Today I received my first tablet from Amazon - the basic Intuos tablet + stylus from Wacom. While I do not have a design background, I always have images in my mind constantly coming up every day that I always want to put into something tangible. For starters, I may not have the best eye for design or the best natural ability to produce something from thin air, but I want to explore my capabilities and dive deeper into Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
While working at Guess for a year, I had to teach myself the basics of Photoshop and iMovie (consisting of asking the designers many questions, watching tutorials, and the lovely trial and error). In the beginning, we did not have a social media team and my manager in digital advertising was extremely busy doing her day to day tasks to teach me the basics. However, working on a brand (G by Guess) that was starting from scratch and had limited assets, I had to quickly learn. It wasn't so bad - I actually enjoyed Photoshop and the creative side quite a lot. I was always asking my designer friends questions as if I was some 5 year old kid with a plethora of the simplest questions in life.
Fast forward to today, I always want to better my own skills and general knowledge. I am currently on the path towards marketing and social media, and I think having the skills to create your own assets is invaluable. I love content creation and I think the numbers behind marketing are fascinating. However, my content creation slightly falls short (I personally think), and I want to learn how to actually design myself. So, I will be self-learning once again diving into many tutorials and giving myself projects. I decided to write about my progress here to see my progression and hopefully look back and say "wow, look where I am now".
Today's tutorial: "Create Your First Design in Photoshop". I learned about layers, combining multiple images, layer masks, creating graphics (not in my own creative above), texts and effects (still need to dive deeper into this one).
For my own creation, I am always inspired by the outdoors. The dark skies are taken from a different photo to create the effect that rains are about to come in this dry desert. My inspiration probably stems from the fact that I am in Los Angeles in a serious drought. I just got back from the Pacific Northwest and it is so lush with lots of rain. I wanted to combine the two! The water mark is to represent the flow of water that will soon flood the desert and hopefully bring life to the land.
Enough rambling for now. Time to go on a run where I have been training for my next half marathon (in one week)!
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