In creating Hallelujahs by Holly, I haven't wanted to ask the Mr. for too much help in setting things up. It's kind of fun to just be adventurous and brave, attempting to figure things out on my own. Seeing as to how I
Previously, I have made headers in Picassa with photos and the text tool, and most recently played around with a free program called Paint.net to create some black and white Hallelujahs by Holly images. But because I lacked the knowledge and skill to use it to its full potential, I found my end product lacking greatly in zip, pizazz, and personality...you know, the important stuff. My headers and buttons didn't look polished by any means...and as black and white images, they were greatly lacking color...duh! (Now we all know...I am working on that this year...)
So anyhow, fast forward to recently. My husband downloaded a free trial of Photoshop for a project he was working on. With only a few days left on the trial, I thought...shoot...I better give it a whirl before time runs out. I don't think we will be spending nearly $700 any time soon for this program, but I gotta say. Cue angels singing, beams of heavenly light shining on the computer, and a collective and harmonious, "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh." Seriously. Oh my goodness. I have neglected my computer creative side for far too long it seems. I fell in love. Immediately. It is so easy to use (in comparison to the free paint.net) and really, my mind didn't stop racing with all the possibilities with this program. Now I know most of you are thinking, "Ummm...yeah...when did you start using a computer...nineteen ninety never (199?)?" But really people, it's true. I have never used Photoshop. My only experience with it was when the Hubbs and I were dating back in college. He would be doing his homework using Photoshop, and I would be working on my School of Education assignments...glancing over every once and a while to see what he was making. I had no idea. Boy have I been missing out.
Well, to get to the point... I had a little fun. Because I am so indecisive and it takes me a while to finally settle on something, I kept things very simple. No frills, no gimmicks. Just a simple, classy look with a pop of color! I'm thinking the sizing and the proportions might not be perfect...but I just trusted my eye...and visually, I felt at peace. The exact colors probably aren't totally perfect...but they make me happy...bright, fun, and cheerful. The polk-a-dots I used to balance the color a bit with a small dose of charcoal grey...hmmm...I am thinking they might not be the perfect choice...kind of looking a little like Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar on my buttons... slightly... he he he... I like that book ...and I am loving them, and they are making me happy too. I wasn't finding fonts that I loved and started to feel like it would take me hours and hours to search for free fonts...but these fonts somehow spoke to me...and they make me happy. And really, because I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to creating something (although...how does that work, because the laundry mountain in a pile on our bedroom floor might suggest otherwise...and the short window of time I had to even make these...yikes)... I could literally go on and on through a list of a million things that could be tweaked and changed or added or refined, but at this point...I don't feel the need to do that. Somehow I am learning to enjoy the process in a different way. Perfection isn't what I long for right now...it's the process of doing it...the learning and the creating...that I desire so much...and looking at the end result...the cute little images in front of me...just makes me happy. Ta dah!
Truly, it has been fun while it lasted. Any thoughts? Suggestions?
Until next time Photoshop, until next time.
Blessings to you in all your creative endeavors friends.