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Subject: DMA - Digital Media- 2015

College of Arts, Victoria University

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci - email: lisa.cianci@vu.edu.au
Education Manager: Adam Hutterer - email: adam.hutterer@vu.edu.au


Class Website - http://vuitarts.net.au/lisa/2015/DMA

 

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

Today's Class

It's Melbourne Cup Day so no class - we can do these hours as flexible delivery - project time for image preparation for the virtual exhibition (see below)

 

1. Review of Mixed Reality environments (AT3)

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.

 

2. Virtual Exhibition - Group Project (AT4)

 

Assessment Task 4: review the brief on page 15 of the Unit Guide

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. QR code exhibition (not assessed, optional activity to be included in the end of year exhibition)

 

If you want to participate, can you provide me with a QR code generated from a URL for an image on your blog or video on your blog/youtube/vimeo that can form part of our QR code exhibition?

You can use a website like this one to generate the QR code:

http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

Make sure you save your QR code with the following naming protocol:

LastnameFirstnameQRcode.jpg

 

I will put all of the codes together into a PDF file we can print and place around campus or in other locations. We will also be able to stick it up in the Grad show in the Gallery so visitors can access the online content.

We also need to think of a name for the QR code exhibition. Last year it was suggested that we use the MIT exhibition name generator to come up with a silly pseudo-intellectual name for it: just a crazy idea...

Random Exhibition Title Generator: http://www.mit.edu/~ruchill/lazycurator.html

 

Examples of titles:

Mediating (Im)Possibilities: Post-Painterly Art of the System

Collective Media: Deconstructing the Avant Garde

In Search of Dilettantes: A Remix of Complacency

Parsing Illusion: Figuring Urban Experience

Romancing (Im)Possibilities: A Remix of the System

 

Homework / Readings

Work on any incomplete projects.