2013/14 “Hot Stove” Custom – The Rangers Trade For Prince Fielder

It wasn’t quite two years ago.

2013-14 TSR Hot Stove #6 - Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder was a free agent, and Tigers President & GM Dave Dombrowski said that the Tigers & Prince weren’t a good fit.

And the next thing you know, Prince Fielder is at a press conference wearing a Tigers cap.  And who was that standing next to him?  The guy with the huge grin?  Tigers owner Mike Ilitch.

It wasn’t hard to figure out who’s idea the big contract was.

That was one of the first things I thought of when I learned about the trade; Dombrowski is taking the construction of the team back into his own hands.  You can almost picture Dombrowski emerging from the shadows as he says “I didn’t start this… but I’m sure as hell going to finish it”.

Even so, I think this trade helps both teams and it’ll be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

Secrets Of The Computer Graphics Amateurs!

If someone who deals with digital forensics examined the custom card above, they’d find that it’s actually a combination of several images… Prince himself, the sleeve patch, the cap logo, the background, the jersey lettering, all came from different images. If there were ever a “Franken-card”, this is it.

The one different thing I tried on this one was using the “soften” tool to smooth out the edges between Fielder and the borrowed background he’s in front of. It did do quite the nice job of removing the “jaggies”… Not something you’d consciously notice, but it makes for a less jarring transition between foreground and background and subtly helps maintain the illusion.

3 thoughts on “2013/14 “Hot Stove” Custom – The Rangers Trade For Prince Fielder

  1. Very nicely done. The Rangers unveiled new uniforms today though, and the lettering is a little different. No more drop shadow, and there is white space between the blue letters and red outline. I think they look much better now.

    • Well don’t that just figure.

      …I checked it out, and the new jerseys are a definite improvement, a lovely example of “less is more”.

      I’m going to look at it this way: The jersey change helps people realize that my custom is “photoshopped”, because Fielder will never have worn the jersey pictured.

  2. Pingback: “Hot Stove” Custom – Tigers obtain Ian Kinsler From Texas |

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