Line and Form

The big idea.

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TLW create a sequence of close up images using only two sheets of paper, a dark background, glue and scissors.



  • Work in your computer pairings.
  • Each pair will turn in one set of images next class.
  • Set your camera to black and white at the highest resolution.
  • Be sure that all photographs are correctly exposed and in focus.
  • Use a tripod and a light.
  • Choose two sheets of variously “lined” paper. These are your only materials today.


  1. Arrange and photograph one sheet of white paper on a dark background.
  2. Cut a slit or opening in one sheet of paper. Arrange the paper and background so that a number of gray tones are apparent. Photograph this in a visually interesting way.
  3. Make a second cut or opening. Photograph this in a visually interesting way.
  4. Bend one corner of the paper to cause a gradual darkening as the paper curves away from your light source. Photograph this in a visually interesting way.
  5. Experiment with the effects of bending two sides and photograph this in a visually interesting way.
  6. Experiment with fastening corners or edges to produce more complicated shadows; photograph this from a variety of angles in a visually interesting way.
  7. Use any segments of paper that you have cut out, add your second sheet of paper, and create a single paper sculpture. Use a dark background and a variety of angles to photograph this in a visually interesting way.

Edit and save your best examples of each stage. We will work with these images next class.
Days 2 and 3

Objective: Organize your project into a logical arrangement.


  1. Go to wherever you stored your images from last class.
  2. Create a new file folder and name it “Line and Form.”
  3. Open the “Line and Form” file folder and create eight new file folders inside it.
  4. Name the folders: “1,” “2,” “3,” “4,” “5,” “6,” “7,” and “Final”
  5. Review the instructions from Day 1. Move the photographs you made for Step 1 into the folder named “1,” the photos from Step 2 into the folder named “2,” and so forth. At this time, do not place any photos into the folder named “Final.”

Objective: Edit your images


  1. Review the images you created in the final steps last class. Which are the most visually interesting? Open those images and refine them as needed. (Most digital images can be improved upon by manipulating the Levels [Layers > New Adjustment Layer > Levels >OK, then adjust the three sliders].)
  2. Flatten [Layers > Flatten Image] any files that you change and use the Save As… command [File > Save As…]. Add the word “edit” to the end of the file name so that you don’t write over your original photograph. Save the revised images into the “Final” folder.

Objective: Merge two or three images into a single composition.


  1. Open two different images that interest you. [At least one of the images should be a “line” design.]
  2. Click onto the canvas of one image and Select All [CONTROL+A], then Copy [CONTROL+C].
  3. Click onto the canvas of the second image and Paste [CONTROL+V]. You should now see a copy of the first image placed on top of the second image.
  4. Look at the Layers palette on the right hand side of the screen. (If the Layers palette is not visible, click on F7)
  5. You will see that there are two icons – one for the first picture and one for the second. The second picture will be on top of the first. In the Layers palette, click on the Layer with the second (top) photo and click on the icon of the eye. When you do this, the Layer will be turned off. Click on the eye again and the Layer is turned back on.
  6. Immediately above the top Layer is a box labeled “Opacity.” Set the Opacity to 50%. Notice that the top Layer is now transparent. Experiment with various Opacity settings to see how this functions.
  7. To the left of the Opacity box is a pop-up window for the Layer State. The default setting for the Layer State pop-up window is “Normal.” With the Opacity set at 100%, experiment with the various settings under the Layer State pop-up window.
  8. With the Opacity set at 100% and the pop-up set to Normal, try “Inverting” your image. To Invert, use the Invert command [CONTROL + I]
  9. Know that you can add hundreds of Layers into a Photoshop document. For now, experiment with various combinations of Layer State, Opacity, Inverted images, and pasted Layers. Flatten and save the most interesting versions into the “Final” folder.

Objective: Create a portable archive of your project by copying your files onto a recordable CD.


  1. Open the CD drawer on the computer and place a blank CD-R into the drawer. (Do NOT use CD-RW disks, please!)
  2. Close the CD drawer. After a moment you should see a window appear on the screen for the “D” Drive. Do not close this window.
  3. Locate the file folder called “Line and Form” – inside this folder should be all of the images for this project. Right click once on the file folder and select the option for Properties. Check to make sure the folder is no larger than 630 MB. (See Mr. Anderson if it is larger than 630 MB.)
  4. Click on the folder and copy it [CONTROL + C]
  5. Click on the window for the “D” Drive and paste [CONTROL + V]. Be patient: this action might take a minute or two if you have a lot of files to paste.
  6. When you see the “Line and Form” folder icon appear in the “D” Drive window, press the Eject button on the CD drawer.
  7. In a moment, a new window will appear. There are four check boxes in this window. Important: Make sure that the first is unchecked and the next three are checked. Then click on the Eject button in the window.
  8. Again, be patient: burning a CD will take a few minutes. When the action is completed, eject the CD from the computer, then re-insert it and check to make sure your files have copied and will open.
  9. If you have the images stored onto your F-Drive, you may delete the original files once you have confirmed they have copied correctly. Important:  DO NOT EVER delete your original files until you have made sure your files have been copied to the CD! Once they are deleted, I CANNOT get them back for you!
  10. Use a permanent black marker to write your name, your block, and the title “Line and Form” onto the CD.
  11. Turn the CD in to Mr Anderson by end of day on 9/15 [A-Day] or 9/16 [B-Day]


Total value of this assignment is 100 points.


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