Amsterdam Hortus Botanicus
The Botanical Gardens in Amsterdam was the starting point to my primary research. I had already chosen my theme so I was very eager to visit the gardens to get some inspiration. These are a few examples of the photographs I took whilst there. From these photographs I explored manual image manipulations where I separated the photograph and then began to put it back together.
I also tried focusing on the shapes and lines within the image rather than the photograph as a whole to see what I could pull from that.
Another element I looked at was the colours that made the image. These were the basis to my first colour palette in which I implemented in my first set of drawings
Resolution – Number of pixels in every inch (Measure of the quality of image)
An example – image on a computer screen is 72DPI
- An appropriate resolution on a new page on photoshop would be 300DPI. If we choose a preset size of paper to work with, this is the resolution it would give us.
- Always work at actual size on Photoshop – e.g creating an A3 image, set paper to A3 on photoshop
Scanning an image in –
- Use epson scan if its an A4 – Change to professional mode and check resolution is 300DPI
- Use image capture if its A3
Cropping and Straightening –
Image Adjustments – Auto Tone, Auto Contrast, Auto Colour (quick fixes – no control to the adjustments)
Adjusting contrast to make black black and white white –
Colour adjustments –
Saving a photoshop file –
Photshop File – Save as this if the image is still a work in progress. Keeps the image quality.
JPEG – Compresses the size of the file. Easier to store or send but may result in loosing some of the quality.
TIFF – Finished in photoshop, keeps the quality but smaller file size than photoshop files.
Help with saving images/ types of files – https://drive.google.com/a/students.leeds-art.ac.uk/file/d/0BzDpDazSe7_DWV9ZVGIyenRqa1U/view
We were given 3 tasks to complete which included cropping and straightening the images, resizing them to A4, Adjusting the black and white contrast and saving them as a Photoshop PSD file.
Extra Experimental Help –