Photoshop Guru Skills and Stuff

I decided to take some time to enhance my skills and understanding of photoshop with some online tutorials. In some later cases, I found images instead of using the ones provided and just used the skills in the tutorial to make my own image. In this case I just followed it step by step to get an amazing background.

Retro Background Tutorial

I created the background found in the tutorial. Mine is slightly different as I could not get the final step to work right for this tutorial (I figured out how to use the tool it was asking for in another tutorial, but I did not feel like going back to this image because it looks fine anyway).

My image:








I am pretty happy with how it turned out. This tutorial helped me get a better grasp on how the pen tool works exactly. I should probably refer to it as my arch-nemesis the pen tool but that’s before and this is now and now I am slightly okay with it.

I also really like the effect they had me use to make the retro glow. Not only did you use a inner glow effect but the tutorial had me duplicate the text file and then gave it a Gaussian blur. It really made it glow, which I was not expecting to happen when it told me to do this step.


Conflict Resolution: a blog post

With the idea of conflict we can either find a way to resolve it or we can live with it forever. Depending on the situation, I would personally choose either one. Some minor conflicts I can tend to be stubborn in but major conflicts take require some action.

However, I usually tend to choose the path to resolution!

Conflict is a necessary evil, without conflict we would all be annoying yes-men! No body wants that! Not even the average modern boss! No conflict means everyone just agrees with everything, design or non-design related, even if they don’t like it!

Holding grudges or failing to admit you were wrong can often lead to misery. The last time I held off on ending a conflict I almost lost a really close friend!

In the industry if we don’t argue a bit we might never reach the full potential of something. Imagine if the first idea is pitched and everyone just goes with it and no one objects or argues? That idea might end up being terrible but no one caused anything to go against it! A lot of great designs were NOT created in the first idea!

So remember to create conflict but only when needed! Don’t go causing fires or you might burn yourself!