postheadericon How to Play Photoshop Tennis

Photoshop tennis is a fun game to play on forums or through e-mail. It can be played with two or more players. Even though it’s called Photoshop tennis (or Photoshop pong) you can use any kind of image editor. A match starts with a single picture. The next person edits the picture, then someone else edits that picture, and so on. The only rule is that any post must be based on, or otherwise include, the previous picture posted in the thread.

The more clever the alteration, the better your chances of winning and the more fun the players (and anyone who’s following along) will have!

How to Play Photoshop Tennis

1 Lay out the rules. Here are some suggestions: How many times will pictures be edited before the match is over? How do you decide who wins? A picture can’t be edited by the same person twice in a row. What isn’t allowed? (e.g. violence, pornography) See more challenging variations and limitations in the Tips below.

How to Play Photoshop Tennis

2 Look for a starting picture. Since you’re going to be modifying and posting the picture online, look for images that are licensed with Creative Commons (make sure it doesn’t have a no-derivatives clause), GFDL or in the public domain. You can find pictures on websites that focus on freely licensed media[1] or use the Find Free Photos tool in wikiHow.

How to Play Photoshop Tennis

3 Edit your picture using any photo editing software. You can use open source software like GIMP or Paint.NET, or you can use commercial programs like Photoshop CS3 or Paint Shop Pro. You can change the color, add effects, add text, or “remix” it with another picture.

Throughout the match, you can find creative ways to re-introduce the same image or pattern, like an object or person. Sometimes you can make another, more obvious edit, and add the repetitive item in subtly so that it’ll only be noticed on closer inspection. If you’re out of ideas, do a context switch. Take the entire previous image and place it in a completely different context, such as a piece of art in a gallery, or on a television screen.

How to Play Photoshop Tennis

4 Upload your picture to an image hosting site. Your can use several image hosting sites to upload your picture. You can use sites like Flickr, Photobucket, and Tinypic.

How to Play Photoshop Tennis

5 Place your image in the thread. For boards which use BBcode, use the code to add your picture to the forum.

How to Play Photoshop Tennis

6 Add the source where you got the picture from. If you have edited another image into your picture, as a courtesy to the author of the original image, link back to them. In boards that use BBcode, add links by using source.

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