Weekly Assignments

Yellow Lights


3.5 stars

For my second visual assignment this week I chose Splash The Color: “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.”

Behind the Work

My senior year of high school I had the privilege of seeing Foster The People, one of my favorite bands, in concert for their Sacred Hearts Tour. I’d say it’s one of my favorite memories, especially because it was with a close friend. The concert was held at The NorVa in Norfolk, VA (get it lol, Nor- Va). One of my favorite songs by them is Miss You from Torches, they even played it at the concert!

A prevalent color in the album color is, yellow. Although, this isn;t from the same album the tour was for, it made me think of one of the pictures from the concert that had bright yellow lights in it.

During the Work

Original photo taken by Ariel Arison: September 15, 2017
Splash the Color Final Product by Ariel Arison: February 16, 2021

As per usual, I used Superimpose to complete this Visual Assignment. It took me longer than imagined because my phone died in the middle of me working on it (side note: for some reason I have a really bad issue with never charging my devices). I chose to use the original picture as the foreground and a B&W rendering of the photo as the background. I then masked the original picture, only leaving the yellow lights. This was no easy task and was actually quite frustrating to accomplish. Due to the original picture having a red stage lighting, not all of the lights are a true yellow. I also had to pay really close attention to removing the red sacred hearts club sign peaking through the lights. I’m still really proud of the final product even though it didn’t turn out how I imagined.

Superimpose Step by Step

  1. Choose a picture you want to make have a “splash of color”
  2. Make the background the image in B&W
  3. Make the foreground the image in original color
  4. Choose the “Transform” option, select “Fit to Canvas”
  5. Choose the “Mask” option, select the “Mask Tool”
  6. Select the paint brush
  7. Under Settings choose feathered brush, adjust to desired brush smoothness
  8. Remove all of the foreground, leaving the parts you want to be a pop of color in the image
  9. Merge the foreground and background

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