Image Assignment

I tried fixing my image assignment on Monday night after class. Martin and Amanda helped me a lot and I thought everything was fixed. I was excited about putting the link to my blog, too. But when I got back home and opened my Dreamweaver again, something wasn’t right… The page looks weird and the images aren’t showing. I don’t know what I did wrong. I gave up after spending a few hours and when I realized that all I am doing was making it worse. Anyway, I felt that I should put the link. So, here it is: But I will try it again this weekend!

Image Assignment

Here are the images I’ve been working on using Photoshop. I used photos of John Powell, a white supremacist, a pianist and a composer. He was also a founder of the Anglo-Saxon Clubs of America, a Virginia-based white supremacist organization, established in 1922.

Cropped & resized image (before & after):


Hand-colored photograph (before & after):

JohnPowell5.original JohnPowell5修正中web

Vignetted photograph (before & after):

JohnPowell4.original JohnPowell4.修正後.web

Finally, I used some images that I found on the web for restored photograph and matted engraving.

Restored photograph (before & after):

clio3_original clio3.修正.web3

Matted engraving (before & after):

de_bry_chief_virginia_it.original de_bry_chief_virginia_it.修正後.web


I commented on blogs by Beth and Sara.


Adding Color to History – The Use of Photoshop on Historical Images

I wasn’t always comfortable with editing and altering images especially when it gets to historical photos. I’ve been thinking about the purpose of historians using Photoshop. Why do we need to use Photoshop, and what can it help to interpret history?

Beth talks about the same question in her blog, “Editing Historical Images: How Far Is Too Far,” and I’ve read several other blogs that raise the same issue. And I’ve had similar thoughts on what she said. Yes, I am somewhat comfortable with using spot healing brush to clean cracks or tears in a image. I also think adjusting the tone or changing contrast can help restore a worn-out picture. But it seems that not many people feel comfortable with manipulating historical images by using all the tools in Photoshop. Then, adding colors to a black and white picture can be something most historians never dared to think of.

Last week during class, we did engravings and adding colors to the Cat and Man. After struggling learning the several tools in Photoshop, I admit that it was quite fun to know those techniques. It was fun to imagine the man’s skin color and the color the cat. And indeed, it was all my imagination.

Is that why historians feel uneasy about adding color in history? We don’t know the exact color and there’s no evidence unless the actual object or a written proof of describing what the color is are left with us. Historian uses their imagination, too, but it’s not like we can guess and add whatever color we want to in historical images. We need to be responsible on how we handle and use the sources. So, even though I like learning these techniques in Photoshop, I am still worry about applying it on historical images. I would like to think more about the purpose of Photoshop for historians, and to learn how others feel about it.

This week, I commented on Becca’s blog. I wasn’t able to give helpful comments but I was amazed with her beautiful website and her image assignment.

I also went back to earlier blog post from Martin. He showed how color can give life to a black & white photo. Thanks for sharing the link!

Cat and Man – Restoring Images Using Photoshop

This picture of a cat and man is really interesting. We don’t know who the man is and why he is holding a cat.  But as we all discussed in class last week, we can guess that he is probably a single and wealthy man owning a cat. (Because he has no marriage ring in his finger. And why would he be holding a cat in his picture? The cat must be his companion. Besides, he must we rich enough to own a cat.) Here is the original photo of the Cat and Man.

Cat and Man Original

Now, here is my edited version of the Cat and Man using Photoshop.

Cat and Man-修正

The three major tools I used to restore this picture were the burn tool, spot healing brush, and copy stamp. (My Photoshop is in Japanese. Sorry, if the name of the tool is different from the English version. I just translated and guessed the name.) I used the burn tool around the man’s face, his eyes, hair, beard, and hands, and also the fur around his cat. After darkening a few areas, I used the dodge tool to bring some highlights hoping it would make the picture look more natural. I also tried to darken some of the areas that were faded on his suites. Spot healing was very useful to take away the cracks or the white dots in the background. And I used copy stamp for larger areas that I wanted to fix, for instance, the faded area at the edge in the middle right (the little circle) in the background. Finally, I wanted to do something with frame and the oval shape around the picture. I knew where I wanted to fix but I wasn’t quite sure how I should fix it. So, I tried using the burning tool again. There must be more tricks you can do on Photoshop so that the picture will look more like the original piece.

This week, I commented on April’s blog and Kasey’s blog.

Clio Street – My First Photoshop!

I had been terribly absent with my blog lately because of several travelings this month. I was able to visit to many cities in the States in just only this month. That’s the fun part about studying abroad!

One of the places I visited was Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After visiting Louisiana State University, I took a bus to New Orleans and spent like 13 hours exploring the city before I headed back to the airport. And in NOLA, I found a street called “Clio.” The moment I saw this street, I couldn’t help but to take a photo thinking about this blog. And we are doing Photoshop so maybe I should try editing the picture before I show it to you all. I did it just for fun and practice. I cropped the image, straighten it, and erased the white marks on the pole, which was the hardest part in editing. Here’s the two photos (before and after) of Clio Street!






I’ve commented on Kirk’s blog and Sara’s blog.

Revising Assignments

A few revisions have been made in my assignments. Here is the link:

I would be more than happy to hear suggestions or comments to improve this webpage. While I was fixing the assignments during the break, I looked at several of my favorite websites and payed attention on how many colors they used, what fonts they used in the title/text/navigation bar/footer, and where they put the images. And I realized that I am terrible at choosing colors. I see bad combinations of colors every time when I refresh my webpage. I don’t think the color wheel in our textbook or the Photographic Palettes helped me either. So, I decided to go with the neutral colors like tan, gray, black, and a little bit of dark red as my “loud color” after doing some several experiments. How do you choose colors? Do you first choose the background color? Or decide what color to use for the title? If I use a image that has color in it, I might can pull out some colors from the picture but the image I used in my text assignment is black and white. I want to know how everyone else chooses colors.

Commented on April’s blog.