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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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Saturday92 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Hello Sushiman0001sorry to bother you so late.
I love what you did with the logo. I want just to know if you can change what's written, or send me that i can change myself ^^
Thanks and sorry for the trouble. exxaxion92 @ yahoo . fr
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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  Student
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  Student
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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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since it's Flash, you can always change the size. Height and width are required when embedding so it's only a matter of changing the default

height="650" width="650"

to some other square dimensions.

As for changing the background, I'm too lazy.
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TheDarkShadow007 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Truly spectacular work, I'm highly impressed. It seems that you're a Super A Class Computer wiz yourself.
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:iconsushiman0001:
Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's what I keep telling them...
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TheDarkShadow007 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
All in all, I am truly impressed with your work! Excellent job. I've been looking for one of these. Now whenever I use a friend's computer, I can leave this screen up when I'm finished. A little signature to show that I've been there...
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Youfan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
AWESOME! I really like The Laughing Man...

A great work!
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windstrider1 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with ~sXady. This is excellent work.
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2501 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
nice
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CarlosMC Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
the g in thought is odd (smaller) - doesn't show like that in the original
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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That part of the sentence is sideways in frame 1 of the source file. So when I made it, I had to tilt my head sideways.
After opening the source file back up for the first time in years, I tried to align the letter by the top instead of the middle. That was the problem all along. I just never had a reason to go back in figure out what I was doing wrong until now.
The new version is uploaded now. Maybe you and I will be the only ones who can tell the difference, but that's enough for me.
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CarlosMC Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
glad I could help
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BluEyedDem0n Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Love Laughing Man Logos This Is A Great!
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:iconmagnavash:
Magnavash Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Epic Win
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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic thanks
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UZUDAE Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
fantastic! I will definitely be changing my avatar to this ^_^

I didn't think I'd be able to find a laughing man logo that was this well done
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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can find just about anything on the interwebs.
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misses-pooky Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I :love: you
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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I :love: me too.
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BoyOfTheEnders Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009   General Artist
Very well done. I have re-produced this effect with multiple different logos and sentenced, but never actually tired to re-produce the real one.
Can you please give me a brief description of what software you used, and how you did it? I've used Photoshop CS3 for the ones I've done, I'll have to upload some.
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BoyOfTheEnders Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009   General Artist
I learned to read recently, and I finished reading your description, my bad!
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xsoliveros Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Awesome Logo!!! i wish i cud post it in my blog >w<
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duccino Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
Is it possible to get your fla ? I would like to try something without the white background.
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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, as long as I don't forget by the time I move back to my dorm. I don't have access to my desktop at the moment.
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kigamesh Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Good job on the logo and I like the way you explained the story behind the logo. Im gonna look for that quote on the book. :) cool
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aniruddha Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
you win!
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Pachunka Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008  Professional Artist
This is so perfect!
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SamuraiDio Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Can you publish the source?
I am planning to make an animated background for Enlightenment DR17 ([link]) and your sources may be handfull (only the images, since I don't know a thinkg of Flash design).
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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can only give you the original .FLA file. I can't publish this as an animated .GIF because the Flash has too many nested elements and text. Those causes errors when trying to convert to a .GIF.

Sorry.
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SamuraiDio Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
I was not talking about a gif, but the images used in the animation. But the .FLA should be enough.
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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I manually traced screenshots from the show to get vector images to animate with Flash (manual as in I did not use any sort of filter to have the computer draw the shapes for me, just the line tool and sub-selection tool). As far as I know the images cannot be viewed outside of Flash.

Get the .FLA here: [link]
That link will only last for a week or so.
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SamuraiDio Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
Errr...
Sorry. My work got me to much time and I completelly forgot to go on with my idea.
If i sometime go back to it i'll call you.
Thanks.
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abominable-boy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007
nice work Sushiman0001, its just like my screensaver exept it bounces around the screen
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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Screensaver? I'd like to see that.
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FatHammer Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
I haven't logged onto my Deviant Art account in ages, but I wanted to respond to this comment of yours.

I found a free program on the internet that can convert .swf files into actual screensavers. I downloaded it, plugged your .swf file in, and had a pretty awesome Laughing Man screensaver in less than 5 minutes! You can find it here: [link]
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forsaken-nightmare Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007
Beautiful work. You obviously put a lot of effort into making this. :) Bravo!
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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. It did take some time to complete.
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sXady Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006
wow this is really good! excellent work!
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Sushiman0001 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree wholeheartedly.
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