Engaging FaceBook Cover Pics by StvRich 1.1 GreyHound

I don't care what you say... Cyber Hounds are cool

All the "action" in this case is on the Right of what would be the FaceBook cover art panel.  This will emphasize your profile pic
All the "action" in this case is on the Right of what would be the FaceBook cover art panel. This will emphasize your profile pic

At the bottom of this article, is a link to the S.H.M. track "GreyHound", providing a fitting background music to listen to whilst ~Looking~ at these Pix. It happens to be the extended remix, AND video... Very Cool.

And the Real Life Demo ... winning by a Nose

S.H.M. track "GreyHound" was released in March of 2012, but...

Correct me if I am wrong, but I could SWEAR I saw that Robotic-Dog Absolut Ad, on the web in 2010. Perhaps LATE in 2010. But, I simply could be mis-remembering it. But I had always found the video to be outstanding. Probably just because I do like a technical theme. See "The Making of ABSOLUT GREYHOUND", below.


Go to the bottom of this article, click on the link for the Absolute Theme track, and listen to the S.H.M. work while paging though these few photos. Or go to the link below for the folder with more from the video.

The Making of - Absolut Greyhound

Swedish House Mafia

"GreyHound" by Swedish House Mafia, EMI records, U.K. Written by: Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Hans Zimmer. Produced by: Swedish House Mafia
"GreyHound" by Swedish House Mafia, EMI records, U.K. Written by: Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Hans Zimmer. Produced by: Swedish House Mafia

[ROBO] Cruelty?

or are people just too P.C. to have Fun?
or are people just too P.C. to have Fun?

A visually impressive theme

As I mentioned in my very first article on this topic, I tend to be aware of unique, or higher quality material for a FaceBook cover picture and theme. I tend to be very quick to use nearly anything that appears on a computer screen as a source for a facebook cover picture. In this case I used a video that was an absolutely entertaining (-pardon-the-pun-) and a well-produced high tech visual smorgasbord. The context? Racing Hounds. "GreyHound" by Swedish House Mafia, the ad custom-created by them in collaboration with Absolut Vodka.

This style of music is called: "Glitch Hop".

(We used to call it "Techno")

While I did my basic "studies" for this article I stumbled across another website that claimed this vodka-fueled music-video was endorsing and encouraging 'animal cruelty'...

I think that was an entirely silly assessment of the video, considering the dogs are computer-generated robotic versions of the real thing, and not even computer-generated versions that are supposed to be "real". They were mechanical racing avatars, cybernetically operated by humans... obviously.

People can be very jumpy. I myself do love animals. But- to quote this website: "Absolut Greyhound Vodka promotes animal cruelty..."

WHERE... ? - people certainly can be over-sensitive, or overly P.C.- I was quite sure I saw entirely robotic / cybernetic dogs in that video. And, I am quite sure most people instantly recognize the "hounds" are supposed to be robotic. Entirely, robotic... And I am quite sure no real dogs were harmed during the making of the music video. Although, one of the cyber-mutts took a bad tumble when one of his fellow-racers pulled a fast one on him, tripping him.

That particular Cyber-Hound may possibly require an oil-change.

I am quite certain no animals were hurt. And it looks like people of the future do not wish to race hounds any more. Just EACH OTHER though their Cyber-Hound Avatars... I think anyone who saw this video would know- IMMEDIATELY -these are robo-dogs. So, animal lovers? ...please do not be upset... these are FAKE dogs, in fact, they are FAKE "Robotic-versions-of-dogs". And, I'd think the animal-cruelty-person would be content, that our vision of the future happily excluded real racing dogs, although the synthetic versions were modeled after them.

There is such a unique look in every scene

And every scene, a balance, and sharp color. This scene is balanced nicely for a FaceBook Cover Picture
And every scene, a balance, and sharp color. This scene is balanced nicely for a FaceBook Cover Picture

In the FB Cover Panel, I lower the "Rabbit" till unseen

And of course, if someone clicks on it, they will wonder "What is it"?  If they have no clue of the Absolut Misic Video.  This will be their first contact.  But, even IF they simply are unaware of this, it's an artistically balanced photo- Beautiful
And of course, if someone clicks on it, they will wonder "What is it"? If they have no clue of the Absolut Misic Video. This will be their first contact. But, even IF they simply are unaware of this, it's an artistically balanced photo- Beautiful

For this Demo, I used the Artwork for the Track, GreyHound

I include both the FULL cover-picture of the song, and this cropped one, for the style of pic as above demonstrated.  The pic in this demo is cropped a bit.
I include both the FULL cover-picture of the song, and this cropped one, for the style of pic as above demonstrated. The pic in this demo is cropped a bit.

I started collecting material for a Paint Shop Pro training video

While I was going through the music-video, capturing frames, and then weeding through various frames... I started making the basic notes to explain common steps in doing a project like this. I now, automatically do many things without requiring tremendous forethought.

Take for instance, a file-naming convention. Believe it or not, it DOES come in handy to have a "system" for naming/organizing the files you are working with. I usually utilize a name-plus-number, style of convention. Meaning, "GreyHound010.jpg".

Why three digits? And I do actually begin with a non-zero number. A "non", 000.jpg file name. Why? Well, because there almost always are EXCEPTIONS in the sequential nature of your work.

Take this video. While "acquiring" the frames to make this article. There actually was some later-repetition of theme. The close-up of the dogs heads at the starting line, for instance. There was a second and then a third point in this video when we "returned" to the start line, performing differing close-ups.

I decided to store those pics under "GreyHound022.jpg". As follows.

This is GreyHound022A.jpg - focus is on the Blue Hound

in the second round of starting-line close-ups, most of the "views" were a tighter shot.  ..."Closer" than the original set at the beginning of the Video.  They were different enough that I wished to include them.
in the second round of starting-line close-ups, most of the "views" were a tighter shot. ..."Closer" than the original set at the beginning of the Video. They were different enough that I wished to include them.

GreyHound022D.jpg - pictures of differing focus

Yet, I have 26 other options (the letters of the Alphabet) attached to each number.  This is usually enough room to deal with minor "differences" in picture work-flow.
Yet, I have 26 other options (the letters of the Alphabet) attached to each number. This is usually enough room to deal with minor "differences" in picture work-flow.

This all just helps to organize yourself, and your work.

By ordering your files in a manner such as this, you increase the ease with which you may find specific photos. If you are able to group them logically, in some way... in the future, you won't be looking through masses of pictures for ONE specific head-shot, of our robo-dogs.

They will all be in contiguous vicinity to each other.

GreyHound022C.jpg again, a differing focus

But they are all "organized" in a single row in my picture folder
But they are all "organized" in a single row in my picture folder

A training video for Paint Shop Pro

I am beginning to gather material, and take notes on what I wish to openly explain to you what I do, here. It's no mystery at all to someone who is minimally familiar with this technology. But, I will be explicit and analytical and try to give a thorough idea of what is required to make these pics.

I even have some abstract pix based upon the greyhound theme

From when the Hounds were observed through a telescope.  Also a "Postable" FaceBook Cover
From when the Hounds were observed through a telescope. Also a "Postable" FaceBook Cover

I have here, the Absolut LandScape

Just the LandScape - nothing more
Just the LandScape - nothing more

I include some Bio-Mechanoid stuff...

First- in ONE way...

Then, the OTHER Way...

I thought THIS ONE, made an interesting FB Cover Pic

This could also be mirrored (of course) But I thought it looked pretty good "as is".  Only someone who KNOWS this video, will "know" what this is immediately.  It simply looks "cybernetic and Bio-Mechanoid" otherwise, with no other input.
This could also be mirrored (of course) But I thought it looked pretty good "as is". Only someone who KNOWS this video, will "know" what this is immediately. It simply looks "cybernetic and Bio-Mechanoid" otherwise, with no other input.

Swedish House Mafia- known lately for: "Don't You Worry Child"

"Don't You Worry Child" is from the album (For A Season). Was released in September, on the 14th of the Year 2012. It is owned by Polydor Records, Universal Music Group- U.K. And the writers are: Axel Hedfors, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, John Martin Lindstrom, and Michel Zitron. Produced by: Swedish House Mafia.

Focus on the CLOSEST dog
Focus on the CLOSEST dog

Okay, this is the Extended Video Mix:

Swedish House Mafia- GreyHound. very Cool

The above video is 3 minutes long

The original video I had posted in this article was about 6-plus minutes. Which I downloaded... and 'used' to get screen captures... (from time to time these video's get moved/re-moved) So I have two sources posted (for now). The shorter video, and the longer as well. But, the original one I took all pix from was an extended video remix. All photo sources are available on a facebook link I have here on the bottom of this article... So, if you SEEK, ye shall find...

It's odd, but for some reason the extended remix version is, "no longer allowed in the U.S." and is blocked from this country... I wonder why?

" GreyHound " (Until Now) Released Sept. 14, 2012

GreyHound, by Swedish House Mafia, and EMI Records, U.K. Writers: Axwell, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Hans Zimmer. Produced by: Swedish House Mafia

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