Our Composite With Paper
Photoshop Automated Creation
Our Photoshop Composite
For me the most frustrating part of this project was using photoshop. It is not always easy to manipulate the pictures how you would like them to look. Also, for some reason, more abstract pieces of art are harder for me to develop. Maybe this time it was due to the fact that it was a group effort and we all had to decide on the piece together as a whole. If I am being honest, my favorite part of the assignment was putting the composite together on paper using the old methods of scissors and glue. I think that this also was the most successful medium we used.
Using a computer to manipulate images the way you want to is more difficult. You can never truly get the organic shapes you may desire. Even though the computer continues to become more advanced, it is not as creative as the human mind. Photoshop was not able to make the same decisions as us because it a predetermined automated piece. It cannot manipulate the work the way we desire.
Hockney views photoshop as a sort of stale representation of art. Making every pictures without flaw and extremely edited takes away from its creativity. The photo just isn’t the same. He thinks that there is a loss of personal connection when using the computer to generate the work and ultimately lose some of its human experience. I agree. All these computer applications can be helpful to an extent, but allowing them to create the art themselves takes away the connection and meaning. It makes the work more lifeless and flat. When the computer is added it can be a co-creator, but in my opinion art requires human interaction and creativity so it should not be the sole creator. Humans are the creators of art, the computer is just a tool for us to enhance art.
To create these composites, multiple pictures were layered like a collage. I started with the ocean scene as the background layer in the piece above. From here, I added the city scape and used the gradient tool to blend its features into the background. Finally, I used the magnetic lasso tool to crop from its original background and placed it into my piece, editing it final features to get the desired effect.
The painting I used to crop my face into is called Time Flies by Frida Kahlo. I chose this painting because I have always loved Kahlo’s work and the idea she has of purity of herself. She doesn’t try to alter her facial hair and often embodies strength in her paintings. To edit my face onto the painting, I first had to take a color swatch of the painting’s face and a color swatch from mine. From here you use the color curve to obtain the color numbers. Changing the output of the numbers allowed for my face to have a mask layer that matches the color of Kahlo’s. After this, parts on my face were deleted and the obscurity was played with to get a proportional picture. From here, the polygon tool was used to add texture and color back into the picture.
Photoshop Color Manipulation
To convert an image to greyscale, you go to the tab at the top of the page named image, scroll down to mode, then click greyscale.
To convert an image to monotone you must first follow the steps to convert it to greyscale, then go back to the image tab, scroll down to mode, then choose duotone.
To desaturate an image you must go to the image tab at the top of the page, scroll down to adjustments tab, and choose desaturate.
To use channel mixer on an image you must go to the bottom right corner of the screen and click the circle that is half shaded. From here you will get a red, blue, and green scale which you can alter the color of the picture with.
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