Photoshop is an extremely powerful and very useful program. That is the main thing I learned during this exercise. I combined a map of Providence from 1917 that I found on the University of Texas' website with some pictures and text that I took for a class on urban archaeology and historic preservation in the city. The image I produced could serve as the front page of a website about the history and development of the Providence waterfront. Each image on the map (ideally there would be more pictures) would be a link to a new lexia on different subjects all about the interactions of the city with the bay. The potential for a program like this is endless; it is referred to on http://www.wikipedia.org as a ˝killer application,ţ something that is seen as essential to the creation of other technologies. One specific possibility could be something like multiple copies of this map with different sections, neighborhoods, or streets highlighted. In a separate text, there are multiple links about the different parts of the city that link to the different modifications of the map. This would allow the reader to get his or her bearings in the city while reading the piece, in preparation for a subsequent trip to the sites described.
Most of the problems I encountered were that I did not know how to do everything I wanted to with the image. I had a hard time cropping and cutting out the sky on some of the smaller pictures so that as much of the map as possible would show. I also had problems with inserting text into the image. I could not figure out how to change the color and effects on the words so they would be legible. These skills will improve as I use the program more. In this exercise, there were no problems that I encountered that I think cannot be solved by simply becoming more familiar with the program.
Last modified 4 February 2008