For my second Visual Assignment I decided to do 107 “Common Everyday Object” where you change the color of an ordinary object everyone uses. I was randomly taking pictures around my apartment the other day and noticed that when I pointed the camera towards the microwave that the clock started going haywire. I thought this would make an awesome gif for my digiart class for our one piece of art a day assignment. I think it turned out ok. I couldn’t get all the layers to line up correctly, mainly because we only have eight minutes to create the art, but this is how it turned out:


Seeing how the clock was going crazy I thought maybe it would be cooler if it was a retro microwave=retrowave! So I manipulated some of the colors using photoshop and this is what I produced. I think its pretty cool and I hope if I find the time I can combine the gif and the retrowave:


Apparently all the buildings on campus are closed on the weekends during the summer, so I cannot do a screencast or take screenshots of my process with photoshop. I apologize in advance, but the process was not that different from the splash the egg visual assignment and you can probably use that video I made to do this same one.

First you are going to need a software program like GIMP or Photoshop.


1. Take a picture

2. Upload ze picture to photoshop

3.  In the upper lefthand corner click on the poly selection tool, not the free selection or magic wand.

4. Drag the selection tool to certain points around the area you would like to change the color. It helps if you zoom in really close to get the proper selection.

5. Once you selected the area choose a color with the color selector at the top righthand corner. I chose a vibrant green to go with the retro theme.

6. Choose the paint brush tool on the lefthand toolbar. NOT the paint bucket. The paint bucket will not fill the entire selected area.

7. Set the size of your brush so that it is large enough to cover most of the selected area. Then begin painting over the area. You will notice only the selected area is being painted.

8. Repeat the above steps in all the areas you wish to paint

Hint: Change the opacity of the paint brush from the top toolbar. Setting it at a lower opacity will make the color transparent to an extent. This is how I was able to keep all the numbers on the microwave without them disappearing completely.

This is a long and tedious process, but you can do a lot of cool things with photoshops selection tools as opposed to using GIMP, which can be limited in a way. Other students who have attempted this assignment have used other tools or special website like However, I find the whole process of using photoshop a lot more rewarding when I finally complete a project, but its up to you.

Also for the gif I created I will be making a screencast here shortly on how to make one. Both for GIMP and Photoshop, also using just photographs and movie clips, so stay tuned.



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