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When Pancakes Go Bad: Optical Delusions with Adobe Photoshop

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If you've ever found yourself looking at funny images and thinking "Hey, how?d they do that?", this is the book that will give you the answer! Learn how to have fun with photos?swapping pictures of historical inventions with modern-day appliances or combining images of animals to produce unrealistic characters. "When Pancakes Go Bad" is infused with humor and behind-the-scenes tutorials that impart useful, easy-to-understand tips in a lighthearted manner. Organized into chapters by the general theme of the images, this book is packed with fun and interesting photos that will keep you entertained until the end.

Truer words have never been spoken of Worth1000.com, the brainchild of Avi Muchnick. This contest site supports a talented and competitive community of artists whose goal is to create photo-realistic artwork and photographic “hoaxes.” The large membership is the sole source of Worth1000.com’s unique content, over 100,000 images in over 3,000 galleries.

Worth1000.com officially launched on January 1, 2002. The contests at Worth1000 required users to discover or create their own source material and contribute a unique interpretation of whatever theme the contest called for.

Some of the most popular themes over the course of Worth1000.com’s tenure have been “Modern Renaissance” (inserting modern people or items into a Renaissance painting), “Six Degrees of Celebrities” (taking an image of a famous—or infamous—person and placing them outside of their normal timeline or circumstances), “Detouching” (users are to “de-touch” a celebrity photo and give the world a slightly slanted view of what’s behind all that makeup), and “If people didn’t rule” (how the world would look if one group of weird people—such as clowns, or even animals, ruled the world).

About the Author
Avi Muchnick is the founder of Worth1000.com, a highly popular, Photoshop-based graphic design website that sponsors numerous Photoshop art contests, most of which feature humorous, spoof, and surreal images. Worth1000.com receives over 200,000 visitors a day and boasts more than 100,000 registered members. After graduating from Queens College in New York, Avi worked for a year as a graphic designer and became an expert in Photoshop. When he left to start law school, he simultaneously launched Worth1000.com, which became popular immediately. Worth1000.com was chosen as one of PC Magazine's top 100 websites in their April 20, 2004 issue, and their images have been featured in USA Today, on CNN and Good Morning America, and on the cover of the New York Post. Avi currently resides on Long Island, New York.
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