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Create the Ultimate Facebook Profile Pic

Last week, Alexandre Oudin elevated the lowly Facebook profile picture to art form.

When we linked to his clever use of the new Facebook profile layout on our Tumblr, it was only minutes before you’d made your own.

And what took precision pixel-pushing 7 days ago (our pal Taylor made a handy Photoshop template if you wanna DIY) is now only 30 seconds of work, thanks to Pic Scatter.

Upload a photo, line it up just right, hit publish, and your fancy Facebook pic is prime for poking.

Pic Scatter
See also: Facebook Tiles & f*** yeah fb profiles

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Funny Break: CS 4 Crash Reports

Garrett Murray, like us, spends quite some time in Photoshop.

Which means that every so often, more often than he’d like, Photoshop crashes. And he’s presented with this window asking for details.

Unlike us, he obliges:

Crashed on quit again. I’m confused by this. Why would quitting the app cause a crash so frequently? This would be like if you worked in an office from 9-5 and every day at 4:59PM you became filled with rage and ran around throwing chairs and breaking windows. Then you went home and came back the next day acting like nothing happened. Only a psychopath would do this.

You’d think quitting, of all things, would be the easiest action Photoshop could do. Hell, it’s not even an action. Photoshop just needs to give up. I see it giving up all the time half-way through important work, why can’t it do it when I hit CMD+Q?

Oh, crap, I’ll have to fill you in on more details later, it’s 4:58PM and I have to get ready to throw my chair through the window in a minute.

Don’t miss the rest of his collection. (And for more Photoshop chuckles, an oldie but goodie: 101 Photoshop Tips in 5 min.)

Garrett Murray’s Photoshop Crash Reports

p.s. In the SF Bay Area? We’re running a photo booth at the DWR party tonight and would love to see ya!


   
   
Find out What are Your Friends are *Really Doing* on Flickr

We <3 Flickr.

We use it to share our pics (obvi), learn how to take better ones, and even make new friends.

But you know what we've always wanted? A way to see everything our friends are doing on Flickr. Flickr omniscience, if you will.

Thanks to three curiously clever new websites, you now can.

  • Contacts Who Have Faved shows all the photos that your friends have favorited on Flickr recently
  • Flickr Chatterbox reveals which of your friends’ photos got comments recently (even if you haven’t faved or commented on ‘em)
  • Docent shows you all the galleries your buds have made recently

Together, it’s sorta like having the Facebook newsfeed, for Flickr!

Contacts Who Have Faved

Flickr Chatterbox

Docent

(‘course, no self-respecting Flickr fan can be w/o The Flickr Time Capsule!)

p.s. Hey-ooh! We’re giving away *new* Magnetic Gorillapods! Just RT this on the Twitter or head to our Facebook for more.


   
   
Start3D: Turn Your 2D Photos 3D

We’ve been taking regular old flat photos for years, but lately we’ve heard rumors about a so-called “third dimension.”

A new site called Start3D takes a baby step towards your own personal Holodeck, popping 3D life into 2D shots — with no crossed eyes or funky frames!

Start by taking two photos side-by-side, a left and a right version to match each eye.

Then Start3D waves its magic hands, and shazam! The images blossom into a wiggling animation, sliding smoothly from left to right like it’s right there in front of you for reals.

Welcome to the third dimension! You’ll love it here. Be sure to check out that long flat thing that we call “the horizon.”

Start3D: Turn Your 2D Photos into 3D Scenes


   
   
Move Landmarks with a Simple Photo Prank

Extra photos for bloggers: 1, 2, 3

Travel! Adventure! Visit new places, meet new people, replace their buildings with plastic trinkets!

Michael Hughes’ hobby: photographically replacing national treasures with gift-shop counterparts.

Like Carmen Sandiego, he’s absconded with the Great Pyramids, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Abbey Road, and much more.

Michael’s travelogues also take you behind-the-scenes on his exotic journeys, revealing his secret-sauce mix of fancy gear, brilliant technique, and luck.

Learning about the geography, history, and photography: you are now on a vacation OF KNOWLEDGE.

How Michael Makes his Trick Photos


   
   
See Your ‘Hood anew in Noticin.gs Photos

Are you a photo-robot? Stuck in a routine, taking the same photos day in and day out? (Insert sad beep-boop noise.)

The simple act of rediscovering your surroundings is at the heart of a game called Noticin.gs.

To play, just remove your robot-visor and start snapping cool things around your ‘hood, then upload the pics to earn points.

Soon, a photo map of your city springs to life… Dragons! Elephant poo! A poem embedded in a street! Who knew the Photojojo office was surrounded by such awesomeness?

Noticin.gs shows you your own backyard afresh: through eyes that are not made of diodes and LEDs. (Sorry, Roomba! You’re still #1 at vacuuming.)

Play Noticin.gs

p.s. Need a quirky valentine gift? ScanCafe puts you in scenes from Casablanca or Gone with the Wind, free! Frankly, my dear, that’s adorable.


   
   
Folding + Photos = Origami Photo Twister

You are getting sleeeeeeepy.

Enter an endless loop with Kaleidocycle: a hypnotic blend of photos and papercraft that appears to have originated in a dream that Steven Hawking once had about the shape of the Universe.

Feed four photos into the site, and then after some printing and folding you’ll have a curious origami photo-display, similar to what we called “cootie-catchers” in 2nd grade. (Your geographic appellation may vary.)

Now all that’s left to do is flip through your photos by spinning the möbius-like paper geometry again … and again … and again … and again …

Just don’t try to count its faces! We can’t be certain, but there’s a chance that this shape can’t possibly exist in our dimension.

Fold Your Photos into Papercraft with a Kaleidocycle

p.s. We’re going to JAPAN in search of amazing photo goodies for the Store! Where should we go? What should we see? Do share!


   
   
Shape Your Photos into a Cat, Dog, Boyfriend, Vampire, or Anything Else!

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, once observed that computers are like a pointy-haired boss: incapable of organizing anything without human help.

But ShapeCollage bucks that trend, automagically jostling your photos into instant-collages that match whatever shape you desire.

The possibilities are endless: lay your photos on an olde-tymey background or even your own face, construct a map, make a cherry tree out of cherry trees, assemble by color, hide a familiar face amidst the art, or our favorite, assemble a dashing vest.

Of course, now that you’re actually expecting it to organize things, your computer may deserve a bouquet on Administrative Professionals’ Day. Up to you.

Photo-Shapes in Moments with ShapeCollage

p.s. We’re going to JAPAN in search of amazing photo goodies for the Store! Where should we go? What should we see? Do share!

p.p.s. Thx for the tip, Sairam! See something we need to know about? Tell us!


   
   
Snapsort Finds the Best Camera for You

There’s tons of camera-comparers out there, but newcomer Snapsort introduces a new element: jousting! Statistically, that is.

The site lets you saddle up any two cameras, point them at each other, and stand back as they knock each other off of their steeds (statistically) by comparing stats like screens, video, weight, and memory.

Just tell the omniscient index which cameras you’re interested in, and it’ll identify a victor with bold statements like “has 35% more zoom” or “takes higher resolution photos by 18%.”

This combination of Renaissance Faire and photo stats sets our nerdy hearts aflutter. Now, have at you, Sir Nikon!

Use Snapsort to Find the Best Camera for You


p.s. Some comparisons we liked: the Canon XSi vs T1i; Nikon S630 vs Pentax P80; and Casio EX-G1 vs Panasonic DMC-ZR1.
p.p.s. Our PJ Shop peeps are headed to Tokyo in search of awesome photo stuffs! Do you speak the language? Have valuable advice? Do share, most knowledgeable one!


   
   
E-Cards Needn’t be Lame. No, Really.

They’ll save you a stamp, a couple bucks, and a trip to Hallmark. But it’s not just the thought that counts.

If you’ve simply waited too long to send a real card this year, we’ve got your back.

ElfYourself, the grand daddy of upload-your-photo-and-make-yourself-look-completely-ridiculous, has returned!

Upload a photo of yourself (and now, up to four others) and they’ll create a thoroughly embarrassing, thoroughly entrancing, dance video featuring you.

No, it’s still not a real card. But it’ll make you (and your family or coworkers) look ridiculous enough to earn a chuckle, and that may be enough to make ‘em forget. ;-)

ElfYourself!

p.s. Apologies to the Photojojo crew members that were omitted from these sample videos… and to those that weren’t.


   

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