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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.
SECTION I: BASICS
Chapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: MaterialsChapter 3: Equipment
SECTION II: ALTERED REALITY
Chapter 4: Preparing for the ShootChapter 5: Mirrors and Mylar ReflectionChapter 6: Distortion FiltersChapter 7: Lens ModifiersChapter 8: Custom TexturesChapter 9: Gallery of Work: Altered Reality
SECTION III: MIXED MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHS
Chapter 10: Photographic Mixed MediaChapter 11: Mixed Media DecalsChapter 12: Image Transfer to GlassChapter 13: WonderSauce Transfer ProcessChapter 14: Gallery of Work: Mixed Media Photographs
SECTION IV: NEW FRONTIERS
Chapter 15: Introduction to PrintingChapter 16: Skin Applique to 3D Printed ObjectsChapter 17: Hydrographic Coloration of 3D Printed ObjectsChapter 18: Modern LithophanesChapter 19: Gallery of Work: New Frontiers