A letter to you – a collection

To fund our final shows in London we have to create a book; a collection to sell. This collection has to relate to who we are as individuals and it should reflect our work ethic or personality. I like reading letters, especially those with emotion as I think in today’s society it’s rather taboo to show your emotions, especially when writing them down as it becomes quite the reality rather swiftly. But that’s what I want this collection to focus on; true and raw emotion. I’m asking you to write a letter – the first person who came to mind when you read the title. Write to them in short and send it to me.

What am I looking for?

WHO? Anybody. Your significant other, a sibling, your parents, your best friend, a missed opportunity, somebody who passed away, a pet, an ex, an old boss / colleague or a complete stranger. It’s completely up to you.

WHAT? The contents of the letter is also subjective. It could be a thank you letter, a letter to congratulate, a letter of condolence, a love letter, etc. It doesn’t specifically matter what you write, as long as it’s honest.

WHERE? You can send it  here,  or email me personally alettertoyoucollection@outlook.com – I’m not too fussy.

INCLUDE? All you need to include is the recipients age and name, but it doesn’t have to be accurate, you can change it if you want to be completely anonymous.

If there are enough submissions then I could possibly made a range of these books, but we’ll see how well the first book goes first.

Thank you in advance.

Andy & Alex lecture


File types we can save from oh Photoshop; there’s a lot, most you don’t need.

Photoshop file; PSD.

JPEG; Joint Photographic Experts Group. Lossy file type (means that every time you open it and sae, it re-compresses and loses some quality). They don’t have any layer information.

Photoshop PDF; creates a PDF. Photoshop PDFs are a weird way, they save a lot of data and become huge files. They do support vector text ad is the only way of exporting editable text. They also support layers.

TIFF; golden child of file types. Tye maintain quality, not lossy, hold layer information, spot colour information, paths, etc. They are a big file size but it’s worth it. Wen saving image based, make sure it’s a TIFF. You can open black and white images in Illustrator and InDesign to recolour.

Export for web and deices; file > export > save for web (legacy). from here we can choose JPEGS, PNGs and GIFs. You can change a lot; including file sizes and quality.

When saving for web, you save the image as the size that’s its going in the website. The file will slow the browser down so save it as the size it will be on the website.

If you open an image in photoshop and its a layer, you can write a code into the layer and it will save into three versions.

Creating textures; creating textures you go out, take a picture and edit it until you were happy with it.

Actions in Photoshop; window > actions > hit play and it will change your image. Click the arrow next to your action and it will show the process it’s undertaking.

Create new action: click the ‘create new action’ > name it > record > image > mode > grayscale > flatten > discard > image > adjustment > levels > make it harsh contrasting between black and white > click stop button.

if your image is more black than white > CMD + I.

File > save as > TIFF > options > image compression = none > Pixel order = interleaved > byte order = IBM PC > OK.

Open Illustrator > new document > draw shapes > select and group them > place texture within the shapes, you have to create a clipping mask > object > compound path > make > create a background colour and send it to the back > CMD + A > CMD + 7 > double click your shape > file > place > place within your clipping mask > resize > whilst selected use colour picker to change colour > window transparency > change from normal to multiply

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Back to photoshop > CMD + I (now get rid of all of the black) > record as an action > image > mode > bitmap > leave as the default number > Use: 50% threshold > image > mode > greyscale > OK > magic wand tool > change tolerance to 0 > click anywhere in the black > untick contiguous > double click your background layer to unlock it > hit backspace > CMD + D > filter > blur >gaussian blur > blur enough to slightly blur the edges but not enough to blur the texture (ideally under 1.0) > stop recording > save > make sure layers is ticked > tick save transparency > in Illustrator > double click your clipping group > select your linked file (texture) > delete it > file place > white texture >  resize.

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You can export these actions > save in a folder > drop down in the 3 line box at the top of the action menu > save actions.