We are celebrating Women’s History Month this year with images that inform and empower, and often, when you learn the backstory, piss you off. On social media we will be using the hashtag #WHM18 on our posts so you can follow along.
I personally adore this image from the program of the Suffrage Procession. It is so proud and positive. White, purple, and gold were what we would today call the pallet of the brand of women’s suffrage. The image movement is forward or to the right. The banners, regalia, and horse signify strength and determination.
You can find out more of the specifics of the Women’s Suffrage Procession, including the entirety of the procession pamphlet, at the Library of Congress (LOC).
The LOC page about the Procession presents a good amount of information from before and after the event, including the assault on the march by men in town for the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson the next day. Hundreds were harmed, and in a vein similar to many current day protests and marches in the U.S., the police stood by and did little to protect the marchers and seemed to enjoy the actions and rudeness directed at the women. “One policeman explained that they should stay at home where they belonged.” Personal and group opinion with law enforcement determining which laws to enforce and interpreting the law for themselves has a long history. But the Chief of the Capitol Police lost his job, and in a backlash against the harassment and violence directed toward the women marchers the movement was re-energized and gained followers thanks to the press coverage of the attack.
This recording from 1958 certainly suggests that the “movement” did not end with the women’s vote and begin again only with the women’s movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The suffragettes are better referred to as suffragists. The struggle continues.
are for axes in graphic depictions as legacy tools.
No, really, I am not cheating for the A to Z of Legacy in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I could have written three different posts about each axis in a three dimensional graph or cubic structure, but it really makes more sense to discuss them together.
There are conventions in the labeling of graphs and axes.
This is becoming important as individual publishing and printing are both moving into 3 dimensional depictions and products.
My first awareness of this trend was when I was actively involved in a virtual world.
I cannot find my images of the Women’s History Walk that was adjacent to the “place” this image was captured. Digital storage is not without drawbacks. But the point is that there was a 3D representation of some major players and events in woman’s history depicted with 3D graphics in which you could walk around displays of, and through rooms filled with images, books, and statues depicting women such as Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Shortly after this I learned about 3D printing which some people in the know, such as Jeremy Rifkin refer to as a third industrial revolution.
In the not too distant future, holo-decks and replicators (per Star Trek) will be the stuff of reality. Spreadsheets will give way to three dimensional, cubic graphs.
If you are used to thinking of fixed geological points on a globe you have used 3D mapping whether you thought of it that way or not.
I do not want to insult the intelligence of the reader, so I included the above descriptions of 3 dimensional mapping. The following You Tube video goes beyond simple x, y, and z axes but the last portion of the short video does well at explaining 3 dimensions and moving through them in a straight-forward manner.
Most of us will not need to put this information to use in legacy building, but we will need to be able to think about representing things in 3D spaces as books and images take on additional dimensionality.
So far I have been talking about actual replicas of items. But information can also be mapped into non-representational three-dimensional x y z grids. For example, number of children, geographic location, and census date could be mapped to show patterns of occurrence. Axes need not be only length, width, and height.
I am returning to my old ways. Sounds scary no? Actually it just means a bit more organization for me and predictability for you. I used to do Wednesday App of the Week. But today is Thursday and this post will go live tomorrow. So Wednesday App of the Week is transforming into a Friday Find. (Skip down to the Photo Watermark heading if you just want the review and not my delightful lead up to it.)
In the manner of any good 21st Century entrepreneur, the recent leaks of celebrity images, got me to thinking about how to protect my highly prized images. Oh stop it! Not that kind of image.
I have hundreds if not thousands of images that I created for use in Virtual Worlds when I built, played, and mingled in them. They were primarily textures I created using GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) an open source program much like Adobe PhotoShop®. I used them as wallpaper in buildings I made, and as fabrics for clothing, curtains, and pillows. Rocks, mountains and machines also had my images slapped on them. If you bought textures from Casita Gaia in Second Life®, those were textures I created.
Using these images more widely on the inter-webs means that I have something worth something. So rather than trying to turn these graphics into items for sale, I decided that I would use them in my own media and marketing efforts, and use them as image frames, meme-ish text backgrounds, and on occasion as plain old pretty images for my blog posts. To do this I need to watermark them, so it becomes more difficult for someone to lift them from my website or blog and use them.
As I said, I create images in GIMP. Love the product! But opening it and creating a transparent layer of the proper size to match and then overlay the various images and them batch processing them as new files takes more time than I want to spend. I knew there were lots of programs and apps that could do this, but I did not know of a specific one. I wanted to use the app on my desktop and laptop as that is where I access most of these textures for manipulation and not on one of my mobile devices as image manipulation on those just isn’t for these presbyopic eyes. So I scanned the apps in the App Store.
I searched the term “watermark.” A page that looked much like this one below resulted.
Some seemed too limited in scope. Some seemed too expensive. Some had rotten reviews or no reviews. Some were version 1.o.
I knew what I wanted; I’d been thinking about what I needed to do and how I wanted to do it for months upon months. So it was simple to eliminate the ones that did way too much, or that did not focus on watermarking. I already had a great image manipulation program. I wanted something just for watermarking. Anything without a review will not get my purchase; if someone wants me to beta test they are way off the mark they should ask for beta testers before marketing the app. Then I clicked on one with lots of good reviews that showed a $2.99 price. This page then came up.
It had a clever icon. I liked that… a lot. It also had a simple descriptive title. The reviews were well written, quite different and told me that people who had wanted to do what I wanted to do with my images sincerely like the app.
I did a quick search on the company, and it showed a legit company with a track record.
The price was right. And the marketing of the price was right. In the image above you might be able to see the line just after the title that reads: ***** Limited -Time Special Offer!!! Regular Price: $18.99 ***** I am such a sucker for a bargain. The “reduced” price did it for me. I saw that and the purchase was made before I could stop myself, if I had wanted to stop.
PHOTO WATERMARK Wins My Approval
Intuitive, simple, effective. What more could I want? It did what it promised. It was easy. I have the products I wanted.
- I opened the app.
- I clicked add files and chose one of my textures. I repeated this until I had a bunch of images showing in the white work space below the active image area.
- I clicked on the text button on the upper right and then took my cursor and dragged a box over space on the image where I wanted text to appear and typed my text.
- Then I highlighted the text and clicked on the font button and selected a font and color, then I scaled and aligned the text box.
- I highlighted all the images in the white lightbox below the working area and made sure the one image I had typed text on was showing in the work active space and then selected the light blue “Apply to All” button.
- Then I pressed save and a save popup box appeared and I created a new folder and selected the type of file I wanted – .png or .jpg were the choices I remember.
- Then this resulted:
I’m a happy camper. I don’t know if I would have paid $18.99 for this. Probably not, I am cheap. But I am very happy with the products! I suspect there are many bloggers out there who would love the ease and effectiveness of this product.
As you can see, the watermarks do appear on different size images. I was able to alter individual marks after the watermark was applied to all the images to adjust location and such but before I saved them.
Photo Watermark by Ifunia gets my vote, and I haven’t even tested out a bunch of the functions of the the app. This company creates apps for both Windows and Macs so if Photo Watermark is not yet available for your PC, keep checking.
I received no compensation for this review. I simply wrote about a product I purchased and liked.
Graphics from an Out of Copyright Source
Sunday evening I was perusing the Internet Archive at Archive.org while watching the new Cosmos series on the National Geographic Channel. These are images I captured from a not in copyright work: Strong’s Book of Designs, 1917.
I am sharing some of the general and seasonal images, that could be used as the basis of graphic art projects such as labels, web badges, and widget backgrounds. Interested in using any of these images in your projects? I recommend downloading them from the archive directly. Go to the title by clicking on the Strong’s… link, above.
The Art Nouveau styling in many of these is delightful, if you, like me, like that sort of thing.
Styles of Images Vary
Please check out the digitized book to get a more complete idea of what the book contains.
If you do not own Adobe Photoshop® to manipulate these images, an open source alternative is GIMP. GIMP stands for Gnu Image Manipulation Program. You may download the software for free, although donating to open source projects that you find useful is heartily encouraged.
Enjoy the graphics!
Strong, Charles Jay and Lawrence Stewart Strong. 1917. Strong’s Book of Designs: a masterpiece of modern ornamental art. Chicago: F. J. Drake & Company
retrieved: 10 March 2014 https://archive.org/details/strongsbookofdes00stro
Wordless Wednesday was going to just be this page from an out of copyright journal article, Packard, A. S. The Dragon-Fly (August 1, 1867) The American Naturalist, Volume 1., which I thought was really cool. since I decided to switch to the Balance child theme for the Genesis framework for WordPress and thus had to say goodbye to my background of itty bitty blue dragon flies.
Children’s Book Illustration
But while looking for more images of dragon flies I found this wonderful illustration by Cecile Walton from Polish Fairy Tales. The book is a translation by Maude Ashurst Biggs of the work of Antoni Józef Gliński and is out of copyright. It is called, The Fairies Weave a Rug.
I love that the colors and patterns reflect a real Polish folk art pallet.
Yesterday I found some Japanese designs from 1860, today I’m sharing some 1890s illustrations that are definitely western interpretations of eastern subjects. These two graphics, that I have altered for my purposes, are from a book entitled Gospel of Buddha published in 1894 and reprinted in 1917.
The lotus and ivy frame appeared on a chapter title page with another image and two text boxes, but I think the juxtaposition of English ivy with the lotus imagery from Buddhist thought and the cute little songbirds that are everywhere in popular late Victorian and turn of the century drawings is so interesting that I wanted to use the image by itself. So here it is.
I have no idea what mermaids have to do with the Buddha, I think absolutely nothing other than in the mind of the illustrator, but I love the drawing’s whimsy.
I hate to think of the work of the graphic artists who were so creative being lost, and with the digitization of print materials on archive.org and companion projects there is a wealth of material that can be recycled in a perfectly legal fashion while bringing the efforts of past generations to the future. I like to give credit where credit is due and this material was originally drawn by O. Kopetzky. The featured image that appears on the main blog page with a snippet of this post is also by Kopetzky. It is good karma to acknowledge creators, doesn’t it? I mean this is a work about the Buddha after all.