As more commands install computer equipment, computers assume a larger
role in the production of art and in the presentation of it. Inevitably, you will
interface with a computer.
Because so many software programs exist, and Navy shops have not
standardized the purchase of computer hardware or software, it is impossible
to cover in detail the steps required to operate the computer system in front
of you now. The best source of information remains the owner/operator
Although the actual production of a viewgraph, a slide, or artwork has
metamorphisized into a sequence of keystrokes on a computer, knowledge of
graphic fundamentals, layout and composition, and color theory still
determine the success of the end product.
The role of the computer as a presentation device is still evolving. You can
view a presentation of static visuals directly from the computer monitor or
you can project them onto a screen. You create the visuals, set the viewing
time of each visual, and cue a dissolve or disintegrate the image into the next
image. You can also use the computer to create animation or motion.
In animation, you draw the key positions of the figure in the extreme
positions of the desired movement. Then, you draw the drawings in between
the extremes. When you view the drawings in rapid succession, you simulate
the effect of motion. All of this took many drawings in tedious repetition.
With computer animation software, you click and drag the element into the
desired position and anchor it. The computer generates the transitional
presentation. A limiting hardware factor is the amount of hard drive or
Video imagery altered by computer and spiced with text integration provides
a dynamic presentation and powerful teaching device. Film footage on beta
tape fed through the computer can be altered and edited. Text integration
with a voice or music overdub creates a very polished professional