I was browsing archive.org's movie archive when I came across a 1968 film called 'Experiments in Motion Graphics' featuring the computer generated art of John Whitney. In this tutorial, I attempt.
Processing For Visual Artists Pdf Merger
Why did we have to wait so long for this marvelous gem? It is, indeed, rare to find a technical book of such clarity and insight and especially so in books concerning computer programming.
I have grappled with many programming books over the years in an effort to teach myself programming and none come close to Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists. Casey Reas and Ben Fry are to be congratulated on two counts. Firstly, for writing this 710-page comprehensive book, and secondly for producing the associated open-source programming language software, also called Processing, which is a companion to the book, so to speak.The reader is directed on page 9 to go to the Processing website to download the software.
After so many frustrating attempts in the past to download so-called “free” software, I approached the web with trepidation and cynicism. I thought at this stage, “Doesn’t matter how good the book is, if the software is hard to obtain and install it will be pretty much useless.” My fears were completely unfounded. Within 15 minutes I had downloaded the 32 megabyte package for Windows (it is available for Mac and Linux as well) and installed it effortlessly. After a further 10 minutes I had my first program, as per instructions in the book, up and running.The Processing language was written specifically for visual artists and designers, whether they be interested in producing still images, animation or interactivity using their own programming efforts, rather than relying on commercially available software applications. For those artists who use computers in their work and like to have control at a fundamental level this book will be a revelation and worth every cent it costs. I was stunned at how few lines of code are required to produce complex images, for example a color wheel.
The software comes loaded with numerous examples of what can be achieved with Processing using existing modules of code.Processing was created in the spirit of the open-source software movement, which not only results in free programs but also encourages social networking and users’ play and experimentation. For the few who do not know what open-source is (you must have been holidaying on Mars for the past 10 years), do a search on the net and be prepared to be amazed. Artists need to be mindful not to forsake their final artistic creations in the wake of becoming absorbed or obsessed in writing code. This can quite easily happen in the arduous and lengthy task of learning the more complex languages such as C.