Photo manipulation workshop
Robot fetishism, and more relevantly fembot fetishism, is closely associated with the practice of photo manipulation. This involves altering images into fetish-related content.
According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, "Photo manipulation involves transforming or altering a photograph using various methods and techniques to achieve desired results," whether through the use of analog or digital transformation. The spelling photomanipulation can also be seen used, along with the more colloquial manip or photoshop, in reference to Adobe Inc.'s software.
In the context of robot fetishism, photo manipulation refers to the act of altering a picture, photographed, drawn or otherwise, into an expression of the fetish, i.e. human-presenting robots. In the case of Fembot Wiki, this implies altering images of women into female-presenting robots, or fembots. This may be done in various ways, for example through the adjunction of elements, such as access panels or faceoff, or by the removal of others, such as erasing limbs to suggest disassembly or damage. When applied directly onto and into an image, the adjunction of text or the contextualization of a picture as showing a female-presenting robot may constitute an instance of photo manipulation.
Although it may exist as commissioned, professional work, photo manipulation as understood through robot fetishism is mostly an amateur and unsanctioned practice. Creators require or request no monetary compensation and use scavenged images without express permission. Similarly to fan labor, these transformative works may infringe on the original authors' intellectual property and moral rights.
Photo manipulation as an expression of robot fetishism is mostly created through the use of graphics editor software, computer programs that allows creating and editing images on a computer.
Some popular graphics editor are:
- Adobe Photoshop, a commercial product by Adobe Inc.,
- GIMP, free and open-source software maintained by volunteers,
- Paint.net, freeware with plugin support created by Rick Brewster.
While commercial software may offer more functionalities and easier accessibility, their gated nature tends to narrow their user base. On the other hand, open-source solutions or solutions supporting third-party additions might be free and have a more dynamic community, but may have more complicated workflows out of the box.
- FaceoffFembot's damage tutorial for Paint.net
- Glast's GIMP tutorial
- Robotman's GIMP tutorial on lighting and shadow effects
- Robotman’s Tutorial for Fembot Manips
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