Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/24

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Subject: Re: Digital Darkroom/Off topic
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 23:30:13 -0800

At 04:03 PM 11/24/97 -0800, you wrote:
>Jim Brick wrote:
>> At 07:17 AM 11/24/97 -0800, you wrote:
>> >> Jim Brick wrote,
>> >>
>> >> >>"Photoshop 4 Artistry"....this is the greatest Photoshop book<<
>> >>
>> >
>> >Hey, take a look at the Photoshop WOW book, latest edition.  It has one
>> >of my composite images in it!  But you don't have to buy it, since I
>> >received no compensation.
>> >
>> >Donal Philby
>> >San Diego
>> >
>> What page?
>Don't know.  And author and publisher weren't even courteous enough to
>send a contributor's copy.  But it is image of Tax form and keyboard
>emerging from a computer screen.  It was used for the TurboTax  (and
>MacnTax) packaging two years ago.  We did similar for the next years and
>last year's, but a little more complex and warmer light each year--even
>used the same hand model, but got him married the next year with a ring. 
> And I just found out this weekend that they have taken the design
>;project in-house this year, so I won't get that job.  
>The irony is:   For the first edition we did about 8 versions taken all
>the way to final art that were mall tested for popularily.  Some of the
>versions required me shooting everything from a credit card (had made in
>Hollywood prop house) to a real house (where I could get property
>release) and all (one version had 15 items) had to have same lighting so
>they looked good when composited.  The one you'll see won hands down. 
>So the next year we tried again to do other versions but a slightly
>modified original won by a landslide.  Of course, the designer is
>worried, feeling that he'll get fired because we can't come up with
>something new.  The third year they used it as is, since further mall
>testing established that the image exactly communicated what the program
>did.  So this year, having dominated the market, gotten rave reviews
>>from testing of the packaging and especially my image and having printed
>now 21 million boxes and untold numbers of manual, ads, catalogues etc.
>with the (very similar) images, they decide they have to abandon it and
>get "creative."  I forgot in my invoice to specify One Year useage (an
>unusual slip up) for the second edition, so they refused to pay me
>anything additional for last year's useage.  May be Intuit couldn't
>afford it.
>And all YOU wanted, Jim,  was a page number!
>Donal Philby

So I guess this means you don't know the page number ?