Texturize Your Photos In Only 5 Steps

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

Step 1: Get a photo. Ex: a photo of the beautiful Charlie Prince. Step 2. Get a texture, you can find one online. Ex: this sandy wrinkled paper texture. Step 3. Place the texture, in another layer, over your image. Step 4: under the layer properties of the texture, choose SOFT LIGHT. Step 5: Adjust the opacity or the layers to your liking, and then save! Or add more layers, because sometimes one isn’t enough. Here is my final product for now. I’m just going to leave this here also… to learn how to make GIFs in 5 steps check...

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10 Ways To Style Photos In Photoshop

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

1. Photo with Gradient (Neutral Density) 2. Photo with Brightness/Contrast (Contrast 75) 3. Photo with Levels  (Removed R from RGB) 4. Photo with Exposure (Offset down: Exposure high) 5. Photo with Saturation (low) 6. Photo with Posterize 7. Photo with Midtones (Blue) 8. Photo with Black and White 9. Photo with Photo Filter (Orange) 10: Photo with Chanel Mixer (less...

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Photoshop Phriday

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

Merging famous images Three images for Photoshop Phriday! AKA It’s probably a good idea to take photoshop away from me. Absinthe Drinkers in the Night Cafe  The setting is the Night Cafe by Vincent Van Gogh is a place where people of the night can take refuge. The drinkers on the left are from Edgar Degas L’Absinthe and at your right is the drinker from Edouard Manet’s The Absinthe Drinker.  Putti Watching the Abduction of Ganymede The setting is the Rape of Ganymede by Girolamo da Carpi , where Zeus is in the form of an eagle, taking a young Ganymede to Mount Olympus. The Putti from the Sistine Chapel, watch this strange event.  Mona Lisa and Child  The setting is the Mona Lisa by Davinci  and she she clothed in the drapery of the Byzantine Madonna and Child by Barnaba da Modena, consequently, she also has to hold the infant...

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Learn to Make GIFs with Photoshop in Only 5 Steps

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

I’m using CS5 but the steps are relatively the same in the newer versions of Photoshop. Before I get started, here is the link to the video i’ll be using for the tutorial. I’m only making a GIF of the first bit, with the flickering light.     STEP 1: VIDEO Import your video by going to FILE  > VIDEO FRAMES TO LAYERS There will be a window like the one below, and depending on your Photoshop, there are instruction in small print on how to cut the video down to size. In CS5 for example, you click SELECTED RANGE ONLY and it tells you to hold down the SHIFT key while you select the part of the video you want for your GIF.   STEP 2: FRAMES Photoshop doesn’t like you to make GIFS with more than 20 frames, it leads to poor picture quality. So if you have unnecessary frames, go ahead and delete those. You can change the duration of of a frames later, so you don’t want any repeated frames either. Select your frames and hit the trashcan icon.   STEP 3: ANIMATION Open the Animation dock by clicking WINDOWS > ANIMATION Transfer your carefully selected layers to the animation dock, by clicking the top right drop down arrow and click MAKE FRAMES FROM LAYERS. Now you can change the duration of each frame by clicking those down arrows and changing the number of seconds, until your GIF is running how you like.   Step 4:  Style If you want to color the GIF or design it, find the black and white circle tool under your layers  to make an adjustment layer. There will be a list, I picked PHOTO FILTER to give my GIF an orange hue. Play around with it, you can also make your stuff simply black and white, brighter etc. Make sure you click this eye icon, located above your layers   to apply your adjustment layer to all layers. I think it’s good to work with bigger images when you’re designing the GIFS but before you save you can go to IMAGE > IMAGE SIZE to change the size of the GIF.   STEP 5: SAVING With your GIF layered and designed, you can save it by going to FILE > SAVE FOR WEB AND DEVICES   Make sure you save it as a GIF and test it to make sure it’s okay. You can also change the color RGB settings and other things in this window. Just play around with the settings until you find what works for you.  ...

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About the New Aesthetic and Conceptual Art

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

The art world has embraced digital art and technology as a resource for creativity.  For example, film photography is almost obsolete. Why work in a dark room painstakingly dodging and burning to get the right shade of white, when you can use the doge/burn tool in CS5?  And that’s okay, because it’s not about the process sometimes, and just because someone has a high tech digital camera, doesn’t mean they know how to use it, or that they are a good photographer. That being said, I had to look into what is being called the New Aesthetic because I wasn’t sure why it needed a name like that. After reading these articles (X)(X) from what I understand, this collection promotes a new perception of the world through computational imagery, by blurring the lines between digital and physical and making digital things in reality (like 8-bit pixels out of Styrofoam). Basically, saying the way people are perceive and valuing the world is digitally, pixelated and retro RGB in some cases, which is all cute but I’m still stuck on why this is “new.” Every art movement is a renewed aesthetic. This seems like a testament to how young the endless scroll is, which is what makes it appealing in some ways. It’s for today’s generation, something for people to show that things are happening in their lives, to compete with history’s line up of iconic reactionary artist movements. It’s too soon though, to say where the New Aesthetic will go, but it already has a name so it’s been acknowledged…being.  From what I can tell, the New Aesthetic is changing the real world, kind of like Surrealism, but with images that already exists- creativity in a nutshell but without the imagination. However, does art need imagination for creativity? We talked about the Fountain by Marcel Duchamp on Monday, and the question was raised, is that art? Well Duchamp said it wasn’t. That’s the idea, its anti-art, it’s a ready-made object.  It was an entirely deconstructive approach that worked, to break artistic conventions and gave life to “conceptual art” because Duchamp asserted that the artist’s mental activity was more important than the object (New Aesthetics wouldn’t even be possible without this having happened). Dada had huge anti-traditionalist effects on the 20th century which influenced Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and became the basis for the Pop-Art movement. Pop -Art happened as a result however of mass commercialism and production and need for entertainment and comfort after World War II, it was a different time and it was impossible not to perceive that world through material. Minimalism was also a result, after the height of abstract expressionism and the war, things changed, cooled down, and...

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Tutorial: ImageJ/Stacks/Montages (Windows)

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in DGST101 Blogs |

2 Steps for the Software Step 1: Start by downloading ImageJ http://rsbweb.nih.gov/ij/download.html You should now have this to work with Step 2: You will also need Image Montage http://rsbweb.nih.gov/ij/plugins/image-montage/index.html Install this txt via:  PLUGINS -> MACROS -> INSTALL 5 Steps for the Montage Step 1: Put all of the images you want to include in the montage, into one folder, and name them numerically Step 2: Layer all  images into one file, called a stack. You can do this by going to FILE -> IMPORT -> IMAGE SEQUENCE Now select the FIRST file in the folder, and check SORT NAMES NUMERICALL. Save as a TIFF ***NOTE: If you leave SCALE IMAGES at 100% this process will take a while depending on the size of your images **ALSO NOTE: Your memory determines the number of images you can have in a stack. If your images are large, you probably don’t have enough memory in ImageJ To add memory go to EDIT ->OPTIONS->MEMORY AND THREADS Step 4: Before you create the montage, you can add more stacks to your first one by going to IMAGES -> STACKS -> TOOLS -> CONCATENATE. This will combine all the stacks in order from top to bottom Step 5: The montage is made by going to IMAGES -> STACKS -> MAKE MONTAGE That should get you what you want! But if this doesn’t help you, I used this tutorial http://serc.carleton.edu/eyesinthesky2/week3/imagej_stacks.html...

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