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Subject: DMA - Digital media- 2013

College of Arts, Victoria University

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci - email:
Course Coordinator & Education Manager: Alan Morgans - email:
College of Arts Office: City Flinders - Tel: 9919 1517

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Class 14 - continued... mixed reality environments & virtual exhibition

Today's Class

1. Review of Mixed Reality environments (AT4)

Complete and submit this task today by either adding as a blog post, attaching and PDF to a blog Post or Page, or emailing me the PDF file.

Assessment Task 4: review the document here - 2013_DMA_AT4.html


2. Virtual Exhibition - Group Project (AT5)


We have the capability to create 3 exhibitions in VAS (Virtual Art Space) with a maximum of 20 artworks per exhibition so you can form yourselves into groups that might be able to collaborate on a similar theme or concept.

Decide what your exhibition theme and content might be.

We will have a brief tutorial looking at the VAS interface - how to start an exhibition, what to upload and how, how to arrange the artworks in the gallery and change properties for the exhibition space.

Details for the Virtual Art Space website account

I have set up an account that everyone can use for this project. the details are as follows:


username: CX4

password: exc2013

Unfortunately the "Artist Profile" options are geared towards a single artist exhibition, but I have tried to bypass this by calling the account "Various Artists". If you want to come up with a collective name for this profile, you can change it as a group.

As yet no exhibitions have been set up. Once you have a title, you can create an exhibition and start working with the gallery space. You will need a thumbnail image to represent the entire exhibition, and you can write a short description of the exhibition too.

Explore the VAS website to see what content you can add/edit and the instructions for uploading images and video to the gallery.


Editing Images in Photoshop

When you take digital photographs of your 2D artworks, you may need to edit the images in Photoshop to crop, rotate, and adjust your images to make them suitable for publication/exhibition. try to make sure the images you capture of your work don't have a direct light source close to them as you may get a reflection or a lighter spot in your image. Try to get the artwork as square as possible to the camera frame. If it's not perfect, you can tweak the image with Photoshop.

Here are some tips that you might want to use for your images:

1. use the Marquee tool (second from the top in the toolbar) to select a rectangular area that most closely hugs the painting/print/drawing etc. There may still be some background showing if the rectangular area of your artwork is not square but you can fix this later.

2. select the menu item Image -> Crop to remove the extraneous background. You may also need to use Image -> Rotate Canvas to turn the image the right way up.

3. go to Select -> All so that the image has the dotted marquee line around it. Then go to Edit -> Transform -> Distort which allows you to pull the corners of the image so that you can make your artwork square within the image area. You may find that you may need to repeat the Image -> Crop step if your image is squared off but still showing some background.

4. If you feel you need to tweak the tone/contrast/colour, you can try some options from the Image menu - try the Auto options first for Tone/Contrast/Colour, you can always Edit -> Undo your steps if you don't like the results.

5. Save the image as a JPG image format, make sure the resolution is 72 dpi (pixels per inch), and that the image is not too big - a good estimated size for web publication would be no bigger than about 1200 pixels (width or height). You can save the image as high quality as the VAS software will most likely re-compress the file when it imports it.


3. Graduate Show Invitation & Title Design

Take a look at some previous exhibition invitations we were able to dig up:




Mapped Out



VA2013 - semester 1


Has anyone got any other invitations that might be good for generating ideas?

Do some general brainstorming with the whole group, then break into smaller groups to do some research & come up with ideas:

in pairs - research some invitation designs that interest you;

join pairs into groups of four to brainstorm the results;

come back to the class group with a range of loose concepts that might be further developed into more solid ideas.


Homework / Readings

Prepare images of your own work for the virtual exhibition