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We're having our Annual Pre Maker Faire Ice Cream Social tonight!  If you're in the San Francisco area you should stop by and say hi, there will be liquid nitrogen ice cream and champagne popsicles!

Sometimes people have a little trouble finding our office, so yesterday I went over to TechShop and laser cut a three layer robot stencil out of plywood.  This morning we sprayed our front door with the robot and it looks awesome!  Come by tonight and see it in person!

Step 1: Prepare Layers: Part 1 Black

First I imported the robot image into Photoshop.  Using the magic wand tool, I selected areas of color and deleted them from the layer.  The remaining black areas are the pieces that will be cut out (fig 2).  I made sure to connect all islands of material with small tabs so that they do not get cut away, I did this using the eraser tool (fig 3).  I decided the fingers of the robot were too small to add tabs, so I just filled these areas with black for now (fig 4).  I'll add color back in these spaces in a later step.
Cool
That definitely makes the front door stand out a bit more. When I visited HQ, I noticed that the door is kind of hidden in the corner of the building.
We have the best front door in the entire city!
Yay! The robot is back!
Best stencil ever! :D

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