Finally making myself go back and learn Photoshop feels like taking about 10 giant steps backward. I’ve gotten so good at using the apps on my iPhone that I can usually edit an image in just a few minutes. But Photoshop – that monster is eating my lunch. I feel like a college kid cramming and studying for hours. I feel like one of those kids learning to play guitar who sits in his room for hours and hours playing his scales over and over again.
The payoff for me will be the ability to work in high resolution photos taken with my Nikon and the ability to manipulate these images with much more ability and technique. I often imported those 5 meg pictures into my iPhone, edited them and came out with a file size of less than a meg. Seems kinda funny, but that’s what I did. As long as the image was viewed on a small display like an iPhone or iPad, it was more than adequate. But doing any printing or larger displays yielded poor results. So, I put myself in school, watching YouTube videos over and over until I got the hang of it.
I have to report too, that Photoshop has a Pro version and another lesser version called Elements. As I’m watching these videos, they often use the more current versions, which means I have to keep searching for older versions to learn from….or try to apply a patch to do what the new stuff does. Very frustrating. However, I rarely give up until I’ve mastered it. I have a long way to go but in the meantime, I’m taking one step at a time.
This image was originally shot in color with a stone wall in the background. I masked off the background and added the sky with clouds instead. I converted Alfiya’s face to Black and White then lightly added the lip color back in. I touched up the skin, blurred the mask edges and….. 18 hours later…I got an image that I was happy with. Well, maybe not 18 hours…but it sure felt like it.
My study time is made so much more pleasing when I get to work with such lovely images like the one above. Alfiya provided me with lots of great pictures to work with.
Time for another cup of coffee and back to my self-assigned Photoshop clinic.