We have come a long way since the days when Topps would have randomly cast a new uniform on an old picture of a player who had joined a new team. Nowadays, a player who has changed the team – or who is also the subject of market rumors – causes Photoshopped to become a new division of uniqueness.
But what does this digital uni-swap process actually entail? I'm not a Photoshop guy, so I could not tell you. But Bryndon Minter, who works creatively for NFL's social media channels, gave us a fascinating insight into that process the other day by tweeting a slow-motion video that shows how he took a picture of Browns's receiver, Josh Gordon, who had just been sold to the Patriots and gave him a Pats uni. Check it:
Time Lapse of the @JOSH_GORDONXII jersey exchange.
I have known that he will wear 10 about 1:10 in the time frame pic.twitter.com/UxszK1LOF9
– Bryndon Minter (@BryndonMinter) September 18, 2018
Pretty interesting, right? I wanted to know more, so I got in touch with Minter and asked if he could tell us something more about how he approaches this kind of activity. Here is his answer:
To start, I first look for images from formal photographic shots. Those are a lot easier to use, because it is usually a higher quality picture and players do not wear a helmet. If these are not available, I try to find a stupid photo of a celebration or something that shows emotions.
Honestly, I do not have a lot of experience with Photoshop – I focused mainly on video shooting / editing. My first jersey exchanges were for Colin Kaepernick, who was rumored to be potentially in Ravens, Seahawks or Dolphins in May 2017. I have not tried it yet until the signature of Richard Sherman 49ers, which happened at 18:00 PST Saturday night. The first draft was terrible. I scrapped, completely restarted. I'm not sure how quality is so drastically different, but from the second version of Sherman on, I've definitely started to improve.
I do not have a precise way to complete them. Sometimes they color the tone of the shirt, other times they are "Frankensteining" and take similar elements from other photographic resources, as I did in the time-lapse of Josh Gordon (taken from a photo of Stephon Gilmore in the same helmet and similar position). It all took three hours.
I have received many requests from designers, so at some point I will probably do some tutorials on how I do these things.
Charming! Many thanks to Minter for sharing this information with us.
In the meantime, speaking of Gordon, he appeared yesterday at his first Patriots exercise and wore a wristwatch, which seems strange, is not it? (Nice place by Joey Ellis.)
And talking about Photoshop: The Trail Blazers yesterday became the last NBA team to sell to a uniform corporate advertiser. As per our consolidated protocol, we will not name the advertiser nor show your ad. But we will show that an ad-dresses Trail Blazers jersey looks like shit, which is all you need to know (click to enlarge):
Now there are 24 teams advertised, including three who have joined the last six weeks. There are six remaining teams without advertising.
(My constant thanks to Nic Schultz for his Photoshoppery.)
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And speaking of the NBA: Ricky Rubio, the Utah Jazz playmaker, has hinted for about a week that the team has a new uniform in production, and yesterday has had the opportunity to show it – a purple throwback that matches what the Jazz wore from 1986 to 1996. Here's how it looks from behind:
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Too good for the Ticker: Take a look at these two NBA photos of a 1962 Warriors / Pistons game. There's a lot to admire here, but the most unusual thing, of course, is that one of the Detroit players – apparently Walter Dukes, at least according to the Twitter hive mind – wears his warming suit in the field! I can definitely say that I've never seen it before. Anybody else..?
(My thanks to John Cannon and @ ursus_arctos59 for their contributions to this section.)
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Baseball news: The Red Sox made a banner with the title of the division, but fell from the truck that carried it. Some Sox fans have found it and will return it – for the right price (from Mike Chamernik). … The Marlins green-water returns have been a great success this season that will take them back in 2019 (thanks, Phil).
Pro Football News: The Browns Color Rash monochrome uniforms will finally make their field debut tonight. … In the meantime, have a look at the Browns striped end areas! They represent the team 16 Hall of Fame (from @ Cdud1970 is Jerry Wolper). … WR Jordan Matthews, who returned yesterday for a second stint with the Eagles, he will wear No. 80, not his old number 81. … The AAF, the new professional league that debuted in February, released four of its eight names and logos of the teams (from Tod Meisner).
News on university football: This weekend, the Colorado return to A & M with the Colorado State era. I love that combination of green / orange colors. … Sportswriter Steve Rushin found his father's 1952 Purdue Big Ten belt buckle as he popped up in the basement (from Jen Hayden). … Yesterday we reported that the State of Iowa would wear a commemorative decal "CBA" for the ISU golfer killed Celia Barquín Arozamena. Now comes the news that the ISU adversary this weekend, Akron, will also wear the decal (from Kary Klismet). … Here are the combos of this week for the state of Washington is Arkansas (Thank you, Phil). … the uniforms of the return to the past this Saturday for Montana (from @clarkbarniner).
Hockey news: Here are the panthers' shirts with the 25th anniversary patch and the designations "A" and "C" (from @ 34inXXIII). … G.I. Joke pregame jerseys for six games this season for the Charlotte Dama (thanks, Phil). … Here is the logo of the NHL All-Star Game 2019, which will be hosted by the Sharks (thanks, Brinke). … Fun fact: the urinals in the devils' arena are characterized by the team logo (from Dan Klein). … Bruins and Flames wore this patch for yesterday's game show in China (thanks, Brinke). … The flames have an alternative video presentation coming on Friday (thanks, Phil).
NBA news: Here is an old picture of the Bucks team that seems to show Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the stirrups on the tubular socks! I do not know what it was (for many readers).
News from college hoops: Texas Tech is making fun of new red sweaters (thanks, Phil). … Illinois uniforms will get "Retouch" this year and a complete redesign next year (from @ mrmichael21). … New uniforms for the state of Arkansas (thank you, Phil).
Football news: Manchester United have new pink uniforms and some fans are not happy (thanks, Phil). … New uniforms for CSKA Moscow, which passed from Adidas to Umbro (from Ed Zelaski). … Also from Ed: new alternative kit for Red Bull Salzburg. … "Outside the Stade de Suisse in Bern, there is an old scoreboard of the site's first stage, the Wankdorfstadion, and a picture of it in action in the 1954 World Cup final," says our Jamie Rathjen. "In view of the first match of the Champions League group stage for the local team, BSC Young Boys, against Manchester United, the advertisements in the picture have been covered because UEFA only allows advertisements for Champions League advertisers. inside and around the stadium. "Douchebags. … Nike has produced a new mashup kit for FC Barcelona, with elements from all the team kits over the last 20 years. More information here. … New third kit for the Scottish Hibernian club (Jamie yet). … Good story from Denis Hurley: "In 1990, Cork City wore a new outdoor jersey against Dundalk, but it turned out to be the only time they wore it, but when the clubs played again the following week, Dundalk forgot their jerseys away , so they ended up borrowing City jerseys. "… For last night's Portland Timbers game, the shirt numbers used elements from all the flags of the players' gambling countries (starting from @bryant_rf).
handbag: Take a look at this super-cool book that presented a design proposal for an identity system for the bicentennial of the United States in 1976 (from James Gilbert). … The chain "Pizza" Papa John & # 39; s, trying to turn the page into the era of the founder fallen into disgrace, John Schnatter, could have a new logo being processed. … The airline Cathay Pacific was wrong to write your name on a livery of the jet @deadendnights is David Cline). … More State Iowa State Golfer Memorials Celia Barquín Arozamena: Michigan Women's Golf Team Wore Red Ribbons for Her and Ladies European Tour Players will wear black ribbons and watch a moment of silence for her during the first round of the Mediterranean Open (from Kary Klismet). … Oktoberfest uniforms for the German Volleyball team United Volley (from Jeremy Brahm). … Speaking of volleyball, the U. of Florida is doing a tribute to jersey (from Evan Murray).
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