I’d like to think I’ve gotten at least a bit better at drawing hands since I drew this scene. Hands, and keeping faces somewhat symmetrical – The more I look at panel three, the weirder Thad’s face looks.

Shit happens.

One of those pages that got pulled apart, reordered, and reassembled from the bottom up. A minute or two of work in CS2 or CS3 – I couldn’t imagine how tedious this kind of construction work would have been in CS. Or worse, an earlier photoshop version without layer groups. I stuck with 5.5 for the duration of the first edition for “consistency” (and a deep hatred of the 6+ default interface and keyboard shortcuts), and used it for a few pages of Transitional Voices before finally taking the plunge into CS. Then I got the mini. 5.5 wasn’t an option. The Mac version of 7 is a joke. CS ran like ass, CS2 ran like ass, and CS3 runs faster on the mini than CS does on my quad G5 at work.*

And that was when my mini had a gig of ram. Now that it’s maxed out (four gigs physical… three-point-something addressable) and has a faster hard drive, the only real advantage my work machine has over this wee little thing is it’s running dual head. And they’ve fixed that with the new ones! Holy crap!

Oh yeah – very minor cleanup; moderate re-formatting.

* Maybe Adobe’s been porting the Windows code instead of the Mac code. Hell, the Mac code had 68k hooks in it for years after the transition to PPC. Windows, on the other hand, has never changed architectures and is still deeply backwards compatible. Photoshop may have been born on the Mac, but Adobe has had SEVENTEEN YEARS to optimize for X86.

Layer groups and multiple layer select are what this thing is all about now. I can’t imagine going back.

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