I have worked in advertising for sometime now. My entire day would go in observing my art partner while he did magic on photoshop. I was the writer. But, however much I tried, I never really got to learn all that much. Reading Jenny’s flipped lecture was very helpful for me because I was always looking to do more complicated stuff and always missed working the basics. No wonder nothing turned out quiet right!
One of the things in the lecture that was really helpful for me was the distinction between the different formats of pictures – jpeg, png, gif, tiff and eps. No one has ever taken the time to go through this as most would think you would be born with this knowledge. Now I know that if I want a smaller file, probably to use for the web, I would go for jpegs but when I want to take out artworks with much higher resolution for print, I would use tiff or eps.
I always forget to make copies of my work before taking it further and I feel I really do have the bad habit of overdoing everything. Apparently you can go back only for about fifteen changes you have made! It can be really frustrating, so I thought the advice to work on different layers and make copies was awesome. It is something I would have to remember doing.
I did this animation project for another class. When I started out, I gave it a black background, but thanks to Jenny, I was able to work out a beautiful background using an image from the internet and just using Gaussian Blur on it. It worked wonders, brought out my entire project. A great effect to use and something you can use even if your pictures are small and pixelated. With this you would never know!
Overall, I thought Jenny’s lecture was great. I did go back to the basics and came out stronger. It also forced me to look up some stuff on the internet and I found two videos on youtube, which I think are good watches if you are learning photoshop.
This video is perfect for us because it is specifically for the version of photoshop on our RMIT desktop. A lot of the versions are really different and some functions can be done differently. The new softwares also have the awesome shortcuts to help you save time.
This one is just for a really cool trick. The breaking effect. Check it out, who thought it would be this easy to do!
I also found a blog I really like on my RSS feed.
It tells you a lot of cool stuff all the way to plugins. Check it out.
Photoshop for my Project
I am planning on doing a blog for which I need to have a lot of people active on it. It is very interactive and the outcome largely depends on my followers. I would love to make some characters using photoshop that I can animate and use on my site. I also want to use photoshop to design a nice logo for my website/blog. I would have to create both these elements from scratch and that means starting right at the basics. Thanks Jenny!