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Yet another Laughing Man logo. I know what you're thinking, I'm just another “copy-cat” but hear me out.
I know that lots of people have done something like this as fanart already (just do a search on Laughing Man) but trust me mine is different! First of all mine is animated and most others are static. The other animated ones that I have found rotate in the wrong direction or at a poor frame rate. Another difference is that mine is darker than almost every other one. That is because most other people use a different screenshot as a reference. I'll show you what I mean. This link shows the reference that most people use and the one I used: [link]

If you look closely you can see that the word that is covered by the cap is partially repeated. That is what makes it difficult to animate. I can't just have one sentence rotate and loop that animation. I had to duplicate the sentence, offset the duplicate and only have part of each sentence show at any given time. That was how I made the obscured word appear on both sides of the cap so that the entire sentence is showing at all times, just like the original used in Ghost in the Shell. Another obstacle was the fact that Flash 8 doesn't have a text-to-path feature. Meaning that I can't write a sentence and then have it curve into a circle. Each letter is it's own independent element which is why they appear to jitter slightly as they rotate.

I made the frame rate 29.97 frames per second because that is what NTSC Televisions (American TV's) run at, and that is the frame rate used in the DVD I watched that had this logo in it. I also timed how long it took for the logo to rotate at 29.97 FPS and I am as close as I can get to the original. The only thing missing is the bloom effect which can be seen at the reference link above in the last picture. So other than the bloom effect, I did everything I could to make this just like the original.

The original was made by Paul Nicholson when Kenji Kamiyama asked him to make a logo for the Ghost in the Shell series. The sentence is a quote from The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger. The quote in its entirety goes,

"I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes. That way I wouldn't have to have any goddamn stupid useless conversations with anybody. If anybody wanted to tell me something they'd have to write it on a piece of paper and shove it over to me. They'd get bored as hell doing that after a while, and then I'd be through with having conversations for the rest of my life".

You might want to right-click on it and set the quality to low because it is very CPU intensive. (I blame the lack of text-to-path functionality.) Leave a comment and tell me if I missed anything.

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Newer version with bloom here: [link]

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View GIF version:
[link]

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Bumped the letter "g" up because it was always a tad misaligned. I left that way in the original because I was lazy. Thanks to ~CarlosMC for calling me out on it.
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SlyBoyMedia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
would this be doable as a gif by making it animated in photoshop cs5.5? if so how would you do it?
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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sushiman0001.deviantart.com/art/Laughing-Man-Logo-GIF-148942209

It's not perfect, but it's A gif.
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KP-Giggles Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I have a request, if its possible. Would you be able to do the same using the Dollars logo and the phrase "Smile, beacuse the world isn't as bad as you think"
If not, that's fine. But if you could, That would be AMAZING and mean a lot to a lot of people
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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We shall see...
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KP-Giggles Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thank You ^w^
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utils Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
You mind find this interesting. I used your animation as a mask for Webcam Max back in 2007. Don't know why I waited this long to tell you about it but there you go.

[link]
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mrRiver Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Dudes ~utils & ~Sushiman0001. I also was interested in the effect ~utils came up with and have written an article about it and posted it around the web, DA, Tumblr, Facebook, blah blah. I'm setting up a blog that I will also be featuring on. Wanted to send my thanks to both of you for helping make the dream of a kid come true.

Here on DeviantArt
On Tumblr
And on Facebook

Cheers,
Josh
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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First of all, awesome.

I was going through some of the comments and saw that someone mentioned that it is spinning the wrong way... I spent WAY to long trying to get everything right to have someone claim that it's spinning in the wrong direction. It's spinning in the same direction as it does in the show. Don't let anyone dis your video for that.

I wonder how well your idea would work with today's hardware/software. I've never owned a webcam so I can't even attempt something like that.
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utils Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
I never checked if that comment was correct about it spinning the wrong way. I'll take your word for it. Obviously you had to study the footage to animate it!

Webcam Max is still a thing and face tracking software's more common these days. They have it on most consumer point & shoot cameras and even cellphone cameras. I would imagine the technology gets better all the time.

Unfortunately my PC is the same and there's no software equivalent on the Mac. Anybody else want to try it and get back to us?
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Living-In-Envy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist
This would be epic as a 200x200 or something smaller, and able to be on a black background. Any possibility you could make all that white black and post it too? Maybe smaller sizes?
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