Visualisation

Refers to techniques used to summarise and present data visually, in a form that enables people to understand and analyse the information. Formats can include images, maps, timelines, graphs and tables. Visualisation often uses computer graphics software, including virtual reality and 2-D or 3-D animation, as well as static images.

Such methods are often used to allow people to study objects that are too fragile to be physically handled, or to reconstruct past events and landscapes, for example.

The term ‘geovisualisation’ refers to the use of these techniques to construct interactive maps, which include the ability to zoom in and out, view different layers and change the map’s visual appearance. Geovisualisation methods are often used in Archaeology, in addition to Geography, and can include geo-referencing and projection, overlaying and photogrammetry.

Collaborative visualisation is used to allow a group of people to explore a visualisation simultaneously, in order that they can analyse, discuss and annotate it collectively, communicating via audio, video or text messages.

Software visualisation is used to explore a system and identify quality defects during software development and maintenance activities. This is related to methods such as system quality assurance and code testing.

Related methods include: 2d Graphic design, 3d Graphic design, 3d Modelling – interactive, Animation, Audio-visual interaction (Synchronous), Geo-referencing and projection, Graphical interaction (Synchronous), Overlaying, Photogrammetry, System quality assurance and code testing and Textual interaction (Synchronous).

tool: Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is an editor for still images. It is equipped with a diverse range of processing tools, enabling users to create or modify content through the use of drawing tools, filters, or other plug-ins.
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2d graphic designPractice-led research
2d illustrationPractice-led research
2d modelling - rasterData structuring and enhancement
2d modelling - vectorData structuring and enhancement
2d scanning and photographyData capture
3d graphic designPractice-led research
3d modelling - interactiveData structuring and enhancement
3d modelling - vectorData structuring and enhancement
3d modelling - vectorPractice-led research
3d scanningPractice-led research
Graphical interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Graphical renderingData structuring and enhancement
Image enhancementData structuring and enhancement
Image feature measurementData analysis
Image manipulationPractice-led research
Image restorationData structuring and enhancement
Image segmentationData analysis
PhotogrammetryData structuring and enhancement
PhotographyPractice-led research
PhotomontagePractice-led research
VisualisationData analysis
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GraphicConverter, 36-image converter

tool: Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a comprehensive vector graphics environment that is ideal for all creative professionals, including web and interactive designers and developers, multimedia producers, motion graphics and visual effects designers, animators, and video professionals. The latest version, Illustrator CS4, is the fourteenth generation in the product line.
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2d graphic designPractice-led research
2d illustrationPractice-led research
Graphical renderingData structuring and enhancement
Image enhancementData structuring and enhancement
Image feature measurementData analysis
Image restorationData structuring and enhancement
Image segmentationData analysis
PhotomontagePractice-led research
VisualisationData analysis
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Corel Draw

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