Because I like to live dangerously, I chose the very first assignment at the top of the list: Splash the Color. I don’t know if there was an “inspiration” for this per se–my thinking was more more “how am I going to get this done?” I remembered the name Pixlr from the opening video for this week, so off I went to their page. I also reviewed the pages of others who had done this assignment. I wanted to use a photo I already had–I was a bit tired of skulking around my house and yard for subjects. I also wanted to use a photo that had fairly defined shapes since I was anticipating it would be difficult to color something intricate. So I ended up with my recent masterpiece “Apple on Rug”. I got very lucky with this assignment, because under one of the first help topics on Pixlr’s help page was “Selective Coloring”. Jackpot! I simply followed the tutorial and voila. The steps involve creating a duplicate layer, desaturating the color out of the top layer, and then “erasing” the top layer so the color of the apple shines through. The video we watched on layers earlier in the week definitely helped here as I immediately understood what the tutorial was asking me to do.
It was a bit tedious as the eraser size was very small and it wasn’t until I was finished that I saw I could change the eraser size: