Fallen in Love with Photoshop

I have fallen in love with Photoshop. I honestly believed that pigs would fly out of Harper’s arse before I would enjoy this program, but once I started experimenting, I was hooked. Of course, I did need a lot of time, effort, and patience (and help from Brigitte! You’re the best, by the way!) to get the hang of it, but I’m starting to show some progress.

The things one can do with Photoshop is un-freaking-believable. If you want to paint, for example, there is an infinite number of colors to choose from and at least a dozen different kinds of brushes. You can make it look like watercolor or acrylic or pencil. You can crop, chop, add, erase, smudge, blur, copy, paste, etc., anything your heart desires. With Photoshop, you won’t have to spend your entire summer job savings to buy supplies for your next work. You won’t have to cut your fingers using an exacto or knives. You won’t have to start your work all over again because of an insignificant mistake. And you would also be doing Mother Nature a favor by not wasting any empty paint tubes and used brushes and an immense amount of paper.

But don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that painting with real paints and making a collage with glue and scissor is bad. And I’m not saying that Photoshop is the greatest thing since the decision to mix chocolate into milk. I mean, there is this amazing feeling when an artist holds a brush in their hand and creates, not only a beautiful painting, but also a series of brush strokes that almost resemble a choreography. And it’s not just painting: there’s a great satisfaction and pride after a photographer spends hours in a dark room preparing his or her photographs, and the samr goes for those band-aids around your fingers after you’ve spent so much time and energy creating your poster from scratch. Yes, there is something amazing about that side of art.

But, if you’re pressed for time, money, and material, if all you’ve got is a Mac at Dawson college and an assignment due in 24 hours, then I highly suggest to use Photoshop instead.

Just don’t get addicted.

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