So you want to learn to "Fark"?
No problem. All you need is a computer, internet connection, and an imagination. That is basically it. The rest you can do for free. You can start out with free software and free image storage. Read on for details. What's a Fark?
The term "Fark" refers to manipulation of a digital image changing the appearance or intent of the original, usually in a humorous way. The term is an off-shoot of the website "Fark.com", created by Drew Curtis in 1997. Curtis states that the word "fark" originated either from a chat room euphemism for the "F-word" or from a drunken misspelling. He registered Fark.com when four letter domain names were disappearing. Originally, Fark.com contained no content except for an image of a squirrel with large testicles. When the site finally went active, Curtis encouraged visitors to submit interesting or bizarre news pieces as links. The concept was APNewsWire-meets-Drudge-meets-NationalEnquirer in a multiple contributor format. Images quickly became part of the submitted fare. Perhaps inspired by the original squirrel image, photomanipulated images came next. Fark.com remains active. It's now an eclectic mix of news, factoids, interesting photos, and what we'd all recognize as "farks" (funny photoshopped images). ( Read more about Fark.com here
Like coke, kleenex, xerox, etc., over time the term "fark" became a synecdoche. Software
If you happen to own Photoshop or a similar program, you're set. There are Photoshop Tutorials
all over the internet. Click here for numerous other PSP tutorials
. If you don't own Photoshop, there are several free alternatives. Gimp is the most popular of these. You can download GIMP here
. As with Photoshop there are many excellent Gimp tutorials available. Click here for Gimp tutorials
. More Gimp tutorials are located at Gimpguru.org
, Gimp Tutorials
, or Grokking the Gimp
is a similar program and is another free alternative. Image Hosting
Once you've created an image to post, you'll need to upload it to an online "image hosting site". These are free too. Photobucket
are the most popular, but there are many choices
. Once you choose your image hosting site, follow the directions there to load your images. Making it appear on TigerDroppings
Getting your image to appear on TigerDroppings is easy. Keep in mind, you cannot post images directly from your computer to Tigerdroppings. You must first upload your image to a "host" (see Image Hosting). Copy the "DirectLink" html address of the image from your host site. Open the "Start New Topic" or "Post Reply" links on TigerDroppings. Click on the "img" button to the immediate right of the "Message" window. Paste your "Direct Link" into the "Enter a valid image URL:" window. Click "Submit". That's it! What program to use?
One of the recurring questions on the TD Fark Board is "What program do you guys use?" First off, if you're new to this, try Gimp. It's free and you will get a sense as to whether Photoshop or some other program might be worth the money. I use an older version of Canvas
. Many prominent frequenters of the Fark Board use a version of Photoshop
. Which ever program you chose, the most important element will be your own imagination and sense of humor.