Photoshop... boring?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Fungusamungus, Dec 21, 2003.

  1. So here I am, still using PS 6 (we have a copy of PS 7 around the office
    somewhere, but since I don't have a scanner or tablet hooked up to this
    computer yet, I haven't gone digging too deeply), I've been certified since
    June 2000, but you know... it's boring.

    Not that Photoshop really is, I mean, it's a lot of fun when you're in there
    working, putting time in, but when your work strays away from the graphical,
    it kind of becomes a question of: What to do in Photoshop?

    Some people create art. I myself am a traditional artist, so I'm used to
    starting out drawing something, then scanning it in and using PS to work it
    up. But what do you do (what can you do?) when you're sitting there with PS
    open, and a big ol' blank canvas, with nothing particular in mind? I'm
    talking inspiration. Not your typical artistic inspiration, but more
    specifically, photoshop inspiration.

    Am I making sense here? If I'm uninspired, I can open a drawing pad, scratch
    some lines, doodle, until something reveals itself. But Photoshop
    (especially sans tablet) is a different tool, a different creature. It seems
    to me you have to go into it with something in mind, or else you just don't
    get a full experience.

    Anybody ever face this issue?
    Fungusamungus, Dec 21, 2003
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    W-30 Guest

    I find it very inspiring to read tutorials on the net. There are zilions of
    them. There are so many things you can do with PS. Programs like these in
    combination with creative people, have options till forever.
    W-30, Dec 21, 2003
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    Kingdom Guest

    So whats your point? If PS is not a good starting point for you, don't
    start there. If you start better with a pencil then do that.
    Kingdom, Dec 21, 2003
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    Dr. J. Smith Guest

    Smoke a joint and call me in the morning. ~Dr. J.
    Dr. J. Smith, Dec 21, 2003
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    Hecate Guest

    Hi Fungy :)

    You need a tablet attached so you can draw straight into it,'s the same with any creative endeavour - sometimes you can
    think of something, a cr3eative idea, sometimes you can't. I find the
    same problem occurs whether I'm designing a web site, writing fiction
    or just going out to take some photographs. Sometimes you have the
    idea, sometimes you don't. :)
    Hecate, Dec 21, 2003
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    Stephan Guest, but that's OK ;-)

    Stephan, Dec 21, 2003
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    Jannie Guest

    "Fungusamungus" wrote in message
    No, I'm never without inspiration; but I'm always without enough time.
    (So many ideas so little time ...)
    Jannie, Dec 21, 2003
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    Warren Sarle Guest

    You can doodle in Photoshop without a tablet. Try some tool or brush
    or filter or blending mode you don't ordinarily use much. Create a new
    brush or pattern. Do things you're not supposed to do.

    Here's one of my doodles:
    Warren Sarle, Dec 21, 2003

  9. Fun Guy.. buddy... pal... it's the holiday season. To hell with Photoshop,
    find yourself a party, a drink, a girl, not necessarily in that order.

    Thus you shall be inspired.
    Sally Beacham, Dec 22, 2003
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    DosBoss57 Guest


    Try this site . Sign up and get into some of the
    challenges. Not only will you get great ideas but you'll learn a hell
    of a lot by trying to figure out how to do stuff. They also have a
    forum, galleries,tuts and you can view stuff other members have done
    in contests and how they ranked. I think you might like the place.

    Have fun



    Imagine all the people living life in peace !
    DosBoss57, Dec 22, 2003
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    Hecate Guest

    And a Happy Christmas to you and all and may your plug ins always be
    available ;-)
    Hecate, Dec 23, 2003

  12. AHAHAHAHH I DO suppose you are referring to all my plugin FILTERS?

    Happy Holidays, Hecate.

    (That's got a certain ring to it, doesn't it? ;-))))

    Sally Beacham, Dec 23, 2003
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    TheBookDoc Guest

    It seems to me you have to go into it with
    I have taught creative writing and creative imaging, and perhaps this isn't
    what you want to hear but 'boring' is in the eye of the beholder. If you are
    going into Photoshop to do something, it isn't the program that you will have
    to expect to perform tricks or keep your interest. YOU have to provide the
    interest, and perhaps that is one of the hardest things to come to terms with.
    If I am writing a story and it turns out boring, it is either because I was
    unable to do something interesting or just having a bad creative day...I'd be
    hard-pressed to blame that on MS Word (no matter how delightful it might be).

    I, for one, very rarely find that there is nothing I can do in Photoshop to
    make something interesting. My direction might be as stupid as running a few
    filters on an image, or opening an image at random and playing with it to
    achieve some interesting results. In writing as with images, teaching creative
    stuff was always a matter of getting students to realize it was OK to play. My
    guess is you don't see it as a game anymore, but as work where something is
    required, you expect to perform at a specific level, and have led yourself to
    an impenitrable wall of disappointment.

    My books (Elements:; Photoshop: don't really get into teaching creativity...and
    the reason for that is it is too user-centric. A user would buy a book that
    told them they would become more creative with the expectation of becoming more
    creative, and, well, that is a tall order to put on myself as an author. I can
    teach techniques, and even techniques for creativity, but I can't promise to
    make a reader creative if they have no capacity...Again, it isn't the tool or
    the book or the inspiring object that makes us creative, it would still be the
    sense of play.

    My perscription would be to go into the program without expectation. Open an
    image and start by doing some basic things like dust corrections and other
    perhaps mechanical procedures like color correction until you see something in
    an image that might be interesting to explore...then start playing with it.

    I bet you might find some inspiration there.

    Richard Lynch
    TheBookDoc, Dec 23, 2003
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    Hecate Guest

    Whyever would you think I was referring to anything else? ;-)

    Have a good time, Sally :)
    Hecate, Dec 24, 2003
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    Stephan Guest

    I am shocked!I really am.

    Merry Xmas to you and Joyeux Noel Sally!

    Stephan, Dec 24, 2003
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    Hecate Guest

    And Bon Annee (? I'm sure I haven't spelt that correctly but it's
    2.45am on Christmas morning <g>) to you Stephan.
    Hecate, Dec 25, 2003
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    Stephan Guest

    Close enough for that early hour!
    Bonne année too you too!

    Stephan, Dec 25, 2003

  18. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww The French Guy's Joyeux Noel didn't download to my news
    server, q'uelle bummer.

    In a highly uncharacteristic show of affection and bonhomie on my behalf -

    Holiday Hugs all around!

    p.s. Yes, we have broken out the Wolf Blass '96 Black Label Cabernet
    Sauvignon Shiraz. Goes great with leftovers.
    Sally Beacham, Dec 26, 2003
  19. wow, cool pic, Warren!

    What, if I may ask, did you use? A mouse and some blending modes? I've been
    working in PS so long and I'm still constantly amazed by what people
    accomplish in it.
    Fungusamungus, Dec 26, 2003
  20. You speak promisingly, but ultimately unaccessibly. But that's neither here
    nor there at the moment.

    I do wish to thank everyone who replied, as well as share holiday blessings
    to all!

    (would have offered them pre-holiday, but ye olde flu bug zapped me good).

    Fungusamungus, Dec 26, 2003
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