The Empty Gallery

HOW IT WORKS

Please read this guide on a laptop, since it'll be much easier to understand. The mobile layout is not as user friendly.

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The following guide below will explain how The Empty Gallery works, and how you can see your symbols. However, If you have recently purchased or are deciding to purchase an edition of The Empty Gallery, but want to discover this for yourself, please don't scroll down further than this point! Instead, click here to go back to the original write up or here to purchase an edition.

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Ignoring the grey background, take a look at the two white squares below.

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While both squares appear to be identical in color they are not.

The left square is pure white with an RGB value of 255/255/255, which equals a hexadecimal color code of #ffffff.

The right square is off white with an RGB value of 254/254/254, which equals a hexadecimal color code of #fefefe

This slight color difference is indistinguishable to the human eye but not to a computer. The background in The Empty Gallery has a RGB value of 255/255/255, while the symbols RGB value is 254/254/254. The symbols are always there, you just cannot see them.

FINDING YOUR SYMBOLS

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While you know how The Empty Gallery works now, you still might be confused about how to see your symbols. Below is a guide on this topic. If you'd prefer to continue trying on your own, well done, patience is a virtue! Otherwise continue scrolling.

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Below is Gallery #000 the first ever minted edition of The Empty Gallery. We will use this edition as an example for our guide.

(Thank you WizardX for being the first person to mint an edition!)

Gallery #000.png

We know the background color of each edition has a RGB value of 255/255/255 and the symbols have a RGB value of 254/254/254. Let's make the symbols visible!

 

Please be aware you will require Photoshop to view your symbols. I'm sure there are other programs one could use, but this guide will be based around Photoshop.

Step 1: Save an edition of The Empty Gallery to your desktop

- Click here to go to the Async Art website. You'll see Gallery #000 (you may use your own edition if you like!)

- Right click on the image and choose "Save Image to Downloads".

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Step 2: Create a new document in Photoshop

- Create a new document with the following dimensions.

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Step 3: Import the saved image from Step 1 into Photoshop

- Click and drag the saved image from Step 1 onto your artboard in Photoshop. You should then see a similar image to the one below.

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Step 4: Adjust Levels

To view the symbols we will need to adjust the levels of the image. In case you are wondering, levels is a tool in Photoshop and other image editing programs which can move and stretch the brightness levels of an image histogram.

- Click on the layer panel and select the only visible layer.

- Go to the bottom panel and click on the adjustment layer icon (looks like a half filled circle).

- Then select "Levels..."

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Step 5: Viewing the symbols

You should now see the Levels adjustment appear in the Properties panel. As per the image below, enter the values 210 / 0.01 /255

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Well done! You should now see the symbols appear for Gallery #000 as per the image below! (the symbols may be different if you imported a different edition)

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Step 6 (optional): Exporting the image for a clean look at your symbols

If you'd like a full image with visible symbols of your edition to share or tweet about, you may export the image from Photoshop! 

- Go to File > Export > Export As...

- A window will pop up (you may copy the settings in the picture or choose your own)

- Click Export (in blue) and choose a destination for the export.

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If you used Gallery #000 and followed the guidance above, the exported image should look like the one below! 

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For those who have already purchased The Empty Gallery, I hope this cleared up some confusion or frustration with trying to discover your symbols. For those who are interested to own an edition, I hope this guide explained the artwork more clearly! If you'd like to mint an edition, you can go to the link here, otherwise see you next time!