The CT101 GIF the Portrait Collab is LIVE!

The CT101 GIF the Portrait Collab – Spring 2019 Edition!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1z5I2d6kBVBtge0Yv1STQfgzHM_2BiGLu

The link above is an active google drive folder that contains all of the source content that amounted to the collaborative GIFs above. CT101 students from 2 sections at CUNY York College contributed to the project. But wait! This is only part 1! There is more to come, that is why the link above is so vital!

The synopsis, portraits of people who influence and or inspire us are used as a subject for the group animation. The images are re-sized and rendered in photoshop. Then, they are stacked into frames to produce the fast morphing effect. Then, they are extended for further hacking, reorganizing and the re-manipulating of the images, GIFs and video content available. We want to push this idea further!

In class on 4/9 we talked about using the Quicktime application as a video looping / capturing display and presentation platform. (the video above is an example) What are the potentials of multiple screen recordings and overlaying videos to create expansive ways to communicate our content? We are curious.

What will you do next? Will you take the risk of clicking on the google drive link to expand the unknown?  We hope so! Outcomes can be added to the CT101.us media library or e-mailed directly to me here – Rseslow@york.cuny.edu

Get Busy!

CT101, the YORK College Cross Course Collab Part II

The Original Version of the Altered Portraits

CT101, the YORK College Cross Course Collab Part II

This fall semester the students at CUNY York College collaborated on the annual GIF the Portrait project.

CT101 is a digital storytelling course that fosters the understanding and application of digital tools while creating a digital identity on the Internet at large!

We knew the project would be a fine fit for the NET-Art open call for submissions via the CUNY academic commons.

This project will be live on the NET-ART website as of 12/12/18

CT101 has two sections this fall semester. Whilst learning some new blogging skills each student was asked to write an individual post about someone who inspires and motivates them. They were asked to share why and add contextual links for further clarification. (these can be found on the ct101 website) Using the portrait of that person selected we learned basic electronic image manipulation skills with adobe photoshop. Students also made some basic sequential motion graphics with those manipulated images. Then, they were asked to extract one single still-frame from their individual animations to contribute to the animations above. The result is a fast moving collaborative sequence of portraits. The portraits quickly morph and fragment into a series of animated iterations. Does the word ENERGy come to mind? We hope so (along with a little glitch aesthetic, we hope for that too). After the first animated collab was published, we began pushing the piece further by “examining the potentials of what else may happen?”

Students are now working on screen grabbing the consolidated GIFs and pushing them forward into “various otherness” using the mobile apps below.

Would you like to remix one? What is stopping you?!!

Stay tuned!

Glitche’ – glitche.com

to.be camera – to.be/camera

Giphy Cam – https://giphy.com/apps

Instagram – http://Instagram.com

VHS CAM – http://rarevision.com/vhscam

Assembly Design App – http://assemblyapp.co

Ultra-Pop

Ultra-Pop -Infinite

GifVid (simple tool to covert GIF to Video, Video to GIF on the phone)
iColorama S rich featured image editor that maintains full resolution of images
Decim8 Glitch
ImgPlay – Awesome GIF maker!
Back Eraser – Great to remove background areas and make layers.
Imaengine – Tons of filters, vector conversions, stills & video
Hyperspektiv – Tons of filters, stills and video

 

The GIF the Portrait project is an open project promoted by the NET-ART website on the academic commons. Would you like to join in and submit? Lets chat!

CT101 Students Rock Vapor Wave for the Commons!

Piece by: (Selena Matos) Giorno

With great pleasure I present to you the Vapor Wave Gallery of CT101 student work. Answering the open call for submissions on the NET-ART website powered by the CUNY Academic Commons, we hope you will enjoy the show!

Click here to View the Gallery

(if you don’t see your work in the gallery, it means you may have forgotten to e-mail me a .jpeg file/image of your piece – please send!)

How did this start?

Inspired by this great blog post previously published by professor Michael Branson Smith we set off to explore and experiment the genre as a class. The intention was to run through a series of class tutorials and then go off independently to generate images. Now that the gallery is place, what do you think? Lets share the links far and wide with our friends, family and network! Also, lets be sure to leave a comment on the gallery page – click here – then scroll to the bottom of the page and leave your sentiments! What did think of the process? Did you fall in love with Vapor Wave Aesthetic? Did you dig into the audio aspects of the genre? Share what you feel, perhaps it reminds you of “something” – comment here!

Vapor Wave is a vast and unique community! The musical aspect is huge, and the accompanying visuals are so attractive and contagious. The possibilities of how and where the aesthetic can be applied is even more expansive than we thought! You might ask yourself, why haven’t I heard of this before? Good question! It all seems to start with getting your feet wet with these two videos below, a little history really helps.

The gallery is an energetic series of our first static outcomes! These pieces set a tone for what is possible, and how we can push ourselves further. CT101 students are new to many of the software applications used in the course. We learned and applied a ton of new skills with adobe photoshop to create the digital collage works. Importing files, creating graphic assets, working with layers and gradients are all a part of the process. Saving files and exporting various file formats for the web were also explored and tested. We rocked it!

I want to make some MORE Vapor Wave Art! (right?)

A great way to get started and continue is by doing your own research and finding a tutorial or two that you can follow along with. I suggest these two below: (many more on youtube)

  1. Creating Vapor Wave – 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKokry41Ixg
  2. Creating Vapor Wave – 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ_ZT0Phfo4

The tutorials are great to work along with. But alas! What if you don’t have access to adobe photoshop? Is there an alternative? Indeed, you can use web browser applications like:

  1. Pixlr – https://pixlr.com/
  2. GIMP – https://www.gimp.org/
  3. Get Paint ( For PC users) https://www.getpaint.net/index.html

If you are looking for pre-made vapor wave elements, content and graphic assets you can easily grab a series of transparent images from doing a quick search that simply reads: “transparent vapor wave graphics“. The vapor wave community is proactive in sharing and uploading transparent graphics making it accessible and immediate for anyone to get involved.

Did you forget to e-mail me your contribution? Send it now!

rseslow at york.cuny.edu

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.

record

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.