Sidney D. Gamble Photographs

November 12th, 2010

The Sidney D. Gamble Photographs collection at Duke University Libraries provides a wealth of historical images. Gamble travelled in China several times and also took photos in Japan, Korea, and Russia. Currently available on this site are his images from 1917-1932. One can browse the collection by place and subject. Since the bulk of the images are from China, there is an interactive map that shows where and when he photographed. The images are available in a medium size that is appropriate for PowerPoint and a larger size that could be used to make details for teaching.

Erich Lessing images in ARTstor

October 20th, 2010

ARTstor is a collection of image collections, and one of the outstanding collections within ARTstor is the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive. Lessing’s 4×5″ and 8×10″ color transparencies are being scanned to create this collection. These transparencies provide large digital files with a density of information that far surpasses what can be found in 35mm slides, which means that you can create incredible details for teaching (the image in this post is a small detail from one of his photographs). Add his name as a keyword when searching in ARTstor to see if any of his images may cover your topic of interest. So far, 81% of 13,000 images have been added to ARTstor, so more will be coming.

soaMDID video tutorials

October 12th, 2010

Ross Fuqua, Graduate Staff Assistant in SoAIRR during 2009-2010, created three tutorial videos about soaMDID. I have finally posted those videos on Vimeo. Below are the links.

Introduction to soaMDID

Searching in soaMDID

Creating slideshows in soaMDID

Summer 2010 Additions to soaMDID

September 26th, 2010

The Visual Services staff in the School of Art have been hard at work this summer adding images to soaMDID. Here is a brief summary showing just some of what is new:

  • Nearly 500 images of contemporary glass art
  • Around 450 images of portrait, landscape, and still life paintings
  • More than 200 images of Picasso’s work
  • Nearly 100 images of contemporary photography
  • Several hundred images of 20c and 21c ceramics (some are in a restricted collection because they were created from gift slides)
  • All the images from the 2010 MFA graduates have been added as have images from several previous years

If you have questions about these additions, you can email or stop by SoAIL (room 120) and ask.

Marinetti’s Papers

July 19th, 2010

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University has several hundred images online from the Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Papers. Marinetti was one of the leaders of Futurism. The collection includes many historical photographs (notes on back scanned as well), some writings, and printed materials. It is possible to download at least two different sizes of each image by clicking through to the image size needed and then right clicking (control-click on a Mac) to save the image locally. The largest images are actually a bit bigger than what is needed for PowerPoint; the medium images will work for PowerPoint as long as they are not stretched to the point of pixelating.

Combining PowerPoint Slideshows

July 13th, 2010

A new workflow feature in OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) is the ability to combine PowerPoint slideshows. This should be very helpful for people who want to combine slideshows created from soaMDID images or personal images with slideshows generated from ARTstor. I have created an app saved from a workflow; the link is below.

PP 2008 OS 10.6 slideshow

As I said in my previous post, once the zipped file is downloaded, double-click to un-zip the app and save it to your desktop or elsewhere for future use. Once you start the app, use the command key and mouse clicks to select more than one slideshow then click on the choose button.  Be patient as it combines the slideshows.

NOTE: This can be used to combine ppt OR pptx files, but it will crash if you try to combine ppt AND pptx files.

New Image Importer for PowerPoint

July 13th, 2010

With a recent upgrade to OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard), I discovered that the workflow for importing groups of images into PowerPoint no longer works. It is now upgraded for OS 10.6 and saved as an app (rather than a workflow), and a link is below. Two improvements have been added:

  1. You can now select multiple folders of images at the same time. All will be combined into one PowerPoint slideshow.
  2. You can choose a top level folder or folders and the script will select all jpeg or jpg images within the folder(s).

PP 2008 OS 10.6 batch image

Once the zipped file is downloaded, double-click to un-zip the app and save it to your desktop or elsewhere for future use.

Simply double-click the app, navigate to the image folder(s), select, and click on choose. A PowerPoint slideshow will be created with the images. Note that it’s best to not have an already existing PowerPoint slideshow open when you do this.

As with the previous importing workflow, if you have images that are 1024 pixels wide but taller than 768 (or an equivalent ratio), you will see that the images bleed off the bottom of the slide. It’s fairly easy to spot these and resize them as needed.

Daumier Lithographs

May 21st, 2010

Robert Macaire architecte

Robert Macaire architecte; Paris, 1837

Brandeis University has posted nearly 4,000 digital images from their collection of lithographs created by Honoré Daumier. The collection can be searched by either basic or advanced methods, or it can be browsed by title, subject, or date. The images provided are 800 pixels on the long side, so they will work fine for PowerPoint; just don’t try to stretch horizontal images to fill a slide or they will pixelate.

Sistine Chapel QTVR

April 28th, 2010

If you want to get a better sense of how the architecture and art of the Sistine Chapel are integrated, check out this QTVR. I learned about it on the VRA listserv. You can use the mouse to rotate the image in any direction, and the plus and minus buttons in the lower left allow you to zoom in and out.  Music accompanies the site.

Self-portraits added to soaMDID

April 8th, 2010

We just added 250 self-portraits to soaMDID, bringing our total up to around 700. The majority of these are paintings. To search for self-portraits, type “self portrait~” in the keyword field without the quotes.  Using the tilde (~) tells the database to search for both “portrait” and “portraits” at the same time. You can add other terms to limit the search such as “drawings” (be sure it’s plural), a century (e.g., “20c” for 20th century), and/or a culture (e.g., “French” or “Chinese”). Add the terms without the quote marks. More information about using search terms is available in a document you can either download from the Announcements page when you log into soaMDID or here.