I’m Learning Photoshop

There is so much you can do with Photoshop. It is probably the most useful piece of software out there for editing and creating digital artwork and photos. In my quest to create content for my twitch.tv channel I have started to use the program on a daily basis. Which is leading me to a lot of learning.

Photoshop has always been one of those programs I felt like I should know how to use, but never had a strong need for. I’m the type of person who learns from being hands on, on experience and my Photoshop tasks where too few and far between for me to really grasp its workings.

Over the past two days I feel that I’ve fallen in love with the program. It has turned into a creative experience in both my using it and in the things that it allows me to do. Specifically I have been creating banners that have a enamel finish with a shine to them. Doing this in Photoshop has changed my perspective on just how the program works.

I have come up with a maxim for Photoshop: “Let Photoshop do the work”. What I mean by this is you have to think of working with Photoshop like working a machine. In this case the machine would be a complex and powerful one. You can either try to build this machine custom for every project, or you can use the dials and settings on the machine to have it do the work for you with you just entering the parameters. Photoshop does the work for you as soon as you know what parameters to enter and what dials to turn.

Once you find the location of the dials and the position of the parameters, you have the power of the program at your fingertips. There is a wealth of content online in blogs and YouTube on how to do pretty much anything you can think of. The amount of knowledge that is being shared in the community is staggering. I am truly thankful to all of the people out there who share their knowledge with the world.

I am excited that my twitch.tv channel is starting to look good. The custom banners and buttons really makes the page look like you are creating good content. On today’s steam I had 5 or six people watching at one time. This was in-spite of the fact that half way through the stream I checked the audio to find that it was playing a sort of hard drive electronic sound throughout. I’m still not sure how I am going to rectify this as every time I plug in the USB DAC it makes the noise. My first reaction is to get a better DAC that should filter out the electronic feedback from the hard drives.

So that is the full and successful day that I had. I was able to write, stream, blog, and meditate today. The slow and steady road is the one that leads to success. I know that I can do this one step at a time.

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