GIF the Portrait – Collab Submission Process

This past week in CT101 we began the collaborative GIF the Portrait Project. Working with the digital version of the project, students continue learning the basics of adobe photoshop and generated their individual portrait animations. Students that were present in class during week #5 left our class session with their first GIF created from scratch using photoshop.

Lets review the first part of the project as I will need for you to submit a single frame to me via email – Rseslow@york.cuny.edu – to get our collaboration underway.

  1. Use an Internet search engine to find for a Portrait of someone who inspires, motivates or has an impact on your life. Be sure to find a head shot that clearly captures your subject without chopping off a part of their head, hair, ear or face. Selecting a large or medium image will work best!

*Pro Tip – Find an image that looks similar to this one below. The image size that you will be submitting for the group collaboration will be sized at 8″ inches wide X  10″ inches high. (This is a standard headshot size.)

2. If you cant find an image of your preferred subject that looks similar to this example, then you may be able to “crop” the image in photoshop. You can then copy and paste the image back into the photoshop (.psd) document. (See video Below).

3. Open Adobe Photoshop and select FILE -> New – Set up your document to be 8 inches Wide X 10 inches High – Make sure the background Contents is set to “Transparent”. Click OK.

**Newer versions of Photoshop have a slightly different looking document interface but the info is the same, follow the setting in this example.

Your blank 8 inch X 10 inch document will look like this below.

Watch the short video below on how to open and place your Image into the photoshop document, scale it smaller and save it.

You can now alter and manipulate the image using some of the Filters (play with them, there are many ways to alter the original image) Send only 1 to me as a .JPEG file via e-mail here – Rseslow@york.cuny.edu

Stay still… BUT MOVE !

How coooooool.  Once again.  I can take my favorite still media and animate it to make it move smooth.

This BMW M3 is one of my favorite cars.  One day I’ll get one, but for now I will have fun editing with the free pictures online. I love how the effects made the image come to life. 

Welcome to the beautiful beaches of the Dominican Republic.  The refreshing and swifts winds of the ocean make things go the way they want.  This palm tree is leaning in to take a closer look at the warm water.  I decided to do a light to dark piece for this one.  Just as fast as this image changes filters is just as fast as the time seems to go by when you’re on vacation.

I owe myself a trip very soon!

 

Freedom in assignments?

How is this so possible?

The way things are looking in the class so far gears me up to learn some new computer skills that I can use forever.

Photoshop!  Something I have always wanted to learn since I first heard about it many years ago.  I mean, have you seen some of these images that have been manipulated to perfection?   I personally always liked the face swapping aspect of it.  they are so hilarious!

Photoshop I’m sure has lots of other purposes which would be cool to figure out how to use all of them.  I tried browsing the suggested Photoshop Battles site, but I wasn’t able to find easily distinguished Photoshop projects.  When I saw the title as Photoshop Battles, I expected to click into an array of swapped and exchanged photos with people showing off their skills.  Either way, Google is a great thing that exists.  I can easily search for some wicked projects people have done, and soon, I can even have my own nutty stuff on there.

If I practice one skill every class, I believe I can learn Photoshop quite well.  This can be like my secret weapon in my storytelling.  I can really express myself in ways that maybe I can only understand.  It is a great skill, because in this world of technology, we need to have a skill set that makes us stand out.

I learned how to create my own GIFs from YouTube videos and I am still pumped about that.  Also, if I just felt like browsing through GIFs I could use these cool sites that I was introduced to this semester called imagur and giphy.  The internet truly has the most resources in the world to learn to do almost anything you want.

A cool project for me would be combining the two into a Photoshop face swap GIF, like this one LOL.

Similar to a Photoshop GIF, have you ever seen those Photoshop videos?  The creators put faces of athletes and other people on videos of people dancing.  These things look pretty fake, but at the right time with the right scene, they are funny.  My classmate loves those things.  She has always known how to make GIFs and would like to learn video editing.  All I’m really doing now is learning some skills to make some funny pics, GIFs, and videos hopefully.

I’m looking forward to class tomorrow, I think we will learn how to use Photoshop.  Finally !

Adele & Seal are doing a duet!! No, not Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel

You guys remember Seal, right? “Kiss from a Rose“… sold 30 million albums worldwide… used to be married to Heidi Klum… Well, wouldn’t it be kind of interesting if he and the amazing Adele did a duet together? Does Adele even do duets? Well, she does now… Check out this snapshot of Adele and Seal rehearsing a new single. Well, wait… that’s not Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel. Oh well. Same difference… A seal is a seal.

As part of a Pop Star Out of Place assignment, I used PhotoShop to join a photo of this adorable laughing seal and Adele seemingly performing together.

adele-seal