Transparent laptop

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  • Jon Moss 8y

    Looks great! (Must try that myself!).
  • Tom Jolly 8y

    very clever and creative. love it.
  • a.ingusci 8y

    how did you make? please contact me
    more thanks..
  • Bill Selak 8y

    Hi a.ingusci, here's a more detailed rundown of how to make your own transparent screen:

    1) I took a picture of my house (with NO laptop)
    2) Imported the picture onto my laptop
    3) Placed my laptop into the scene
    4) Cropped the picture. I only kept what the laptop was covering up.
    5) Used this new picture as my desktop background
    6) Took this picture (that you see).

    Here are a couple tips:
    put your camera on a tripod
    don't try this trick with an iPod; matching the color is too hard
    try and shoot the screen straight on (angled screens are bad)
  • Lee 8y

    Excellent idea Bill, very imaginative indeed, I like it.
  • *lovey* 8y

    i like it too. very creative! :)
  • Bill Selak 8y

    This photo also appears in an Italian political commentary blog:
  • samantha celera 8y

    i love this one! i am definitely going to try doing that one day.
  • 1234Jennifer 8y

    I'm going to try this...that is cool
  • Bill Selak 8y

    This photo also appears in a blog about George Orwell (or something (it's in German)):
  • Toni 7y

    cool work here!
  • Armen Perian 6y

    ahaha brilliant!
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Taken on March 10, 2007
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