In August 2018, I embarked on a project to rework several compositions from my digital print portfolio hoping to reinterpret them in new ways. I’ve long been interested in how re-cropping can result in very different visual narrative whether its a photograph, a drawing from imagination, or something in between.
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All of our prints on metal are produced by top-rated Duggal Photo Labs in NYC when ordered. Your order will be shipped on average within 3 days of ordering.
These images are details derived from single a photograph of automobile tail lights on a rainy New York City street that I took in 2015. I processed the photograph using Adobe Illustrator reducing the picture to 16 colors of flat adjacent shapes without any gaps. Back in Photoshop, using the On1 plugin Resize 2018, I enlarged the image to 80″ wide at 300dpi creating a massive file over 2gb.
At these proportions, Photoshop requires a special file format known as “Photoshop Big” or .psb that is capable of holding image sizes of up to 300,000 x 300,000 pixels or a hundred times more data than a .psd file can handle. On1 Resize uses a patented fractal imaging algorithm to scale up RGB images to any size. I first encountered this amazing technology in the early 2000s when it was marketed as Genuine Fractals. It remains the most reliable way to enlarge digital images to massive sizes for things like billboards and murals.
When working with big high-resolution image files, it helps to be working on a computer with a fast processor, a lot of RAM, a robust graphics card, and plenty of scratch disk space like the Mac Pro (mid-2012) desktop tower I’m working on. It has two 2.66 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon processors, 64 GB (1333 MHz DDR3 ECC) ram, a Radeon RX 580 with 8 GB of video ram, and a 5TB of available high-speed hard disk capacity. It cuts through large image files like a warm knife through butter.
What obstacles have you encountered in working with big digital files? How have you dealt with them? I’m curious to hear your solutions in pursuit of making something new. Leave your story in the box below along with your email address so we can continue this discussion!