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Bitmap File Formats

As a Designer, you are often asked to create a visually stunning design out of nothing. For this reasons and many more, Typography has become most Designer’s best friend. Another good friend to know and understand is the lowly Bitmap. Yes, you heard right, the Bitmap. Many of you have discovered the Bitmap file format in Photoshop and as good curious Designers you probably clicked on it to see what it was all about and saw beautiful continuous tone images turned into ugly, high contrast and mostly unusable blobs in an instant but it can be a great source of retro style that could possibly save the day for those unusable, low resolution photos that you are your client got off the internet and said . . . “Here do something with these!”

Somewhere along the line, usually around Sophomore level, I give a bitmap demonstration in one of my classes. Many of the students start using these techniques in their class projects. I recently was told by one of my Typography students that they used a bitmap technique on a project for another class and a few students wanted to know where they learned that, so I thought, it’s time to put it on the Blog. I created a video tutorial for this one, hopefully that explains the process a little more directly than screen captures. In addition I do have some examples of bitmap images that were converted back to grayscale, then to RGB and enhanced in Photoshop. These are just a few examples, I am sure you will be able to put your own twist on this technique.

First the video tutorial:

Now a few examples: