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 –
We have been given our new brief; 18th meets 21st Century Twinned Ideologies
- These periods in history witnessed the birth of the industrial revolution and the arrival of the digital age.
- They are both centuries full of change and progression, and of discovery and invention.
In this module i will be re-visiting the culture, ideas and aesthetics of the 18th century. The idea of the brief is to explore the relationship between the 18th and 21st century through innovative and experimental design ideas.