CT101 Students GIF the Portrait – March 2018

York College CT101 Students GIF the Portrait – March 2018

CT101 Digital Storytelling students rocked a series of digital portrait manipulations learning the ins and outs of image manipulations with Adobe photoshop. Many of the students are first time users of photoshop. What better way to experiment with something new than to work with a subject that inspires you?

Students were asked, who inspires you and why? Tell us about your connection to this person and how they influence and motivate you. They were asked to write individual blog posts for the class website over at ct101.us about their experiences and also working with photoshop.

The end results: each student produced a series of manipulated images and brought them together to form a stop motion animation. This brought the static to life so that basic animation skills were also learned.

We then submitted one single frame from the series to produce a collaborative portrait animation for the popular GIF the Portrait project here on the Net Art site for the commons.

Some additional resources to Ryan’s Net Art Tutorial

Here’s a video tutorial inspired by Ryan’s Net Art tutorial which shows the use of to.be as well as a new way to make selections in Photoshop using a color range. I worked with a NYPL archive image of the Unisphere and made a couple of pieces.

unisphere-4 glitched-unisphere-slower

One thing I couldn’t cover was the process for making a screen capture of your to.be field using Quicktime. That’s because I was using it to make the tutorial above!

So here’s the basic process. Open Quicktime and select new screen recording:

new-screen-recording

Then click record.

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Your next prompted to click (anywhere) to start recording full screen, or drag an area to record part of the the screen.

click-drag-the-area

That should look something like this.

click-drag-hit-record

Click start recording and the area with begin recording. The gif loop is probably very short so you should only record a couple seconds. To stop the recording, click the stop icon in the top of screen tool bar. Looks like this:

stop-button-copy

You should now have a screen recorded video file of your composition on newhive.com or to.be. With that you can import video to layers and create a GIF and post to your site.

 

A “How To” Net Art & GIF Making Tutorial.

A “How To” Net Art & GIF Making Tutorial.

GIVE IT TRY! This is a fun exercise to add to your NEW WEBSITES!

Lets use a NYPL Digital Collections Archive Image.

Its no secret, you can find tons and tons of great historical images in the NYPL Digital Collections Archives. I made this series of GIF animations based on the inspiration from this old subway train image below. I love trains, especially NYC subway trains. Im a bit bias as NYC subway Graffiti has inspired me from the get go, but here is the “how-to” process below on how I made this series of animations and net art works.

subway car

The original image. I found it, I liked it, I was inspired and got to work. (tons of images here) I saved the image from the web. Don’t fret, you wont get sued like Andy Baio did! I don’t plan to do anything with this image other than inspire creativity and show you how we can breathe new creative life into our history. Let’s revive this image and bring it to life! The NYPL has done a great job of digitizing tons and tons of historical images. I feel a connection to NYC. My family is from NYC, Im from NYC, this is a part of me and I love that energy. I first opened the image in adobe photoshop and got busy.

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Using the rectangular marquee tool I simply removed the interior spaces from the windows of the train, making it transparent negative space. I then saved the image as a psd. file (for archival and re-use purposes) but mainly I saved the image as a PNG-24 – (file –> save for web – select – PNG-24) the PNG-24 image option allows for the negative areas to remain open so that if you layer the image over another image or animation you will be able to see through it. I do this on a regular basis with images that I like, I love to work on repurposing static images with an animation. Its a nice way to connect the past and the present.

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I went back to the web and logged into my to.be account (its a digital art making platform, I also love newhive and jump back and forth testing how far I can stretch my ideas on both platforms – both are free, and really awesome!) I started a new “field” on my to.be platform. I added two layers. (sadly, uploaded files on to.be must be 5 mega bytes or smaller, where newhive seems to allow unlimited sizes) no matter, getting comfortable with preparing and resizing images for the web is a task we will all face, a lot! Best to get used to that, and learn how to navigate it. The back round which you see above as a static pixelated image is actually an animated GIF of moving pixels (below.) This is an asset that i made a few weeks ago. I keep a stock of this kind of stuff, just for this purpose.

fast-pixels

The to.be platform allows for you to drag your graphic assets directly into the field, so I did this first and then layered the prepared image of the old train directly on top. I scaled it to size by pulling the corners. I then used the quicktime application on my mac to “screen record” a few second of the animation. Of course you can publish the work directly onto your to.be feed (or keep it private) but in this case I used it as a “tool” for the screen capture. I later published another version of this animation (below.) Ultimately you can do all of this stuff in one application like photoshop, but I find it much more fun to cross discipline and tinker with multiple software applications and techniques on the web. This is where one can create their own methods, record them, share them and build off of them! I saved my quicktime screen recording and imported it into photoshop. Use the “import –> video frames to layers” option from the file menu and then open your timeline. From there you can crop away the rest of the screen (as you see below) and also resize the animation at will. Im not going mislead you, quicktime will screen record a large file, and it will need to be tinkered with for the best output of display. Output can be in GIF format, or you can also render the frame animation back into an mp4 video file. This is helpful if you want to loop the animation on mobile platforms like Instagram or Vine, or bring it into after effects or imovie, or final cut pro.

oldertrainsII

Above we see the first output iteration as a GIF animation, a colorful pixel party happening only “inside” of the train. Will you get in? I enjoyed this as an idea so much I had to extend it. I thought, what if one of the party goers inside the train stepped outside for a minute, what would that look like? More fun for sure. I placed this animated digital asset (below) on top of the existing animation by layering over it again. I also utilized the entire width of my screen field to extend the viewers perspective.

bboy-vecotr-asset

This digital asset above is a two frame GIF animation that was made with a transparent back round. It was originally a vector image created from this drawing. I love seeing how far I can push ideas, and also convert the applied arts in digital arts.

The final final piece above was published on my to.be platform. Rather than reposting the screen recording GIF conversion of the piece I grabbed the iframe source code from to.be and embedded it into this blog editor template. I can resize it by its height or width if needed.

Updated – 10/11/16 – A second variation was created with a static graphic asset laying over the animated back round. This too is taken from the iframe source code on my to.be feed.

(By the Way, writing tutorials is a great way to practice blogging! )

What do you think? Are you ready to make yours?