This semester in my first year of college was the first time I ever used photoshop or illustrator so everything was challenging for me being the beginner that I am. I learned the basic principles of photoshop like identifying the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts and how to change foreground and background colors. I learned how to take something I want from one picture, cut it, and put it into another picture. I think photoshop and illustrator are great programs for designing and editing photos, posters and so much more. For some reason, I think I became best friends with the opacity tool because it is the tool I tend to use the most. I can make things almost disappear with it and hide things I don’t want to be to noticeable. The opacity tool is my favorite.
The most difficult project for me was the take a stand project because I wanted to be so creative and I had this picture in my head of what I wanted my poster to look like, but being that I’m not as talented with photoshop or illustrator, it turned out to look more plain rather than creative. I feel like the final sketch that I drew turned out to look much more attractive than the poster i created on illustrator.
Taking this 200 class helped me realize for myself that the creative, designing side of communications isn’t for me. I’m not into designing posters or billboards or anything of that nature because it just simply isn’t something of my interest, i don’t enjoy doing it; the tasks are tedious to me. I would much rather present an idea to people, or manage an artist. Creating flyers for that artist, and posters just isn’t my thing. But although photoshop and illustrator aren’t programs of my interest, i took a lot from the class and I now know more about designing flyers and posters; something that doesn’t hurt to know.