“Splash The Color” Tutorial

1.  Install the free “Photo Splash” app onto your iPhone, if you don’t already have  it, and then open it.

IMG_12912. Press “Start”.


3. Press “Start New Project”.


4. Choose the “Photo Albums” option. A message will prompt you to enable access to your photos. IMG_1294


5. Choose the photo you wish to edit from your album. It will then appear automatically in black and (white in the app.

6. Use your finger to “paint” (restore)  the color back to the object you wish to “splash” (Zoom in to sections where you need to define outline edges).


7. Press the top right button when complete (looks like a cloud with an arrow pointing up beneath it), in order to share it.

8. Press “Save to Photo Album” (Pick original resolution when prompted).


You will then be able to upload it to flickr and your blog post, as required. 

“Jewel’s” Treasures

FullSizeRender-6Julia James is a very mysterious woman, so she does not carry a bag on her person. She likes to leave some things up to the imagination. However, there are essentials that she absolutely needs in her everyday life to keep up appearances and do her “job”. In order to detail these items and add depth to this Femme Fatale, I completed the required “What’s in your bag?” assignment, which states:

Your purse, bag, packpack, murse, whatever, is your constant companion throughout your adult life. What are the essentials in your bag that get you through the day? Take a picture of the items and detail each of them with a description.

This assignment is worth 3 points.

“Jewel”, having not earned enough money to buy one yet, drives a company car in which this bag stays. The matching ID holder contains her company ID and driver’s license. This, along with the single car key on the keychain, rotate between being stored in the bag and on her person because of their small capacity. Julia can easily strap them to her thigh, just like her gun, when walking. Also, inside this bag is an agenda and pen. Crucial to any legal secretary’s work, these items do not seem out of the ordinary. However, upon further investigation, this agenda contains meeting dates with her specific clients and separate meetings with their husbands for her “job” away from the job (More on that later). Although part of her seduction technique is her natural look, every woman knows that “natural” does not come completely natural, hence the beauty products. She constantly carries blush, mascara, lip gloss, a mirror, and a hairbrush to maintain her beauty, as it is crucial to her job (and her character as a Femme Fatale). Julia’s classic look is not complete without her black pencil skirt. Therefore, she carries an extra just in case she gets SOMETHING on her first one. Another item that she carries is a cell phone, which is typical of anyone in the twenty-first century. But, if we examine her call log, we might think a little differently about her, given that most of her calls are made to her clients’ husbands. The flashlight comes in handy for everyday occurrences, such as lighting the way as she walks alone on the cold streets of Chicago at night and to her car when she works late at night when the law office is closed.  The final item that she keeps in her bag is a very, very, very sharp pair of scissors. Scissors can be used for a variety of things, such as trimming her nails and split ends, and cutting tags off of new, tight outfits. And this particular pair’s sharp edge makes it so they can pretty much puncture anything….and I mean anything.

As one can see, these items are all typical of a beautiful, single woman working as a legal secretary. Or are they…?


Well, Color Me Gold!

Experimenting with image editing software has always been a pleasure of mine. I  enjoy transforming photos from their original form, such as by cropping and applying filters. Given this hobby, the assignment, “Splash The Color” seemed perfect because I had never tried to add color back to only one object in a picture. The assignment states:

Color splash is a technique to emphasize details- you remove all color from a photo, and then restore original color to a single object, e.g. a green apple on a table. Think of the Girl in the red dress from Schindler’s List.

You can do this in a number of ways with photo editing software or using mobile apps. The answer lies in the Google

This assignment is worth 3 points.

My inexperience with the type of photo editing software that creates color splash led me straight to Google, as per instructions in the prompt. I am more comfortable using applications on my iPhone, so I searched for apps that create color splash. I found “Photo Splash”, which is designed for this purpose exactly. The next step, and probably the most difficult, was choosing an image. My immediate reaction was to take a new photo, but I changed my mind because I wanted to highlight a special and meaningful memory for this assignment. My photos took me down memory lane, as I considered my 19th birthday, Christmas, and many, many basketball games before realizing that one of my high school graduation photos would be perfect. The Honor stole provides a vibrant golden color that will stand out in an otherwise colorless photo. It also represents all of my hard work and late nights studying, which earned me the distinct honor of Salutatorian of Stafford High School’s 2014 graduating class.

The process of actually editing the photo was easier than I expected. When I began a new project on the app and chose the photo, the app automatically made the picture black-and-white. All I had to do was use my finger to put color back into the section that I wished to revert to its original hue. The prominence of the gold in the Honor stole proved to be a great choice, since my cap and gown were blue and white. The only challenging part was making a definitive line around the edges of the stole, so as not to revert the blue of the graduation gown. Trial and error allowed me to gain the precise control necessary to accomplish the task!

This assignment was a lot of fun, because it allowed me to relive the emotion associated with my graduation through a different forum. In fact, I actually like the photo better this way!



Jot It Down With “Jewel”

Post it notes visual assignment

When first coming across the “Post-It Notes & Grocery Lists!”, I knew exactly which character to choose, as I had just created the most sultry Femme Fatale to ever grace the noir scene. Julia “Jewel” James has a busy schedule as a legal secretary, so keeping lists and notes is the only way to keep track of it all. Plus, taking notes is part of her job description. The exact prompt states:

Choose a character or characters that you like, or choose a movie, world, whatever! Then, create Post-It notes in an image editor–multi-colored squares with handwritten-looking-text–that the character or characters in your chosen world would leave for themselves around the house. The Notes can be reminders, inside jokes, to-do-lists, grocery lists…whatever you want, write it down, then share it here! Make sure to let us know which universe/story/character you’re referencing, and include outside material (videos/clips/music, etc.) to help us understand the setting/context!

This assignment is worth 4 points.

In order to successfully answer the prompt completely, I utilized an application on my MacBook, called Stickies, that posts them to my desktop, and then I took a screenshot of them and cropped it. Additionally, I chose the font “Bradley Hand” for a handwritten effect. Since Julia James is a personally fabricated character, I was unable to link to outside material about her. Instead, I linked to several posts that I have written about “Jewel”, so that readers will understand the context surrounding her lifestyle.

“Jewel” represents the classic seductive, young, vibrant single woman in the modern age. She brings sexy back, if you will. It was extremely interesting to delve into her home life by completing this assignment. When deciding on what type of notes to write, I tried to cover all areas by including a quote, grocery list, to-do list, personal reminders, and tasks to complete. The quote was fairly easy to choose, because I focused on her personal motto of combining brains with beauty to make a lethal combination. She lives by this saying in order to motivate herself to become an independent woman who does not need a man to run her life. Her mother always stressed this to her, because she was dependent on Julia’s father for so long until they divorced. The grocery list is comprised of a series of items that include her favorite food (capers), the ingredients of her favorite drink (Ruby Red grapefruits, vodka, and sugar), and other healthy choices that help keep her fit. She also needs to get cat food for her black cat, Shadow (her noir cat, if you will). Maintaining her beauty is a crucial part of her job, considering that is why she was hired, so she reminds herself to workout and always smile. Her signature look of low-cut blouses and a pencil skirt makes her the ultimate Femme Fatale; hence why she buys tight clothes for her meetings. The to-do list may seem typical for a single woman, including such tasks as shopping and paying bills. However, one task that should catch a reader’s eye is cleaning her gun. Many of her coworkers speculate that she carries a gun, and this confirms it, along with her scheduled target practice every week. It adds a sense of darkness to her character. Julia’s individual relationships with her mom and dad vary greatly. She admires her mom for being strong enough, finally, to leave her dad. Therefore, she readily stays in contact with her through phone calls. Her dad, on the other hand, treated her mom like property, so Julia understandably does not have respect for him. Plus, he refused to pay for her to go to Harvard after the divorce, reasoning that she would marry quickly anyway and would not need to go to college. Considering this rocky relationship, it is plausible that she still contemplates emailing her dad back. Two of the personal notes highlight her backstory, by revealing her favorite movie as “Gone Girl” and her favorite book as “The Black Dahlia”. The latter post-it branches off of a previous post in which she recommends this book to her “Jewel” Book Club, based on her favorite quote from it. One of the final important post-its includes a list of clients and their phone numbers. These are women who she learns about, by doing some digging into their cases, at the law firm that she works for. She focuses on cases that deal with domestic issues similar to the ones she experienced as a child with her parents. In relation with this list of clients, she has a note to send a limo for one of their husbands. She plans to take him to dinner “discuss the case”.

Completing this assignment provided insight into “Jewel’s” character, and allowed me to further explore the noir world through a Femme Fatale’s eyes. Once I got started with ideas, I did not want to stop making post-it notes. However, I cannot give too much away about her character, yet, so I had to pause for now.