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E.LIT/NET.ART 2.0

If you missed the fantastic exhibit of video games and computer-based art that the Media Lab was fortunate enough to host last semester, or if you didn’t miss it but just enjoyed it so much you want more— you’re in luck. This Thursday, February 6th, the E.LIT/NET.ART 2.0 exhibit will be showing at Hampshire College.

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(Not sure where the Harold F. Johnson Library is? It’s number 19 on the map here.)

SketchUp Make in the Media Lab

Next time you stop by the Media Lab, make sure you check out SketchUp Make which has been installed on the lab computers. Newly rebooted, SketchUp was recently sold from Google to Trimble. Under new license, SketchUp has undergone some simple design changes while maintaining its easy to use capabilities.

The new application can be found in the doc on any of the lab computers:

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Whether you’re trying to rebuild Paris’ Gothic architecture,

Reconstructed interior, showing a much narrower nave.

explore geological processes,
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or simply have fun creating your favorite houses— make sure to stop by and try out SketchUp Make. Don’t know how to use SketchUp? No problem, simply ask a Lab staff member and they will help you get started.

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Printing with the Epson Stylus Pro 7900

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Printing with the Epson Stylus Pro 7900

The biggest machine we have in the Media Lab is the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer. It can be intimidating to approach, but have no fear! Follow these steps to print successfully and master the basics of large format printing from Photoshop.

Step 1: Size Your Image in Photoshop

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First size your image appropriately. You want a resolution of at least 200-300 ppi. In order to allow an inch margin above and below, make the width/height 2 inches less than the paper width/height you will be using.

Step 2: Size Your Canvas

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Set your canvas size to match the size of your paper.

Step 3: Select File-Print

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This is where you’ll adjust the printer settings including, paper size, orientation, color management, and paper type. Make sure that these settings allow a border around the edges of the image so it does not fall off of the page.

Step 4: Print Settings

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Choose the preset that matches your paper and choose a paper size that matches your image.

Step 5: Orientation and Color Management

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Click landscape or portrait and choose Photoshop Manages Colors. For standard Media Lab papers use PremiumLuster260 or EnhancedMattePK printer profiles.

Now you’re ready to print!

As you gain more experience with the machine you may want to vary these settings. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask a Student Media Consultant. Happy printing!