Every year, my newspapers put out special editions for April Fools. It’s something the staff looks forward to every year. We prank our readers by running fake stories on our first three pages, with a “gotcha!” note on page four. The stories are always rather outlandish, but contain just enough grains of truth that they might, just maybe, be real. This has been a tradition for several years, so most of our readers have come to expect the issue and get a laugh out of it. But every year we fool a few people who don’t make it to page four, and the hysterical results get published the next week.
This year, the reporters and editors outdid themselves with hilarious story ideas. But they all seemed to require some heavy Photoshop work – my weaker point in the Adobe Creative Suite. But one recent Photoshop success had given me a confidence boost, so I took on the assignments.
Some were easier than others. A brief about a dog fashion show on Siesta Key Beach required me to photoshop a tutu-sporting pug on the beach:
A brief about a study, for which the town of Longboat Key had spent a large amount of money, being gilded in platinum and diamonds required me to do just that, digitally.
Final ULI report is a gem for town
A story about the merging of two popular restaurants on Longboat Key required me to merge their logos:
Mar Vista and Moore’s to merge
To accommodate European tourists, a story claimed the direction of an already-congested traffic circle would be changed. I created a map to show drivers how to use St. Armands Circle with the new changes in place (this was done mostly in Illustrator, not Photoshop).
Circle puts new spin on traffic
A popular concert venue was to be converted to an obscure sports complex (“Eccentric Sports Promotion Network”), requiring a new signage. Two of the featured sports would be dodgeball and ribbon dancing.
City Commission OKs obscure sports stadium
The island of Siesta Key decided to secede from Sarasota County. Here’s its new flag:
Siesta Key votes to secede from Sarasota County
And, the best for last… we wrote that Justin Bieber purchased the latest and greatest mansion on Longboat Key. Here he is outside Ohana House with his leopard-print Audi and chilling in the master bedroom.
Justin Bieber’s new baby: Ohana estate
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