The Badge of Originality - Human Certified Original Works GENESIS POST and ART TUTORIAL

in art •  2 years ago  (edited)

As promised by @humanbot, here is the Badge of Originality! You will see this badge where I have personally verified a post is original content.

EDIT: I have extended an offer to experienced curators who want to help with the @humanbot Human Certified Original Works initiative! You can get your own customized Badge of Originality and help manually certify original works! Visit this post to find out more!

All posts submitted to the @humanbot Curator Incubator & Link Drop will be checked for plagiarism using my patented multi-step process. I am not going to tell you the secret sauce here as it could be used as a recipe to avoid detection, but I will tell you that it involves several methods of checking the text itself for plagiarism as well as reverse image searching post images. If I get even the slightest wiff of something fishy I will go to great lengths to determine of a post has been plagiarized, including translating into likely source foreign languages and detecting plagiarism in those languages.

Of course, I am a human and we all know that this means I am a perfect and infallible being. No wait, that's not right... hold on... I am a loosely organized cloud of vibrating energy particles generating an illusory world to inhabit in my mind. I can and do make mistakes in this process. If I certify something as original work and you have reason to believe it is actually plagiarized, please alert me immediately either here on the blockchain or through direct message: @carlgnash on | @gnashster on discord chat

The Making of the Badge of Originality

This badge began its life as this public domain image of a US Marshal Badge from Wiki Commons:

I used this image because I thought it was a nice classic badge shape, I already had star shaped badge in mind so this was perfect. Bonus points because it was a .png image with transparent background so I didn't have to do any work cropping the shape out when I pasted it into PhotoShop.

Solid Gray Badge

The first thing I did was use the eyedrop tool to select the gray color from a random part of the badge, then right-clicked the layer thumbnail to "Select Pixels" of the layer, and used the paint bucket to cover the selected pixels with the gray color. Now I had a solid gray badge. I knew I wanted my trusty eyeball tentacle to emerge from the center of the badge, so I used the circular marquee selector to select a circle at the center of the badge and deleted that section. Now I had a solid gray badge with a hole in the middle:

Beveled Badge

Of course the solid gray badge looks flat and blah. PhotoShop "Inner Bevel" effect to the rescue! I used these settings to apply a bevel effect to the badge:

Here is the beveled badge:

Alien Eyeball Badge

Luckily I had just recently colored my trusty eyeball tentacle avatar for the @humanbot logo, so I just pulled up my @humanbot PhotoShop file and copied the eyeball to paste it into the badge file:

Once I pasted the eyeball and moved it around to a position I liked, I had to delete some pixels from the base of the eyeball that were sticking out past the hole in the badge. Again I just selected the badge layer and right clicked on the layer thumbnail to "Select Pixels", then selected the eyeball layer and used the erasor tool to erase the pixels from the tentacle that overlapped the badge layer (only these pixels were selected because of the previous step - this made this process a snap).

Here is the badge with the eyeball:

Adding the text and finishing touches!

Obviously I needed the text to go around the badge in a circle. To do this I just selected the Ellipse shape tool and selected "path" instead of "shape" from the drop down menu at the top of the screen. I held down the "Shift" key while making the ellipse to keep it a perfect circle, and made a circular path for the text to follow - here is the circular shape I made, note the "path" selection in the drop down at the top left of the image:

With this shape made, I selected the Text tool and hovered over the circular shape and clicked on it to make my text follow the circle around the badge. I used "Century Gothic" typeface, set to "Bold" style, all caps. The plain text felt flat on the beveled badge so I used the "Emboss" effect to make the text feel like it was embossed on the surface of the badge. I used the following emboss settings:

One last touch to finish off the badge, I added a "Drop Shadow" effect to the badge layer to make it seem like it is resting on the surface of the white background. I use these drop shadow settings:

And there you go! The making of the Badge of Originality!

Much love - Carl

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Very nice and probably very useful idea. I see the way how to inform about plagiarism, bur maybe there is some way to inform directly about originality ? And this way to have confirmation or decline about that. ... I think many authors often are thinking that they are very unique ... but might be they are not :)

Yeah I think this is a valid point and I will update my posts when I get a second to indicate that in addition to just not plagiarized, I am only handing these out when it is original content... e.g. just paraphrasing an article, even if you cite your source, is not original. I have already been doing this in practice, but rereading my posts I see I didn't really specify this. Great comment! Cheers - Carl

Hi @aurumv, I think this is a terrific comment because it builds on what the original poster is saying and takes the discussion a step father, adding a terrific follow up inquiry that has helped shape the direction of the "Human Certified Original Works" movement going forward.

I am trying to support great commenters like yourself and encourage others to take the time to leave honest thoughtful comments. If you agree to let me quote some or all of your comment, it may be featured in an upcoming post as an example of great commenting. Please reply to let me know if you approve of this use of your terrific comment :) Cheers - R-bot

Thank you @r-bot. It will be a honor to me if you will quote my coments.

you are a champ bro ! love these articles from you

Thanks man! I really appreciate your support :)

Wow Im bookmarking to go through that step by step at my leisure.

Good efforts for curation. Im just a one man band over here, clicking on things that catch my eye. Is it required to link drop on discord to get considered?


No please visit and drop links that catch your eye in the comments there :) Cheers - Carl

Very nice Carl! Thanks for clarifying for me 😇

That was an interesting process! It's a bit beyond my ability to do stuff like that, the learning curve would be rather steep for me because of a complete lack of knowledge in that area. I'll leave that stuff to people like you who know what you're doing. :-)

I would still recommend just getting your feet wet and playing around with PhotoShop if you have the chance, it is really kind of like having a magic wand. The stuff you can do with PhotoShop once you gain some proficiency is just incredible. Making this badge only took a few minutes; the step by step post took way longer! Cheers - Carl

Great work @carlgnash! I got to get me one of them there badges, partner. spits on ground

Working on yours should have it done tonight. You want this new flower avatar in it or your trusty smiley Bucky face?

EDIT - love the flower btw

EDIT EDIT - oh I just realized the flower is for remembrance day, right?

Hey Carl. I will be going back to my old avatar after Remembrance Day :)

Hey Bucky do you want a version of the badge in Blue to match this new avatar? I think I used your avatar with green background when I made your badge so I used that same shade of green in the badge

Thanks, but I am switching back the green avatar again. Perhaps in the future. I have a few different avatar in this format.

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OK so you rock! This is a great idea, I love your puns and your writing style is unique and very fun to read! Great photoshop tutorial as well, I really enjoyed seeing the process!!
peace out