
I explained how I got my followers earlier, but if you are interested in how YOU can get followers I would advise you a little differently.
Interaction is the key when first starting out. Find a bunch of blogs you like and follow them. Try to find 20-50. The next step is to be generous with your likes and reblogs. Give good feedback and make sure you always credit who you reblog from.
Now you must get peoples’ attention. Ask them questions, reply to their posts. Make your presence known. Tumblr is a community more than it is a blogging platform. If you stay a quiet observer and don’t interact you might go unnoticed. So join in the fun and SAY STUFF! Once you do this you will get new followers.
Pick a nice clean theme. Nothing too distracting.
Avoid monster reblogs that shoot off the side of the dashboard.
Post more pictures than anything else.
Blog your passions.
Make an effort to find new content outside of tumblr.
Take time to write your captions. “OMG LOL” is not a caption. Add something to the image that attaches your identity to it. Silly, serious, whatever suits you.
Let people know they are doing a good job. Positive feedback is always welcome.
AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU HAVE AUTOPLAY MUSIC ON YOUR BLOG.
How did you get cfs? I have it too, but mine was caused from Lyme Disease.
For those who don’t know, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is thought to be triggered by an infection of some kind. A sort of catalyst that initiates the illness within you. Being able to pinpoint the infection that caused the CFS can often be tricky. We all get sick from time to time and we don’t really keep track of every sickness we contract. Lyme Disease is definitely something you are more likely to remember.
I’m not positive how my Chronic Fatigue Sydrome was triggered, but I do have a theory. When I was 17 I had surgery to correct my deviated septum. Surgeries are often hard on your immune system and leave you open to infection. There are two very common infections with CFS sufferers…Epstein Barr and HHV-6. Later on I found out that I tested positive for HHV-6. I’ll tell you what it stands for, but there is a word in the middle that has a bit of a stigma. IT’S NOT THAT. Human Herpesvirus 6 is completely different than herpes simplex virus, which is commonly referred to as just “herpes.” HHV-6 is not found in bodily fluids of that nature. Not even saliva. Most likely I had the virus inside me in a dormant state since birth and the surgery “knocked it loose,” if you will. My immunosurpressed state gave it a chance to reactivate, do it’s thing, and catalyze my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Fun stuff.
I started out like anyone else. For the first 3 months I only had 30 followers. I was still figuring out what worked and what didn’t. I did a lot of experimentation. Eventually I figured out what people responded to and was able to focus. I work hard on my blog. It is my full time job, though I don’t get paid for it…YET. Each photoshop takes 1-4 hours and I post 2 originals minimum per day. I spend several hours each day searching for pictures to post. I look at my entire dashboard to find good reblogs and I also make sure I don’t repost something that is floating around on tumblr already. I don’t catch them all, but I do my best. All in all, I’d say I work between 6-12 hours per day on my blog. I communicate with my followers, I make an effort to be accessible by twitter, email, tumblr, formspring. I also submit my most popular posts to sites like slightlyamusing & The Daily What and about a dozen other non-tumblr websites. By submitting it myself I can assure the credit stays with me. And this is something you can all do. Johnny from TDW and Bragi from slightlyamusing look at everything you send them. If you have ever gotten mad that they posted something you already found, next time you have something cool, send them a message. Their contact info is on their sites.
So how did I get popular? Luck, communication, talent, high standards of quality, submissions to more popular sites, and lots and lots of hard work.
But your site doesn’t have to be popular. Tumblr is just as fun and addictive with 100 followers as it is with 1000. In fact there are some aspects I miss about having a smaller following. It’s much harder to respond to all the feedback I get. I have less time to meet and talk to new people. I can no longer follow everyone that follows me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m very happy with my success. Entertaining and making people laugh is my passion as a comedian and I would like to make this my career. Building a large audience is important for that. The more people I make laugh, the more it becomes like crack to me. Being a famous comedian has been my dream since I was 14. I’ve never wavered. I’ve never thought about doing anything else. But this may not be your purpose. The most important piece of advice I can give you is to blog your passions. Blog what you like. You will get the most out of your experience if you do. You will meet like-minded people and make amazing friends for life. So if you aren’t looking to be a career blogger, be proud of your 30, 40, 100 followers and give them your care and attention. And if that is all the followers you ever get, that’s okay. I assure you the tumblr experience is just as satisfying.
I get a lot of people saying the nicest things to me. I don’t post them all, but they all make me feel amazing inside. I’ve seen a couple of other popular bloggers flood their feed with all the praise they receive and responding with nothing more than “Thanks!”
I’ll be honest, I don’t care for that. I feel like there is no substance and you are just rubbing your popularity in peoples’ faces. Pick 2 or 3 of the best ones, respond with something meaningful and perhaps private message your thanks to the others. The reason I am posting this one is because of the proper use of “you’re”. You would not believe how many of these I get that are…
OMG your funnee!
Your so awesome!
Your my favorite blogger evar!
Your beard is on fire!
Actually, that last one came in handy and was grammatically correct. I, too, have succumb to misusing your and you’re, but we all need to make an effort to eliminate this problem. Because it is annoying.
These past few days have been some of the most physically challenging days I’ve had in a long time. I know I joked about getting that cold and pretended to get loopy off Robitussin, but with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome you aren’t out of the woods when the cold passes. My body needed a great deal of energy to fight and kill that cold. Energy I didn’t really have to spare. So in the aftermath I am left trying to slowly recover that energy and get back to a more tolerable place. It’s a hard sort of misery to describe. It’s not pain. It doesn’t hurt. But imagine all the organs, systems, muscles, everything in your body that require energy. Right now they are all fighting each other for any scraps of energy my cells can deliver. This indescribable feeling of the battle inside me is hard to ignore. Hard to put out of my mind. I try to sleep through most of it, but I can’t sleep all of the time. I just lay in my bed, fighting back the tears, and checking out my dashboard to see what all of you crazy kids are up to.
I’m not sure what I did before I had tumblr. Being a part of your lives has been a sort of godsend to me. I see you when you’re happy, grumpy, sad. I feel like you are part of some crazy internet family we have created. I think it’s the one thing that helps keep me sane in times like this. I sometimes have reservations about telling you all when I’m not doing so hot. I have a chronic illness and I’m going to have bad days. But I’m the funny bearded guy that is supposed to make everyone laugh. I brighten peoples’ days. So should I keep the bad days to myself? I don’t know.
The other day a fairly popular tumblr called me a sensitive tart. That didn’t feel too great. I’ve tried to be nice to this person. Keep the peace. But I was so tired and couldn’t take it anymore. Against my better judgement I lashed out. I’m not sure if there will be repercussions to that or not. I don’t think I was too out of line though. And no I’m not going to tell you who it was. Sorry.
I’m probably going into light blogging mode for a few days. Hopefully I can regain my strength and get back to my jolly ways. I just wanted to put this out there and see what happened. I love you guys. I really do. You make my life tolerable. You save my life every day. Thank you for that.