Farewells and Photoshop

Tom with the poster!
Last Friday, my work-buddy and cubicle neighbour Tom, went into retirement. Along with quite a few other people on my floor who also took voluntary redundancy. It was quite sad when we found out he was leaving, but I wasn't going to let him leave without making an AWESOME gift!

I conspired with Alan — Foreign News Editor and his boss — for the idea. Tom used to live in Zimbabwe and South Africa, so Alan thought a safari picture would be cool. I then trawled the Interwebz and eventually found a nice black and white picture of Theodore Roosevelt with a massive dead elephant! Perfect! And I photoshopped Tom's face in.

The resolution was good enough for it to be enlarged to A1 size. Then I asked the production guys downstairs for a little favour and they printed it out on their large-scale printer, as well as an A3 card for everyone to sign. My boss came up with the caption on the card. Tom really dislikes Robert Mugabe.

The hardest part was organising this whole thing without the person sitting next to you finding out! I'm quite crappy at keeping things like this super-top-secret. But he didn't have a clue. When they did the farewell speeches and presentations and we gave him the gifts, he totally loved them. He's getting the poster framed.

Anyway, this whole project was really, really fun… Since I end up doing this sort of thing a lot, the next post will be a tutorial on how to photoshop one person's face onto another person's body. It's not really that hard, but I have a few tips and tricks that make it look more realistic and I feel like sharing. It's going to take a little while to put it together, but it'll be pretty good… So stay tuned!

The card
GROUP SHOT! Top row: Me, Neale, Ronan, Eddie, Alan. Bottom row: Singam, Tom

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