Australia-based artist Jane Long has revealed the latest additions to her "Dancing with Costica" series, in which she digitally restores, colors, and manipulates black-and-white photos captured over 50 years ago. This series all began after discovering the Flickr archive of Costica Acsinte, a Romanian war photographer who documented WWI and passed away in 1984. "I wanted to bring them to life. But more than that, I wanted to give them a story. I wanted people to see these figures as real people, more than just an old photograph. Adding color completely changes our perception of images. I wanted to change the context of the images. Photographic practices at the time meant people rarely smiled in photos, but that doesn't mean they didn't laugh and love. I wanted to introduce that to the images," said Long. Continue reading for more images.
"Please Photoshop away the kid," said one anonymous internet user, and the rest was history. Despite getting only one proper response, the rest of the manipulated images definitely made for some interesting conversation on Imgur, with comments such as: "I've never wanted to see 2 people kiss less than I wanted to see these people kiss" and "This is why you don't trust interneters with your precious moments." Continue reading to see them all.
Pedro Berg Johnsen from Norway specializes in combining portraits of celebrities to create surreal-looking people that should exist, but unfortunately, don't. Above, we have a morph of Taylor Swift and Emma Watson. Some say that Chris Pratt should play Indiana Jones in the reboot, and you'll probably agree after seeing the morph. "I use a bit of Photoshop for final touches and editing, but the actual blending is done in a program called SqirlzMorph. It's free, and pretty easy to use. As for time, everything between two hours and a couple of days. It depends on image size, what level of detail I'm going for and how invested I am in the project," said Johnsen. Continue reading to see more.
For a genius with unlimited resources like Tony Stark, the sky is the limit when it comes to the types of Iron Man suits he can come up with. Hong Kong-based artist Jack Lee shows us what happens when the high-tech suit meets Japanese samurai warrior. In a time-lapse video, you'll see a variety of samurai battle armor, helmets and a bright orange robotic arm. The end result may look simple enough, but it took Jack countless layers to create this masterpiece. Continue reading for the clip.
Florence Owens Thompson was the subject of Dorothea Lange's photo Migrant Mother in 1936, an iconic image of the Great Depression. Reddit user "Zahulie" decided to give this famous photo a color makeover, and the result is beautiful to say the least. Film colorization is most often completed in photo-editing programs nowadays, but there are still some who prefer the hand-coloring method of painting directly onto the film stock. Continue reading for more monochrome historical photos that have been given new life with color.
Mervyn O'Gorman, an electrical engineer, captured these beautiful photos of his daughter Christina at Lulworth Cove in Dorset, England over 100-years-ago. These century-old photos from 1913 depict her wearing vivid red clothes, with the saturated hues standing out in sharp contrast to the muted tones of the background, using a process called Autochrome Lumiere process. This technique involved using glass plates coated in potato starches to filter pictures with dye. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.
There are just some things you shouldn't be doing online, and that includes asking random forum (4Chan) members to Photoshop an image. This person either was looking for trouble, or genuinely had no idea what disasters were about to ensue, after asking "Can someone Photoshop the Eiffel Tower under my finger?" Continue reading to see more of the crazy examples that the members responded with.
Brian Lai, an artist Brian Lai from Malaysia, takes photo-realistic drawing to a whole new level by creating sketches with inverted colors. That's right, they look like abstract works of art until a filter is applied to invert the colors, allowing one to admire the portrait and, thereby, positively appreciating the artist's negative rendition. The hardest part? Adjusting the tone and shading details, according to Lai. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including "The Dawn of Killer Robots".
There are sub-Reddits for just about everything, including bizarre animal hybrids. First up, we have the mystical "Shorse", which is exactly as it sounds, a great white shark combined with a horse. If this creature did exist in the wild, on both land and sea, things might be a lot scarier, but should it only be confined to the oceans, a "Shorse" wouldn't be all that bad, right? Continue reading for more.
February 19th marked the 25th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop's first release. To celebrate its birthday, we bring you the very first demo, along with a minute-long compilation animation made up of a host of Photoshop creations. In the second video, you'll see everyone from Bilbo Baggins to the lovable green Shrek, made from the original working files provided by the artists themselves. In 1987, Thomas Knoll, a PhD student at the University of Michigan, began writing a program on his Macintosh Plus to display grayscale images on a monochrome display. This program, called Display, caught the attention of his brother John Knoll, an Industrial Light & Magic employee, who recommended that Thomas turn it into a full-fledged image editing program. Thomas took a six-month break from his studies in 1988 to collaborate with his brother on the program. Thomas renamed the program ImagePro, but the name was already taken. Later that year, Thomas renamed his program Photoshop and worked out a short-term deal with scanner manufacturer Barneyscan to distribute copies of the program with a slide scanner; a "total of about 200 copies of Photoshop were shipped" this way. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why moms get nothing done.