Hacking The Digital Print is All-In!
Well, we just sent the last of the content to PeachPit for Hacking the Digital Print.
Here’s the Cover Caption:
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 slate, granite, wood, 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.
Let me add a bit more about the 3D section. There’s four chapters – an introduction to 3D printing and modeling (written by yours truly), a chapter on how to create a image skin from an inkjet print and apply it to your model by hand, a chapter on creating a different kind of skin and using a hydrographic technique to dip the print through the image, and finally a chapter on lithophanes – including how to apply a color image to the back of a 3D printed lithophane to create a colorized version of this fascinating art form.
This is the third book in the series, and I’m really excited to have 3D included. It’s going to be a really fun time.