Session 2A | Nov 22, 2015
Ultimately, architecture is not about buildings and spaces but the human activities that take place in them. Here's how telling stories about these activities help us both design better and "sell" our work.
Final product of architecture are not really the building and spaces we design and build, but the human activities that take place in them. Without people to give life to them, what we create would end up as mere empty meaningless shell. This is why the stories about these activities help us both design better buildings and “sell” our work.
The focus of this learning unit will be how to create great stories through images. You will be primarily be using Photoshop and Rhino to combine 3D renderings with photos into images that make great impact. Everything you’ve learned so far about visual compositions and graphic design will apply to the images you make here, too – these are very universal principles that can apply to any visual you decide to create in future.
This class will get increasingly more connected with what you do at Idea & Form 1 class: the images you make here will be related to the project you are doing at Idea and Form, and you will use those images both as a part of your design process as well as for the final presentation of your Idea and Form project. In fact, presentation of your final work for Digital Image will happen at the same time as your Idea & Form final presentation – but more about that later.
Click here to download lecture in PDF format (45Mb).
Click here to download lecture videos. (240Mb zip)
Great part of image compositing and photomontage is finding good images to either use as a reference, or directly include in your work. I have put together a lot of images that you can include in your work, or use as an inspiration.
These images are all images I collected over years and used in my own renderings. They are organized in two main categories:
Inside of each categories, the images are organized around the topics they represent (Trees, People,…).
Note: Since the files are huge, these will be for now distributed via USB drive in class.
Note that first tutorial will show you some really basic “quick and dirty” techniques which are usually good enough when you need to do a quick sketch in Photoshop
Photoshop #1: Image Compositing Basics, Part 1Image compositing is a process where you take visual elements from different places to compose new image - and you will work a lot on it when presenting your projects.
Tutorial #2 is about doing the same thing, but the “right” way, which you should know and use for final renderings:
Photoshop #2: Image Compositing Basics, Part 2This tutorial will introduce you to important Photoshop concepts such as masks, layer groups and adjustment layers.
After an introductory lecture, you will be doing an exercise in Photoshop, where you will create a photomontage to “tell a story” that relates to one on the following topics. For your photomontage, you can use post-production images I posted above in the Downloads section. You can also download these images to use for your background. Finally, you can choose to search for any other image on Internet that suits your need.
Take one image as a starting point. You can use one of the images I uploaded here, or choose any other image that you like:
Add “stuff” like people, plants, cars… to this image to “tell a story” that responds to one of the topics below. Don’t sweat about making up a perfect story, this exercise is really more about getting familiar with Photoshop.
Make sure to add something BEHIND some elements of original images too (so you could practice use of layer masks…).
Best way to do this: Take a look at Photoshop tutorials, and do these two tutorials step-by-step, but using your own images instead.
Choose one of the topic as a title of your photomontage: