Tag - Adobe

P is for Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is magic.


Okay, maybe not quite magic. But since I don’t really understand how it works (I can use it, but how it does what I tell it to do I don’t know!) it seems like magic. On that note, Photoshop can do a LOT, but I’m going to focus on a couple things that I particularly love about Photoshop: combining photos and removing impurities.

Combining Photos

The very first graphic design job I ever did for a client was combining three different photos to create a website banner image. First, I had to cut the trucks out of the original picture (I used the Quick Selection and Magic Wand tools) and then I added them to the background image. I then cut a strip of pavement from an image and darkened it before adding it to the bottom of the image, in behind the trucks. I cropped it, and —boom!— the website banner was complete.

FOD Web Banner - Photoshop

Removing Impurities

One of my favourite tools in Photoshop is the Spot Healing Brush. Say you have a beautiful picture of the beach but someone had chucked a pop can into the sand. No one wants a piece of garbage in there amazing holiday beach photo! All you would need to do is select the Spot Healing Brush Tool, size it to cover the pop can, and then click on the problem spot. You may need to move the mouse around a tiny bit while clicking. And then the pop can magically disappears and the beach is left looking as supreme as you remembered!

What other Adobe Photoshop tools do you love?

D is (sort of) for Adobe InDesign

During school, I was super excited to learn about Adobe InDesign. As a writer who wants to self-publish going into graphic design, I believed that learning InDesign would be extremely beneficial. And boy was I right!

InDesign is capable of so much, but I am going to focus on two very useful tools within the software: Master ages and paragraph styles.

Master Pages

Master pages are pages that you can set up with various grids and information that will then populate on whatever pages within the document that you apply the master page to. So say you want all of the pages to show a page number down in the bottom outer corner. You would go to your master page and add this in by creating a text box and right clicking (control+click on a Mac) and scroll to Insert Special Character > Markers > Current Page Number. Now this will populate on every page the master page is applied to!

Paragraph Styles

Paragraph styles are used to keep all text in your document consistent. Create a paragraph or header with the styles you wish, then with your cursor within the text, click New Paragraph Style in the Paragraph Styles menu. Then either click within another paragraph or highlight many paragraphs and click on your newly created style in the paragraph styles window. These will all now have the same styles applied!

If you make changes to the paragraph style you have created, all paragraphs that it is applied to will change also. This makes the styles tool very powerful.

What InDesign tool do you like most or would you like to hear more about?

C is for Colour Wheel

I originally made the topic for “C” be Colour Theory, but I realized that was much to huge of a topic for just one post, so I changed it to one very important aspect of colour theory: The Colour Wheel.

The colour wheel was originally developed by Sir Isaac Newton and can be a helpful tool in finding colour pairings that are harmonious. The colour wheel is just one step in the process though. In finding “colour harmonies” one must also consider personal and cultural preferences.

But back to the wheel.

The colour wheel starts with the three primary colours (red, blue, and yellow) spaced equally apart. Added between these colours are the secondary colours (orange, violet, and green). Then in-between each of the six colours, the tertiary colours (red-violet, red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, and blue-violet) are added. This creates a 12 step colour wheel. More colour variations can be added to have an even more in depth colour wheel.

Colour Wheel

There are six basic colour relationship concepts that can be discerned from the colour wheel: Complementary, split complementary, double complementary, analogous, triadic, and monochromatic. An amazingly helpful website to help you discover great colour combinations is Adobe Colour CC. A great aspect of this tool is that if you have an Adobe account, you can sync any colour combinations you create with all of the Adobe Suite. So if you make an amazing colour harmony, you can easily use it in Adobe Illustrator!

Speaking of colour, do you have a favourite one? And why?

(Mines red! I love its intensity and its symbolism.)

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