Aby-a-Day – 27 Augusti: And yet, more fun with This Cat is PHOTOSHOPPED (Photoshop Friday)

I’ve been doing more “Photoshop challenges” in the Facebook group This Cat is PHOTOSHOPPED lately. This one is actually a two-fer.

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This person’s cat looked like he was melting; I was stunned nobody else had done it before I did.

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I also made this cat into a Slinky.

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Shelby’s human wanted Shelby in a Shelby Cobra for her boyfriend, so I did this. Bonus points: Her boyfriend’s favourite colour is blue.

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Ruthie was strutting, so I made her strut with Leo.

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When I saw this bonnet-wearing cat, the first thing I thought of was Little House on the Prairie.

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But then I thought of that one episode of Friends…

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Leo was born to fly, so I gave him wings.

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And finally, this lucky kitty had a unicorn cat tree. What else could I have done with that?

Aby-a-Day – 17 Augusti: Dashiell as the Serlot (Cartoon Tuesday

When Emma was visiting, we watched Raya and the Last Dragon again, and this time I was reminded of the Serlots from the region of Fang. Their name is apparently a portmanteau of “Serval” and “Ocelot,” but they look more like Caracals. Watching the movie for the third time, I thought that Dashiell would make an excellent Serlot.

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So I started with the sketch and the ink layers.

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Then I needed a break from detail work, so I switched to creating the background. I played around with different textures to create the landscape.

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After the background, I went back to the undercolour later, which I also did a bit differently than the way I usually do it; I used fur brushes rather than airbrushes.

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I didn’t spend as much time on the fur layer as usual, probably because of my using fur brushes for the undercolour.

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And here’s the finished Dasherlot. It’s different from some of my other works, but I kind of like it.

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As usual, here’s the Procreate video in Flickr. It’s a little different from the other videos, because I exported it after two different drawing sessions and then edited it back together, but you get the idea.

Aby-a-Day – 13 Augusti: I joined the Navy to see the world, but what did I see? I saw the sea (Photoshop Friday)

When Emma was here, we rented a car and took a trip around Skaraborg, the area between the two lakes in Västra Gotaland. One town we visited was Hjo, a little lakeside town that is over 600 years old.

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As we were walking around the harbour, we noticed a sailboat with a red flag on it. Curious, we took a closer look, and realised that the boat was from Singapore! so of course I had to put Izaak on board.

Aby-a-Day – 10 Augusti: Marlin on the cover of the NEMO show catalogue (Cartoon Tuesday)

Iris sent the cover of the show catalogue to all of us members today, and I thought you would like to see how my BBQ Marlin drawing ended uo being used. I don’t know if it will be printed in colour or greyscale, though…Probably greyscale. But I can still wish for colour.

Aby-a-Day – 6 Augusti: This Tessie is PHOTOSHOPPED (Photoshop Friday)

As you saw on Wednesday, Tessie died on Sunday, two days before her 18th birthday. She has had a few health problems in recent years…in 2011-12 she had a prolapsed rectum, in the summer of 2015 (when Björn came to visit me, in fact), she had a health scare and she was hospitalised at Angell for a week and almost died. Then in 2018, her eyesight declined as well as her blood pressure. Oct 2018 was the first real sign of decline: going blind, with arthritis and a sway back. More arthritis in 2019 and a urinary tract infection earlier this year.

So, on Monday, I mad the above post in the Facebook group “This Cat is PHOTOSHOPPED,” because Mondays are themed “In Meöwmorium.”

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Helen Yang, a group admin, put Tessie in a few ‘shops she routinely makes for cats who have died. These include Tessie in the “It’s time to go” meme…

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…Tessie at the end of the Rainbow Bridge…

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…And Tessie in Cat Heaven, which I especially love because Tessie loved her boxes.

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Boxes were a popular theme; Robin Adams put Tessie in Box Heaven…

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…and next to a giant teddy bear in a box.

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But my favourite is this one, by Angela Pulzone. I suspect it’s Procreate, not Photoshop…but I just love it. It has an…I don’t know, an energy about it that I really like.

Aby-a-Day – 3 Agusti: Alfred as Pepita the Alebrije from Coco (Cartoon Tuesday)

After the other movie-inspired artworks I did, I got to thinking about Pepita, the flying jaguar Alebrije in the Pixar movie Coco.

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I could see Pepita as Alfred, so I went with it. I took a different approach with the one; instead of just black line, I used the colours of Pepita to create the outline.

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Then, as usual, I did the under colour. But instead of using the smooth airbrush to do the colour, I used an oil-painting brush which gave a very different effect..

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Then I did a fur and feather layer. It really made a difference!

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This is the combined fur and feather layer.

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Then I started working on the background.

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This is the final, combined image of Freddy as Pepita. Not only am I pretty proud of this artwork, but I TOTALLY LOVE the lighting on it. And OMG, getting to play with colour was amazing!

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Here’s the Procreate video of my drawing process; click on the image to watch it in a new window in Flickr.

Aby-a-Day – 23 Juli: Still even more fun with PHOTOSHOPPED cats (Photoshop Friday)

I have been having more fun in the Facebook group This Cat is PHOTOSHOPPED. This cat, Oreo*s, human wanted Oreo in a scary situation, I can’t think of anything scarier than this.

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Poor Oreo is SHOOK.

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This cat’s name is Blaarg, but I channeled his inner Karen.

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Arnie was shocked by what he saw on the laptop; I just gave him something to REALLY be stunned about.

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These two were either yelling or singing. I chose singing. Too bad these cats’ human is a Yankee fan (sorry, not sorry).

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Then we have Atilla as Tim the Enchanter from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. So, here we are.

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Finally, these cats’ human wanted then in a more interesting bed…what’s more interesting than Monica’s race car bed?

Aby-a-Day – 20 Juli: Another NEMO project (Cartoon Tuesday)

Yesterday, Iris asked me for a Marlin drawing for the cover of the catalog for our show next year. I didn’t want to do yet another version of Marlin grilling; I wanted to do something new.

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I thought about it a little bit, and, because the big theme this year is the outdoor barbecue dinner on Saturday night. So, I got the idea to do a sort of 1950’s-style guy eating at a table laden with barbecued meat, holding up a knife and fork with a napkin ties around his neck-

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This is Marlin with the table of meat I found; it’s from an early 60’s Andy Griffith’s BBQ Sauce ad. I modified it in Photoshop and I may do more with it. Marlin’s feet won’t be in the final drawing; it will cut off at the bottom edge of the table, but I wanted to draw a complete Marlin in case I want to use some of the layers in another project later on. I also have a really fun idea of something to put on the bib. Stay tuned.

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Here’s the video of my preliminary sketches in Procreate; click on the image to watch it in a new tab on Flickr.

Aby-a-Day – 18 Juli: My sweet summer child (Swedish Singapura Sunday)

You may recall, I have been working on a Four Seasons of Izaak project and a couple of weeks ago I took some Summer photos.

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I wasn’t completely happy with them compared to the Winter and Spring photos.

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Also, the tree looks more “summery” now than it did last month because now, the cherries are ripening.

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So, when we went outside yesterday, I put Zak up in his tree and took some more photos.

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Just like last time, he climbed up the branch, used it like a scratching post, and tried to eat the lichen.

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Zak is pretty good at moving around up in the branches.

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I think he really enjoys his tree time.

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In the end, this shot is the one I’ll use as Summer in the project. And, like the Spring photo, I may have touched it up a teensy bit in Photoshop…but only three layers, no big deal.

Aby-a-Day – 16 Juli: Yet more fun with PHOTOSHOPPED cats (Photoshop Friday)

Time for more of my Photoshopped cats. Above is Rocky, and I thought he looked a bit like a seal.

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One look at Dwight, and Björn suggested I do this.

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Bella was wearing goggles, and her human wanted her to look like Amelia Earhart. All righty then.

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I don’t remember this guy’s name, but the first thing I thought of was the “I am king of the world!” scene from Titanic.

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Some suggested that Batty should be running from Indiana Jones’ boulder. Happy to oblige.

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Later on, I had another idea…please, think of the kittens!

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Noodle like to sit like this, apparently. I thought he looked like a prince in need of a kiss.

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Rosie is missing an eye, like Angel. So I gave her one of Angel’s googly eyes.

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Fridays are “Free for all” species posting, and someone posted a nest of barn swallows. I immediately thought of this. Hey, I already had the “MINE?” speech bubbles!

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This cat had a flour tortilla on her head. I could not resist.

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Gilbert was leaning on a mirrored sliding closet door…so we have Octopussy!

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And finally, another seal, this time with Sugar doin a heckin sploot. I like this one better than the first one.

Aby-a-Day – 13 Juli: Izaak as Baby Tuk Tuk (Cartoon Tuesday)

Two weeks ago, I posted my drawing of Lorelai as Sisu the last dragon. Well, there’s another creature, sort of an armadillio/pillbug/hedgehog mashup called Tuk Tuk. And in one of the early scenes where he’s a baby, he reacts to a cat in a way that really reminded me of Izaak. this is the first sketch; I liked it so much I was almost going to keep it as the outline, and skip the inking stage.

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But I did the ink anyway, just to see how it looked. As it happens, it came out even better than the sketch did!

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Next, I filled in the base colours, underneath the ink.

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Which looks like this when finished.

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Then, over the ink, I did the shell and fur textures. This is just the textures…

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…this is with ink…

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…and finally, with the undercolour.

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Add some whiskers and eyeshine, and we’re ready to go into Photoshop.

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I added the hand and the background there, along with a bit more eye details. But there was one more thing I wanted to do.

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Finally, I added some lighting effects. I really like the way this one turned out!

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And here’s a video of the Procreate process, which you can watch in Flickr. There are a LOT of layers on this one – fifteen in total!

Aby-a-Day – 9 Juli: More fun with This Cat is PHOTOSHOPPED (Photoshop Friday)

I have been having fun in the Facebook group “This Cat is PHOTOSHOPPED” lately. These are older ones I did; this kitten was on a scratching post, so I put him somewhere more exciting. Namely, the top of the Pru during the World Series.

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This beautiful black smoke needed a stage.

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This cat’s name is Sushi, so…yeah. Blah blah low-hanging-fishcakes blah.

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Zion was posing in a box. I don’t know why, exactly, but it seemed like he needed to be inside Herbie on the beach. I have more that I have done for that group; come back next Friday for more!

Aby-a-Day – 6 Juli: Marlin redux (Cartoon Tuesday)

NEMO is having a cat show next month, and Iris asked me for an outline of our mascot Marlin. Well…there were a few problems with that. Back in 2013 when I originally drew Marlin, I did it old school: ink on paper, scan, and fill in Photoshop using the paint bucket tool. Eight years ago, it was fine…but I can do better now. Also, back then, I didn’t put outlines and colours on separate layers, so I literally didn’t have the outline handy.

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I put the old logo into Procreate and redrew Marlin. I wanted to keep him as close to the original as possible, because he’s our brand, so I didn’t change anything. I just refined him.

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Then, also in Procreate, I did all the colours except the base cream coat.

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Then I shifted back to Photoshop. Sometimes, the old tools are the best tools. I duplicated the outline and filled it all with cream using my trusty paint bucket tool.

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Here are both colour layers together. Keeping with preserving the original, all the colours are eyedroppered from the 2013 drawing.

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And this is the result, a shiny new NEMO logo for the Roaring Twenties!

Aby-a-Day – 1 Juli: Sum-Sum-Summertime (Thursday Things)

So, you may recall that I took some lovely photos of Izaak and his tree in winter and spring. Well, the other day when we all went outside, I thought the tree was ready for the summer photo, so I put Zak in his tree.

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At first, he thought about jumping down.

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But then, Zak climbed even higher into the tree!

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And…used the branch as a scratching post.

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Juuuusssst before trying to eat the lichen on the tree. Cat won’t eat dry or wet cat food, but lichen he eats?

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Eventually, Zak decided to come back down, and the photo session was over.

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This one shot, though, is the one I think I’m going to use in the Four Seasons project.

Aby-a-Day – 29 Juni: Rory and the Last Dragon (Cartoon Tuesday)

We finally got to see Raya and the Last Dragon on Disney+, and I was absolutely mesmerised by the dragon Sisu, voiced by Awkwafina. She reminded me so much of Lorelai that I had to draw her as the dragon. Here is my first sketch.

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Followed up by the ink outline.

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I did colour layers both underneath and over the ink outline, and then covered up some of the black lines with matching colours.

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This is the finished Procreate drawing, sans background, before shifting to Photoshop.

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Add a background and some outer glow on some of the layers…and here is the finished piece.

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As always, here’s the video of the Procreate drawing process. Click on the image to watch the video in Flickr.

Aby-a-Day – 25 Juni: Another Singapura family portrait (Photoshop Friday)

Ever since I did a family portrait of Izaak and his brothers Paulo and Keiko, I have wanted to do another one of the three.

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I really wanted to do an old-timey Victorian-era type portrait, but I couldn’t find any backgrounds I liked…until I found this old photo of the Brooklyn Bridge when it was new.

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I added some texture and lighting effects…

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…merged the layers, added a little more texture, and here we are: the brothers in Brooklyn.

Aby-a-Day – 11 Juni: Happy 14th Birthday, Angel!

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Even though we’re pretty sure what day is Angel’s real birthday, we celebrate it on 11 June.

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Even though she’s done this since her second birthday in 2009, the candles still make her a little nervous.

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A fear she gets over with pretty quickly when food is involved. I had to blow those candles out pretty quickly to avoid singed whiskers…or worse.

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Once the candles were out, though…she didn’t hesitate to dig into her “cake.” I can’t believe she’s 14 years old.

Aby-a-Day – 4 Juni: Paulo and some ‘Shop requests (Photoshop Friday)

Our friend Kinsey posted this photo to the “This Cat is PHOTOSHOPPED” facebook group and asked to have Paulo wearing a mask.

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Welp. That was easy. Then I had an idea.

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LOL why not, right?

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But then I got the idea to put my Singapura mask on Paulo.

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Pretty cute, eh? Then…Kinsey asked for Paulo to be dressed up in a tux for prom.

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Considering I already have the perfect cat-sized tuxedo bib and tie, top hat, and cuffs with cufflinks…not a hard ask.

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The shadows are already perfect, too. This was fun.

Aby-a-Day – 28 Maj: Family portrait (Photoshop Friday)

Our friend Kinsey shared some professional photos that were taken of Izaak’s brothers, Paulo and Keiko. I instantly knew what had to be done.

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A family portrait, of course! Since all three boys came from Poland, I chose a Polish flag as my background.

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Then I decided to set the scene…literally.

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Finally, every portrait needs a frame, right? Can you tell who is who?

Aby-a-Day – 21 Maj: Putting more spring into spring (Photoshop Friday)

Remember back in January when I took I took those awesome winter photos of Izaak? Well, I was inspired when we were outside the other day; it was such a gorgeous, perfect spring day that I got an idea to put Zak in his tree and take some spring photos, and then take some more in the height of summer and autumn and make a four seasons thing.

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Just one problem. On that outing, I was using my long lens, and the blossoms and sky were washed out and not nearly as bright as they actually were. I knew it when I took the photos. After I looked at them, I told Zak, “No worries. We can fix that in post.”

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Because this is how the sky and blossoms really looked. But it’s a super-easy fix. Just cut out the washed out sky…

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…add in the good background…

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…brighten it up a bit, add a little blur, and…perfect! Stay tuned for summer!