Freedom in Creativity
My Background <ul><li>Graphic and Web Designer for Birmingham Friends of The Earth
Freelance Artist
Studied Multimedia Graphics at Staffordshire University
Studying Digital Arts in Performance at Birmingham City University </li></ul>
My Interests <ul><li>Glitches and errors
Free culture
Open source </li></ul>
The first presentation <ul><li>June 2009
Introduction to software
Showcase of success stories </li></ul>
Freedom
The Four Freedoms <ul><li>The freedom to run the program, for any purpose
The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish. Access to the source code is a prec...
The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour.
The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others. By doing this you can give the whole community a cha...
Do these freedoms translate to art?
 
Applications
GIMP <ul><li>Raster graphics editor
Started in 1995
Alternative to Adobe Photoshop
Finally getting single-window mode! </li></ul>
Inkscape <ul><li>Vector graphics editor
Started as Sodipodi in 1999, forked to Inkscape in 2003
Aims to be SVG compliant
Alternative to Adobe Illustrator </li></ul>
Scribus <ul><li>Desktop publishing program
Started in 2003
Alternative to Adobe InDesign and Quark </li></ul>
Imagemagick <ul><li>Command line program for modifying images
Useful for batch processing </li></ul>
Effect on Me <ul><li>Programs to cover many uses
More learning involved
Some command line, some with a GUI
Free to experiment with programs
Free to use programs </li></ul>
File Formats
File Formats <ul><li>Output file formats are available freely </li><ul><li>Jpg
Tiff
Pdf
Gif
Png
And more... </li></ul></ul>
File Formats <ul><li>Multi layered images </li></ul>
File Formats <ul><li>Working files' formats are not available freely </li><ul><li>Psd
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Freedom in creativity

  1. 1. Freedom in Creativity
  2. 2. My Background <ul><li>Graphic and Web Designer for Birmingham Friends of The Earth
  3. 3. Freelance Artist
  4. 4. Studied Multimedia Graphics at Staffordshire University
  5. 5. Studying Digital Arts in Performance at Birmingham City University </li></ul>
  6. 6. My Interests <ul><li>Glitches and errors
  7. 7. Free culture
  8. 8. Open source </li></ul>
  9. 9. The first presentation <ul><li>June 2009
  10. 10. Introduction to software
  11. 11. Showcase of success stories </li></ul>
  12. 12. Freedom
  13. 13. The Four Freedoms <ul><li>The freedom to run the program, for any purpose
  14. 14. The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  15. 15. The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour.
  16. 16. The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others. By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Do these freedoms translate to art?
  18. 19. Applications
  19. 20. GIMP <ul><li>Raster graphics editor
  20. 21. Started in 1995
  21. 22. Alternative to Adobe Photoshop
  22. 23. Finally getting single-window mode! </li></ul>
  23. 24. Inkscape <ul><li>Vector graphics editor
  24. 25. Started as Sodipodi in 1999, forked to Inkscape in 2003
  25. 26. Aims to be SVG compliant
  26. 27. Alternative to Adobe Illustrator </li></ul>
  27. 28. Scribus <ul><li>Desktop publishing program
  28. 29. Started in 2003
  29. 30. Alternative to Adobe InDesign and Quark </li></ul>
  30. 31. Imagemagick <ul><li>Command line program for modifying images
  31. 32. Useful for batch processing </li></ul>
  32. 33. Effect on Me <ul><li>Programs to cover many uses
  33. 34. More learning involved
  34. 35. Some command line, some with a GUI
  35. 36. Free to experiment with programs
  36. 37. Free to use programs </li></ul>
  37. 38. File Formats
  38. 39. File Formats <ul><li>Output file formats are available freely </li><ul><li>Jpg
  39. 40. Tiff
  40. 41. Pdf
  41. 42. Gif
  42. 43. Png
  43. 44. And more... </li></ul></ul>
  44. 45. File Formats <ul><li>Multi layered images </li></ul>
  45. 46. File Formats <ul><li>Working files' formats are not available freely </li><ul><li>Psd
  46. 47. Indd
  47. 48. Dxf
  48. 49. cdr </li></ul></ul>
  49. 50. File Formats <ul><li>Open formats? </li><ul><li>Xcf
  50. 51. Svg
  51. 52. Open Raster </li></ul></ul>
  52. 53. File Formats <ul><li>Xcf </li><ul><li>Tied to one program
  53. 54. Not even recommended for use by its developers </li></ul></ul>
  54. 55. File Formats <ul><li>SVG </li><ul><li>Standard file format
  55. 56. Interchangeable between many proprietary and open source applications </li></ul></ul>
  56. 57. File Formats <ul><li>SLA </li><ul><li>Open format but not open standard
  57. 58. Can only be read by Scribus
  58. 59. Incompatible with earlier versions </li></ul></ul>
  59. 60. Effect on Me <ul><li>Unable to share resources
  60. 61. Unsure if files will print
  61. 62. No interoperability between programs
  62. 63. Denied work opportunities </li></ul>
  63. 64. Copyright and licensing
  64. 65. Copyright <ul><li>Anything you create is automatically copyrighted by you
  65. 66. Everyone has to gain your permission before they can use your work or even access it
  66. 67. Ultimate power
  67. 68. Lasts between 50-70 years, but can be extended </li></ul>
  68. 69. Are copyrights bad? <ul><li>Copyrights hinder creativity
  69. 70. Similar to patent law? </li></ul>
  70. 71. Copyleft <ul><li>GNU GPL
  71. 72. Creative Commons
  72. 73. Public Domain </li></ul>
  73. 74. Creative Commons <ul><li>A set of Copyleft licenses </li></ul>
  74. 75. Attribution
  75. 76. Non-Commercial
  76. 77. Share-Alike
  77. 78. No Derivatives
  78. 79. Mix and Match
  79. 80. Open Clip Art Library <ul><li>All content licences under Public Domain
  80. 81. Available in SVG or png format </li></ul>
  81. 82. Remix or Reuse? <ul><li>Stock resources aren't supposed to be finished pieces
  82. 83. Save time and possibly money </li></ul>
  83. 84. Remix or Reuse?
  84. 85. Remix or Reuse? <ul><li>Could you remix this artwork? </li></ul>
  85. 86. Remix or Reuse? <ul><li>Copying? </li></ul>
  86. 87. Can you sell CC licensed artwork?
  87. 88. Commercial Usage <ul><li>Received an offer on this artwork
  88. 89. Did CC help? </li></ul>
  89. 90. Effect on Me <ul><li>How do you track who has used your work?
  90. 91. People have only enquired about commercial uses
  91. 92. Useful for creating bigger artworks out of smaller components </li></ul>
  92. 93. Sharing Work
  93. 94. Effect on Me <ul><li>Pressure </li><ul><li>Reveal sources
  94. 95. Reveal techniques
  95. 96. Release source files </li></ul></ul>
  96. 97. A different set of restrictions
  97. 98. Freedom in choice
  98. 99. Questions?

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