Monthly Archives: January 2012

Photoshop Express Tutorials | Beta Essential Training

This is the tutorial I used to learn about Photoshop Express.  It gave me a quick overview of the features I will be using for my Image Project.  I’m excited to try the Pop Color feature that lets me choose one object to highlight with color and changes the rest to black and white. I will give the animation feature  a try too.

Photoshop Express Tutorials | Beta Essential Training.

I really like the Palm Breeze Cafe tutorials on Youtube. Here’s a video that shows how the Pop feature works.

Photoshop Express Tutorials/ Beta Essential Training video downloaded from

Palm Breeze Cafe video downloaded from Youtube


NMR Introductions : The Geneology of New Media

Murray, Janet H.. “Inventing the Medium.” The New Media Reader. Ed. Noah Wardrip-Fruin and  Ed. Nick Montfort. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003. 3-11. Print.

Manovich, Lev.. “New Media from Borges to HTML.” The New Media Reader. Ed. Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Ed. Nick Montfort. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003. 13-25. Print.

orange electric flower

CC image posted at Flicker by HocusFocusClick

1. Murray sees digital media as the merging of formerly separate paths. The path leading to the present form of digital expression is like a high speed super highway with exits and on-ramps that connect literary, scientific, and engineering logic. Because there are so many alternate connections, some may find themselves actually moving forward slower than they would like (or have time for). Others find the pace exhilarating and see their destination clearly.

The genealogical path of the digital age, then, is one of countering arguments, not survival of the fittest,but a merging of different species. “The evolutionary metaphor,” Murray says “is an expression of awe at the magnitude of the shift . . .the unfamiliar rush of mind-power that makes us wonder if we might be capable of out-thinking our very humanity” (5).

Murray describes the difference in Enlightenment terms: one social and one scientific, one often fearful and at the same time hopeful, the other analytical. In the digital age these two contexts intertwine, often artistically, rather than being two distinct journeys.As the computer field has taken on a life of its own, a new ideology of power presents challenges such as privacy rights and ownership. As Murray says, “Fire warms and fire burns” (8).In spite of these challenges though, humans remain compelled to communicate and create.

2. New Media, Manovich explains, is an artistic mode that emerged in the United States in the late nineteen-seventies. Much of its evolution however, took place outside the United States because the broad availability of internet service made it commonplace and  taken for granted here.  In some countries, on the other hand, the novelty and high cost of internet technology made it more appreciated as a new and  unique art form.

Another contributing factor to New Media’s broader acceptance in Europe and Asia, Manovich continues, was their cultural tendency to have more of an appreciation for art in general.  Unlike Europe, which financed computer technology for museums, United States government funding for computer equipment and software outside of government use was lacking. Furthermore, the collaborative nature of New Media made it counter-intuitive to the individualistic culture of America.

Finally, in the mid-nineties, university programs backed by private contributors, sparked the rise of New Media in the United States. A consumerist, race to the newest gadget mentality, however, threatened true artistic thought. This tendency, Manovich says, helped contribute to the relative lack of respect for graphic artists in the United States.

One way to define New Media is by what it is not:

  • New Media is not social cyberculture.
  • It doesn’t just use the computer as a tool.
  • It is not static data.
  • It is not an isolated medium.
  • It is not a collection of spliced action shots.

New Media is:

  • A new Enlightenment.
  • A fast and efficient method of digitally drafting complicated compositions.
  • The rewriting of cultural archives.

Image Project Blog 3 for 1/31

I made three changes to the original image (CC image posted at Flicker by Jullian Xenia).  First, I used Auto Correct to brighten the image which I found to be too dreary for the overall tone of my composition. This gave the model a rosier complexion (passion, I suspect). Next, I decreased the saturation slightly to soften the over-all effect, especially the background.  Finally, I highlighted the whites of her eyes with the smallest brush, using the softest focus.  Now this image appears glistening and powerful; full of passion and meaning. All of this was amazingly simple to do on Photoshop Express by just choosing tools from the left side-bar.

Image Project Blog 2 for 1/31

I made three changes to the original red umbrella image (CC image posted at Flicker by aurelio.asian).  First, I increased the saturation to bring out an even more vibrant red and de-emphasize the black lines in the umbrella. This also had the surprising effect of making the black in the center of the umbrella more intense.  This contrasted nicely with the black branches against the white sky.  Then, I decreased the exposure which made the branches appear blacker. Finally, I rotated the image to place the sky in the upper left-hand corner. This placed the sky-well, in the sky.  It also pointed the source of light toward the previous image, emphasizing her “awakening”.

Originally, I was going to use Aviary to edit my Image Project, but I proved to be beyond my expertise. Photoshop Express is very simple to use. I just played around with it until I got the effect I liked.

Image Project Blog 1 for 1/31

I chose this collection of images to capture the tone of  this quote by Clarissa Pinkola Estes:

To create one must be able to respond. Creativity is the ability to respond to all that goes on around us, to choose from the hundreds of possibilities of thought, feeling, action, and reaction and to put these together in a unique response, expression or message that carries moment, passion and meaning.

The order in which the images are presented below moves the viewer from the awakening of the moment of creative impulse to the pollination of the fertile mind.  Next, the unfurling of the imagination uncovers the hidden music of the mind that lights the creative fire within. The final photo represents the moment of awakening to the unique emotional response that creative expression allows.

Notes and Response to NMD Chaps 3-5:

Internet Design Montage

CC image posted at Flicker by svillarosa

The internet has grown by capitalizing on people’s desire to communicate. The free and open structure of the internet allows anyone to contribute to the broad network of ideas, and subjects.  People’s desire for information at their fingertips has been insatiable.  Graphic designers fulfill the media consumer’s demand for eye-catching and exciting content.


  • Text-based – the beginning of the World Wide Web.
  • Cyberspace- the web as a “parallel universe” based on imagination.
  • Mobile Internet- The integration of “computing and the physical environment.”

Smart Mobs- move from the realm of speculation to become today’s Flash Mobs.

Google Earth– Too close for comfort?

Organizing Information:

  • Graphic designers map huge amounts of content on websites for educational, social, and commercial use. Examples include the BBC website, online schools, blogs, and E-bay.

Science and Technology:

  • NASA sparks the computer imaging technology that leads to multimedia design, simulation, and computer games.

The Future of Graphic Design:

  • An open playing field where competition creates a dynamic career opportunity.
  • Freelancing offers flexibility and a chance to collaborate with other creative individuals.

Austin, Tricia, and Richard Doust. New Media Design. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2007. Print.

Image Project Blog 2


CC image posted at Flicker by Serras Photography.

I have chosen Aviary as the image editing software selection for my project.  I don’t have any previous imaging editing experience, so I pulled this one out of the hat. Lucky me!  Aviary has everything that I need (and more) for any image editing that I will need to do as a student or teacher.  I also considered Picasa which a friend recommended, but it didn’t seem as user friendly.  It didn’t have the ability to rotate images; something I think will be useful for energizing my presentation   Aviary has more than 80 tutorials on the website and each is rated for level of previous experience needed (no need to depend on YouTube).  They also have practice photos for each editing application that you can follow step-by-step to increase confidence and improve the quality of your product.  Aviary has a forum and blog to address any problems users might have.  For my purposes, the cropping, contrast/saturation, and borders functions will probably be the most useful, although I will have lot’s more options available if I chose to use them.  I have downloaded the free Aviary program and will be accessing it from my home computer.

Aviary. Web. 20 Jan. 2012.

Picasa. Web. 20 Jan. 2012.

Image Project Blog 1

To create one must be able to respond. Creativity is the ability to respond to all that goes on around us, to choose from the hundreds of possibilities of thought, feeling, action, and reaction and to put these together in a unique response, expression or message that carries moment, passion, and meaning.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I chose a quote for my Image Project that reflects the passion I have for writing as well as how I visualize the mental process of composing as an opening up, like the petals of a rose for instance, to reveal layers of meaning.  I envision my project sparking the imagination of my first-year composition students by placing emphasis on the imaginative, pre-writing stage of composition.  Clarissa Pinkola Estes, a psychologist, writes powerfully and passionately about the unlimited reaches of the mind.

Here is a Youtube video with some great Latin music and more quotes by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

The tone that I would like to convey in my project is that of passion above all things. I am passionate about encouraging students to find voice in their writing. Being open to emotions is a frightening, but necessary journey to finding one’s creative voice. I chose a style, reflected in my choice of images, that I hope will capture some of that vulnerability.  I also decided to try something different for this project; I chose all my images from one search word―passion. I further narrowed my subject material by only using images in red.

nata 1077. Clarissa Pinkola Estes Quotes. Youtube Web. 21 Jan. 2012

The Changing World of Graphic Design

The Changing World of Graphic Design

Old Media:

  • Analog- Subject to quality loss
  • Static- Books, newspapers, magazines
  • Linear- Has a defined beginning and end
  • Passive- Author is in control

New Media:

  • Digital- Constant quality
  • Dynamic-Fluid content
  • Hypertextual- Audience chooses path of “storyline”
  • Interactive-Author and audience communicate

Why should we care?

  • Media touches every aspect of our lives
  • Audiences are changed and manipulated by digital rhetoric
  • “Getting lost” in digital media can cause anxiety

In a nutshell:

The field of graphic design is in transition. The connection between old and new media, however, is one that still echos classical rhetorical theory― to persuade an audience through the use of symbolic language, sound, and imagery.  Graphic design historically has had political, religious as well as cultural implications for society.

Whether used as propaganda or an instrument to inform and educate, it has evolved to be exacting in its attention to detail. Even though many applications of computer graphic design could never be performed with old media, some artists still sit down with pencil and paper to initiate the process of creating computer games and other types of  animated images. The profession of a twenty-first century graphic designer requires broad knowledge and training coupled with artistic skill and a creative mind just as it did for the first typesetters and their ancient predecessors.

Austin, Tricia, and Richard Doust. New Media Design. London: Laurence King Publishing, 2007. Print.

CC image posted at Flicker by Grant Mitchell. Close-up of vase.

Hyperlinked CC image posted at Flicker by Jonathon Poh. Nazi propaganda poster.

meridianidteacher. History of Graphic Design. N.d. video. YoutubeWeb. 15 Jan 2012. <;.

Hello Everyone!

My name is Sharon Salyer. I’m in the second semester of my Master’s program at Old Dominion University. My major is English with concentration in Composition and Rhetoric. Here’s a ZooBurst presentation about some of my interests, plans, and goals. It’s good to meet you all! I wish you success in the coming semester.