Monthly Archives: October 2014

Simple structured unstyled page uploaded via ftp



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FILEZILLA uploads your work into the web using ftp.

To begin with downloaded filezilla on Tuesday and thought I would give it ago but big mistake….The log in details I had seemed to work and I could do everything accept get the files to open on the web. Persevered for ages and checked out the tutorials on kcdigitalnet but could only find ones using cyberduck and others. Even downloaded this but still no luck. Felt like throwing a brick at the computer….so frustrated!

Gave up and yesterday Mark was a superstar and downloaded a tutorial plus new log in details. Worked a treat, problem solved and uploaded in minutes. PHEW!


Here is all my website link from coda:

Composite image masking and channel techniques

This was a task to place two very different images together one on top of the other to make them appear as if they belonged together.

This was done using the magic box of tricks in photoshop. Using the mask tool you can hide parts of a layer of an image, delete the finer details, tidy up the edges and after adjusting the brightness and contrast the final image appears as if it was always meant to appear this way; and the really cool thing is that anything you do with a layer mask is not permanent so you can be as flexible as you like.

I struggled with this technique initially but the more I practiced trying to work the mask I finally managed to layer my caution sign on the brick wall.

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The next step in this process was to place this indian head dress on  a motorway. This required more patience and technique because of the finer details of the head dress e.g. the feathers and attachments. Managed to do this quite well in the end because of the previous practice with the caution sign. The imagination does run wild at the possibilities of using these techniques on different images and backgrounds.

Saving images in Photoshop for different uses

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  • Gif (graphics interchange format)-compressed files with a small colour range so not good to save high quality photos using this.
  • JPEG (joint photographic experts group)-can be compressed and retains all colour information though image can be of high or low quality depending on compression.
  • PSD (photoshop)-to save edited files and data on single page files.
  • PSE (photo creations format)-to save edited files and data on multiple page files.
  • Photoshop PDF (portable document format)-accurately displays images after saving.
  • PNG (portable network graphics)-files can  be compressed more than GIF and do not lose any quality.
  • TIFF (tagged image file format)-can store large high quality images.

I use JPEG the most because I feel it saves and preserves my files to the best quality.

kinetica art fair 2014

I went to the Kinetica art fair at the Old Truman Brewery on Friday 17th October 2014 and it was very interesting and all about the digital stuff. It combines the new arts, science and technology and as the name suggests is all about movement.

On display were fascinating artworks like interactive holograms, 3D projections, hanging mobiles, kinetic sculptures and light shows. The artists were from around the world.

The exhibition was a mix of everything and there did not seem to be any narrative as you walked through. Depending on the artwork some areas were well lit and other areas quite dark.

It was a mix that made all your senses feel alive.

Definitely an exhibition that visually makes you feel you are in a kaleidoscope being shaken around from all sides!

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Art of the Brick Exhibition

I went to the Art of The Brick Exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery on Thursday 16th October and it was very exhilarating and inspiring viewing the creations made just with plastic bricks. Who would have thought the blocks I played with as a child could be turned into beautiful pieces of artwork.

Art of The Brick Exhibition is all about lego 3d sculptures created with thousands and thousands of bricks of lego. An American artist, Nathan Sawaya is the brilliant and artistic creator of these jaw dropping creations.

He created 3D models of people, portrait images, animals, objects, food, the environment, sports, planets, etc. and everything is mind boggling.

The artworks are placed on different stands and some similar pieces are grouped together. The area was dimly lit and had spotlights directed on each piece, however the sculptures are not so easily viewed. You want to see each brick gone into making them but I think because the bricks are brightly coloured the curators have gone with the darkness.

The exhibition evokes a lot of emotions as you can be happy viewing some pieces and then there is a piece of a man holding a dead woman. It is definitely a roller coast of emotions!

I feel like getting out my lego again!

Some of the photos I took.

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This exhibition is definitely worth the ticket price and appeals to all age groups. Excited to see what pieces of artwork the artist will create next with lego….