Introducing a dynamic medium for artistic expression and graphic communication
"This is a seminal contributionoa must-read for anyone interested in how computers are used in art and design. Spalter masterfully presents the principles and practices of this vital and rapidly growing field. She blends just the right amount of technology with applications and implications to the visual arts, in an easy-to-read, informative style.."
-- Andries van Dam, T. J. Watson, Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science, Brown University, and coauthor of the authoritative book, Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice.
"At last!" Those are the words that most often greet Anne Morgan Spalteris new book--an introduction to computer graphics uniquely focused on the computer as a medium for artistic expression and graphic communication--the first comprehensive work to combine technical and theoretical aspects of the emerging field of computer art and design.
Integrating theory, examples, and the concepts underlying all the major types of graphics software, Spalter explains the principles and practices that artist, designers, illustrators, and photographers simply must understand to take full advantage of this dynamic, visual medium.
Each program is presented as part of a larger picture, profusely illustrated with diagrams and art works, including many in color. Coverage includes:
Chapters on input and output address the wide range of tools and techniques for working with art and design software, and for creating both screen-based and printed works. Excerpts from interviews with artists and computer scientists add perspective to both the origins and the future directions of the field. Although some of the bookis exercises require common application software, the main body of this text is platform- and application-independent.
"For years Iive been searching the shelves for a book like this, a book that gathers together the loose strands of the ecomputer arti movement.... She gives the whole pictureo pioneer artists, technical principles, artistic choices, creative uses and misuses, all with the freshness of the hands-on practitioner."
-- James Faure Walker has spent the past 10 years integrating computer graphics into his painting, and is currently a lecturer in painting/computer graphics at UCE, Birmingham, England.
(All chapters begin with an Introduction.)
1. Computers and Computer Art: A Brief History.
Three Periods of Computer Art.
Landmarks in Computer Technology—1890 to the Early 1960s.
A Digression: The Printing Press.
From Textiles to Tabulation.
Women in Computing and Computer Art.
World War II and Its Aftermath.
Computer Art Through the Early 1970s.
The First Computer Images.
Two Early Computer Artists.
The Search for the Laws of Aesthetics.
Landmarks of Computer Technology—After 1960.
Better, Faster, Cheaper.
Computer Art in the Late 1970s and 1980s.
Synergy Between Literary Theory and Computer Graphics Technology.
Computer Art in the 1990s and Beyond.
Entering a Postphotographic Era.
Continuous and Analog Versus Discrete and Digital.
Anatomy of a Painting or Photoediting Program.
The Concept of Touch.
Transparency, Tool Shape, and Mixing Behavior.
Origins of Filtering Vocabulary in Signal Processing.
Algorithmic Touch and Special Effects.
Selection and Masking.
The Local-Global Continuum.
Moving the Edges.
Placement of Elements.
Image Size: File Size, Resolution, and Color Depth.
Calculating File Size.
The Alpha, or Transparency, Channel.
Sampling Hand Motion.
The Mouse and Its Variations.
Tablets and Styli.
Relative Versus Absolute Motion.
Reconceiving Computer Input.
Digital Still Cameras.
Digital Video Cameras.
The Art of Input.
Dangers of Input.
Introduction to Output.
A New Level of Flexibility.
Geometry and the Nature of Selection.
Drawing Geometric Shapes by Sampling.
Anatomy of a Digital Design and Layout Program.
Working with Local-Touch Tools.
Boolean Operations (Adding and Subtracting Shapes).
Importing Raster Images.
Composing with Objects: Groups and Layers.
Size and Scale.
Accuracy as a Compositional Tool.
Combining Raster and Geometry-Based Graphics.
Subtractive Versus Additive Color Mixing.
Primary Colors for Subtractive and Additive Mixing.
The RGB Cube.
The HSV and HSL Spaces.
The HWB Space.
Perceptually Based Spaces and the Munsell System.
Using Color Spaces.
Your Own Color Space.
The CIE Space.
Eye-Dropper Tool (Image as Palette).
Originality and the Original.
The Psychology of the Print Button.
Beyond the Print Button—I.
Beyond the Print Button—II.
Dot-Matrix Impact Printers.
Beyond the Print Button—III.
Beyond the Print Button—IV.
Thermal Wax Printers.
Dye Sublimation Printers.
Large Raster-Based Printers.
Traditional Printmaking and Photography.
Combining Digital and Traditional Techniques.
Modeling and Rendering.
What is a Model?
What’s 3D About 3D Modelers?
Making a 3D Geometric Model.
Volume Visualization and 3D Sample-Based Programs.
Anatomy of a 3D Program.
3D Touch—Creating Building Blocks.
Digital Clay and 3D Sculpting.
Similar Forms Created in Different Ways.
Assembling the Building Blocks.
Algorithmic Form Generation.
Genetic and Evolutionary Art or Artificial Life.
Placing Objects in the World or Scene.
Size and Scale.
Complexity of Color in 3D Programs.
Surface Reflection Properties.
Surface Transmission Properties.
Working with Lights.
Virtual Cameras and Points of View.
Modeling Light Interaction with Surfaces.
Global Rendering Methods.
Depth Cueing and Other Special Effects.
Effect of Photorealistic 3D Graphics on “Visual Truth”.
Inverse and Image-Based Rendering.
Access to Equipment.
3D Mice and Trackballs.
Head and Body Tracking.
Stepping Into the Screen-3D Viewing and Virtual Worlds.
The Illusion of Motion.
The Wild Wild World of Linear Interpolation.
Anatomy of an Animation Program.
Motion and Space.
Compositing Over Time.
Points of View.
Design Space Versus Display Space.
Concepts in 3D Animation.
2D Versus 3D Animated Work.
The Relationship Between Artist and Audience.
Combining Data Types.
Anatomy of an Interactive Multimedia Program.
Stacks/Books and Cards/Pages.
Procedural and Object-Oriented Programming Paradigms.
Interfaces for Working with and Arranging Media.
Creating, Gathering, and Organizing Materials.
A Framework for Forms of Interactive Multimedia.
User Interface Design.
A Brief History of the Internet and The Web.
The Internet Protocol.
No Central Control.
Forms of Internet-Based Interactivity.
Helpers and Plug-ins.
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).
Web Page Design and Layout.
The Web as Database.
Extensible Markup Language (XML).
3D on the Web.
Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML).
Display and Distribution.
Traditional Museums and Galleries on the Web.
Speed and the Lost Dimension.
The Role of Economics.
The Nature of the Medium.
Limits of Technique and Theory.
The Avant-Garde and Postmodernism.
The Universal Machine.