Hey guys! Thanks for stopping!
While I was trying to decide on the topic for the second blog post ever, I was looking at the first blog post ever and giggling at myself for the crazy amount of brushes used on the first facebook page profile pic ever. The picture's from the summer of 2010 when I was spending a lot of time in Photoshop because I had just found my new love for textures and brushes.
It was an exciting time...obviously. :)
I still use brushes and textures quite a bit, but really only in the graphic design side of things when I'm making save-the-dates, promo flyers, that type of thing. Check out a gallery below of some of my favorite flyers I've made for customers and myself from years past, where you'll also see I have a thing for fonts too.,. I really, really enjoy this side of my industry. Graphic Communications is the degree I actually graduated college with, but even during school I was already morphing that into a photography career by landing a part-time job being a local photographer's assistant. The reason I still have a strong love affair with graphics is there are just so many different options when it comes to design. And with it being 2013 and all, inspiration and tools are right at your fingertips and a lot of them are free! If you click on the linked teal 'brushes and textures' up there it will take you to a site I use regularly, but if you have an awesome free brushes/textures/patterns/fonts site you use, or want to show off a piece of your own, PLEASE share links in a comment! Thanks in advance!
A few things that I want to master in graphic design that I haven't taken the time to learn YET are:
Making my own font! I really don't know why I haven't learned how to do this yet considering I'm a tad obsessed with hand-writing and fonts. And I'm pretty sure it's not difficult to do, but you have to buy a program to my knowledge and that usually sends me down procrastination's poisonous path. But it's definitely on the top of my to do list!
Use textures more when editing images. I've done it before, and I've seen a lot of photographers overlay a texture on top of a picture to give it a cool vintage affect or likewise. Which again, is quite an easy thing to do. I just need to take the time to find some textures that are out there specifically for overlaying images, like a perfect old paper texture.
Promote my graphic design work more. A graphic design project is almost always one I enjoy, so I need to take more time to get the word out to people that this is something I can help them with. Whether it's promoting their small business, event, or band, making menus for a restaurant, or even just reminding people that I can design custom greeting cards and invitations, I want the job!
Hopefully a blog post in the NEAR future will contain at least one of these items being checked off!
Well, I think that's it for the second blog post ever, but thanks so so much for taking the time to check it out!
Happy Friday! If you're reading this on Friday. If not, I still hope your day is happy. ;)