Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday's Shelter Sweetheart: the Totally FAB #Shay!

"Hi, I'm Shay, and I'm sure hoping my forever purr-son will come and fall in love with me real soon.

You see I've been at Great Plains for a year, and frankly I don't understand what's taking so long for one of you humans to see what a fabulous find I am!"

"I'm four, frisky and fun.

I'm also a fashionista - just look at how I'm rocking my pretty teal collar!

The staff and volunteers here fell for me a long time ago. They know what a happy, frisky, energetic girl I am. Though I'm a petite little girl, I've got a big, big purr-sonality and a huge heart of gold!!! I LOVE to play!!!

I love all kinds of toys, but especially wand toys with feathers on the end of a string! You should see how fast I can run and how high I can jump to "catch the birdie".

And once I've had a chance to work off some of that energy, I'm up for some petting and a quick cuddle or two. Now, if you're looking for a calm, quiet kitty who'll sit on your lap all day, I'm not your girl. But if you're looking for a kitty who's active and playful and in search of the next adventure, I'm the one!

I have to admit that all this energy can be a bit hard for me to control sometimes. I can start playing kind of rough, or can act like a hissy little missy if I'm overstimulated. Maybe a new kitty comes along and he doesn't give me the proper respect.

A lady such as myself holds good manners in high regard, so I might have to give him a gentle correction such as hiss or wave my paw at him. I'm not really bossy: I prefer to think of it as having leadership qualities. Somebody's got to be in charge here, and I think it should be moi. I'm doing much better all the time.

My friends think if I get into a home where I feel safe and have plenty of outlets for my energy and curiosity, I'll do just fine. If you come down to the shelter, you'll probably find me out running around the cattery stirring up excitement. Hey, it's my job and I'm very good at it!

What do you say? Are you up for a game of catch the birdie?
How about a lifetime of fun and games?
And love?

Then I'm just waiting for you!!!

TaTa for Now, (oh and you have GOT to see my FAB, totally FAB video!!)

Shay is totes cray about a new fam! Are you the one?

She's at the Merriam Campus of Great Plains SPCA!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Making of a Reporter: Cat Art Hop

How did we create last Sunday's "Faraday the Intrepid Reporter," anyway?

It's a technique known as compositing.

 The first thing we did was search for a fedora on Flickr that had a Creative Commons 3.0 license with permission to alter the photo. We did this by using Flickr's advanced search option, scrolling down to the bottom and selecting this:

Once we had our hat (yeah, some guy was wearing it), we cut it out using Photoshop's lasso tool. Then we had to find a photo of Faraday that looked like it was shot from a similar angle as the guy wearing the hat.


Then - yeah, you guessed it - we cut Faraday out. Now we have Faraday in one layer and the Fedora in another.

We created the PRESS card by freeforming a white card (lasso+fill) into a new layer and using the "create warped text" option in Photoshop's type tool:

The pencil and his notepad (made same as the press card) went into their own layers.

For the background, we searched google for free clipart of the U.S. then used a woodgrain image to create the paneled walls and shaded rectangles of various shades of blue to create the news desk behind him.

(If it looks familiar, that's because we used SNL's Weekend Update set as our inspiration!)

One way to add a bit more believability and depth to a composite image like this one is to add shadows. Here, Faraday's hat has its own shadow, as do the notepad and pencil.

In all, the Photoshop file ended up 11 layers deep.  Whewwwwww!

To view more Cat Art fun, join the Cat Art Hop at this link here!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Fangs on Friday

A new series of photos for 2014, inspired by our Fearless Feline, Maxwell. 


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