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I really hate stupid TV. I barely stand the regular TV. I like Lost and maybe a soccer game, but that’s it. Honest!

But I can’t stand to see a puzzle and not solve it. Solving it by hand (by head?) is nice, but I really like using technology.

So if I see a “spot the difference” on TV Paprika or DSF I get really pissed. But I just can’t channel surf pas that. So computers to the rescue!

Take a screenshot of the TV screen. If you are using TV card on your PC be sure to switch to VMR9 setting or you will just get a blank screen. If you don’t own a tuner card use digital camera to take a photo of the TV screen (don’t forget to turn off flash). If you don’t have a camera you are pretty much over with this exercise.


Now follow instructions:

  • launch your favorite image editor (I use Paint.NET if Photoshop isn’t handy)
  • paste the image in new document
  • select one of two images
  • cut the selection and paste in a new folder (Photoshop will do this automatically for you in Paint.NET you have to create new layer)

Paint_NET_Difference Photoshop_Difference
left. Paint.NET, right Photoshop

  • turn the new layers blending mode to “Difference”
  • drag the cutted image over the original
  • two images cancel each other out, what’s left is the difference


One more sample:

Hiska_1 Hiska_2

Simple, isn’t it? Now, go win yourself a washing machine or something.

Posted on Monday, January 09, 2006 11:33 PM | Filed under: Photography Stuff Software |


# re: Stupid TV puzzles 1/10/2006 10:05 PM natasa
happy birthday

# re: Stupid TV puzzles 1/21/2006 6:47 PM MarijaPo
I don't get it, why someone would want to dl image editor, copy the photos,..., since the diferences are so obvious? Besides, it is a game. :)

# re: Stupid TV puzzles 1/21/2006 10:04 PM David
That someone probably already has an image editor and I bet copying the photos is faster than spotting the obvious! Will you take the bet?

# re: Stupid TV puzzles 6/8/2007 6:27 PM M.M.NIHMATH

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