This week, we have switched gears and have begun learning Adobe Photoshop.
I have always thought of Photoshop, like Croom said, in a negative connotation. The word "photoshopped" has been used in this generation as a verb to describe something fake. However, when it comes to design, manipulating and "faking" things out can be extremely useful, so I'm excited to start using this new program.
After looking at my planner for the upcoming week, I noticed we do not have an assignment due for a couple of weeks in PR Publications. That is because we are first educating ourselves on Photoshop before beginning to design. In doing so, we used Lynda on Tuesday to watch a series of videos about the basics of Photoshop. Three pages of notes and 11 videos later, I feel like I will be able to manage using the basics of the tools, layers and masks. It seems to me like Photoshop will seem complicated at first, but I know with practice and memorizing shortcuts, it will get easier. I'm interested to see exactly how much more I will be able to do using both InDesign and Photoshop simultaneously.
Our next assignment in this course is to complete a direct mailer using Adobe Photoshop. After using Google and Pinterest to find some examples of direct mailers, it looks like this assignment may be a time consuming task. But, like they say, good things never come easy!
I'm excited to dive in and get started expanding my design skills with Adobe Programs.