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Before and After: 2009 Competition Poster

Published by • Jul 10th, 2009 • Category: How It's Made, LeadMare Tales

A while back I stumbled across an archive of posters made through a U.S. government Works Progress Administration (WPA) program that originated during the great depression. Here’s what the Library of Congress site says about the posters:

The By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943 collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress’s collection of more than 900 is the largest. These striking silkscreen, lithograph, and woodcut posters were designed to publicize health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism; educational programs; and community activities in seventeen states and the District of Columbia. The posters were made possible by one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts and were added to the Library’s holdings in the 1940s.

Always on the lookout for horse art I can use or adapt for GHC, I searched on the keyword ‘horse’ and one of the posters that showed up was adapted for this year’s fiction competition. I thought you might enjoying seeing the before and after…

Before After

Here are two more before and after images of GHC artwork adapted from World War II and WPA posters…

Before After

Before After

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  1. That’s pretty amazing, it’s interesting to see where they originated from. They just proves that you can find horses in the weirdest and most different places, because they influence so many people. Did it take you long to adapt them into art for Girls Horse Club? It all looks so professional and time-consuming!

  2. Wow!!! That is so cool. It’s awsomme!!!

  3. Champion job Mrs. Leadmare!! I like how on the middle one you changed the order of act-think under the horse. Its better to think about the situation first and then act in a reasonable manner. I love photoshop to!! =0)
    ~HF

  4. Madelaina, it varies for each one, but overall didn’t take too long. I’m sure you understand how it goes with creative work — sometimes things just flow out of your brain through your hand without a hitch and other times you work for a bit, get stuck, go do something else, then come back with a fresh perspective and things flow again.

    Thanks Peanut!

    HorseFeathers, good eye! That’s the most subtle difference from the original, and I did it for exactly that reason. Actually I think the creator of the original poster should have done it that way too — always better to think before you act when it comes to safety!

  5. wow Lead Mare, I love it! Simply love it!

  6. LeadMare,

    That’s really neat! It’s so cool!

  7. Thats cool! How did you change them though? It seems hard. I would guess you used photoshop, right?2

  8. Wow Leadmare!!Sooo cool!

  9. I was going to note the way act-think was changed to think-act but HF got there before me!!!
    lol
    Ah well, good to see everything has inspiration!!!

  10. Wow! LeadMare, those posters are great! Just great!

  11. This is so cool and creative. How do you use photoshop to change the words? I’m going to try install it.

  12. Um… I have photoshop and what I guess that you do is mess with the colors and exposure to make it brighter, then get the right shade of color to paint over the words, then add your own.

  13. Michelle and Fatima, yes, I used Photoshop to change colors and details. To add words I chose a font that matched what was in the poster and used various Photoshop tools to change colors, rotate and add other affects. In some cases I recreated elements in the poster (or created new ones, like makeing the paint brush into a pencil in the competition poster) so I had more control over details and placement.

    If you don’t have Photoshop and can’t afford it, there are a couple of options. Photoshop Elements has some of the features and it’s a lot cheaper. There’s also Photoshop.com, a site where you can store images and also alter them using Photoshop Express.

  14. Thanks Leadmare, that is so cool!

  15. Thanks! I may try to do that one day. I have photoshop cs3, a guy at my mom’s work gave it to me. Before I got photoshop i used an online photo editor, its called picnik try looking it up on google. its very effective and often times when photoshop freezes, i use that.

  16. Do you have to enter the Fiction Competition to become a Juinor Blogger?

  17. Rochlia, the fiction competition is open to anyone under 17 and is not related to being a Junior Blogger.

    The JB roster is currently closed, but you can learn more about what it takes to become a JB here ยป

  18. I want to be a junior blogger some day, it sounds like fun! :) I’m going to go see what it takes…

  19. I have a quick question about general submissions:

    When will they be back? I’m assuming after the fiction competition, right? Or before that?

  20. I have photoshop now, but I have no idea how to use it at all. Any tips?

  21. Fatima: There are many useful and interesting tutorials on the internet, just google whatever you’re looking for and you usually can find it. The way I find it best is to experiment – this way you discover new techniques, own styles and different functions while also learning. It’s also much easier to learn everything if you teach yourself. I hope this helps!

  22. Fatima, Madelaina is right — search for Photoshop tutorials and you’ll find many sites with free info. One of my favorite bloggers writes about photography and tips for Photoshop (it’s a family-friendly blog). Here’s the photography section — http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/. Look along the left for categories specific to Photoshop, like this one — http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/category/photoshop-before-after/. She also takes amazing photos of her ranch horses and the wild mustangs that roam her family’s property — http://thepioneerwoman.com/blog/category/animals/horses/.

    Have fun!

  23. Actually, I have a few tips. :) If you have one of the more advanced versions of photoshop (the creatives suites, or CS) then this would apply to you. I’m not sure about the other types because I don’t have them. Some really cool effects can be applied when you click filter, which is on top near file and edit and all of those. A light blur also looks pretty cool sometimes.

    There’s a website called Celestial Star, and on there you can download different brushes which make photos look AMAZING.

    Here’s a link…
    http://celestial-star.net/brushes/

  24. Thank you Madelaina and Leadmare! I’m sure I’ll have a fun time learning about Photoshop!=)

  25. Maria, my younger sister, was using the computer before me. So her name was used in the previous comment instead of mine. I hadn’t noticed that before. Sorry!

  26. Thanks Michelle! =)