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Splash the Colour Assignment (2 Stars)

February 14, 2013


For this assignment, I found an app for my iPhone called iSplash (which is free, yay!) that allowed me to edit my pictures and make certain parts black and white, or coloured. It was really hard to do considering I had to edit the photo using a touchscreen rather than with a mouse on a computer; however, I think it still turned out really well! I took this photo in December when there were a ton of Christmas lights and Christmas trees everywhere (I wish they kept them out the whole year….) I guess this picture really shows my opinion about Christmas lights: that they brighten up even the darkest and gloomiest winter nights (:


February 15, 2013 at 1:49 am

Very pretty! This could also be done in GIMP in less than 60 seconds!
1. First open the image you want to edit.
2. In the Layers Dialogue Toolbox on the right side of the screen, right click the picture layer and click “Duplicate Layer.” (What this does is create a copy of the image so one copy can be grey and the other copy is colored.)
3. To make one of the copies grey, go to the top of the screen and open the “Colors” menu, and click “Desaturate.” Pick one of the greyscale options and click Okay.
4.You should now have 2 versions of your picture, a grey version and a colored version. Make sure the grey layer is on top of the colored layer in the little toolbox window on the right.
5.Now go the “Layer” menu at the top of the page, “Transparency” and “Add Alpha Channel” (This makes an invisible layer for you to work with so when you erase the grey parts, it wont be white underneath)
6. You should now be able to erase the grey version of your picture to reveal the colored version underneath.

Miss Runner Bug
February 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

I like your picture – it would look great if there was a way to up the contrast. Does that app have that?? I used an app called Color Effects {it was free too} and I liked that! You did a great job on the splash :)

February 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I think Amber and Kelsie have offered great ideas. The phone apps are usually easier to do but end up a bit more limited. Yes, the black and white image could use some denser black colors. The tree would be a challenge to paint in even in a computer program, but might have less of the halo you get by having to use a finger on the phone.

It could also work with a photo that is more of a closeup of the lights, where you’ve be painting in individual bulbs rather than the whole tree. Its definitely a good subject for this assignment

February 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I agree with making the background a bit darker, but I like the idea. I’m not a fan of the colored Christmas lights, but in this photo it looks kind of alien or ethereal.

February 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I really really liked how this turned out. It’s cool to see the Christmas Tree to have colored lights and then for the background lights to be black and white. Christmas lights are one of my favorite things ever (well really Christmas decorations at a whole) and this makes them look extra appealing! Great job!

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