Synthetik’s Studio Artist is a painting application. Actually, that’s rather like calling Stockhausen an electrician. Anyway, I built my project reflets using Studio Artist version 4, exploring the software’s capabilities to transform a very colourful photograph.
Version 5 of Studio Artist has now been released. It has got me excited, again. This time, though, I want to explore the product’s transformation of text.
Why text? Well, think concrete poetry, sound poetry, futurist poetry—and book covers. I believe Studio Artist has got great potential here, but I find I need to catalogue its possibilities before I try to apply them. This new version gives me a good reason—well, excuse—to do so.
A lot of the provisos that applied to my previous Studio Artist project, reflets, are still pertinent. I am not using the product correctly. I am not using it to anything like its potential. I am behaving as a photographer, not a painter.
Anyway, to explore the application properly, I need to apply the presets to a common image. I’ve set something simple, something that doesn’t mention foxes, in Adobe’s Garamond, at 72 point. I chose a serif font because I want to see what happens to the knobbly bits, and Garamond because I like it. I chose stark white on hard black mostly because it’ll display better on arts & ego (ignoring the little matter of contrast). I had Studio Artist output an image a quarter the original’s area.
It’ll take quite a while, probably more than a year, to put the text through all of Studio Artist’s presets, so the new section, concrete, will take time to complete.