Funny Money

September 1, 2021 By Mason

In this assignment, I digitally edited a one dollar bill to replace George Washington with universally beloved painter Bob Ross. Not only that, I edited a few of the bill’s other features just for fun. Below is the final product.

This week in DS106, we were told to go through a categorized bank of assignments and pick one project from three separate categories to complete. The first category I went through was Visual Assignments. I was a bit intimidated when initially looking through the bank, partially because of the sheer amount of options, but also in part due to the fact that I had to make two of my three assignments in some way relate to the course’s theme, which is the Joy of Painting. There were a lot of potential options, but this project was one that, as soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

To complete this project, I downloaded two images. The first was a photograph of a one dollar bill from Wikipedia and the second was an image of Bob Ross from bobross.com. The image editing software I used for this project was Procreate, the same software I used to make my painting last week.

Rather than start by replacing Washington with Ross, I decided to begin by making a few alterations to the text on the bill. I erased the “America” in “The United States of America” and replaced it with Ross, I edited the serial numbers to say “B0B” and I altered a bit of the text to specify that this bill is “Illegal Tender” and “for no debts public or private.”

Before placing Bob Ross in the portrait frame, I first had to remove George Washington. To do this, I copy/pasted a piece of the frame’s background across the entirety of the frame. This way, I could remove Washington without losing the textured pattern on the back of the frame. Next, I inserted my picture of Ross. The image did not quite fit into the frame, so I had to use the paintbrush tools to extend his shirt to the frame’s bottom. Finally, I removed Washington’s name from the bottom of the frame and gave Ross’s picture a once-over with the brush so that the colors of his face would not contrast as badly with the bill’s natural color palette.