Friday, December 01, 2006

Visual Encryption

Smashing with style

Digital Dynamite

Filter of Frenzy

Ripped-off beyond recognition and left for dead

"No, your Honour; I didn't do anything. I just took the dog for a walk until it was dead."

Together, me and the filter formed a third personality, which neither of us could talk any sense to.

Art grows out of the barrel of a photoshop filter.

The smaller they get, the more I see.

Every chop is different. And I try to choose the best one. But they all look good.

The author called it "Slice" which to me suggests something simple and restrained like the careful preparation of a sample for a microscope slide. Perhaps he never conceived of this "Feast of Knives" effect, or if he had, would have been unable to imagine anyone finding a use for something like that.

I keep thinking, just one more chop and we'll turn the corner; one more chop and the effect will take a quantum leap and start forming new wonders. Deep down in it's algorithmic DNA some gene, so far only weakly expressed, will become like a crystal, suddenly bringing order and magnificence to the supersaturated solution. But no. Like everything else, it moves onward to its logical conclusion, and returns to dust.


Blogger Philip Northover said...

You make it all look easy, Tim! :-) I imagine if one keeps slicing, there's diminishing returns. Does it all eventually turn into a blur?!

12/09/2006 10:59 AM

Blogger Tim said...

It is pretty easy. Just click, and then undo or click further. This particular filter (native one in XnView) has some random ingredient that makes every slice pattern different. Also, this one has no parameters. That makes it even easier to use.

I've never gone beyond about 20 iterations of slicing, but I suspect, from seeing what's happening, that eventually you're left with digital sawdust.

12/09/2006 1:16 PM


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