Layers Assignment

Date Due

January 28, 2010

3 Variations
  Composite layers, Narrative, Variations. The theme of the assignment is to explore how layers can be used to create compositions through multiple stacking of visual elements, and also to explore how layers can be used to store multiple unrelated images and/or variations of the same image.

Composite Layers
  This project requires you to create an image that is the sum of multiple layers (minimum of 5 to 10), all of which interact through transparency, or else through the other functions available in the layers window. Please read up on what layers can do in the course book. You can get a sampling of the texbook online at Google Books. Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: A Professional Image Editor's Guide, Martin Evening.

Artistic Reference Do some google seach of photographic examples of image superimpositions in the history of photography and art. Cinematic Sequence superimpositions (Marey); Futurists studies of movment; Photograms (Moholy-Nagy); Dadaist collages, etc. Select an image or two that inspires you in conjunction with your created composite.


To achieve a cinematic overlay, shoot a short video of a subject, preferably in progressive mode. Export each of the video frames into jpegs. Bring the images into Photoshop. Stack them in layers.


Collect a set of images that together will tell a story. Process all the images to be the size width and height. Assemble the sequence using layers. In class, present your story by peeling away layer after layer by which to get through the story. Refer to last years; projects such as by Brown, Quinlan, Hebeler, at last year's layers assignment. Read the instructions at the bottom section of this page and study the examples of Baldessari and JOachim Schmid.

Variations Take an image to rework in many ways. Stack them in layers.