Datamosh and Glitch Images

As part of our visual vocabulary expansion exercise, I manipulated three images into stylized glitch/datamosh looks using Photoshop. All three of the images used were from Pexels, a royalty-free stock image website.

The first image I worked on was this beautiful blue smoke powder [click here for image link], which I took in a more artistic route for Photoshop glitch editing due to the vibrant color and imagery.

The process in achieving the result of the first photo was following the step-by-step guide in this YouTube tutorial [click here for video link], going through the RGB channels and distorting the Blue channel, being the most prominent color.

The second image was this Scrabble piece [click here for image link], and I worked on this in the classroom during studio session and experimented based on the tutorial listed in Professor Bargsten’s Canvas guide. The online class tutorial process used here were the Magic Wand Tool, Duplicate Layers and Smart Sharpen Filters.

The edited version also contains the image itself processed through Rutt-Etra-Izer, an online synthesizer that turns 2D images into 3-dimensional interactive presence. Once I finished downloading that version, I went back into Photoshop and converted it into an additional layer, set it to “Overlay” with a 70% Opacity.

Last, but not least, this final picture of a Minions toy [click here for image link] is a less extreme version of the second photo, yet the same basic steps apply.

For this last image, I rendered a lens flare over the Minion’s eye, used Smart Sharpen filter, added Noise filter at 50% on the RBG Green channel (as it’s the closest to yellow), and finished with the Charcoal filter on the same Green channel tab.

Overall, the assignment helped me rekindle my relationship with Photoshop, as it’s been several years since I started playing with the program itself in favor of other Adobe programs, on top of the quick and easy access of photo editing through mobile apps. And because of the abstract elements regarding glitch images, it was a change of pace from the standard use of Photoshop of correcting mistakes and making the photos better than its original version.