Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bad Photoshopping

So this kind of goes back to the lecture a couple of weeks ago in class. Last week with the whole Rihanna/ Chris Brown fiasco, the entertainment media was trying to get all the "dirt". The picture below surfaced, claiming to show a bruised and battered Rihanna. However, it was later found out that the picture was a fake. Can you figure out which Photoshop tools were used?

Saturday, February 21, 2009


since our class discussion focused on typography today, i thought it would be appropriate to share this very cool website, called worldle. maybe some of you have used it before?!?

essentially you can create word clouds out of chunks of text through this site and play with the different fonts, layouts, and colors. i took the description of this course and created a word cloud. pretty cool!

Newsmap site

Cool link - visual representation of articles on Google News site. Divides the stories into bands sized by number of articles on the given subject and colored by content type.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The tale of one man's coffee love-affair, on napkins

That's just one post on Christopher Niemann's Abstract City blog at the New York Times website.

It's a really interesting blog where Niemann tells stories through graphical representations.
I stumbled upon it today (while working the late shift............... bleh), and plan to add it to my google reader feed. Check it out. It can't hurt.

Text Wrap

This Web site from students at the Walter Cronkite school of journalism at Arizona State University shows a good use of the text wrap we talked about in class this week.

The Web site is a reporting project from South Africa. On the intro page, there is a graphic of Africa's outline, using the words "hope" and "hate" instead of lines. Then photos of South African people are rotated inside that outline.

The Web site is also interesting in that it uses white writing on black background. There are some lengthy articles that are extremely hard to read as a result.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

How to use the color range tool

this is a video to show how to use the color range tool instead of using the magic wand. it probably works better in CS4 than it does in CS3. Check out this link for yourself. they also have other videos that you can watch for tips and tricks.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

found a cool link

hi everyone -
i found a cool link that gives special tips to help make your experience with photoshop a bit easier and will help advance your knowledge. I found it helpful. see everyone saturday!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Photoshop tutorials

this is a link that i found that shows how to make a snowboarder with a bunch of 3D lines around him/her. it looks pretty cool on how they composed the photo.

New Celebrity Website Focuses on Visual

The celebrity website "industry" (if you want to call it that) is over saturated with sites like,,, etc. MSN announced this week that they too will join the market with their new website What is interesting about Wonderwall is that it focuses on using interactive media and photos to get its message across.

Here's some interesting comments from the AFP article on the new website:

"Wonderwall offers people an engaging and visually dynamic perspective on the day's hottest pop culture stories, personalities and trends," MSN and BermanBraun said in a statement.

The main feature of is a nearly full-screen wall of pictures with links to stories, photo galleries and video.

The wall can be scrolled horizontally, an experience MSN and BermanBraun likened to "flipping through a favorite magazine."

The question now is, will a focus on the visual aesthetics help MSN become a mainstay in the already crowded celebrity website community?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New art or copyright infringement?

So is wrong, illegal, or just plain unfortunate when an artist takes an Associated Press photograph and makes it into something new? Would it matter if that image didn't have anything to do with the election of our new president?

That's what's going on with this AP photo of President Barack Obama, left, and the prolific image that artist Shepard Fairey created from it.

Read some postings/ articles about it here, here and here.

Fairey has admitted to using the AP photo, according to some of these articles. But he's saying that he created art from it - a new image.

Looking at these two, can we say that Fairey's take on the Obama picture is different enough to be considered a new image?

Is it art?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

visual asthetics

as a new member to the visual aesthetics world, i'm still learning..its really neat to see the different ways to show my creativity and make work into fun. I'm still having difficulty learning how to do the different colors and make them fade like the wassilly painting. Hopefully I'll get the hang of it before the collage assignments are due...enjoy the weekend all!