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How to make orange man orange

For this next demonstration, I will need the use of color.

A couple of years ago, I read someone say they’d met Donald Trump and they were surprised to find he wasn’t orange at all. He was ordinary skin color. That made me go ‘hmmm’ with my Photoshop costume on.

Usually, credibly editing a portion of an image is a tedious slog, with lots of outlines and masks and feathering. But turns out making the orange man orange isn’t hard at all. Behold!

Open image. Call up the ‘hue – saturation’ slider. Choose the red channel. Slide it halfway to the right. Save. Done. Like, ten seconds.

See my sample here. I used Gimp this time because I was too lazy to fire up Photoshop, but they work the same.

A handy way to see if this has been done is to look at his tie and see if it’s super-saturated red. In my short hunt for a suitable photo, I noticed he tends to favor red ties with a slight magenta cast. You’ll see that in my sample image – the left one is slightly pinky, the altered one is red, red, red.

There’ve been some screaming pumpkin-orange Trumps on the news lately. I’d tell you I’m surprised at the media pissing away yet more credibility like this, but nah.

Have a good weekend, y’all! Go out and get some sun on your beaks, if you have any sun.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 20, 2020, 10:01 pm

It’s been great Florida fall weather here in God’s Waiting Room. Highs of 80°-81° Fahrenheit (27° Communist) in the early afternoon, dropping to around 68°F (20°C) overnight. Nice fluffy cumulus clouds but ample sunlight. It’s really very lovely here this time of year.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: November 20, 2020, 10:05 pm

Very nice I have noticed the variation in skin tone of online images of famous peoples (movie stars, mostly) but never really thought it could be manipulated. I always thought it was ‘just the way the camera captured the scene,’ lighting, and so forth.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 20, 2020, 10:07 pm

I should mention, I have no idea if my ‘before’ picture was already altered a little. I didn’t tone down the orange first, though – it’s just as I found it.

Comment from p2
Time: November 20, 2020, 10:23 pm

We only get about 5 hours of sunlight a day this time of year and we keep losing 7 minutes a day for the next month or so. That’s the upside…by the end of April it won’t get dark.

Comment from BJM
Time: November 20, 2020, 10:25 pm

Heh. I was waiting for an on topic post to drop this. 271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book; amazing, no?

[The book is online in hi-res, link at the above site.]

h/t Gerard

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: November 21, 2020, 11:19 am

@BJM – I’m guessing this cats maternal grandpappy wasn’t color blind!

Now that’s a labor of love, I wonder if he had money or if he got by eating day old bread crusts. Yes, I wonder things like that.

Course the guy writing this knows only the primary colors they gave him in primary school to work with. You remember, those half inch thick crayons right?

And Magenta or ‘hot pink’ or ‘hunter green’ weren’t in that set.

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