My hardware setup as of this time (March 2002): dual Pentium III 866 Mhz, 1280 MB RAM, Matrox Millenium dual-head G400 16Mb SDRAM video, 2 Quantum Fireball hard disks (total of 29 GB space), LS120 diskette drive, 32x12x10 PlexWriter CD-R-RW drive, two Iiyama Vision Master 17" monitors, Wacom ArtZ II 6"x8" drawing tablet, Logitech Optical MouseMan Cordless, Epson Stylus 600 printer, Olympus C-3000 3,34 MPixel digital camera, UMAX Astra 2100U scanner, Turtle Beach Montego sound card. This setup is a result of a 8-years-long evolution during which many older pieces of equipment were replaced.
OS: Windows XP Professional.
Software used, starting from 1994: (Note: the programs are marked by my personal 1-to-10 score)
Some of photo-CDs and other graphic sources I used:
In the scope of this page, it's not possible, of course, to describe all the techniques I used during making of the images and animations represented on the Synth Art site. It's really a very big topic. In short, I can only mention that my composition tool of choice during creation of most of the works was Corel's Photo-paint, under which I used its objects and masking facilities very extensively. One should know such composition techniques and masking tools the most thorough way and use them very inventively, in order to create those Synth Art-style collages, which are so characteristical for their seamless integration of such diversified 'input elements' as fragments of real-life photos and pieces of synthetical imagery like fractals and other computer-generated textures and scenes.
Another thing I want to emphasize here is that the use of all those fancy Photoshop plug-ins and effects listed above should not be considered as the main ingredient of such works, - they are merely a digital 'spice' thrown in for a better visual impact.
TITLE ISBN AUTHOR PRICE,$ my score
All of the books above can be found or ordered on-line, in the Computer Literacy Bookshop (now called FatBrain). Equally stuffed (but not necessarily equally good) place is Softpro Books. But, like everybody knows now, the strore called Amazon.com is yet the biggest and best place to buy books online. I tried them all!
(those which grabbed my attention recently, that is) :
Unique textures/backgrounds, buttons, rulers and more: click here to get the stuff I designed while working on these WWW pages. No royalties!
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page last modified: March 5th, 2002