What is behind you computer screen?

posted November 14th, 2012
Hi Everyone,

Yesterdays word on the Nominate-4-November list was Window and I posted the photo below.

A few people asked me how this was done and I have detailed this below. I also wondered if anyone else has done this, or would like to give it a try? It's great fun to do for home and the office.

The photo:


How it is done:
1. I sat on the settee and to two shots from the same place; the first was with the laptop sitting there and the second without it.
2. I then used Paint.net to open the non-laptop image and then added the lap-top image as a second layer on top.
3. At this point I selected the area of the laptop screen display and cropped the two layers down to this size.
4. By simply now removing the top layer (the lap-top screen), you end up with just the bit of the wall that was behind it.
5. I saved this image and set this as the desktop image on the lap-top.
6. Finally, I sat back down in the sale spot on the settee and lined the shot up by moving the camera back into the original position (or near enough), so the twigs lined up.
7. This photo was then saved and posted without any editing.

Please have a go and post you photo here, tagging them clear-screen

Thank you.
posted November 14th, 2012
Well done :)
posted November 14th, 2012
Very good job and thanks for sharing.
posted November 14th, 2012
Very impressive - never given it a try:)
posted November 14th, 2012
Go on, have a go.. It's a real conversation starter in the office as people walk past your desk and try an work out how and why the can see through your screen.
@ozziehoffy @anazad511 @joluise
posted November 14th, 2012
How clever! I might try this one day.
posted November 14th, 2012
Very cool
posted November 14th, 2012
here is my version

posted November 14th, 2012
BRILLIANT!

So much better than mine. Would you like to tag it clear-screen?

@stanners72
posted November 14th, 2012
@gphelps5 done :-)
posted November 14th, 2012
Very cool. Thanks for the explanation. Added to the my ever growing list of things to try.
posted November 14th, 2012
I tried this once! With a potentially moving object!
posted November 14th, 2012
These are all very cool!
posted November 14th, 2012
Ha ha ha, this is great.
How did you get the cat to sit that still while you worked on it?

@msk1p2
posted November 14th, 2012
@gphelps5 She was just sitting there so I took a few pictures with the laptop open and quickly snapped the lid down and took a few more. She looked at me then bolted at that point. Then I spent a couple of hours trying to edit it all down to get this. It still didn't turn out quite as I would have liked but it wasn't too bad for a first effort.
posted November 14th, 2012
@gphelps5 Great idea! :)

@stanners72 @msk1p2 : brilliant!! :o)
posted November 14th, 2012
I've done this a few years ago. I'll have to try another one sometime when I have more time.

posted November 14th, 2012
I think your bits and bots should put on a little "on" screen pantomime for us all Bulldog, using this technique of course.
posted November 14th, 2012
Still sounds too hard lol.
posted November 14th, 2012
@msk1p2 very impressive!
posted November 14th, 2012
@msk1p2 - Ha ha ha, well done

@seanoneill - Nice idea, I may have to give it a go, when I get some time, oh hang on...

@sudweeks - Very good
posted November 14th, 2012
Yes, Sean is right - great idea! @seanoneill
Will try to get my head round all this Bulldog and have a go . . .
posted November 14th, 2012
@msk1p2 brilliant one!
posted November 14th, 2012
posted November 14th, 2012
Fantastic
@abirkill
posted November 14th, 2012
Are you two ganging up on me now?
@seanoneill @tishpics
posted November 14th, 2012
I love that trick! I need to set up a shot!
posted November 14th, 2012
@tishpics @gphelps5 Pincer movement Bulldog, we're going to head you off at the pass.
posted November 14th, 2012
Very cool...
posted November 14th, 2012
This is so cool! I will have to try it. Thank you so much for sharing how to do it.
posted November 14th, 2012
This is great, just like a Magritte, http://uploads3.wikipaintings.org/images/rene-magritte/not-to-be-reproduced-1937(1).jpg

I'll give it a go tomorrow : )
posted November 14th, 2012
posted November 14th, 2012
Double trouble!

posted November 15th, 2012
Very cool! But it looks like most of you have those wonderful flat screen monitors! I'm stuck with a functional but old dinosaur! When and if it ever goes...
posted November 15th, 2012
Double brilliant, although I can't help wondering if the TV screen should have been clear as well?

Love it though.

@archaeofrog
posted November 15th, 2012
@gphelps5 Thanks, glad you liked it! I had the TV blank for the start, but it seemed like a big, black dead space. Ah well.
posted November 16th, 2012
wow... so cool!!
posted November 16th, 2012
@archaeofrog awesomeness!
posted November 16th, 2012
Gonna try this tomorrow. But need to think extra to make it match one of the words in the November-list challenge!!!!!
posted November 16th, 2012
There are a few comming up that you could use:

19th - Camouflage
20th - Glass
21st - My Home/Home

@brav
posted November 16th, 2012
PERFECTO. Camouflage for sure. Was thinking of substituting that word! Brilliant. @gphelps5
posted November 16th, 2012
@stanners72 The more I look at your picture the more I think that the screen really isnt there! Amazballs.
posted November 16th, 2012
@brav thanks....photoshop had a helping hand
posted November 17th, 2012
Gave it a try but ended up going a different route. Messed it up a little bit but still had fun and learned a bunch.

posted November 17th, 2012


Here is my attempt.
posted November 17th, 2012
Well done both of you, they look great...
@geocacheking @sharritta
posted November 18th, 2012
My two attempts:
posted November 18th, 2012
Very good, I love the second one.
@jjefferies
posted November 19th, 2012
Done one too!
posted November 19th, 2012
Very nice... Well done Richard
@brav
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