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Digital Photography Glitch Image Making Fun

Cookie Redding, Artist, Designer, Teacher

Digital Photography Glitch Image Making Fun

Cookie Redding, Artist, Designer, Teacher

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6 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Glitch Intro

    • 2. Glitch Supplies

    • 3. Glitch making

    • 4. Glitch series making

    • 5. Glitch class project

    • 6. Glitch Conclusion

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In this class, you will have fun learning how to glitch your jpgs to make some really awesome and unique images.

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Cookie Redding

Artist, Designer, Teacher



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Welcome to my Skillshare page and channel.  I hope you find your spark of creativity!


My name is Cookie and I'm an artist, designer and maker.  My first work of art was at the tender age of 2 and was found underneath my parent's coffee table* (they were *thrilled* about my creation but luckily realized that I enjoyed making even then and fostered an artistic upbringing for me) 


I have been a professor of art and design since 2000 and love seeing that spark of excitement from students, which I lovingly refer to as the "ah-ha!" moment. I am a firm believer in experimentation, trial and error and practice makes perfect.  Skillshare is a wonderful platform to flex those creative muscles an... See full profile

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1. Glitch Intro: Hello. Welcome to digital glitch photography in this class. I want you to have a lot of fun experimenting with a variety of ways that you can manipulate your photograph even further and this you're going to take a photo. You're going to rearrange some of that code, and then you can either print it out as a finished piece there or use it in part of your graphic design work things. Class is designed to be fun, experimental and a challenge to see how you can take your original photography and take it to the next step. I hope you have fun. 2. Glitch Supplies: all right, so for this class, you will not need that much of materials. You'll need a photograph that you've taken, so this could be a digital photo. This could be a scanned photo. The most important element of this is it needs to be a J peg as well. You're going to need access to note pad plus plus, if your PC user or if you're a Mac user, you're going to need text at it. If you want to finesse the final piece more, you could go into photo shop as well. And that's it, right? Let's get started. 3. Glitch making: All right, so let's go ahead and get started with glitch ing our photos. You can go as crazy as you want with this or tested date with us as you want. As ever. I recommend you do some experimentation and see which one works best for you. All right, Have a photo that I have taken. And I just called this one the original image. And it's a J peg on a Mac. Go ahead, hold down the option key and make a duplicate. If you're on a PC, just make your duplicate as well going to rename this glitch. That way I can keep track of which one a switch. And as we know in design, we never want to touch that original one. So the one we're going to be working off of is this one. So if it doesn't work, we can go back and re duplicate that original. All right, so step one, hit your enter key, and we're gonna activate the text field and go ahead towards the end, delete the J peg and change it to dot txt. We're going to turn this into a text file. I'm going to say, Are you sure you want to do this? Absolutely. We're gonna turn this into a text file. So when a Mac, you're going to need tohave text edit. If you're on a PC, go ahead and use note Pad. Some people have used when, um, word, you know, whichever you have, go ahead and use it. You're going to need a text editing software, so let's go ahead. Drag it into text at it. And what you're going to see is all sorts of jargon. Now, when you start glitch ing, your photos don't grab from the top part. So you're gonna want to scroll down just a little bit like a good I'll say five scrolls or so. So that way because this is in this beginning parts these are the info says that is actually saying, You know, this is the phone. This is what it does. So you don't want to do that changes because that will actually corrupt the file. So I usually scroll till I start seeing this area where it's just ah lot of symbols and jargon and Guba be GAAP. So to start glitch ing, you'll just take a section of it. Just do it at random. You don't have to. You know, you won't know what this is doing, so just grab a couple of random. I have hit, um, control or command, depending on which platform using C. So I've done a copy, and let's just scroll down a little bit and just randomly place a paste command or control V, And I'm just gonna do this a couple times at random and just get this info scattered throughout this code. I'm gonna take another sample. I'm gonna copy it. Let's take it up here and just randomly dump it, and I'm just randomly dumping it. What if we put them pretty close together so that we can see the same image repeated? And this is this is just random. This is experiment. This is just seeing what it does. I'm going to copy another one. We're gonna paste it. No, I'm just gonna keep pasting it. What happens if I grab giant Chunk? Let's just keep going and just dump it in. There is going to two of those and just keep going to your heart's content. And what I am going to say is you'll have to do this. A couple times just to get the flow for it. And what's interesting with it is you will have, you know, no real control over it. But you'll get really interesting results from its I'm just dumping in those copies and pastes at random. I'm going to save it. I'm going to quit out. Gonna go back into that glitch file. I'm gonna change it back to a J Peg. Um, I sure, absolutely. And then when we go ahead and open it, we can see what we have started building. So just from that little bit, we've morphed this side of our peace and not me. Just zoom in so that we can see what's happening here. So you can see the one section where we did three in a row so that we were getting that info to sort of chug one after another after another, Um, again, all random. You can just keep opening up that file. You know, you could duplicate this one change into a text file and just keep switching it. So that was just a tiny section of it. What happens if you go all sorts of crazy and just take you know, this section and duplicate it five more times, etcetera. So for this, it's all experimentation. It's all a Relax and have fun and see what happens. You won't be in control of the end result, which is what makes this project particularly interesting. 4. Glitch series making: all right, so let's take this to that next little bit of a level. Here's that original glitch. Here's the glitch with a little bit more, and I've duplicated that and turned it into a text file. So let's go ahead and go even further with it. So how how far can we take this? Just like before? Let's just scroll down. So we're in that meat and potatoes portion of it. Copy it, paste it, paste it again. What happens if we go further down and we cut it instead of copying it? So we cut out that portion, scroll up, paste that portion, right? Grab some more, copy it. Let's put some of that at the top. Let's put three of those in a row. Cut out another portion, cut it again, cut it again and keep pasting it. Save it. Let's just see what we have. And I like to do these in stages so that I can see if I like the direction that's taking. And if I don't, then I come back. Track one. Okay, so this is looking a lot more interesting. Uh, let's duplicate it again. Call it four and change it to the text just like we did before. So I'm gonna have four of these by the time everything said and done, Let's just make us a little bit bigger so we can see. All right, let's just take it pretty far down. Not all the way down, because again, just like the top don't go all the way to the bottom just in case. You know, you get some of that native file that I am actually cut that one, Let's paste it. A struggle up to the beginning, more pasted there. So for this, I'm sort of thinking, How can I get, you know, recognize the subject matter while making it, you know, a little bit more intriguing to the viewer to close it, save it? Of course, this will be our last one for our demo. Then I'll set you loose. Use that as a J peg and there we go. So it has that sort of and there's all those, um, there's duplicates that I was doing. Let me just zoom in so you can see it. So you get these sort of eco bumps in a sort of chattering with it. So this is a lot of fun, you know, just see where you can go with this. So if this was going to be say, let's take this into the real world. If this is going to be ah, project that you were using for, say, a client, Maybe this is gonna be your design poster, but you're not gonna use maybe all of it. What you might do is check this out and be like, You know what? I do like what's happening with that chattering up here in the sky. What happens if I select just like this portion of it? And I'll just select it so we can see it? What if we grab this portion of it and this becomes the background imagery for our poster? Or what have you? Or, you know, maybe this part, and we're going to get course since this, you know, this is a larger format file, but you are going to get a little bit of picks, elation, so it's gonna add to that aesthetic. So use all of it. You some of it extra bonus project, make it into a poster of your choice or a piece of graphic design work. See how you can incorporate it into your daily work 5. Glitch class project: All right. So for your class project, what you're going to do is create either one or a series of three of these. A sever repetition is the mother of learning. So the more of these that you do, the more you're going to understand the process. And these look really awesome as a Siri's. Show us your originals and show us the end results. Put them in our class projects below so we can see what you've done. 6. Glitch Conclusion: All right. So I hope you had fun in this class. You were able to go into the code of your photo rearranging copy paste, switch things around. And instead of having a normal photo, you were able to glitch it and have a little bit of fun rearranging its elements and a Zen like manner. I hope you had a great time with his class and that you get to use this as a technique within your work, whether before your fine art photography or for a graphic design elements have fun, and I'll see you next time.