Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Project 1 : Digital Triptych Montage


due on your BLOG by September 3 (Tuesday, Classtime)


Miscellaneous info. 

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 P R O J E C T  O N E

D I G I T A L  T R I P T Y C H  M O N T A G E

Richard Hamilton montage (click to enlarge).

John Heartfield montage (click to enlarge).

Your first project will be to create a digital triptych montage! More directly, three separate images. A unique (and quite fashionable) way to grasp on core digital art mechanics while emulating masters of fine arts' past.


triptych (ˈtrɪptɪk) — n 1. a set of three pictures or panels, usually hinged so that the two wing panels fold over the larger central one: often used as an altarpiece 2. a set of three hinged writing tablets 


The dimensions at which your three images will be.
Locating this screen is as simple as finding on the
top bar IMAGE and then -> IMAGE SIZE.


Create a series of three works of digital photographic montage in Adobe Photoshop from specific source material. You must use as your subject matter for each of the three works at minimum the same 25 scanned or found images for 25 separate layers. Repeating : There will be 25 different layers on the Photoshop file, and 25 different images/'pieces' of sorts throughout those layers. These 25 source images are to be comprised from some combination of the following: scanned objects (flatbed scanned), images appropriated from books and magazines (flatbed scanned), and images downloaded from the Internet. At least one of the images you use must be of a word.

All images are to be found or otherwise appropriated, including the word. Use Adobe Photoshop to creatively combine your image elements into three cohesive image compositions that will exist as a triptych. Remember, each of your images MUST include all of 25 of your source images in each composition! Consider the conceptual link between image, object and word that will be created by their combination. Again : All three panels will contain the 'same' layers-images : Just arranged differently. The meanings conveys out of the new arrangements are up to you!

Very important! Save your images with layers intact as we will be further using your image for the next project (animation). You achieve this by simply saving the file as a Photoshop file. Keep file safe!

PROJECT DIMENSIONS : 2160 x 3840 (per panel).

Past examples!..

In addition, an example of a statement to accompany the above three panels..

Statement : The Title of this Triptych is "Epiphany".  I assembled it in Adobe Photoshop Elements CS3.  I used scans from the graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore, as well as scans of a sticker and my passport.  The rest of the images were culled from Google.

This piece is meant to illustrate the moment when one realizes that in the grand scheme of the universe, their existence is an infinitesimal blip.  What might seem to be earth-shattering is just as unimportant as anything else.  But even if the universe is cold and unreachable, there is still beauty in its machinations- unfolding slowly on an unimaginable scale, comfortably unconcerned by the entirety of life as we know it.

The content of your work is up to you. Consider the possibilities of Adobe Photoshop to cut, paste, resize, etc.. Scan photographs from family albums, magazines, etc.. Bring in various found objects to scan - junk, a meaningful keepsake, etc.. Pick a word or words, either scanned from text, handwritten or otherwise created outside of the computer, scan it and include the work in the image. Think about how the creative unexpected associations of disparate images and texts functions to establish new and multiple readings of the works.

For clarity : You'll essentially have 'six' images. Three Photoshop files you'll keep in tact for later and three online (flat files, ex. JPG) resolution files to post on your blog. You will save a .JPG out of the .PSD file. A .JPG will be flattened and available for online transfer. 

Helpful Photoshop Links

Sometimes, simply Google searching "photoshop CS5/CS6" will earn you immediate results. Abuse this and learn all you can about the program!

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