Monday, July 12, 2010

Making Image Groups in ARTstor

ARTstor is a database of high-quality images of art - photography, sculpture, architecture, paintings, drawings, etc. You can browse ARTstor by its collections, or you can search by keyword. For instance, you could search for "horses" and come up with artworks featuring horses. Or you could search for "charcoal" and come up with artworks in that medium. Or you could do both.

One especially useful ARTstor feature is that you can create Image Groups. These are virtual slideshows of the images you've found and selected, which you can share online.

To make an Image Group, you must first log into ARTstor. In addition to logging into the service itself with your college login and password, you need to have your own personal account with ARTstor where you will save your own searches and the images you've selected.

You'll see a Log In to ARTstor box in the upper right corner of the screen. If you have already created an account, log in. Otherwise, click Register and follow the steps to create an account, then log in. Next, do your search.

In your search results you can select an image by clicking once on its thumbnail (small version on the results page.) You can tell it's selected because it now has a red border.

Now go to the gray menu bar at the top and select Organize, then Save Selected Images To, then New Image Group. It will prompt you to type in a name for your image group. Do that and click Save and Open. Now you are looking at the contents of your image group - all the search results that you selected before.

If you want to save more images to your image group, go back to the gray menu bar and select Find, then Search. Do another search and select more images from the search results. Then go back to the gray menu bar and select Organize, then Save Selected Images To, then Existing Image Group. Select the desired image group from the list, and then click Save and Open.

If you want to share an image group, you need to "obtain instructor privileges."Anybody with a college login can get instructor privileges, whether you're an instructor or not. Here's how to do it: Go to the gray menu bar and select Organize, then Open Image Group. You'll see a link for Obtain Instructor Privileges on the right side - click it. The authorization code is awmfesc and the password is artstor.

Now, to share your Image Group, go to the gray menu bar and select Share, then Manage Folder(s). Then select your folder. Now select the option for Selected users and create a password in the box below. You should also select whether those users can make changes in the image group, or just view it. Click Submit and then OK.

Now go back to the gray menu bar and select Share, then Generate Image Group URL. This is the link you will send people or embed in a discussion or a course page so that they can come see and work in your image group.

One final thing you can do is turn your Image Group into a Powerpoint presentation. To do that, go to the gray menu bar and select Tools, then Export Group to Powerpoint, then Yes. (You're limited to 1000 images in 120 days so take it easy.)

Information overload, right? Don't worry - ARTstor has a Help button up at the top right of the page, and you can always call the library for help at 800-847-3000 ext. 2222.


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