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Transforming the Rainbow


TRANSFORMING THE RAINBOW

Visual experiments using images from Google Image Search results

Eleanor Maclure


Introduction

The visual experiments presented here are an extension of the processes used to create the images in the book, Searching for the Rainbow. This methodology involved taking the first thirty results from a Google Image search, for each of the eleven basic colour terms in English. In order to discover how the dominant colours were affected, the images were analysed using Colourphon, a Gaussian blur was applied in Photoshop and finally the RGB values of the pixels in each file were averaged to create a solid block of colour. The images contained in this book were created from the results of those processes. For each of the basic colour terms, all of the images have been layered and given transparency to demonstrate the combined effect of the colours in each image. It allows us to see how the colour used as the search term is distributed throughout the images. A combined sample of the averaged images has been taken, creating a cumulative, average colour. It represents a method for interpreting colour terms, that has been mediated by Google and Photoshop. In addition to this, images have been created for each of the colour terms by taking a vertical, one pixel wide section through the layered images. This has been stretched across a wider area to give a greater visual impression of the layering and to portray the colour composition of the image in a different way. Collectively, the experiments represent a conclusion to this line of investigation. While having created some striking and appealing imagery, the method of applying additional digital processes to the images presents a limited opportunity for further insight. However, the use of Google Image search, and other search engines, as research tools has great potential, which could go beyond the scope of colour naming.


Transforming the Rainbow


Pink


PINK

ORIGINAL IMAGES – LAYERED


PINK

VERTICAL SLICE – STRETCHED


PINK

COLOURPHON IMAGES – LAYERED


PINK

BLURRED IMAGES – LAYERED


PINK

AVERAGED IMAGES – LAYERED


PINK

AVERAGED IMAGES – CUMULATIVE COLOUR


Red


RED

ORIGINAL IMAGES – LAYERED


RED

VERTICAL SLICE – STRETCHED


RED

COLOURPHON IMAGES – LAYERED


RED

BLURRED IMAGES – LAYERED


RED

AVERAGED IMAGES – LAYERED


RED

AVERAGED IMAGES – CUMULATIVE COLOUR


Orange


ORANGE

ORIGINAL IMAGES – LAYERED


ORANGE

VERTICAL SLICE – STRETCHED


ORANGE

COLOURPHON IMAGES – LAYERED


ORANGE

BLURRED IMAGES – LAYERED


ORANGE

AVERAGED IMAGES – LAYERED


ORANGE

AVERAGED IMAGES – CUMULATIVE COLOUR


Yellow


YELLOW

ORIGINAL IMAGES – LAYERED


YELLOW

VERTICAL SLICE – STRETCHED


YELLOW

COLOURPHON IMAGES – LAYERED


YELLOW

BLURRED IMAGES – LAYERED


YELLOW

AVERAGED IMAGES – LAYERED


YELLOW

AVERAGED IMAGES – CUMULATIVE COLOUR


Green


GREEN

ORIGINAL IMAGES – LAYERED


GREEN

VERTICAL SLICE – STRETCHED


GREEN

COLOURPHON IMAGES – LAYERED


GREEN

BLURRED IMAGES – LAYERED


GREEN

AVERAGED IMAGES – LAYERED


GREEN

AVERAGED IMAGES – CUMULATIVE COLOUR


Blue


BLUE

ORIGINAL IMAGES – LAYERED


BLUE

VERTICAL SLICE – STRETCHED


BLUE

COLOURPHON IMAGES – LAYERED


BLUE

BLURRED IMAGES – LAYERED


BLUE

AVERAGED IMAGES – LAYERED


BLUE

AVERAGED IMAGES – CUMULATIVE COLOUR


Purple


PURPLE

ORIGINAL IMAGES – LAYERED


PURPLE

VERTICAL SLICE – STRETCHED


PURPLE

COLOURPHON IMAGES – LAYERED


PURPLE

BLURRED IMAGES – LAYERED


PURPLE

AVERAGED IMAGES – LAYERED


PURPLE

AVERAGED IMAGES – CUMULATIVE COLOUR


Brown


BROWN

ORIGINAL IMAGES – LAYERED


BROWN

VERTICAL SLICE – STRETCHED


BROWN

COLOURPHON IMAGES – LAYERED


BROWN

BLURRED IMAGES – LAYERED


BROWN

AVERAGED IMAGES – LAYERED


BROWN

AVERAGED IMAGES – CUMULATIVE COLOUR


Black


BLACK

ORIGINAL IMAGES – LAYERED


BLACK

VERTICAL SLICE – STRETCHED


BLACK

COLOURPHON IMAGES – LAYERED


BLACK

BLURRED IMAGES – LAYERED


BLACK

AVERAGED IMAGES – LAYERED


BLACK

AVERAGED IMAGES – CUMULATIVE COLOUR


Grey


GREY

ORIGINAL IMAGES – LAYERED


GREY

VERTICAL SLICE – STRETCHED


GREY

COLOURPHON IMAGES – LAYERED


GREY

BLURRED IMAGES – LAYERED


GREY

AVERAGED IMAGES – LAYERED


GREY

AVERAGED IMAGES – CUMULATIVE COLOUR


White


WHITE

ORIGINAL IMAGES – LAYERED


WHITE

VERTICAL SLICE – STRETCHED


WHITE

COLOURPHON IMAGES – LAYERED


WHITE

BLURRED IMAGES – LAYERED


WHITE

AVERAGED IMAGES – LAYERED


WHITE

AVERAGED IMAGES – CUMULATIVE COLOUR


Transforming the Rainbow  

Digital image manipulation of images produced by Google Image search results for basic colour terms.