Bleeding pictures

What do all these documents have in common? They are all from the handout provided by the White House.

So why would J. Scott Applewhite be ‘forging’ a birth certificate with text bleeding through?

What you can do with some freeware tools eh:-)

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(c) AP Scott Applewhite

(c) AP Scott Applewhite

(c) AP Scott Applewhite

(c) AP Scott Applewhite

It get’s better the top two images were created around the same time, as were the last two images. So now have a closer look. I used a color palette map tool to get a better understanding of the pictures. Note how both pictures show the same grey semi-circular gradient from the lower right corner upwards to the top left?

A tell tale sign.. Hermitian may want to explain why J Scott Applewhite “forged” a COLB as well…

color palette map LFBC

color palette map COLBThen there are these… scanned in much later. Similar gradient but now from bottom

color palette map BO

color palette map DOH

5 thoughts on “Bleeding pictures

  1. PS: I am willing to consider that J Scott Applewhite may have scanned them in or used a tripod device, given the poor quality of all the images. Either way, portable scanners are quite good, and some even show a blue hue…

    Imagine that.

  2. Nice find on these photos.

    I like the new theme but on my iPad the “Recent Posts” and “Recent Comments” Widgets get moved all the way to the bottom.

  3. NBC

    “I used a color palette map tool to get a better understanding of the pictures. Note how both pictures show the same grey semi-circular gradient from the lower right corner upwards to the top left?”

    HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    You didn’t dig deep enough NBC. On Jul 1, 2013 I discovered that the Muscatine Journal PDF which can be downloaded from here:

    http://muscatinejournal.com/pdf_6a633f26-70d9-11e0-8729-001cc4c002e0.html

    actually contains two images. The first one is the image of the certificate as it appears on the Muscatine Journal web site. The second image is a color image which varies both in color and contrast. The two words that are associated with this second image are the words “Private” and “Composite Image”. I believe that the second image was used to modify the first. Possibly it was used to alter the color or shadow gradation of the first image. A second possibility is that the second image was used to create the shadow in the gutter region on the first image.

    One thing is for sure, the creator of this second image didn’t want anyone to know of its existence.

    The two images can be downloaded from here:

  4. One thing is for sure, the creator of this second image didn’t want anyone to know of its existence.

    Sounds to me like the Muscatine person accidentally check the allow editing box, which saves the .psd internally in the PDF.

    Again, you are looking at something which is so easily explained and fits in nicely with the workflow

  5. Yes, I see you found the PSD, although you mangled its rendering slightly.

    What I have shown is who both JPEGS provided by Applewhite, soon after they were released by the Whitehouse, were photographed or scanned and transferred to the AP office, most likely in DC who put the images on the wire.

    The variations in color are also visible but where enhanced by my operation and shows similar lighting conditions for both images.

    You do know that you can save in photoshop to PDF and still allow for subsequent editing by including the .psd file?

    Preserve Photoshop Editing Capabilities
    Preserves Photoshop data in the PDF, such as layers, alpha channels, and spot colors. Photoshop PDF documents with this option can be opened only in Photoshop CS2 and later.

    Yes, private refers to the PDF keyword which indicates that the following data are not to be interpreted, they are embedded by a photoshop tag. When opening in photoshop, photoshop actually can parse these data and load all the layers etc.

    The user imported the JPEG provided by AP, made changes and saved to PDF but accidentally selected to preserve editing capabilities, inflating the document to many times its size.

    Hilarious… How much do you really know about Adobe Suite and how they work deep deep down?

    I am asking because these are capabilities I found easily explained on the internet.

    The Composite Image is interesting as it suggests that layers were introduced. At least two operations were done on the AP JPEG they imported. Cropping and color adjustments.

    For example

    Using the Equalize command

    The Equalize command redistributes the brightness values of the pixels in an image so that they more evenly represent the entire range of brightness levels. Equalize remaps pixel values in the composite image so that the brightest value represents white, the darkest value represents black, and intermediate values are evenly distributed throughout the grayscale.

    You can use the Equalize command when a scanned image appears darker than the original and you want to balance the values to produce a lighter image. Using Equalize together with the Histogram panel lets you see before-and-after brightness comparisons.

    Keep in mind that the Equalize command applies adjustments directly to the image layer and deletes image information. For nondestructive adjustments, use adjustment layers or edit in Adobe Camera Raw.

    I bet you I know what happened

    The user noticed the bluish hue and decided to remove it. He/she created separate layers for R G and B or Y Cr Cb and used adjustments on the individual channels to correct for the blue hue.

    I will discuss this in a separate posting

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