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!