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I'm a PhD student in biomathematics, working on stochastic individual-based models of evolution in spatially structured populations. My other interests include cryptography, programming games and puzzles, photography and graphic design.

I started programming (in AmigaBASIC) when I was 10 years old. Nowadays, I'm most comfortable using Perl, C and JavaScript. I know Java and PHP too, but I can't really say I like them. I also know some Python, but not as much as I'd like.


CC-Zero Please consider any (original) code I post to Stack Overflow and other Stack Exchange sites to be released under CC-Zero unless stated otherwise. You may do whatever you want with it and don't have to credit me in any way, although of course that would be nice.


I'm the main author and maintainer of the Stack Overflow Unofficial Patch (SOUP), a user script for browsers with GreaseMonkey-compatible user script support (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, possibly Safari) that fixes or works around a number of outstanding issues with the Stack Exchange user interface.

I tend to answer a lot more questions than I ask. Some answers I'm rather proud of:


Jan
9
comment What's the most efficient way to “blank” old comic word balloons while retaining paper texture?
Also, if at all possible, do this before saving the images as JPEG. In the example images above, you can see that, even though the text itself is gone, some of the compression artifacts around it are still there. You'll get much better results with less trouble if you do this with the raw, uncompressed scans instead.
Jan
9
comment What's the most efficient way to “blank” old comic word balloons while retaining paper texture?
+1, this is what I would've suggested. One tip worth noting is that, if you want to do this to a lot of text at once, it can be useful to start by making a small separate layer filled with blank paper texture and then using it as a texture source. This speeds up the synthesis process (since there will be fewer rejections) and makes sure that it doesn't accidentally end up copying pieces of the surrounding drawing. Also, the full plugin (as opposed to the "heal selection" script) has a lot of setting you can play with to adjust the results.
Dec
31
revised GIMP: Trying to move selected text layer but moves background layer
manually incorporate rejected edit suggestion http://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/8824 by an anonymous user
Dec
24
awarded  Yearling
Dec
12
awarded  Revival
Dec
11
answered How to isolate the text from a bitmap logo?
Dec
4
awarded  gimp
Nov
11
awarded  Good Answer
Oct
27
awarded  Revival
Oct
27
comment How to make an image with transparent text on an opaque background?
I edited your question to make it clearer that you're not asking for us to design a logo for you, but simply how to achieve the transparency effect you want. At least, I assume that's what you're asking. (For the logo design, you're on your own; requests for free design work are off topic here.)
Oct
27
revised How to make an image with transparent text on an opaque background?
added 32 characters in body; edited tags; edited title
Oct
27
answered How to make an image with transparent text on an opaque background?
Oct
27
comment Photoshop - turn white transparent, specifically preserving shadows - new issue
If you can render the object on both a black and a white background, you can apply the answer I gave to this question to reconstruct the transparency. Note that, depending on how you do the background color change, this may result in the reflections also becoming semitransparent (which may actually be desirable).
Oct
26
revised Turn semitransparent PNG image into a white silhouette, preserving transparency
better title, add transparency tag
Oct
26
answered Turn semitransparent PNG image into a white silhouette, preserving transparency
Oct
26
revised Automated way to extract irregularly sized sprites from a sprite sheet
original title was misleading
Sep
19
comment How to select text layers below or behind other text layers in GIMP?
Related: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/13390/…
Sep
9
revised Help identify this curly 60s style display font
slightly less generic title
Sep
9
answered Help identify this curly 60s style display font
Sep
5
comment How to get motivated when drained
+1 for music and exercise, whether together or separately.