More images work is ongoing. One thing is that, for variety’s sake, I am doing more rescans (starting with the big pile of hardcover Marvel handbooks behind my Macbook). This is also more efficient – rather than plough through images including the ones that will have to be rescanned, I get one rescan done right away. But though this is good for a change of pace, nothing occupies the ground like going through every entry in order.
Another image thing – all the banners and the full-size right-hand column images have been processed using a wonderful Photoshop™ plug-in — Noiseware, by Imagenomic (there’s a free trial). It’s a denoiser, which I use to erase and dampen most little artefacts from bad printing, bad ink, paper grain, bad scanning, and some image compression artefacts.
For those images where it has been used – it’s not suitable for *everything* – it makes it look as if the image had been printed using better machines on a better, glossier paper. Solid colours and regular gradients are no longer marred by little glitches and paper grain – you could call it a virtual reprint. Incidentally that makes images lighter (10%-ish), since the noise has been erased, so pages load faster. I’ve also recalibrated, upgraded and automated my Photoshop™ tools.
I don’t expect people to spontaneously notice, since it makes bad images look less bad and good images look like they should. As a random example, here is a side-by-side of a common result using my current tools and settings. The difference won’t make you fall out of your chair, but it does make the site looks slicker, and helps with providing the best pictures you’ll find anywhere for some characters.
But it still means that a lot of images gotta be redone – an image that has been processed with a professional algorithm from the ground up looks cleaner than an image that has been de-noised using my amateur techniques, then processed through Noiseware.
Of course, these tools cost – so heh, feel free to donate to help pay for improvements.
Anyway, there’s a *lot* of stuff this time around. Most of us have been too busy to write lately, but some weeks back Bryan finalised a lot of his articles.
- G.I. JOE. Our Joe entries are a/ very old and b/ adapted from MSHRRPGAS work by Firebomb, so upgrading them is considered a good thing here in Worgistan. Bryan went ahead, and now we have a full profile for that 1980s boyhood idol, Snake Eyes.
- FALLOUT. Continuing with the Fallout 2 companions, we now have :
- Ethan wrote up the version of Grendel that was in the 2007 motion capture/CGI film by Robert Zemeckis.
- Bryan wrote up Andrew Detmer, the rogue telekine in the movie Chronicle.
- UNDERWORLD. Peter recently saw the first (2003) movie, so that’s a good occasion to compare notes about Selene and upgrade this pretty old entry for a bit. All illustrations redone, text rewritten for style/brevity/clarity, started making stats tweaks based on Peter’s analysis.
- VILLAINY INCORPORATED. The following entries had their illustrations rescanned, and their texts rewritten for style and brevity :
- DRAGONBALL. Been a while, nu. Bryan now presents an extensive writeup of the future version of Vegeta’s son Trunks, from the Androids-dominated timeline.
- NEW RULES. I finally noticed that the old Catfall Bonus for the Jumping Power was somehow missing from the New Bonuses document, so it’s in. It’s probably not final though, as there’s some discussion of Jumping going on.
- INVINCIBLE. Bryan also has an article about Universa, a minor villain.
- MASS EFFECT. Two fan-favourites and two upgrades :
- Quarian Marine Kal’Reegar now gets a minor entry on writeups.org.
- Jack (Subject Zero) gets a much larger one, covering Mass Effect 2
- Plus an update to Joker‘s first entry to integrate the events from the recent Free Comic Book Day story.
- Plus additional polishing for the first Mandala Shepard entry (mostly rewriting the “illusive generic Shepard’ section)
- INUYASHA. And finally we have Bryan’s second InuYasha article about, well, InuYasha. It’s a very comprehensive article with lots of stuff and pretty kanji.