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Hacking the digital print: alternative image capture and printmaking processes with a special section on 3D printing

Hacking the digital print: alternative image capture and printmaking processes with a special section on 3D printing

Lhotka, Bonny Pierce, author

Artist Bonny Lhotka's 'Hacking the Digital Print' provides artists and photographers with new and unique ways to express their creative vision through inventive and affordable printmaking techniques. It includes methods for modifying images using custom filters and lenses before they are even captured by the camera as well as non-toxic digital alternatives to classic printmaking techniques, such as transferring images to glass, fabric, and furniture

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Berkeley: New Riders, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: Bonny Pierce Lhotka
ISBN: 0134036492, 9780134036496
Intended audience: Specialized.
Physical Description: 312 pages ; 24 cm.
Series: Voices that matter
Subject: Three-dimensional printing.; Art and Design.; Prints Technique.; Digital art Technique.
Series Title: Voices that matter.


  1. PrefaceForewordSECTION I: BASICS
  2. Introduction
  3. Materials
  5. Preparing for the Shoot
  6. Mirrors and Mylar Reflection
  7. Distortion Filters
  8. Lens Modifiers
  9. Custom Textures
  10. Gallery of Work: Altered RealitySECTION III: MIXED MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHS
  11. Photographic Mixed Media
  12. Mixed Media Decals
  13. Image Transfer to Glass
  14. WonderSauce Transfer Process
  15. Gallery of Work: Mixed Media PhotographsSECTION IV: NEW FRONTIERS
  16. Introduction to Printing
  17. Skin Applique to 3D Printed Objects
  18. Hydrographic Coloration of 3D Printed Objects
  19. Modern Lithophanes
  20. Gallery of Work: New FrontiersIndex

Author note

Bonny Pierce Lhotka is an inventor and innovator, and is a co-founder of the digital artist collaborative, Digital Atelier, whose members research and develop techniques to leverage digital imaging in fine art application. Lhotka organized “Digital Atelier: A printmaking studio for the 21st century” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum where she was an artist-in-residence. She is a recipient of the Smithsonian/Computerworld Technology in the Arts Award and is the producer of educational DVDs from Digital Art Studio Seminars. Lhotka is the author of Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media and The Last Layer: New methods in digital printing for photography, fine art, and mixed media.


Don’t bother reading this book unless you’re ready to get your hands dirty.In Hacking the Digital Print, artist Bonny Lhotka redefines what it means to be a photographer. For one thing, you don't always need Photoshop to alter the reality you capture through your lens. In this book, you’ll learn how to create unique images using tools you make and modify yourself. Lhotka shows you how to use analog distortion filters, custom textures, and lens modifiers to create images that look like you made them, not an app. You’ll also learn how to re-create classic printmaking techniques using non-toxic digital alternatives, including a water-based transfer solution that’s safe to use anywhere, whether it’s the studio, classroom, or kitchen counter.Anyone can push a button and create a nice print–there is little challenge in getting a high-quality image out of a desktop printer these days. Lhotka shows you how to take your work to the next level by printing on materials such as wood, glass, plastics, and metal. For the truly adventurous, Lhotka shares her custom techniques for taking photographs and applying them to 3D-printed objects created with popular consumer 3D printers.Part artist/part mad scientist, Lhotka has spent many hours experimenting, hacking, and tearing things apart to discover new ways to take, make, and print images. She encourages you to take the techniques you’ll learn in this book, hack them, and make them your own. With some techniques you will fail. It will be messy. You will try and have to try again. But in the process, you will make your own exciting discoveries, find solutions to your own problems, and create a body of work that is uniquely yours.