Category Archives: Design

Modal Window Content for the Galway Film Society

The Galway Film Society Website is Live

I went and updated the Galway Film Society website this morning.

It’s based on their brochure that is created by another design crowd. So this is simply a place to go to find out about the movies / link into the Town Hall Theatre Galway another three letter .ie website I still maintain :)

Galway Film Society Brochure

Does it work? I quite like it I should probably update the version of Foundation I’m using in it but personally I think it works well. I could of course try to reduce file sizes a bit more and go optimizing it to high hell and back.

Could lots of other things be added to it? No doubt.

Galway Film Society Website

However for a 1 page micro website I’m quite happy with it :)

Modal Window Content for the Galway Film Society

So like it or hate it feel free to comment and if you have someone “close” in Galway and are stuck for a Christmas present for them you can’t go wrong with a season ticket for the Galway Film Society. That’s 10 movies for €45.

Black and white to colour in photoshop

black and white to colour header

So I ended up playing with the converting of a black and white photo to colour (color for any american english people out there) in photoshop yesterday,

I’ve actually thought about doing it for ages but saw a link to a tutorial on it which turned out to be a dead link. Anyways I needed a decent Black and White photo (to start with anyways I’ve plans to convert a few old photos once I get the knack of things) I did a quick search and who could be more perfect to do than Google Image search for Marilyn Monroe. You’ve got colour and black and white photos so you’ve go something to base things on (also some really high res images which is nice)

Selected my photo .. and basically means selecting the various areas you want with the lasso tool (I used the polygonal lasso tool for it’s clicky goodness) add a slight feather to the selected area copy and paste as a new layer. Then up to Layers and Adjustment layer -> Hue/Saturation

Adjustment Layer

Then make sure to tick use previous layer to create clipping mask

Use previous layer to create clipping mask

And hey presto .. it’s slightly pain staking cutting out the bits but so cool to start seeing the results once you start adjusting the Hue / Saturation levels ( make sure to tick colorize or you may be wondering why nothing is happening)

Hue / Saturation

And so you start to see some results … my first looking something like Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe … Second version appearing a bit more like a technicolor version but I’m preferring it.


And finally adding a vignette and a gradient mask onto the image and I got the result I wanted.

Final Version of Monroe

Hair seems to be have been the trickiest part of this for me and yes I’ve left it rough in a few places hope you like the tips (though maybe they could be a bit clearer)

And of course once you’ve got all the areas mapped out it’s quite handy to tweak any colours to your hearts content

Marilyn Monroe Red Dress

Edit: Should add a video tutorial on this is available at Black and White to Colour Video obviously goes into more detail about extracting things ended up pretty much following the first few steps and go the inspiration for photo character from it as well :)