Creative Suite started with ‘FILL’, a new publication focused on the concept of ‘filling’. Each edition of the square booklet will be ‘filled’ by a different artist and irregularly published in a limited edition.
This first edition’s pages are filled by using Adobe Photoshop ‘helper’ tools such as guides, slices etc.
Fill #1 tells the story of (web)designers, the graphical user interface, software, pixels, vectors and computer- and human-endurance.
The GUI, or Graphical User Interface, is the design of the on screen, two dimensional, user-interface which allows human interaction with the computer using input devices such as the mouse.
Today almost every designer or photographer uses pixel based tools like Adobe Photoshop to either create or edit images. In fact, most of the GUI one works with today, be it Mac OSX or Windows has been designed using these exact tools.
With the introduction of vector based image editors such as Adobe Illustrator a whole new world opened up since vector based graphics allow infinite scaling without loss of quality. Since then Photoshop also incorporated some vector based tools, such as the ‘Path’ tool. This is peculiar since pixels and vectors don’t mix well. This is manifested in Photoshop by creating a 1×1 pixel image. Zoom in 3200% and you can still create infinite paths using the ‘Path’ tool, while using any other, pixel, based tool (‘Pen’, ‘Brush’, etc ) will only allow you to completely fill the canvas.
In regards to this notion this projects explores the use of ‘unconventional’ tools such as the ‘Rulers’, ‘Annotation’ and ‘Count’ to fill a 600×600 pixel canvas. Most images are created by hand and captured at a fixed zoom level (66.666667%).
When viewed at this level, the canvas may appear filled with a solid color, but due to the fatigue of repetitive action, the relation of the human eye versus the resolution of the computer screen and the interpolation of Photoshop inconsistencies appear when zooming in.
To overcome the problem of human fatigue three images (‘Annotation’ tool and ‘Count’ tool) have been generated using scripts. (Not) surprisingly, Photoshop gave up when creating more than 20000 pixel-perfect counts, or 576(!) notes. A clear sign that Adobe never anticipated anyone actually using the not-so-well-known-tools intensively/extensively.
In December 2010 a book will be published incorporating all these exploits. This will also be the start of a series of ‘Fill’ books, where different artist are invited to ‘fill’ each page of a book using their own style.
Pages: 24, Format: 14×14 cm, Hardcover, Fullcolor, Binded.
FILL is for sale at Blaak 10 Gallery until January 18, 2011. You can always drop me a line for inquiries and availability.
CS 1 and CS 2
120x120cm, c-print on dibond. Only one available of each, drop me a line for inquiries.
The making of can be viewed on youtube over here.