Impromptu haircuts

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An aspects of the papers’ redesign I was most excited about are the skyboxes, the areas above the masthead that are basically Editorial’s advert for what’s inside. When I worked on the newspaper Wales on Sunday, cutouts were encouraged and we would generally put them, to use a British phrase, all over the shop.

Cutouts are something new to us at the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun, although our colleagues in Orange County have used them for a while.

So it’s taken me a bit of time to get back into the swing of doing them, and one thing I forgot from those rainy days in Cardiff is the golden rule: Don’t cut out people with long, frizzy, messy or just generally all-over-the-place hair.

Which is sort of hard when the best  photo for the skybox is of, say, girls playing soccer. Or basketball. Or tennis. Or other sports where hair’s in the air.

The pen may be mightier than the sword, but the pen tool in Photoshop is no match for errant strands, blurry ponytails, tangled tresses and messed-up ‘dos. So I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to anyone out there who appears in the skybox with slightly mangled locks.

And don’t even get me started on trying to cut out water polo players.


Written by Matt Wilkes

December 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Posted in thoughts

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