Hacking the Digital Print Alternative image capture and printmaking processes with a special section on 3D printing

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/3/2015
  • Publisher: New Riders

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Don’t bother reading this book unless you’re ready to get your hands dirty.

In Hacking the Digital Print, artist Bonny Lhotka redefines what it means to be a photographer. For one thing, you don't always need Photoshop to alter the reality you capture through your lens. In this book, you’ll learn how to create unique images using tools you make and modify yourself. Lhotka shows you how to use analog distortion filters, custom textures, and lens modifiers to create images that look like you made them, not an app. You’ll also learn how to re-create classic printmaking techniques using non-toxic digital alternatives, including a water-based transfer solution that’s safe to use anywhere, whether it’s the studio, classroom, or kitchen counter.

Anyone can push a button and create a nice print–there is little challenge in getting a high-quality image out of a desktop printer these days. Lhotka shows you how to take your work to the next level by printing on materials such as wood, glass, plastics, and metal. For the truly adventurous, Lhotka shares her custom techniques for taking photographs and applying them to 3D-printed objects created with popular consumer 3D printers.

Part artist/part mad scientist, Lhotka has spent many hours experimenting, hacking, and tearing things apart to discover new ways to take, make, and print images. She encourages you to take the techniques you’ll learn in this book, hack them, and make them your own. With some techniques you will fail. It will be messy. You will try and have to try again. But in the process, you will make your own exciting discoveries, find solutions to your own problems, and create a body of work that is uniquely yours.


Author Biography

An inventor and innovator, Bonny Pierce Lhotka is a co-founder of the digital artist collaborative, Digital Atelier, whose members research and develop techniques to leverage digital imaging in fine art application. Lhotka organized “Digital Atelier: A printmaking studio for the 21st century” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum where she was an Artist-in-Residence for three weeks. She is a recipient of the Smithsonian/Computerworld Technology in the Arts Award and is the producer of educational DVDs from Digital Art Studio Seminars. Lhotka is the author of Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media and The Last Layer: New methods in digital printing for photography, fine art, and mixed media.

Table of Contents

Section I Introduction
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Materials
Chapter 3: Equipment
Chapter 4: Being Singular

Section II: Outside the Camera 

Chapter 5: Overview
Chapter 6: Mylar and Mirrors
Chapter 7: Distortion Filters
Chapter 8: Lens Modifications (includes 3D printed lens modifiers)
Chapter 9: Gallery
Section III: What’s Old is New
Chapter 10: Overview
Chapter 11: Cracked Print Transfer
Chapter 12: Milk Paint Transfer (panels and furniture)
Chapter 13: Transfer to Glass (this was huge at SPE)
Chapter 14: Woodbury Type  (1800’s process)
Chapter 15: Thick water transfer to fabric / Variation/sidebar: woven fabric
Chapter 16: Gallery

Section IV: Into the Third Dimension

Chapter 17: Overview
i.     Makerbot and 3D Printing
ii.     Aerial Art (using aerial photographs as source material)
Chapter 18: Transfer to Lithophane
i.     Variation/sidebar: Paper vs. Laser vs. Makerbot Lithophane
Chapter 19: Decal Appliqué to 3D Print
Chapter 20: 3D Transfer to 3D Print
Chapter 21: Colorized 3D Bas Relief Transfer
Chapter 22: Gallery
Section VI: Conclusion

Chapter 23: Looking Forward
i.     Laser Engraving to Mirror
ii.     Direct imaging to 3d Panel/Model
Chapter 24: Finishing your work
i.     Illuminated box
ii.     Base lit panel
Chapter 25: Gallery (book wide)

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