I have a lot of experience using Photoshop in the past, so I found this task a lot harder than I originally anticipated. For this project, I ended up using Pixlr since I don’t actually have access to Photoshop on my laptop while I’m away at school. The website was easy enough to use and manage, and I loved that it operates directly from my browser. However, I found it to be slow, temperamental, and increasingly frustrating to achieve the results I wanted. No matter how much I tried to play around with it, the wand tool was just way too unpredictable and I had to change my layer options multiple times before finding an image I could actually work with. It was tedious and aggravating and I feel like I settled in the end for something I didn’t have in mind originally.
That being said, I loved the process of searching and comparing photos and the process of thinking up ideas. I had a million possible concepts in my head while I was searching images, and I think I found it way more fun just thinking of ideas than I should have. It felt like those computer games I used to play as a kid where you get to mix and match outfits on virtual characters. I was just considering all of my possibilities with layering pictures and what kind of image I wanted to create in general. Though my current header might not necessarily reflect it at the moment, this was definitely a really great creative project and was really fun in that respect.
Despite all the trouble it gave me, I definitely feel more confident in using Pixlr. In fact, I think it may have taught me a bit more about some of the features that it shares with Photoshop as well that I haven’t used too much in the past. I think this definitely added a ton to my photo editing skills and confidence in that area in general.