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Vintage Ads from the New York Times and Duke

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The New York Times has recently released a collection of ads from the 1960s and they’re crowdsourcing the data for the images. Eventually, other decades will be released. The project is called Madison and if you’re interested in participating, check out the link here to start tagging! You’ll be asked to find or identify ads on the page, tag ads, or transcribe ads.

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Another great digital collection of vintage ads is Duke University’s Ad*Access, which contains more than 7,000 ads from the US and Canada between 1911 and 1955. Their digital collection is fully cataloged, so you won’t have to do any of the legwork yourself! You can browse across many different categories including product, company, publication, date, subject, headline, and audience.

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Photoshop Actions

Are you spending too much time with repetitive tasks in Photoshop? Photoshop actions enable you to record a process and save that information as an action which you can then use for other tasks down the road. Not only that, you can edit actions after the fact and customize them to suit your needs.

While you can make an unlimited amount of actions, including color correction, below is an example of how to resize images ideal for Powerpoint. Take some time to plan the steps of the actions before recording.

1. Select “New Action” from the bottom right of the Actions window. Title the action and click “Record.”

 

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2. To resize the image, go to the Image menu and select Image Size. Change the resolution to 150dpi.

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3. Now SAVE AS a JPEG to a specific location on your computer.

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4. Finally, click the “Stop” button at the bottom left of the Actions window. You can now use this action on individual images by pressing the “Play” button or Batch Process an entire folder.

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The Robert Frank Collection Online at the National Gallery of Art

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The Robert Frank Collection at the National Gallery of Art is the largest repository of materials related to renowned photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank. Spanning Frank’s career from 1937 to 2005, the collection includes vintage and later prints, contact sheets, work prints, negatives, three bound books of original photographs, technical material, and various papers, books, and recordings.

For a complete account of photographs, contact sheets, and work prints in the collection, see Robert Frank photographs, contact sheets, and work prints in the collection. The spreadsheet lists subjects photographed by Frank, in chronological order, along with the corresponding number of photographs, contact sheets, and work prints in the collection and the accession number of each object.

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The Classicizing Chicago Project

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The Classicizing Chicago Project from Northwestern University brings together several different digital collections and scholarly essays about Classical antiquity and its pervasiveness throughout the city of Chicago. The site currently contains two open-access, searchable collections. The Bosher Collection is a searchable digital database of performances of Greek and Roman drama on Chicago stages dating back to 1840. The Atlas is a digital archive that includes illustrated essays with audio, video, and walking tours currently in development. Both collections add to the project’s focus on the ways in which “the Greek and Roman past permeate Chicago and its environs in both familiar and surprising ways.”

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Saving Images in LUNA

For Saving Single Images in LUNA:

  • Once you find an image you want to save, click on the thumbnail. This will give you a larger-sized image with cataloging information.
  • Click on “Export” button in the upper right corner.
  • If the image is going to be displayed in PowerPoint, select the size closest to 1536 pixels.
  • Save the file to a specified location.
  • Unzip the downloaded file. The image is inside the folder and can be dropped into PowerPoint at this point.

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To Save a Group of Images in LUNA and Export to PowerPoint:

  • Either open a media group or create a new one. For information on media groups, see LUNA’s video tutorial here.
  • Once the media group contains all the images you want, in the order you want, click on the “Export to PowerPoint” button.
  • This will bundle the set, open PowerPoint, and populate a new slideshow with both images and cataloging data.

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Dartmouth Digital Orozco

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José Clemente Orozco’s The Epic of American Civilization mural cycle at Dartmouth College’s Baker-Berry Library is virtually represented in the Dartmouth Digital Orozco.

The Dartmouth Digital Orozco project allows users to pan and zoom through the 24 panels of the mural cycle as they exist in the library. If you click anywhere on the mural, a lightbox of related images will open. Dartmouth has a wealth of supplementary images including more than hundred preparatory drawings and historical photographs of the mural. You also overlay supplementary images on top of the mural to see how preparatory drawings relate by adjusting the transparency of the overlay.

The VRC has been building a collection of Mexican mural paintings, so if you’d like to explore our images, login to Luna and search for Mexican muralist.

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Happy Holidays from the Visual Resources Center

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We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and a happy new year!!

Please Note: The Visual Resources Center will close on Tuesday, December 23 and remain closed until Friday, January 2, 2015.

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Digital Stories at the Wellcome Collection

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The Wellcome Collection in London explores connections between medicine, life and art through both physical and digital exhibitions. Mindcraft is a new Digital Story that explores a century of madness, murder and mental healing, from the arrival in Paris of Franz Anton Mesmer with his theories of ‘animal magnetism’ to the therapeutic power of hypnotism used by Freud.  Through an immersive scrolling interface including image galleries, video, and interactives, the Wellcome Collection asks who really is in control of their own mind, and where does the mind’s power to harm or heal end?

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LUNA is Down Monday 11/24

LUNA is down this morning and we are working to get it back up and running. If you have any questions or if we can help with anything please call (773)702-0261. Thanks for your patience!

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Work Seen in New Light

 

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A French scientist has made an interesting discovery about Leonardo da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine.” Using a scanning technique called layer amplification method (LAM), scientists and art historians can view and analyze what happens between layers of paint. It is now possible to see that Leonardo originally painted the portrait without the animal, then added it, but with different fur. Pascale Cotte, who developed the technique said, “The LAM technique gives us the capability to peel the painting like an onion, removing the surface to see what’s happening inside and behind the different layers of paint,” he told BBC News. “We’ve discovered that Leonardo is always changing his mind. This is someone who hesitates – he erases things, he adds things, he changes his mind again and again.”

More information can be found in an article posted by the Guardian.

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