Architecture/Landscape Then And Now

I created the Architecture/Landscape Then And Now Visual Assignment. I wanted to do this because I enjoyed blending then and now pictures of UMW last year for my senior history seminar called Adventures in Digital History.

Here’s the description of the assignment:

“Much like other then and now assignments, this assignment requires an old photo and a current photo. The difference is that the blended photo must be a landscape or include architecture, so a building, house, etc. People aren’t the only things that change over time! If you don’t have old photos, find one through Creative Commons! ”




The Party Don’t Start ‘Till I Walk In (GIF Tutorial)

Darcy Arrives GIF

Created in Adobe Photoshop


Darcy Arrives2

Created with GIMP

These GIFs were made for the Say it Like Peanut Butter Assignment from the DS106 Assignments site.

Using Photoshop

The first version here was made using Adobe Photoshop. Here are the steps I took to make this GIF from the movie Pride and Prejudice:

1. I imported my video clip into Photoshop using the import video frames to layers option.

2. Next, I opened up the timeline at the bottom of the screen and selected New layers Visible in All Frames in the small Timeline drop down in the upper right corner of the timeline.

3. After that, I cropped all of my frames by clicking on the first frame, holding down Shift and scrolling to my last frame and clicking on it to select all of my frames, and then using the Crop Tool (5th tool on the side tool bar).

4. Then, I resized all of my frames by clicking on the first frame, holding down Shift and scrolling to my last frame and clicking on it to select all of my frames, and then resizing my image under the Image tab and selecting Image Size.

5. I then deleted a bunch of unnecessary frames by selecting several of the frames on the timeline and clicking the trash button at the bottom of the timeline in order to make my final GIF file size smaller.

6. Lastly, under the File tab I clicked on Save for Web… and selected the Optimized version as well as made sure it was saving as a GIF (drop-down under the Preset drop-down). I did not play around with any of the other settings.

Using GIMP

The Second Version of the GIF was made using GIMP.

Here’s how I made it:

I imported my video clip into MPEG Streamclip (you can also edit your video in this instead of editing it in another video editor).  Then, I exported the file  as Export to Other Formats and choose Image Sequence in the drop down at the top of the pop-out window. This converted my video clip into a bunch of still images.

Next, I opened GIMP and imported all of my still images from the video clip by clicking on Open as Layers and selecting all of my still images at the same time by holding down the Command/Control key and clicking on all of them.

After that, I linked all of my layers by clicking on the blank square next to the eye icon, which is next to layer thumbnails in the layers sidebar in order to edit them all once. I cropped my images, using the Crop tool.

Then I unlinked my layers by once again clicking on the chainlink icon next to all of my layers.

Lastly, I exported my layers by clicking on Export As and selecting GIF as my file type. I checked the boxes labeled Interlacing, and As Animation, as well as Loop Forever and I unchecked the box labeled GIF comment in the pop-out window for exporting GIF options.


Minimalistic Ice Cream


Minimalistic ice cream

I started the assignment 4 Lines, 5 Dots, 1 Curve (worth 4 stars), thinking it would be really difficult to think of something to make with those limitations, but then it came to me…ice cream! I’ll admit I could have been a little more creative with this assignment, but I did want to make something recognizable. The cone uses three lines, the ice cream uses the one curve, and the last line, and then the chocolate chips are the five dots. Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite ice, especially from Baskin Robbins and so I decided to make the background pink as an homage to Baskin Robbins. I used Pixlr to create this drawing and simply used the shape tool to make my lines and my dots and my one curve. Then I put a vignette filter over the cone to show that it had been baked more in certain areas, and I added noise to the ice cream to give it that frozen kind of texture.



Brewing Passion Ice Tea

Brewing Passion Ice Tea

I did the visual assignment “Photo It Like Peanut Butter,” which is worth 3 stars. To do this assignment, I checked out a DSLR camera from DTLT (just to experiment with) and I set it to “continuous shot” mode that way I would be able to kind of recreate the process the process of getting video frames. I held it down after I poured the hot water in the glass, and captured 16 images of the tea brewing. Next, I imported those images into Photoshop as a “stack,” meaning they imported in as layers. Then I clicked the drop down menu above the Timeline in Photoshop to make all of my layers frames in the Timeline. Next, I selected all of my 16 frames and cropped down the image of the glass to focus in on the tea bag and on the brewing tea swirls. After that, I resized the image width from around 3,000 pixels to 800 pixels. Then, I adjusted the delay speed of all of the frames to 0.1 seconds. Finally, I “saved to web” and saved my project as a GIF.

I really need to get a tripod to put cameras on…that would have definitely made the photo shoot easier and it would have made the gif sequence smoother. It’s also weird to make a GIF from pictures only instead of a video, mostly because in my limited GIFfing experience I’ve only used videos to convert into GIFs. Nevertheless, I am happy with the way it turned out. I really wanted to depict the subtle movement within tea brewing and I think I accomplished that.


How I Procrastinate

I did the Visual Assignment “Multiply Yourself,” worth 5 stars.

How I did this was I simply put my camera on our dining table, set the timer to ten seconds, and took siz different pictures of myself doing different things in the living room. I did not move the camera at all, and made sure the objects in the room did not move in between shots.

After I took my photos, I imported them into Pixlr, even though Photoshop would have made the process easier. After the were in Pixlr, I picked one of the images to be my base image. The image I picked to be the base was the one where I’m sticking my head through the door. I then used the lasso tool with the feathering set to eight to cut myself out from the whiteboard picture and paste myself into the base picture. In order to make sure I lined everything up between the cut out and the base image, I made the opacity of the cut out layer about 50-70%  until it was in the right position. Once lined up, I raised the opacity of the cut out layer back to 100%. Then, I cleaned up the edges with the circle eraser tool that has feathering. I repeated this process of cutting myself out of the other pictures and pasting myself onto the base image four more times until I had all six of me in the same room. The hardest Jess to clean up was definitely the dancing/jumping Jess because I had to make sure that the Jess laying down on the couch was actually visible, so I really had to basically outline the dancing/jumping Jess with the eraser almost down to the pixel. Once I got all of the Jesses in same image, I double checked to see if there was anywhere the furniture or the wall colors were off and touched up the spots I found with the eraser tool to make sure that the room layout was all from the base image.

If I try to do this kind of image manipulation again, I will definitely go out and buy a tripod for my camera, that way I won’t have AS much erasing to do.


Night Rose

In the Visual assignment category, I chose to do the Colorize It assignment. I took a photo I had previously taken, and adjusted the colors in the picture.

To change the colors of the pictures, I opened my original image into Pixlr and used the Magic Wand tool to select the flower, the leafy background, the middle of the flower, and part of the bee. After I selected each of these parts of the picture, I selected Adjustment and used the Color Balance scales to decrease the red tones and up the blue and green tones. It was a pretty simple process, but it still had a really cool effect on my picture!

Here’s the original image so you can see the difference.