Digital Collages & Exploring Hockney

Making collages with photoshop was a big step in understanding the power of the program. As a group, we used a set of source images we took to test the ability of Photoshop to automate, and took a manual attempt at creating another collage. Though it did the best it could and was a good starting point, photoshop could not match the vision or end product a human touch could accomplish. I think the physical collage was the best overall, because we as the group had full control over where we wanted to go. Working from scratch offers possibilities and ideas that are hard to see when you are given something partially finished to work off of.

David Hockney has issues with Photoshop because he feels the individuality of photos has been removed. The more you can tweak and touch photos up, the less real and more similar edits can look. As photo editing lets people chase an ideal aesthetic, all photos begin to show evidence of this similar finish line. However, I see photoshop as a tool to allow for images that aren’t possible to be created. To me, photoshop can be a toolbox and studio in the same way a sculptor’s room and instruments are.

To me, creativity is the ability to act on a feeling. Anyone who acts on a vision has the ability to create something unique and important. Creativity is objective to the point that someone cannot tell another they aren’t creative, as long as they had an idea and produced something from it. In the discussion on whether AI can be creative, I do not believe so. AI can only execute on things they have been taught, and cannot have a vision or feeling to express. AI can still be very helpful to an artist, but as yet another tool to be utilized. All authorship belongs to the one using the tool, not the tool itself.



Photoshop’s automatic collage from source images



Our manually edited version of the automatic collage.



A physical joiner-collage made from the same source photos our group took.

Multi-Image Layering

Using the lasso and other selection tools from photoshop, you can create composite images using pieces from many different sources. By layering these pieces you can create a whole scene.

Historical Face Swap in Progress

For practicing color matching, layer masking and transformations, I decided to put my face into Jacques-Louis David’s “Napoleon Crossing the Alps”. This era of painting resonates with me strongly with its blend of evocative imagery and realistic figures. Plus, I thought it would be fun to be in a photo riding a horse. The color matching of the original was a slight challenge, but the real breakthrough was warping Napoleon’s side-locks over my face in a semi-believable fashion. Overall I’m very happy with my progress and hope to have a finished project very soon.

Photoshop Color Manipulation

Grayscale takes the image and erases all color data, leaving only black and white values


Desaturation dampens the colors in an image, effectively moving them towards the center of the color wheel


Monotone creates an image where there is only one color spread across many values


Channel mixing lets the user play with the RGB values associated with different colors to alter the colors of an image.

Principles of Design

Elements of Art

Hello world!

Welcome to the start of Spring semester digital art! This blog will be full of my progress and projects throughout the semester.