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Follow-up to this post: https://plus.google.com/+LukasMyhan/posts/J5zQkaCiDcX

At +Stras Acimovic's request, here is a quick walkthrough on how I make these images.

This process uses two free mobile apps. I have only used the iOS versions, so I do not know if there are any significant differences between them and the Android versions.

Prisma
iOs: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/prisma-photo-editor-art-filters-pic-effects/id1122649984?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.neuralprisma&hl=en

Adobe Photoshop Express
iOs: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-photoshop-express-photo-editor-collage-maker/id331975235?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adobe.psmobile&hl=en

1. Open photo in Prisma

2. Choose a filter that reduces the detail level of the photo to some degree. I most often use Aviator or Composition. In this case, it was Aviator.

3. Save to local photos.

4. Open Photoshop Express and select the photo exported from Prisma.

5. Under "Looks" choose "B&W" and then "HiContrastBW".

6. Choose the adjustments menu (looks like a bunch of little sliders).

7. Choose "Light" and make adjustments as you see fit. I usually use some combination of "Contrast", "Highlights", and "Shadows". If I want to get more white and less grey, I use "Exposure" as well, but I didn't do that with this particular photo.

8. Save the photo. 
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5/19/17
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I've found that with a combination of Prisma and Photoshop Express I can make passable Blades style portraits in two minutes or less on my phone. They don't remotely stand up to John's work, of course, but considering the effort-to-outcome ratio, I am very pleased. Here is a before and after example for our campaign's version of Lord Scurlock.

EDIT - Quick tutorial here: https://plus.google.com/+LukasMyhan/posts/bVkMGFfTyfr
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"The minimum wage is of course, not a liberatory mechanism - rather, it is inherently, fundamentally, limited and flawed in what it can offer us. But it is still worth fighting for. So too are campaigns and social movements that go above and beyond a minimum wage."

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This is really good info. There are some good links to various resources in the comments on the original public post as well.

"Hey Everyone. They've updated the Poverty Line for King County. This is important. I know a lot of artists who qualify as living below the poverty line at this new rate. I encourage ALL OF YOU to see where you fall on the spectrum. If you're below or at the poverty line, PLEASE sign yourself up for Utility Discount Programs through Seattle Public Utilities, apply for discounted transit with Orca Lift, and generally just look up some resources for yourself. It's not fucking easy to live below the poverty line, there are resources for you. Please take advantage of them. Let me know if I can offer you some direction on where to go for some discounts."

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This might be the most lavish and beautiful gaming thing I have ever purchased. #Inheritance
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Ahhhhhhhhhhh! Terrible Terrible Terrible is baaaack!

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My group did character and crew creation for our first game last night. We ended up with a daring crew of espionage-focused Shadows with turf in Brightstone (One of my players is drawing heavily from The Lies of Locke Lamora for inspiration, so the crew is focusing on the wealthy/nobility as their primary targets). They got their turf by paying off The Hive, and based on their crew choices also ended up with +1 status with the Bluecoats. Based on those two things and drawing heavily on The War in Crow's Foot for background, I came up with the attached starting situation that I plan to use when we get back together for our first session.

Most likely, the opening entanglement will be Laroze, their Bluecoat contact, asking them to help steal some of the evidence the Inspectors have been gathering on the Hive, in order to delay the planned arrests that they are being forced to make.
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Just a heads up: today Bandcamp is donating their share (15%, if I recall correctly) of all sales to the ACLU. If there's an album you've been eyeing but haven't quite worked up to buying yet, today is the day!

In addition, a bunch of bands and record labels that sell their music through Bandcamp have agreed to donate their shares of sales today as well, meaning 100% (minus PayPal or credit card fees, I guess) of those sales will go to the ACLU. List here: https://daily.bandcamp.com/2017/02/02/nobannowall-over-150-labels-artists-join-us-in-donating-fridays-profits-to-the-aclu/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_content=Labels

Obviously, this is not a substitute for direct action and donations to relevant organizations and causes when able, but it is still pretty great way to raise more cash for an organization that really has its hands full doing a lot of great things right now.

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