Johnny’s Workshop

April 3, 2007

Capture of Saddam Hussein

Filed under: Photoshop — april15th @ 9:40 pm

Just an old family photograph of ours. Over the years, Dad has done so much to make us proud but this was a particularly special moment.

3rd Instance



  1. Believe it or not SH may still have some mates around .
    Do you want to be an orphan son? Or are you just after the family inheritance. Now I’ll have to dye my hair ( what’s left of it ) or pull the rest out to be safe from some angry Sh’ites.
    By the way that’s a good picture of my head. When was it taken?

    Comment by Dad — April 3, 2007 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

  2. There’s a family inheritance? This is news to me.

    Also, what do you mean, “When was it taken”? December 13th, 2003, of course.

    Comment by april15th — April 3, 2007 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  3. At first glance, I thought your dad was Matt Lauer! Maybe because I’ve seen so few pictures of your dad, I didn’t recognize him, but seriously, there’s a resemblance!

    Hey, I was thinking of potential disguises for your dad, and I figured the more inconspicious, the better. What about this? He might get a ring for an offer to do a crap movie every now and then, but at least he’d be safe from the angry Sh’ites!

    (Yay! My first ever hyperlink!)

    Comment by canadiansheri — April 4, 2007 @ 12:14 am | Reply

  4. Look at little Guido with his Saddam. I’m so proud of him.

    Comment by Ed — April 4, 2007 @ 12:30 am | Reply

  5. Well … that makes two of us, Ed.

    Also, I don’t think Dad has to worry about the Shi’ites. My understanding is that they, by and large, hated Saddam’s guts.

    Comment by april15th — April 4, 2007 @ 12:48 am | Reply

  6. Haa ha! I wanted to write something along those lines Ed, but I felt too self-conscious!

    Comment by canadiansheri — April 4, 2007 @ 12:51 am | Reply

  7. Yeah I’m can understand that. The senior Notini’s are hard to read sometimes. Once I got asthma and Suz insisted that the good doctors ‘inspect’ me or whatever the devil it is doctors do. So I went into the room they were doin there tax in and had a chat to them. It was quite intimidating consulting two doctors at once. They had conflicting views on my medical state too which was quite cool. I felt loved. Anyway moral of the story is, when I went to leave the room Rosie asked me for my Medicare card and I shat my proverbial dacks. When I told her I didn’t have it on me she said “Ok I’ll let you off this time.”

    Comment by Ed — April 4, 2007 @ 1:16 am | Reply

  8. And Jules is another “Collingwood” supporter so we must all be careful. You too JP. Even though you too are a Collingwood supporter, you must be wary of him, and he of you. Infact that goes for all of us. It is our duty as Earth’s good citizens to be ever vigilant against the threat of Collingwood supporters. Be alert, not alarmed.

    Comment by Ed — April 4, 2007 @ 1:18 am | Reply

  9. I have every confidence that Mum was kidding when she asked for your Medicare card. Then again, if you’d produced one right then and there, I can’t guarantee she would have told you she was kidding.

    Speaking of AFL football, how ’bout them Cats? Off to a great start, I see.

    Comment by april15th — April 4, 2007 @ 1:26 am | Reply

  10. Yep. Awesome. At least they’re not getting my hopes up….yet. Whatever happens with Geelong, you just know it’ll be an emotional rollercoaster. Next thing you know they’ll probably win 10 in a row or something ridiculous. ANYTHING BUT win a flag. Bastards…..but they are the love of my life.

    Yeah I think yo’ mama was just joshing JP. I think she just wanted to see me squirm. I do love those two delightful doctors.

    Comment by Ed — April 4, 2007 @ 1:32 am | Reply

  11. Not a bad PS effort, but I would have added a slight level of blur, as he is higher quality than the rest of the photo. Also, I would have changed the levels to reduce the amount of red in his face a touch. I can see you added burn to his right side of his head, but I would have changed it from “shadows” to “highlights”. Also, maybe some under his chin and ear. Maybe. Anyway, not a bad attempt. It will be interesting in your retort to see how much of my arrogant assumptions are correct.

    Comment by crommo — April 4, 2007 @ 11:59 am | Reply

  12. I don’t consider any of those assumptions arrogant. On the contrary, that’s the exact kind of feedback I want from experienced Photoshop practitioners. I’ll see what kind of tweaking I can do, based on the tips you’ve provided.

    When I was creating the post, I knew there was more work to be done but I’d reached a point where my limited knowledge / experience kept rearing its ugly head.

    Also, I want this blog to chronicle my evolution from ‘hopelessly inept’ to ‘undeniably superior to Crommo,’ so I have to be willing to post work that looks amateurish. People won’t get to see the gradual stages of improvement otherwise.

    Comment by april15th — April 4, 2007 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

  13. My photoshop experience is limited, alls I’ll say is that I think you might be able to find a better location and more importantly angle for Jules’ head. When you look at it and then consider the posture of the GI (particularly the spine) it doesn’t quite look right. Just a thought.

    Comment by Ed — April 4, 2007 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

  14. But I acknowledge the fact that the GI’s forehead was probably angled more towards to ground in the original shot, whereas Jules appears to be quite flush with the camera.

    Comment by Ed — April 4, 2007 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  15. RIP Saddam.

    Comment by Ed — April 4, 2007 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

  16. Part of the problem I had in creating the image was the fact that the original looks somewhat strange, too. By that I mean, if I had posted the original and no-one had ever seen it before, I’d imagine people would look at the guy’s head and explain how it, too, needed to be adjusted, have its colours fixed, etc. In a way, it looks like it was added in with Photoshop.

    Comment by april15th — April 4, 2007 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

  17. That’s definately not where I would have guessed it sat. It does look a little odd but not that odd. If the Jules headshot was more front on I think you’d have a better chance. If you can get two photos that blend well then your jobs already half done.

    Comment by Ed — April 4, 2007 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  18. Agreed. I probably should have spent more time looking for a suitable image. When I found the one that I ended up using, it seemed to have great potential — the expression and the lighting seemed to be exactly what I was after — so I just made a start and kept on going, even when I began to realise there was something not quite right about the angle. By then, I’d poured in too much time to consider restarting, so I just kept trying to tweak and adjust what I had.

    Oh well, it’s all good experience.

    Comment by april15th — April 4, 2007 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  19. You could try transform then rotate and a slight adjustment on the perspective (pulling the top left corner of his face up and out a touch.) Here’s a bad example of what I was thinking. Here. It’s only a very slight adjustment, but I think it does make a difference. Whether or not that specific adjustment works is one thing, but i definately think you could get it a bit more natural looking by tweaking the perspective and rotation in some way. The idea might work for you.

    Comment by Ed — April 4, 2007 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  20. Ah, nice! The angle is much better in that image.

    I think the other big, if not huge, mistake I made during the creation of this one was merging the layers before being 100% happy with the transforms. Dad’s head was a separate layer for most of the early stages but after I merged it with the background layer, slight adjustments to the angle / position also meant having to redo all the edges. I really should have kept the head as a separate layer until I was entirely satisfied with the results; it would have prevented the need to repeat the same laborious work around the edges.

    Comment by april15th — April 4, 2007 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  21. I never, EVER merge the two layers. Just export it as a JPEG and it will do that for you. You have enough hard drive space so as to save a separate PS file. n00b

    Comment by crommo — April 8, 2007 @ 8:06 am | Reply

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