Splash of Color!

BW with yellow


My inspiration behind choosing this photo was simply picking a cute photo of my baby brother. I took this photo about three years ago and I wanted to see what I could do with it. When I chose this assignment I thought that it would be simple. It was not! I started out with a very complicated photo of some flowers I received. Once I figured out the process to remove color from a photo that dream quickly faded. Although my photo idea changed, this photo still means alot to me. About three years ago, I got a surprise phone call from my dad saying that my step mom was pregnant. I thought that it would be weird being so old and having a baby brother so young but when we met I fell in love with this little guy.

My process started with downloading the photo editing program GIMP. That was the simple part. I opened the program and played with it for about thirty minutes. After that I got down to business. I imported my photo and used the layering feature on GIMP.

layers yellow

With the layers process I created a black layer and a white layer. What that does is makes it easier to go in with the paint brush tool to remove a color. In this case, after I made the image black and white, I went in and removed the black and white using the paintbrush tool and creating a selection area.

show path yelllow


The selection area was hand traced. After I traced the outline I wanted to remove color from, I used the bucket tool fill the color with white. I can honestly say, I am not sure why it worked but it did :). After that I went through and touched up edges with the paintbrush tool switching from black to white.

The small descriptive paragraph of my steps makes it seem easy, but it is not. It took me two hours to remove color from this photo. With the help of a Youtube tutorial I pushed through it. Although hard and tedious, this was a very fun assignment for me. It is helping me in my personal quest to constantly learn new things.


  3 comments for “Splash of Color!

  1. June 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Nice. I chose the same visual assignment. It took you TWO HOURS to do that!!! Don’t worry I remember in days past when I spent hours trying to edit an image by watching youtube videos. Back then it seemed impossible, but you will find a rhythm and it will become a breeze. You’ll be making images no stop once it becomes second nature. Also, if you ever need any help just let me know and I will be happy to help! :)

  2. Jennifer Polack
    June 27, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Great Photo give more description of what you exactly did using GIMP, give a link to it, show some screenshots of you editing the photo and text displaying what you selected to make changes to the photo.

    • Jasmine
      June 29, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Okay I will thanks for the feedback! I actually included a hyperlink to the youtube video that gave me directions.

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