To edit the image first I copied the layer twice and titled the two copies color and texture. I Gaussian blurred the color layer. In the texture layer I subtracted all the color and viewed it through a linear light. I then deleted areas that had blemishes which blended the blurred color while retaining the texture. I also used the stamp tool to remove blemishes in specific areas. In order to edit the eyes I created a contrast layer mask and only selected the the ring of the eye. I then adjusted the contrast bar until I had the final image.


Blog 6: Final Project Ideas

My idea is to use art as a median for explaining abstract mathematical/mechanical concepts. This topic interests me because it ties in the skills i’m learning in this class with material related to my major. I also feel like I can learn more about a concept itself by doing this assignment. I believe I will learn the most by choosing this topic whether or not the final product is successful. I have not yet chosen the concept in which to represent because my project hinges upon both my skills in digital art and my actual understanding of the concept. The challenge will be correctly representing the concept while also making it understandable to an outside viewer ,and I want to avoid just drawing a Force Body Diagram or something that doesn’t highlight the skills I’ve learned in Photoshop etc. If executed properly it can act as a teaching mechanism for the concept, and so anyone trying to learn the concept would be my audience.

Blog 5: Group Joiner Project

Edited Collage

Computer Generated Collage

Assembled Collage

Learning about the work of Hockney illustrated to me the idea of art as a means to represent abstract concepts such as time. The most difficult part of the project was coordinating with 3 three people to get a finished product. The most interesting part was learning how other people viewed are work. For example one person mentioned that the perspective in the assembled collage was creepy ,because it is over the shoulder.  I found it interesting how when we created the collage we did not even consider how the perspective of the viewer was important. My favorite of the 3 is the printed collage because it was the one I had the most input on and I also liked how it flowed left to right. Given more time I would have tried to create depth by making the pictures near the bottom looking upwards and the pictures near the top looking downwards. I didn’t feel as if Photoshop’s automation feature represented where I wanted to go with the assembly, because the algorithm only considers shape and can’t determine time or perspective.

Hockney view is that Photoshop has led to a decline in creativity in the way we view photographic art. I would disagree with this assertion that Photoshop has led to a lack of creativity when taking photo ,because to me they photography and Photoshop are two distinct skill sets. The ability to edit a photo  ,and the quality of the original photo are two separate elements. The problem lies when people rely on photo shop as a crutch or hide imperfections that inherently exist, and this create as Hockney stated a more “boring” result.

I view Photoshop as a tool in which to make art. The algorithm that generated the collage is a tool and not a co -creator. The article  brought an interesting point about his saying the computer generated art isn’t communicating anything. So the argument would necessarily boil down to what a person would qualify as art ,and because I also believe art must communicate something works created by that type of algorithm I do not consider art. The algorithm does not consider what’s it’s trying t express it just attempts to match shapes and lines.

Blog 3: In Progress Faceswap

Face Swap in Progress

I used the painting The emperor Napoleon In his studies at the Tuileries by: Jacques-Louis David, I chose this painting because I liked napoleon as an historical figure. However I’m beginning to regret this decision. I first matched the colors of my face and his face through a filter crated by manipulating RGB channels. I then lined up my face with his and began working using the distortion tools to make it look more natural. In my original photograph there was on the right side of my face a highlighted area this caused the right side of my face to be distorted and it still looks unnatural. Moving forward that is what I will try to fix or I will just get better picture to use and redo the process.


Blog 2: PhotoShop Tutorial Pictures

Gray Scale:


Obtained through image>mode>grayscale removes all color values from pixels in the picture.


Obtained through image>mode>desaturate reduced the intensity of color in all pixels.


Obtained by gray scaling the original then to image>mode>duocolor and then choosing a color to represent gray in the scaling.

Channel Mixer:

Obtained by creating a mask layer over the original and adjusting the color on the layer’s channels.

Blog 1: Elements And Principles

15 Elements of Art and Design

Lines: A line is a path of a moving point. which is exemplified by the window grilles that form line segments.

Alignment: An arrangement forming a straight line, the post if traced form a straight line.

Pattern: An orderly repetition of visual elements, The tiles on the ground create a repeating pattern.

Shapes: Contour of a flat object, the squares making up the chess board are shapes.

Space: An objects external and internal areas, the pavement and the moth are separated creating space.

Proportion:The scaling of objects in relation to each-other, the scaling of the butterfly to my hand.

Emphasis:An accentuation of importance, The queen looks more important when surrounded by smaller pieces.

Texture: The tactile look of an object, the grip on the mouse has a distinct texture.

Balance: Distribution of equal visual weight, despite more pieces being on the left there are larger pieces on the right thus creating balance.

Form: A 3 dimensional object having depth, the bottle is an example of form.

Color: The chromatic quality of an object, The controllers color is black.

Movement: A directed path of visual movement, in this picture the eye is inclined to follow the flow of the water from the rim of the glass.

Contrast: A juxtaposition that accentuates difference, the green post it stacks to the yellow post it stack.

Unity: A harmonious arrangement of visual elements, The asymmetrical balance of the land and ocean as well as the  movement from land to the ocean creates unity.

Value: An objects brightness, the brightness of the knight in comparison to the darkness of the physics textbook.