Color My World

Bringing Back an Old Favorite

In the last blog entry, I outlined the restoration work I undertook on an old photograph taken in 1966, illustrating a C.O.R.E. protest on Baltimore’s “Block.” I am very grateful for the comments, suggestions, and kind words people provided me on the work, and, in the past week, I did my best to incorporate the suggestions.

Here is the restored photo that appeared in the last blog entry:

In doing more restoration work on the photo, I created layers for each sign, and adjusted the curves so that the lettering would come out. Curve adjustments did a good job in bringing out the lettering in five of the six signs. Unfortunately, for the sign third from the right, curve adjustments only helped slightly. Too much adjustment would distort the photo, while no adjustment at all would just present a mostly blank sign.

I also used the burn tool to bring out more features in the photograph. In the previous photo, the image looks a bit too bright. I used the burn tool delicately to darken the photo a bit, but, in the process, more details became clearer. For example, in the very back of the photo, there is a sign that reads “SIGNS.” It was faintly legible in the previous picture, but it is more prominent now because of the burn tool. Moreover, small white spots became noticeable on the policemen’s pants, enabling me to use the spot healing brush to remove them

Here is the updated version of the restored photo:

Color My World

For me, hand coloring represented one of the more enjoyable, albeit at times tedious, portions of the image assignment. I took a photo of Frank Robinson posed in a batting stance during Spring Training 1966.

Here is the original photo:

Because the original photograph existed in color, I cropped and resized the image, while also removing the palm tree under Robinson’s elbow. I also adjusted the image to remove all colors from the picture.

With a black-and-white image, I set out to hand color the picture. I broke down the picture into multiple layers, from potions of the sky and the uniform to the baseball bat and numbers. Through each layer, I incorporated the brush tool to instill color into the picture. I altered the opacity percentage fifty-three percent, which enables viewers to see the picture’s minute details (i.e. dark rings on the baseball bat).

Here is the hand colored version of the photo:

Thanks, John!

In working on the Frank Robinson picture, I remembered a suggestion John provided me during the CLIO I days, turning some of the photos into baseball cards. I really liked the idea, and I believed the Frank Robinson picture provided an opportune time to create a baseball card. Consequently, I used the image canvas to create a frame, establishing a width of 0.12 inches and a height of 1.12 inches. You can find the baseball card below.

As always, I welcome and appreciate all your comments!

I commented on David’s entry, Photoshop for history.


Filed under Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, C.O.R.E., Urban History, Urban Unrest

8 responses to “Color My World

  1. Great work on the photos! I especially like what you did with the protest photo. The photo is now a more readable document with your emphasis on the protestors’ signs. Someone coming to your site can look at the photo and know what kinds of messages the protestors were trying to send.

    Also, great idea with the baseball cards! Here’s a thought for something else you can do with them–have the baseball cards say something about each person’s role in your story. You could do that not just for the players, but for others–could make for great educational materials (e.g., Theodore McKeldin, Mayor of Baltimore, pushed integration), particularly for schools.

    Congrats on a job well done!

  2. Really nice work on the CORE photo – I like that the text of the signs really stands out now.

    I love the baseball card idea.

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  4. Thank you David and Megan for your comments! I am happy with how the C.O.R.E. photo turned out, though that one sign bugs me a little bit. Nonetheless, I like how the other signs were able to come out. It took some time creating the layers and fooling with the curve levels, but readers can now see what the signs say.

    I really like the baseball card idea. With the story having different themes at play, the baseball cards will be a good way for viewers to keep track of the main players and their importance to the story. That significantly helps solve a concern I had with the final project, helping viewers keep track of all the important characters. To me, this idea does the trick!


  5. johngarnett100


    Awesome job on the CORE photo, it looks great! With everyone you’ve worked on in Photoshop, the baseball card idea is definitely looking more feasible and better executed then I thought when I made that comment! I think using things like visuals with a sports website will really engage the user more and keep them interested since your topic will be straddling very different audiences: from baseball/sports fans to historians of race/city etc.

  6. Lynn Price

    Great work with Photoshop, Richard! Did Frank Robinson ever wear bright blue pants? You make me want to be a better person.

  7. Thanks, Lynn! I haven’t seen any pictures of Robinson wearing bright blue pants, but, living through the 1960s and 1970s, I’m sure he did at some point. Plus, he played for the Dodgers in 1972, so it would have been bright Dodger Blue! 🙂

    In the early-1970s, the Orioles wore all orange uniforms on two or three occasions. The Orioles wore them as a throwback uniform when playing the Tampa Bay Rays in August 2010.

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