Images pt. 2

So the good news first: I found several images to use for the upcoming image assignment on the Library of Congress Print and Photographs Online Catalog and the New York Public Library Digital Collections site. I think I’ll mostly be using images of the Capitol building (taken before 1870), as well as some of Richmond after the Confederate evacuation. I also finally figured out my colors for the final project! I am reading This Republic of Suffering by Drew Faust (one of the best history books I have EVER read), within which she discusses women’s mourning attire. My final project will incorporate grey, purple, and lavender to coincide with the half-mourning colors worn by women who lost family members during the Civil War.

Now the bad news: I am incredibly inept at using Photoshop. The man with cat that I was working on Monday ended up looking worse than he did before I started editing, so I will be working with my image editor over the weekend to try to discover what having a “light touch” actually means. The two videos assigned this week will also be helpful for learning more about how to use Photoshop.

My biggest take-away from the Williams’ chapter is that you need to go big or go home when working on contrast. The effective use of contrast is attractive to viewers. Contrast is meant to make a page more interesting, and also assists in organizing the information pertained on it. Contrast can be created by using differing type faces, line thicknesses, space, and more. The four-part series “That Wicked Worn Look” was a bit above my head. I’m having a hard enough time working on enhancing my images and cleaning them up, and I think that most of the pictures I’ll be using for the image assignment and final project will require enhancement and not aging. However it was an informative series, and it was neat to see the progression of the various images from crisp and clean to aged and worn. I’ll put this series in my back pocket for when I finally master the process of cleaning up an image.

My comment on Peter’s post


  1. I also LOVE Republic of Suffering. Very cool idea to use those historic colors.

    Getting better at Photoshop is all about practice and experimenting.. what helps me is being able to go back to the last point that looked good. One of the Lynda tutorials suggests making duplicate copies of your last good layer. If you mess up royally and can’t “undo”, just delete the duplicate layer and you’ve got a correct layer below it. Duplicate it and try again! I also name the layers by what I’m trying to accomplish (“coloring eyes”, “cleaning up scratches”).

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