Welcome back to my blog! For today’s post I thought I thought I would share with you my first experience with Photoshop, and why I thought the program (thankfully) wasn’t as intimidating as I expected it to be. So, if you would like to learn a little more about the activity we were set, my outcomes and my overall opinion on Photoshop, then please keep on reading.
The task: Find images and create colour palettes for them by using Photoshop 2018.
Step One was to find the images, for this we used the database Bridgeman Education, a site I hadn’t heard of prior to the morning’s lecture; you can use it to find a vast array of image content covering a variety of media and multiple fields of study (https://www.bridgemaneducation.com/en/). By using the website easily I found two images which linked into my current project which focuses on rebellion as a subject matter, as well as making sure the images had a varied and interesting colour scheme to work with.
The second step was to use Photoshop to create the colour palettes. We followed simple instructions demonstrated by our tutor, and then we were left to further develop the palettes by studying the images and making the size of each colour within the palette correspond with the quantity of the colour within the image ( example below). We then simply printed our work out with the option of including it in our sketchbook, which, like the blogs, is a continuous task we independently create over the year. And that was it! Now for the verdict on Photoshop itself…
As someone who has never used Photoshop before I was a little apprehensive to say the least, especially since the majority of people on the course have had previous experience with it. However, I did find the process, even though it was a basic/simple task that was set, rather straight forward to do ( I was expecting to struggle). I think the layout and appearance of Photoshop as an application makes it look, frankly, rather scary; there are lots of options, windows etc. that look rather confusing and overwhelming to a newbie like myself. I found the best method when using it for the first time was to dive straight in, with clear instructions to follow and the delete/undo button as a back up, there is really no going wrong! The seminar we had did make me feel more confident, as I felt like having a guide rather than being thrown into the deep end helped the experience be less intimidating. The main tip the tutor suggested to us when using Photoshop was simply to practice, practice, practice. Which is exactly what I plan to do! I think that after a few weeks/months of getting used to the application I should feel more comfortable and confident, but that will only come if I keep using it! Just like riding a bike yeah? As well as this, I am going to watch YouTube tutorials as a way of learning new ways to use Photoshop that we might not get taught on the course! This will hopefully give me a broader range of knowledge on Photoshop that will help me in the future with projects, briefs and even a job! I am definitely excited to see my skills develop! Skills that I probably would never even acquire if it weren’t for the FCP course!
Overall, Photoshop isn’t as scary as you think… give it a go! I plan on posting occasional updates of how I am getting on with using it, hopefully there will be noticeable progress over the upcoming months! Keep a look out and if anyone has any tips or tricks let me know!
Thank you for reading,