Making the header for this page was a pretty simple and straightforward job. I previously have used Adobe Photoshop regularly to create artwork and advertisements for my own music as well as others. I learned the ins and outs of Photoshop mostly through experimentation and trying out many of the different tools it has to offer. It is very easy to find step by step articles from graphic designers who guide you through a process and even provide example pictures to following along with. When I came across settings or tools that I didn’t quite understand or seemed complicated to use I would often look up a tutorial on YouTube showing how to use them. After watching the video and gaining a basic understanding of their function I would research more uses for the tool and possible ways to apply it to the artwork I wanted to create.
Another great thing about Photoshop is how easy it is to find downloadable third-party tools and templates to use. A quick Google search will easily supply you with websites that contain hundreds of fonts, brushes, textures, filters and etc. for download and private or commercial use. Many of these sites offer downloadable content for free, while some require one-time payment or a subscription. Additionally, Photoshop provides its own file-type (.psd), which gives the ability for users to transfer their work from Photoshop to other media programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Final Cut Pro X.
Often times in these programs the user is able to edit the Photoshop file in a manner that is comparable to the layer-centric basis of Photoshop editing. In Final Cut Pro X, I have used layers of Photoshop files as overlays for music videos and advertisements. Once you understand how layers work in Photoshop and how to manipulate them, that technique can be applied to other platforms of media like video.