As mentioned here, I like Glitch Art. These are photos distorted with the illusion of analog errors. I made the medium a kid summer learning project in order to educate them but also so I can learn more about the process. 

I realize there are a bunch of glitch art apps on the market but I didn't want to use blanket filters on my images. Instead, I want to learn how to sculpt the data of my images. I want more control of how they are altered. 

What I learned is there are a few different ways to accomplish this and they all require a bit of trial and error. In all cases you don't edit any of the data at the beginning or it will entirely erase your image. Instead you scroll a bit then start cutting, pasting, and replacing data. Checking often to make sure your image is in tact.

The first attempt is this image above of the boys. I created it a few months back. In this case I opened my image in a text editor. That allowed me to see the ASII (see more below) code and alter it. The problem with this method is that I had to save versions often, then open them again to see the results of the changes I made.

The second program I played with is Image Glitch. I liked this one because the ASCII code is on the left side of the window and the image on the right. This allowed me to see immediately how my change affected my image. If I didn't like it, or if the change I made erased my image, I could just click "undo". What I didn't like about this program was that I couldn't figure out how to make color and vertical changes to my images. The cover image of the little girl was created using this program. As were the images below created by my son Andy.

The third option I explored was iHex. What I like about this one is that you can see and edit the Hex code and ASCII code together. In the image below the Hex code is on the left and the ASCII on the right.

Like the first program I explored, this one also requires you to save the image in order to see the changes. This is the only way to ensure your image is altered how you want it and that it isn't erased. I wasn't successful at making an image with this program...yet. What I like about this method is that with the hex code I can assign a "seek and replace". So I could say replace every "2" with a "7". In theory this will allow me to make color or vertical changes to the image.

Above is a screen shot of the final program I attempted, Audacity. This was by far the coolest and most fun. What this approach does is take my image file and turn it into sound data. You can literally listen to your photos!!!! How insane is that! Again, I had to save the image to see if my changes were the way I liked them and I couldn't figure out how to make the vertical and color changes that I want to. BUT the fact that I can turn my photo into music get's me all conceptually excited. 

I'll definitely post the progress of future attempts.