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Digital media development LO2 part 17

part 17 of the digital media sketchbook


for this post i have decided to use another self portrait and also a mixed media piece of a train tunnel

 in my usual style the ‘difference’ tool has been used from the layers selection. the image would have been successful if the the face had not been completely hidden away especially as the effects of the background have worked nicely into the rest of the portrait.

from the difference image i then went on to use the gradient map as usual but the red completely overpowers the whole image resulting in both the background and the portrait a difficulty to make out.

 therefore here i chose a different angle for the gradient map on the ‘difference’ image by using the orange and purple tones. once again unfortunately the yellow tint added around the hair seems to take the image over and i am unable to make out the portrait.


sadly this part 17 experiment was a failed attempt.

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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Digital media development LO2 part 16

here is part 16 of the sketchbook work for my digital media class. almost finished with three more posts to go.


here i have chosen two very dark images to use together. the core of a pomegranate for the background and an abstract self portrait.

  here i used the difference tool (as usual) from the layers list. the portrait is not recognisable on this and i actually find myself trying to figure out what parts go where and i already know what the image is seeing as it is my art work. the pomegranate clearly takes over and disguises the portrait.

  i then decided to change the layer option to ‘lighten’ of which brings the portrait to the front and becomes a very clear with the pomegranate adding a nice texture to the left side of the face almost replicating a leopard tattoo. much more successful than the above image.

 from the above lighten image i then used the gradient map (once again ‘as usual’) and a lovely tint of different shades of brown have been added to the piece. the portrait really stands out and the pomegranate ‘leopard’ print is very prominent but adds a lovely touch.

 i attempted the ‘lighten’ in a different gradient map tone this time with the orange and blue. very abstract and stands to attention but once again i feel the pomegranate is taking over the face and not in a subtle way which dampens my expectations for this project.

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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Digital media development LO2 part 15

continuation of my digital media sketchbook part 15.


here i chose an architectural piece made using  technique and also a self abstract portrait.

 here i used the difference option within the filters selection. The development here has brought out a lovely purple shade amongst the right side of the face and displays a strong and dark demeanour.

   here i used the lighten option from the layers selection and with this one you are able to see the portrait more clearly although i do feel that it is quite bland and boring to the eye unlike the above ‘difference’ image.

   taken from the above ‘lighten’ image i developed it further by using the gradient map tool. I like the fact that i am still able to see that the portrait is prominent as well as the architectural background thanks to the lighter colours.

 this is also a gradient map image taken from the ‘lighten’ image. i find this to be the most successful of the above – it brings a vintage feel to the image because of the brown tint and also makes the image more fine art related rather than a digital image.

 Also taken from the ‘lighten’ image I used the green and blue gradient map for this creation. I am very fond of this due to the vibrant colour tones however it is unclear to make out fully that this is a portrait.

  once again taken from the ‘lighten’ image a fourth development using the gradient map tool is shown above. the portrait of this is much more prominent to the eye unlike the previous image above but for some reason i am not keep on the colour mix with orange and purple; it does not seem to stand out and the detail of the background is unclear.

 this is the second last one taken from the ‘lighten’ image and has been created using the underwater theme within the photo filter selection. with this selection you are able to recognize the portrait straight away of which is what i am aiming for within this project. the opacity of the portrait is quite low and mixes well into the background.

  last addition from the ‘lighten’ creation i then decided to play with the filter gallery. i came to the plaster technique here and the image could almost be an advertisement for a gangsta movie as the background reminds me of a busy highway thanks to the dark shadings and the eye catching portrait is strong.

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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Digital media LO2 development part 4

part four of my continuation with the development of the digital media project.


for this I chose the flowers for the background and a nude portrait to become the main image.

 now this was created by using the exclusion tool from the layers option. It has given the image a ghostly effect and the flowers almost replicate curtains covering up the nude as though to privatize her body.

I then took this ‘exclusion’ picture further by using gradient map filter to hopefully give the image a more artistic flare.

  gr -1      gr -2

Now the above images have been created using the same gradient tint of orange and purple. Gr -1 is slightly more abstract and the nude is not as noticeable because with the textures of the flowers and the use of a bright orange it looks as though you are staring at a nicely lit fire in a grande fireplace. Gr -2 however i feel has worked more successfully; the image has a darker quality around the nude figure so it is more prominent to a viewers eye yet it still has the depiction of fire due to the petals of the flowers.

  here i took a different approach from the original paintings and used the difference tool of the layers selection. The detail of this piece is more noticeable and is strong on both the flower and the female form; also the dark colours against the light purples and blues of her figure gives a nice contrast.

 gr -1     gr -2

 gr -3

once again I used the gradient map tool (I am becoming very fond of this tool) to manipulate the ‘difference’ image further and all three developments from this have turned out perfect.

gr -1:- the nude almost looks like damaged goods due to the effects of the different shades of yellow like a sculpture that is falling apart.

gr -2:- the contrast of cool and warm colours work beautifully together and give a dark and mysterious look to the female nude laying down.

gr -3:- out of the three I think this one is the most successful because of the strong and bright colours. The fact that the background is lighter then the subject matter helps to make the nude portrait the focal point of which is what i was aiming for throughout this project.

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Digital media LO2 development part 3

Just a continuation of the previous development process for my digital media project.


Here I chose a background image of a ruined interior made using glue and acrylics on an apron surface which then has the portrait layered on top.

 from the layers list i chose the ‘difference’ option and the result came back quite futuristic as the furniture has morphed into the portraits facial features seems almost robotic. The shading is quite dark but are still able to have the number of colours stand out.

 also from the layers list i chose ‘colour burn’. This unfortunately was not so successful; the furniture has morphed into portrait and shaped it well but to another viewers eye they would not be able to make out that there are additional objects surrounding the image.

For the next images to be shown below I decided to only manipulated the furniture. Not part of the original subject matter but there is nothing wrong with a little experimentation I suppose: -

 this has been transformed using the gradient map tool with a blue and yellow tint. It helps make the image more abstract and the yellow is quite overpowering therefore stands to attention.

 taken from the filter gallery ‘graphic pen’ tool taken from the sketch options. I really like the old style red colouring the graphic pen tool created and the detail of the burnt furniture has helped to give a rustic feel to this.

Once all of my developments have been uploaded I shall revisit the works I made and develop them further if i feel i could improve them more.

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Posted by on April 8, 2012 in Uncategorized


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digital media LO2 part 2

more images followed on from digital media part 1.


for this development i have combined a landscape i created when i was around 9 years old and a portrait of myself by layering the portrait on top of the landscape.

 here i used the difference tool within the layer selection. I really like how landscape has given the hair a boost instead of the black silhouette of the original portrait. The purple shading to the face helps it to stand out and makes the little houses underneath the eyes the focal point…I find it gives off a nosy neighbour story mainly because of the rows of houses with this large figure looming over them.

 this one was made with the ‘darkness’ tool within the layer selection. the portrait is more successful in this example as it is more prominent. Also the black silhouette makes the abstract design within the face the focal point and eye catching.

 here i used the colour dodge tool within the layer selection. It has given the same effect as the ‘difference’ image but has lowered the opacity as though to hide the portrait behind the trees and houses. The image is a lot brighter than the two above but shadows the portrait too much and I am only able to make out the nose and mouth.

from the above ‘colour dodge’ image i decided to expand these further by using  the gradient map tool to hopefully make the portrait more outstanding.

 gradient map 1

This has worked well with being able to make the face standout. I also like the fact that it comes across as more of a screen print rather than a digital image so it would get viewers pondering as to what medium has been used to create the image. The colours work well together however the purple sticks out like a sore thumb and would have been more presentable with a blue layering to bring the colours into unison.

 gradient map 2.

Although you are unable to see the portrait at it’s most prominent i do however like the abstract effect it has applied and the yellow and baby blue tint works perfectly together and still remains to give a screen print look.

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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Digital Media development LO2 part 1

taken from the previous post ( here are the collection taken into the development stage.


firstly i chose the above image to use as a backdrop and created a new layer to place the portrait opposite on top.

   i then used the layer styles available within the layers box and chose difference for the above image. I also played about with other styles as well such as the ‘multiply’ style and the ‘vivid light’ style also taken from the layers box.

 this is the multiply styled version. A lot darker than the difference and the background comes across as the skin texture as it merges into the portrait.

i developed the above multiply image further by using the gradient map filter which can be accessed via Image>Adjustments>Gradient map.

 gradient map 1.

I really like how much lighter this brown and white tint from the gradient map has transformed the original ‘multiply’ image shown above. It has also given the image a vintage 1940′s poster feel as well.

 gradient map 2.

The orange and blue gradient tint of the ‘multiply’ image has become abstract yet still looks like a poster with a vintage touch because of the blending between the portraits head against the background. The reason i say it looks abstract is because it is hard to make out the mouth and nose and overall shape of the face…without the distinctive glasses the image would be almost impossible to make out as a portrait.

 gradient map 3.

I personally loved this when i first created it yet now i feel it is not as strong as the previous works above. I feel it the brightness it too overpowering and despite the glasses it is very much hard to make out that the overall image is supposed to be a portrait.

 this is the vivid light technique that i experimented with from the layers selection and gives a highly contrasted result as well as being bright. Only problem is that you can not fully see the background details within the face unlike the previous works shown above therefore making the image look unfinished and bland.

 lastly for this work i only used the painted portrait and managed to manipulate this by using the plaster technique with the layers of which are accessed via Filter>Filter gallery>Sketch>Plaster. As you can see it has an almost glass painted effect and has a slight gradient tint to the image of which you are able to choose via the light option that shows up once you have selected ‘plaster’. The light can be changed in all different directions via this light option.

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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Uncategorized


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