Sunday, February 20, 2011

Getting to Know Your Tools of The Trade

Sometimes you hear designers say you have to have to have the latest and greatest (version of xyz, newest computer, etc) because with it you can . . . . (you fill in the blank). There is some truth to this. In a perfect world we would all update hardware and software every 18-24 months. But what if you can't?

Most of us use a small percentage of the features of our software programs. Before you make that upgrade, maybe it's time to rediscover what your current programs are capable of. I had fun playing with some Photoshop filters recently. In almost all images I adjusted Photoshop's default settings.

Here is a photo I shot with an iPhone after a recent snowstorm.






I applied some effects to the image.

Colored pencil


Photocopy

Inked outlines



Plastic wrap

Watercolor


Emboss