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24 Jan 2022

ANA Course: Digital Image Editing for Numismatics

Summer Seminar | mkodysz


Digital Image Editing for Numismatics: Getting Your Obverses & Reverses Together is a new six-hour mini-seminar offered by the American Numismatic Association at the 2022 Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs. The mini-seminar course will cover the basics of digital image editing for collectors, dealers, authors, and researchers. While the course is geared primarily toward novices unfamiliar with the relevant software, all experience levels are welcome.

Attendees will learn how to organize, edit, and modify coin and paper money images for the purposes of print and web publishing, cataloging, personal reference, and exhibiting. Topics covered will include an overview of software options and the basics of Adobe Photoshop®; best practices for file organization, formatting, and image resolution; and a discussion of ethical guidelines. Demonstrations will include the basics of color correction, how to add or remove backgrounds from images, and how to create special effects such as drop shadows and reflections. Students will gain hands-on practice in combining separate obverse and reverse photos of the same coin into a single seamless composite image. It is recommended that students bring their own digital images for hands-on practice, but practice images will also be provided by the instructor. It is highly recommended that students bring their own laptop with bring their own laptop with Adobe Photoshop® to familiarize themselves with the software.

Skills in digital image editing are essential for anyone interested in digital numismatic photography. The mini-seminar is held on Sunday and Monday evenings during Week II of Summer Seminar, so it can be taken in conjunction with the Advanced Digital Numismatic Photography for Collectors course held during the day.

INSTRUCTOR: Michael Kodysz, visual communication instructor and numismatic exhibitor

Session Two - Sun. & Mon., July 5 & 6 Two Nights - 6 hours total

3 hours each night (6:30-9:30 p.m.)

Tuition: $79

Please view the attached images to see examples of the types of things students will learn to do.

The 2022 Summer Seminar course catalog is available in PDF format directly from the ANA website here:

https://f.hubspotusercontent30.net/hubfs/6180285/Summer%20Seminar%202022/Summer%20Seminar%202022%20Course%20Catalog.pdf

Online registration is available here:

https://www.money.org/summer-seminar/register

You don't have to be logged into the ANA website as a member to access the catalog and registration form, but I do believe you have to be an ANA member to register for the Summer Seminar.

Also: I presented some live demonstrations from the class for the ANA eLearning Academy. If prospective students are interested in a preview of what they can learn hands-on with in-personassistance from me in Colorado Springs, here's a link to the video on the ANA's YouTube channel:

https://youtu.be/Vmi-uXovqcc


Comments

mrbrklyn

Level 4

The best digital tool is the Gimp. ==> http://www.gimp.org That being said :) - I personally wish for better lights, especially for taking images of slabs. I've also had trouble with changing standards in color expression. The newest software works on 32 bit floating point color but most imaging software hasn't caught up, including that which compresses images for websites. It turns outstanding images dark, especially in PNG file format.

mkodysz

Level 4

Thanks for your comment. I use Photoshop because it's an industry standard and it's what I'm most comfortable and familiar with. I've been working with Photoshop for thirty years so I know the basics pretty well. The mini-seminar focuses primarily on the basics. I also work on a Mac for similar reasons. A lot of people like Windows PCs better. The specific hardware and software people choose to work with depends on factors such as budget, personal preference, workplace or client preference, and compatibility. If you're working with Gimp, it's likely that you can accomplish the same things following similar steps to those I'll be demoing in the class using Photoshop. Here's a good article that outlines the advantages and disadvantages of Gimp vs. Photoshop: https://www.guru99.com/gimp-vs-photoshop.html#12

Sounds cool.

mkodysz

Level 4

thank you

Longstrider

Level 6

Nice synopsis of your class. Thanks.

mkodysz

Level 4

thanks, I'm glad it was helpful.

Kepi

Level 6

Sounds wonderful! Thanks for this information! ; )

mkodysz

Level 4

thank you as well

Mike

Level 7

That's great for the kids. They will enjoy it. I just take two pictures! I have plenty of time. This would save allot and have consistency with the on erase and reverse!! Thanks

Golfer

Level 5

Great seminar coming up.

mkodysz

Level 4

thank you

AC coin$

Level 6

Woooow ! Awesome .

mkodysz

Level 4

thanks!

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