INTRODUCTION

The original pictures were taken from the Truman Library web site in the section marked Truman Library Photographs. The Museum has a large selection of pictures although many of them are not visible and marked Copyright Restricted Image even though they are more than 60 years old. Some of these copyright images are from news organizations.

The pictures I used are not pictures of Truman’s political career, rather they are pictures taken before he rose to national prominence. I chose these pictures because they were older and more likely to be subjects for improvement with Photoshop. With all pictures, I did not follow strict or limited procedures but tried various techniques to improve the photographs. The main activities for each picture are discussed below.

Truman the Child

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Truman Baby

The picture of Harry S. Truman as an infant was taken in 1884, the year of his birth. I downloaded this picture in JPEG format.. Accesssion Number on the Library web site is 62-95.

I chose this picture because it showed signs of aging. There are small discolored spots in most of the lighter areas of the picture, particularly the face and the dress. The area on the left appeared to be faded and too white. There is a dark area below the baby’s hemline near the bottom left. Click here for larger original image

After Image

Trunam Baby after Changes


Set RGB color.
Cropped the picture and got rid of some of the problem areas on the left and top background
Adjusted contrast and brightness.
Made adjustment with Curves.
Made adjustment with Levels.
Worked on the spots (dust and scratches) with healing tool.
Got rid of black area below the skirt at the left by replacing it with painted in carpet.

I tried to keep the antique feel to this picture.



Harry and Bess In Harry's Car

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Truman in Old Car Before Changes

This photo shows Harry Truman, Bess Wallace and friends riding in Truman’s 1911 Stafford car. The photograph was taken around 1915, probably by another person on the picnic. Accession number is 79-20.

In the downloaded picture, faces were indistinguishable. Click here for larger original image

After Image

Truman in Car with Sepia Tone

Cropped the picture.
Adjusted contrast and brightness.
Made adjustment with Curves.
Made adjustment with Levels.
The major changes to this picture were cropping, and clarifying the faces.
In brightening the faces, some other sections of the pictures became much too light.
The front of the car was selected separately and LEVELS were corrected after other adjustments.
The picture was set with a sepia tone.

Truman in the Army

Truman as Soldier Black and White

Before Image Reduced

This pictures was downloaded as a GIF, the default format, from the Library. It was changed to a JPEG for this web site 'Before' version. The picture was taken around 1917 and shows Harry S. Truman in his uniform as a First Lieutenant, Battery D 129th Field Artillery. He is seated, looking into the camera, with his left arm on a chair, holding his hat in his right hand. Accession Number is 79-24. Click here for larger original image.

 

Truman as Soldier Colorized

After Image

Cropped the picture.
Adjusted Contrast and brightness.
Made adjustment with Curves.
Made adjustment with Levels.
Located image of old uniform and with assistance from helper in Star Lab, made pattern of uniform in order to color the uniform.
Colored the medals, glasses rims, ring and buttons, hair lips, eyes and skin.
Colored the drapery.
Opacity was set so shadows would come through.
The 'chair' was a black blob before I colored it.
In revision, I colored face and hand more naturally.

Bess Truman

Bess Truman

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This picture shows Bess Wallace around 1917. Bess would have been in her early 30’s in 1917. Harry Truman carried this picture to France during World War I. They were not married until 1919. Accession Number is 82-56.

The main problem with the photograph was that her face was shadowed on the left side. Click for larger original image.

Bess as Vignette

After Image

Set RGB color.
Cropped the picture.
Adjusted Contrast and brightness.
Used Curves to make an adjustment.
Used Levels to make an adjustment.
Created the vignette. Made a new layer for the vignette background and filled with white.
Lightened face on the left side with the healing stamp.
Revised by recropping so picture was more proportioned.

Etching by Whistler

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Whistler Etching

Whistler was known for his etchings as well as his paintings.

I chose this picture because there was a distinct figure within the picture. Click here for larger original image

 

After Image

Whistler as vignette and color

Set RGB color.
Cropped the picture and got rid of everything but the woman.
Made a gold background.
Feathered the picture
Adjusted contrast and brightness.
Used Curves to make an adjustment.
Use Levels to make and adjustment.
Revised by change gold background to color of this page so it floats.