Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop has been my escape route for executing my imaginations and bringing them to life for several years now. It allows me to bring whatever I envision to life. I was briefly introduced to Photoshop when I first visited Exceptional Minds Studio in Sherman Oaks towards the beginning of 2014, along with being introduced to Adobe Flash for animating, which is now known as Adobe Animate.
Photoshop has allowed me to do more than just experiment with separate images by modifying them or piecing them all together to make one creative masterpiece. It has allowed me to paint my own creations without having to grab any images from an outside source, by using many of the brushes that are provided with the program that serve different functions. Plus Photoshop has allowed me to add special filters to apply to actual images to make them look as if they were actually watercolor paintings or pencil sketches. Plus I can change the opacity and flow on certain types of brushes and erasers as well as their size and sharpness whenever working on various projects.
Another crazy thing about Photoshop is that you can actually animate in the program like how Adobe Animate is setup for animation, although it is a bit different. I learned to animate in Photoshop during the beginning of this animation course I took at Champlain College during the second semester of my freshman year there, which was in the Spring of 2018.
I have some experience with Adobe Illustrator, as I took some college courses on how to use Illustrator, which helped expand my horizons with learning new Adobe softwares. I don’t use Illustrator that often. Although Illustrator and Photoshop are similar, the way Illustrator differs from Photoshop is that it works with using vectors to create sharper and cleaner images in terms of appearance, unlike Photoshop which is raster-based and uses pixels.
Anyway, I am so grateful for all the Photoshop and Illustrator skills I have learned through various courses I have taken at Exceptional Minds, Champlain College, and American River College.