(This won’t be under a “Read more” so that this remains in someone else’s blog if this blog disappears)
So @koedder-du‘s #SanaWeek is coming up on July 3, and I’m slightly dreading some edits I’m gonna see where Sana will look like Casper the Friendly Ghost’s cousin. This is an attempt to spread a bit of awareness. I’m trying not to overflow this post with text so this will be pretty vague, but there will be links for those who are learning.
Whitewashing (erasing Sana’s skin in this case) doesn’t just happen in gifs. Whitewashing can also occur in (not limited to): edits, dashboard icons, aesthetics/moodboards, fanart, casting decisions in movies/TV/etc (for other characters), and many more.
For a few examples of how whitewashing in gifs can occur, please scroll to the bottom of this post. There’s a difference between a bright gif and a whitewashed gif, although the lines between the two can get blurry if the gif is really bright.
Whitewashing can be prevented on Photoshop by playing around with tools like vibrance, color balance, and selective colors (reds, yellows, neutral). If the gif is getting too vibrant then you can try playing around with a “Blue” photo filter. Remember that you can always undo/delete/unselect, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
Note: This show (and a bunch of others) can make everyone’s skin lighter than they actually are. This also happens with some photos, especially ones taken with a professional camera.