Since they are dead, they won’t mind

How I Did It

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Back in the 1960s when my wise old grandmother was helping me find my place in the world, she would often say, “Don’t re-invent the wheel.”

The first time she said that, she also had to explain it to me. After that first time, though, I was always looking for the wheel that someone else had invented. I never felt guilty about using someone else’s wheel when appropriate, legal, and ethical because, as my wise old grandmother told me, “There have been a few billion people on Earth before you. It’s highly likely that they invented something that you can use, and since they are dead, they won’t mind.”

Recently I found several wheels for Photoshop that someone else had invented and is selling for what I consider reasonable costs. Those wheels are called Actions, and the ones that I have fallen in love with are by PanosFX.com.

You might remember me mentioning them fairly recently when I tested their photo corner Action (see Ready? Set? Action!). I did wind up buying all of the Photoshop Actions that PanosFX.com offers.

Here are some of my favorites, demonstrated quite ably by Zoey the Cool Cat, of course.

FanZoey the Cool Cat fan

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WristwatchZoey the Cool Cat wristwatch

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WeaveZoey the Cool Cat weave

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BookZoey the Cool Cat book

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Light bulbZoey the Cool Cat light bulb

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Film stripZoey the Cool Cat film strip

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Wanted posterZoey the Cool Cat wanted poster

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Spiral-bound bookZoey the Cool Cat spiral bound book

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Magnifying glassZoey the Cool Cat under the magnifying glass

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And lastly for this post, a Zoey the Cool Cat cube which you can print, cut, and glue to get a real cube to set on your coffee table or bookshelf!

Zoey the Cool Cat cube

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I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

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20 thoughts on “Since they are dead, they won’t mind

  1. philipfontana

    Russel, Obviously, your grandmother was quite a person & had a major impact on you. I often say no need to reinvent the wheel. But I like to say that Mel Brook’s in his “2000 Year Old Man,” maybe should be 340,000 year old man, was there when the caveman invented the wheel, coaching him, “No, round, round!!!!!!!” Very informative post as always, displaying your tech know how! Phil

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  2. HopeSpirit

    These are great! I can’t even begin to choose my favorite (although both the book and lightbulb garnered wider smiles,,, or maybe the weave or the magnifying glass? Oh, I give up!). All I know is they lifted my spirits. And thank goodness they were Zoey approved 😉

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Zoey the Cool Cat is a ginger tabby-colored American shorthair. I just found out recently that the American shorthair is what my wise old grandmother always called an “alley cat.” It apparently is a politically correct term for alley cat.

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  3. bldee3

    Russel, I love your work in general yet with this program it’s sensational. I sat there awwing and ooughing at your cool cat and all the wonderful ways you can present him. The first one of the fan and the exciting colors wowed me and all of these are so wonderful. I love how you write about your grandmother to incorporate it into your new photo shop program. You are one creative man! Best wishes on future endeavors and here’s to your creativity!!

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