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What version of Studio Artist do you own?
the latest
How do you use Studio Artist?
Way too much of my Studio Artist use is in Xcode building and testing it.

However, I do a lot of work with digital graffitti databases as a source for art mapping photo mosaics. I used to do a ton of work using news imagery as source material for painting and custom treatments with the Texture Synthesizer based on the original custom photoshop plug-in called Wack i wrote in the 90's.

I also like to work with MSG Evolver to explore creating procedural abstract artwork. There's a definite knack to how you work the evolution controls to get good results with directed evolution. Hopefully this can be hidden from naive users in the future. I also think we're starting to cross a really interesting threshold in this area as the number of MSG processors increases and the evolution engine gets more sophisticated and i think this part of Studio Artist has a lot of unexplored potential.

I'm also very interested in simulations of traditional lithography and printmaking techniques. What i've come to realize over time is that a lot of these techniques have a particular visual aesthetic appearance that was actually caused by some technical limitation of the reproduction media the original artists were working in and was caused by what they needed to do to get around that limitation. It's a really good example of taking a weakness of a particular technique and turning it into a strength. And you see this all the time in the various printmaking technologies.

And i also create a lot of cover artwork for audio cds using Studio Artist. Supersizer is definitely a lifesaver for this kind of work so i'm a big user of that particular Studio Artist feature.
About Me:
John Dalton is the president of Synthetik Software and the creator of Studio Artist. When not busy programming he can be found creating digital art and music. Synthetik Software Incorporated is dedicated to creating innovative intelligent creative tools for visual artists and video professionals. Visit the main Synthetik site at to learn more about Studio Artist and MSG Evolver as well as explore additional image and movie galleries, tutorials, user forum, on-line store, news, and press releases. If you have studio artist news or tips you would like to share email it to studioartistnews at .

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Abstraction as a Process

Thought this series of sketches by Picasso was a good example of abstraction as a process.

Posted on December 18, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Vogue Magazine Stack Filtering Experiment

Someone posted an image online that was an average of all of the Vogue magazine cover images for a year. So it's a simple example of the stack filtering ideas we've been discussing recently. This wasn't done using Studio Artist, but i thought people might find it interesting.…


Posted on December 20, 2010 at 11:44am — 2 Comments

Bit of Nostalgia

Ran across this old promo cd for Studio Artist 1.5 as i was cleaning out my office today.

Posted on March 6, 2010 at 6:12pm

Most Abstract Festival in the World

Thought people might be interested in this so i'm passing the information along.

The second edition of Punto y Raya (Dot & Line), which has earned the title of "most abstract festival in the world", will take place from November 25th to 29th 2009 at ARTS SANTA MÒNICA (Barcelona), with no entry fee.

the trailer is here.

The Opening Ceremony will take place on… Continue

Posted on November 7, 2009 at 7:40am

Visualizing Spatial Frequency

The concept of spatial frequency has come up several times here on the Studio Artist user forum. And i know that many of you have difficulty conceptualizing spatial frequency. So i wanted to post this picture which i think gets across the concept in an easy to visualize way.

The bottom right corner image shows a series of vertical sine waves that increase in spatial frequency. So as you move from left to right in the image you are sweeping… Continue

Posted on May 6, 2009 at 11:43am

Comment Wall (35 comments)

At 3:52am on May 2, 2007, Vernon Reid said…
Got the email on this...Pretty Wild
At 6:50am on May 3, 2007, Chris Northcross said…
Hey John,

Thanks so much for this and everything you've done for the SA community. I've been away from SA and the DMN forums for a bit and this is a great reason to meet some new folks and become re-acquainted with others.

Thanks for your time and your talents.
At 1:04pm on June 24, 2007, Michael R Wright said…
hey john!! :))
At 2:59pm on August 31, 2007, NewJack Rasputin said…
hi John,
i noticed you talking to frank N saying.....
"I tend to focus on coming up with ways to abstract 2D form and watching this makes me think that having some effects that abstract motion itself might be useful for things like dance applications."

I had been thinking how interesting it would be to have "look-ahead/behind" based filters, auto-region selection & vector grabbing. It would be similar to the technique used in video compression - calculating and filtering differences in the pixel state for every frame - and then comparing it to preceding and following frames. I'm sure you can imagine one million ways to have fun with this. Then your modular synth would have an envelope follower/multi-band delay! (or something..)
At 2:53pm on September 17, 2007, NeoPhyte_Rep said…
Are you aware of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups, ? You can look up local user groups on that site. They would probably like a demonstration of Studio Artist.
At 9:41pm on November 1, 2007, Paul Perlow said…
Thanks, John... That's part of the overall plan. My goal is to complete 200 images (I am halfway there now) and then edit them down for a gallery show. And then a book. I may even have enough imagery to complete 300 images with Studio Artist. I have been looking into self publishing using print on demand. The publishers give very little in return. Hopefully after the show and book I will have the courage to learn and create an animated film using SA and the imagery. I have been reading up on the history of Coney Island and it's a great mirror reflecting just how far down our world has sunken creatively and in other ways. I have never been so commited to anything before. Working with SA is such a pleasure and a great source of creative freedom. I keep trying new things and am slowly getting the feel for a small part of the software. Lately using the bezier curves to create masks has been the new toy I have been playing with. At first I hated it compared to illustrator. Now I feel it is more fluid and a fun challenge.
At 2:23pm on May 9, 2008, Lorenzo Amaduzzi said…
Next days I will try new uploads. Thanks,
Lorenzo Amaduzzi, Italy
At 11:50pm on August 23, 2008, ct1904 said…
my system crashed... took my version 3.52 with it... i have the original 3.5 disk/CD... how can i get the upgrade back to 3.52? BTW - I have a new iMac... 3mhz/750gb hard drive...4gb RAM

cheers -

At 12:02pm on October 14, 2008, Phyllis Stewart said…
I got a new Mac and have 3.5 on my old Mac. I can't find the number to install 3.5 again. I have a number for 3.0, but lost the upgrade number for 3.5. What should I do?

Phyllis Stewart
At 7:05am on February 16, 2009, Jim C. said…
Hi! My hard drive crashed, but I hesitate putting SA on my new HD because version 3.5 is ppc, not universal binary. Should I wait for version 4.0 and is 4.0 going to be Universal binary? Or is there a patch for 3.5 to make it intelmac friendly? I really want to make the best use out of the intel mac horsepower. Thanks! - Jim C.

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Steve Zoeld replied to Synthetik Software's discussion What do you Like and Dislike about the existing V4/V5 Editor
"Hi. I am a relative newbie to SA, far from having a complete picture of it. Here are a few things I would like to have in the editor, and apologies if they are already there: -click-on editing of preset names-multiple preset selection and editing,…"
11 minutes ago
Synthetik Software replied to Heather's discussion Brush question (total newbie question) Choppy
"Can you attach the preset.  I can comment more after i take a look at it."
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Synthetik Software replied to Heather's discussion Gotta ask! When is 5.5 getting released?
"We are working away to get SA V5.5 finished and out the door.  Sorry it is running a little bit later than i certainly had planned on.  Apple of course gave us a few last minute surprises.  As did our movement to a whole new…"
12 hours ago
Synthetik Software replied to Synthetik Software's discussion What presets you have installed determines how powerful your Studio Artist is
"So i guess an interesting question to think about is the following. Why is apple working hard to force application developers to use either of the less than desirable solutions i discussed?  Other than pissing everyone off, and making life much…"
19 hours ago
craig deeley replied to Synthetik Software's discussion What presets you have installed determines how powerful your Studio Artist is
"I have been dealing with both hacking the app folders and or un-hiding the User/Library/Application Support/… folders for a while now. Adobe hides its Application Support content in the hidden Library folders and other smaller apps allow View…"
20 hours ago
Joel Nisson replied to Synthetik Software's discussion What presets you have installed determines how powerful your Studio Artist is
"Please don't hide or even tuck away in Library the Presets folder. I constantly edit mine and love knowing where things are without going into dark places on my computer."
21 hours ago
Synthetik Software replied to Synthetik Software's discussion What presets you have installed determines how powerful your Studio Artist is
"It (kitchen sink) is moving forward. I want to make sure all of the preset preview icon information is formatted in a form that will display in SA V5.5.  So that is the current hold up. The gory details are as follows.  SA V5 (both the 32…"
22 hours ago

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