Choosing colors through image manipulation

Wow. Thanks to all of you who shared your stories in response to my post on color conversion problems! If you haven’t read the comments, please do! I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one with occasional problems converting threads (though I’m secretly quite jealous of Jane who doesn’t have to deal with this, being primarily a painted canvas stitcher).

So now I’ve got two different versions of my light-colored flower. Lesley commented that maybe the darker version might be too dark, depending on what’s around it. I realized after that comment that I didn’t really explain that this is used in the side borders, and that these flowers alternate with much darker flowers. It’s difficult for me to visualize how this would really look, since I now have three different flowers on one side. This is a perfect time to take advantage of my image editing program!

Here’s what the design would look like if I used the darker version of my light flower:

HowGreatTheBlessing_darkerflowers 3Jan2010

And the lighter version:

HowGreatTheBlessing_lightflowers 3Jan2010

Originally, I thought I’d like the darker version better, but the magic of modern technology changed my mind! Lesley was right. I really like the lighter version. Anybody want to convince me otherwise?

Now I’ve just got to rip out the darker version (Ugh. Frogging queen stitches.) and restitch it, as well as fill in the remaining flowers. Right now, the two on the right actually only have the outlines done.

7 Responses to Choosing colors through image manipulation
  1. Lori
    January 7, 2010 | 4:27 am

    I've been following your blog since a few of my friends from Buffalo took this class with you.
    I think the darker flowers look better. With the lighter version, your eye is drawn to the 3 darkest flowers on each side and then you see the lighter flowers – I think the contrast is too much. With the darker version, there is a better color continuity and (at least on my screen) it appears that the darker verison of flowers looks better with the 5 flowers on the bottom.
    Lori

  2. tintocktap
    January 7, 2010 | 12:32 pm

    Think I prefer the lighter flowers – to me, there isn't enough contrast with the darker one. Your choice though – you're the one who has to live with it!

  3. Deb
    January 7, 2010 | 1:26 pm

    UGH, frogging queen stitching will not be fun, but I do think that you're right – I think that I like your choice of the lighter version flower.

  4. The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure
    January 7, 2010 | 2:47 pm

    I like the lighter pink flowers better, too. The contrast makes both the lighter and darker flowers more interesting, doesn't it?

    My earlier comments are just part of my evil plot to get Jeanne and her readers to try painted canvases. Instructions? Thread lists? Conversion charts? Who needs 'em! Give me a painted canvas and a pile of threads and we are in business!

    Jane, exits with her evil laughter ringing in everyone's ears….

  5. 3anklebiters
    January 7, 2010 | 7:26 pm

    i think the lighter colored flowers gives more color depth and variety to your piece. it certainly gives my eye more things to look and and roam around the piece rather than focusing on one dominant color element.

  6. stitchinfiend
    January 8, 2010 | 1:20 am

    I like the darker version. I just like how they stand out more. But it is really down to what you like.

  7. Cyn
    January 9, 2010 | 2:48 am

    Hi Jeanne,

    Love what you did with the photo software!

    Yes, I do agree that the lighter colored flower gives more contrast. But of course it's your project and you are able to see it in natural light where we are just seeing it on the monitor.

    Please let us know what you decide to do and share a progress picture.

    Cynthia
    Windy Meadow

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