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How can I make my picture red, white, and blue like that barak obama portrait??? Answered

I was thinking... there HAD to be a website out there where you could do this... and if there is, please let me know!!! Thanks, PEACE OUT!!!

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aerayBest Answer (author)2009-05-23
JacobC99 (author)2016-06-22

Here is the link to a website that will allow you to "Obamanize" your pictures and then save them again. http://www150.lunapic.com/editor/

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gmoon (author)2009-05-19

The technique is called posterization; this quote from the wiki article explains it well:

Posterization of an image occurs when a region of an image with a continuous gradation of tone is replaced with several regions of fewer tones, resulting in an abrupt change from one tone to another. This creates an effect somewhat similar to that of a simple graphic poster.

You CAN do this with an offset press, silk-screening, or traditional lithography--it involves masking and printing each color separately... or you can do it on a computer.

(in college we had to do this with litho film and physical registration--use a punch and register pins to keep the different layers of film together. Then swap in-and-out each tone step negative on a 4X5 color enlarger, changing the filtration to achieve the colors. I also did it with an offset press, and had to change the plates for each color... It's WAY easy to do now...)

Photoshop actually has a posterize option under the "adjustment" menu. Just input the number of tones needed in the target image.

Once the image is created, you change the image "mode" (type of image) to "indexed color." A GIF image is a good example of indexed color. As an indexed color image, individual colors can be changed in the index, and that color will change in the entire image. It's very, very simple.

But most any image editing software (like the GIMP) can do this, too.

Even a program that converts JPG to GIF can be used to reduce the number of tones (chose the number of colors when you save the image.) Something like MS Paint could be used to edit the individual colors...although you'd need to convert the GIF to a BMP first.

Also...count the number of colors in those images--there's five colors in the Obama portrait, and maybe six in the Spock image. For "printed work," one color would be the paper color, of course.

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lemonie (author)2009-05-18

This one?
kelseymh is (probably) right about the software, this Instructable looks like the sort of technique you'd want to use:


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TyMan210 (author)lemonie2009-05-18

Here's one of Spock i found somewhere.

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