Oh Thank God, Bootcamp Is Over

Hello Lovely Viewers,

I am going to apologize in advance because this is going to be a long post – I pulled a college student move and procrastinated with posting this thing!

This week lived up to its name: BOOTCAMP.

Before starting this week’s assignment and looking at the amount of videos we had to sit with our eyes glued to a computer screen while retaining a majority of information, was a little intimidating (the videos turned out to be PhotoShop AND InDesign, and not rocket science and quantum physics). However, I knew I had to do it, so I jumped in head first.

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For this week we only had three assignments: watch videos, Newspaper Markup, and the Candy Newsletter Cover. First, we started with Justin Seeley introducing us to Graphic Design – Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. And boy, does that man talk fast! In Photoshop we learned the basic tools of Photoshop such as layers, masking, effects, selecting, etc. I got carried away while “coloring” in the table and pizza, but oh well!

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 Seeley talked us through creating an Italian Menu which was super fun! I really enjoyed reviewing the tools, but I enjoyed learning other tricks about InDesign. My work in progress below (I did finish, but thought the beginning stages would be interesting to see):

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Photoshop was the more difficult Adobe software, but, taking into account, I have had experience with InDesign for three years while writing for my high school’s newspaper. There were multiple times I wanted to throw the computer out the window, but I conquered Photoshop in the end. The work we did in both Indesign and Photoshop was an average amount, and even I slowed down Seeley’s voice in the movies, I had to constantly pause the videos and watch rematch them. Indesign was the same way, but not nearly as difficult as Photoshop.

The InDesign assignment was creating a menu, but the assignment was learning the cover terminology and placement. I knew how to do this assignment quite easily. The total time it took me to complete the Newsletter Cover was 30 minutes:

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The next assignment was full of nostalgia of my high school years! This was a fun and easy review I enjoyed:

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 In total, I spent 9 plus hours on this week’s lesson. Even though there was a lot of frustration on my part with Photoshop, I enjoyed the outcomes. I think I reacted this way because going in I expected Photoshop to be similar to InDesign and a little easier than what people have raged about it. I expected the app to be easier and when my expectations were not met, I was frustrated. I pushed through and succeeded! However, I learned new InDesign techniques from Seeley which allows me to broaden my already existing knowledge of InDesign, I’m looking forward to learning more tricks as this semester progresses!

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Goodbye Lovely Viewers!

Sincerely, Lauren

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