As soon as I learned that the second assignment was already posted in PBWorks, I immediately opened it and checked it out. I clicked on the Assignments tab and it is written in there, “Create a biography using typography…using Ps (Photoshop) or Ai (Illustrator).” And I was like, “Wait what? Did I just read create a biography using typo-what? And whaaaat? Use Ps or Ai? The heck. I think I’m screwed this time. Well, I’ll just use MS Paint anyway.”
Honestly, I don’t know what typography was all about, although I already heard that word before, I just don’t know how to create one. And also, I seldom use Ps and Ai. Oftentimes I use MS Paint in editing stuff, though I know the basics of Ps, I’m just more comfortable in using the former. So in order for me to have an assignment to submit, I searched on Google about that typography thing and some photo manipulation techniques in Ps, because I’ll be using that application this time.
After I browsed the web and read some articles, I gained some ideas on what design I’ll be using. I found this link very useful and I even used it on my assignment. I used Adobe Photoshop CS4 in my assignment. At first, I had a hard time doing the photo manipulation since that was the first time I used Photoshop. I don’t know how to use most of the tools in it. On my first attempt in editing my photo, it took me 8 straight hours. Yes, you read that right, 8 straight hours. Even though it took me that long, the result of it was not that good. On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a 4. On my second attempt, the time I consumed went down to 4 hours and its scale or score for me was 5. And on my last attempt, it only took me 30 minutes and for me, the score for it was 6.5.
I know that the finish product is not that very good, but it’s ok, I know I did my best effort in it. Because of this, I’ll start to practice more the basics of designing and stuff in Photoshop CS4. As you can see on the picture below, you can see that my photo seems to look like it’s made out of words. I used a gradient overlay to give different colors in the picture.