Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Requirements for Folio Presentation

Semester 2
Small vs Large (Real vs Imaginary)
-2 x A3 prints

Collage Project
-3 x A5 prints

Extra points for
-Print outs of backup images (a page of thumbnails would be fine)
-notes etc

All to be handed in at the drawing studio (Same as drawing and Painting folios)
You can present your work in either a box or folder (you could make your own cardboard folder if you like).
It is not necessary to buy an expensive folder, however I would like to see you take care and pride in how you present you work.
For example,
-A clean folder/box
-Clearly written labels if necessary (don't scribble labels on scraps of paper)
-Laid out in chronological order
-Cleary marked with your name
-Prints in good condition,ie, not smudged, wrinkled, dog eared etc

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Creating simple animations in Photoshop

You can create simple animations in Photoshop using the ‘Animations’ pallete.

The animations pallete works with the layers you have. You select layers to be part of a a frame, then build a collection of frames into an animated process. You can do this by,

Moving an image in a layer then creating a new frame, move, image, create new frame etc
you can create two frames with two different states and then get the animation panel to ‘Tween’ them’

‘Tweening’ does not turn you into a 12 year old. What Tweening does, is that it takes two frames and inserts frames inbetween those two frames to make a transition

This kind of animation is often referred to as animated Gifs as that is the file you will eventually save your animation as. The good thing about Gifs is that they can be viewed in any internet browser. You can even upload it to your mobile phone and use it as a screensaver.

Once you have constructed you Gif you can save it in the File menu under ‘save for web’ option. Be sure to choose ‘GIF’ and not JPEG. Once the file is saved open it with a browser such as Safari or Firefox (Control click>open with>firefox)

Gifs work well when they are made small (under 1000 pixels) and looped. 
An example of a looped animation are a ball bouncing, something flashing, something turning around.

You can make Gifs from
  • scanned drawing
  • Computer drawings/art
  • Photos
  • Film 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Collage skills, week 1: Slecting, cutting and pasting

Before you can copy anything you will need to make a selection. You can make a selection by using one of the selection tools.
Once you have made a selection you can go to the 'Edit' menu and chose 'Copy'. This will make a copy of what is in your selection on only the layer you have selected (Check the layers pallete, which one is highlighted blue?)
Go to the file you wish to paste your image into, go to the 'Edit' menu again, and click 'Paste'.
A new layer will be created with what you have copied from the other document or layer.
If this does not work be sure that you have the right layer selected and repeat the copy and paste process.

*You can make selections with many different tools
Lasso tools
Magic wand
rectangular marque tools

*You can add or subtract to selections by holding down the Shift (add) of the Option (subtract) after making your initial selection
*You can use a combination of selection tools in the one selection by using the above Shift and Options keys
*You can make a selection based on one layer and then chose a different layer to copy from
*Selections can also be made by using the pen tool and creating a 'path' or using the 'quick mask' editing mode
*You can select everything in a layer by going to the 'Selection' menu and clicking 'Select all' or by using the shortcut Apple/Control 'A'

*You can cut, copy and paste by using the shortcut keys
Cut= Apple/Control 'X'
Copy= Apple/Control 'C'
Paste= Apple/Control 'V'

*When you paste, it automatically creates anew layer above the one you have selected

New project 08/09/2010

Digital 1st year
Anthony Woodward

I am supplying you with six high resolution scans taken from an old science book. I would like you to look though these scans and choose parts of them to blend together into digital collages. I do not want you to add anything more than what is already in the images, but rather just make adjustments to what is already there.

Examples of things you can do,
•    Cut out elements and resize/reshape
•    Change colours (Invert or hue saturation could be useful)
•    Brightness contrast
•    Repeat images
•    Create a background
•    Use blending modes and layers

Examples of things I do not want you to do,
•    Add text
•    Paint over images with the paintbrush
•    Use simple filters (use filters only if you know how to blend them in with opacity, blending modes and layering)
•    Scan in your own imagery
•    Use any other files other than the ones supplied

Timeline: 4 weeks
This is not a race to see who can finish first or how quickly you can use Photoshop. Take the time to play around with some options and effects. For those of you that do finish quickly I would like to ask for your help in assisting those that do not have as much experience in Photoshop.
Output: Three A5 prints
To be printed in the last week (or when you are done)

Each week I will look at some of the basic skills you can use to complete this project.
The first week is selecting cutting and pasting

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Week 5: examples for project

The above image is from check out her Flickr site for some interesting photographed sets. I think a lot of the work on snailbooty's site fits into the project description. I have added some annotations above to demonstrate how.