Postscript Mashup to Create New Images

Most of us never stop to think about the “1’s and 0’s” that form the binary language behind all computer processing, just as we don’t contemplate the atoms and molecules that make up our bodies. In the same way, most every graphic we view online has a language called Postscript, which started becoming universal in the 1980’s. Postscript is the basis for which nearly every printing device is able to “deconstruct” or RIP a visual photograph into printer driver language, so that all those raster pixels can be converted onto the printed page using Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black ink (or some variation).

One day I took a Jpg image, and opened the Postscript data in notepad. Surprisingly, a tiny (95k) jpg image file yielded almost 700 pages of Postscript data! In case you haven’t seen it, Postscript looks nothing like the characters of a keyboard. I was intrigued at viewing a jpg image in this way. Images and Photoshop are quite familiar to me, but viewing this version in what looked like an alien language made me want to “reconstruct” a portion of the same image, using Postscript as the subject.