Today, I went to the UGLI in search of something. But unlike every other day, it wasn’t an open table on the third floor. I was searching for the Tech Desk. A magical place where computer savvy volunteers are just waiting to answer all of my Photoshop queries. But here’s the thing, I didn’t know the first thing about Photoshop. I didn’t have any specific queries. Photoshop was (and maybe still is) one big question mark. So when I finally found the Tech Desk, a glass office space within first floor of the library, I was intimidated. I was scared that I would look stupid for not knowing. But I pushed my reservations aside.
Turns out the Tech Desk really is as great as it sounds. This one experience didn’t turn me into a Photoshop expert. Or intermediate. But I was shown some basic functions that I plan to use for my remediation project.
So what did I learn in order to create this masterpiece?
1. Layers are key. In Photoshop, every addition to the blank page gets it own layer. Each photo needs it own layer. Each text box needs it own layer. I’m not sure if this is exactly the reason, but I observed that the editing functions are applied by layer. To be able to edit pieces individually, they need to be own their own layer.
2. Eraser. To get the diagonal cut between images, I first inserted both images on different layers. Then used the eraser tool to clear out half of the top image that was covering the bottom image. I know the straight line is impressive. No I don’t just have really steady hands. I was taught that by holding the “shift” key and clicking from one point to another a perfectly straight line will materialize, connecting these points.
3. Text Tool. Inserting text was easy with the text tool. But I kept forgetting to add a new layer first, so I would need delete the text and start over on a new layer if I wanted to move the text around. What’s really cool, but not shown in this image, is that you can add text on a curve. How? Create a new layer. Click the path tool to craft desired squiggled line. Then type.
Overall, I feel like I learned a lot. But then I think about things and I realize there is so much more to Photoshop that I am not even aware is possible. If I’m still getting frustrated about forgetting to add a new layer, I can’t even imagine what a professional would get frustrated by. In short, I will definitely be back to the Tech Desk.