It used to be only for the professionals.
Only relevant for the serious photographers and photography enthusiasts.
1. Anyone who uses a camera, even a camera phone could benefit with basic know-how of photo editing.
We may not take the best shots due to circumstances. Or we want to improve certain photos so it looks better.
There is so much you can do; starting with the basics of adjusting brightness (brighter images generally look better!), increasing contrast, changing the white balance and even making it black and white.
These generally involves colours and luminosity.
For a notch up, you can start to manipulate the photo (or objects within) itself, for example modifying the size and scale of an image, even straightening (changing orientation) of a crooked image or putting one picture “within” another.
Here, the taken image may or may not appear like the original.
Then you can add text, apply special effects and so forth.
For most of us, I think we do like a slimmer version of ourselves. OR bigger chest/bosom.
It can be done.
Pimples? Freckles? No problem.
2. Now for social media managers.
How often do you feel like tearing out your hair (if there’s any left) just because your designer was late in delivering the promised visuals/designs?
Or worst, not understanding what you wanted at all after numerous emails, chats, discussions?
Don’t you just wish you could ask the fella to go leave and do it yourself?
Some designers are very good mind you, but these ones generally cost a bomb.
As social media managers we all know how much our clients pay us for our work right?
The thing is, some of these outsourced work are supposed to make our lives easier, but dealing with incompetent partners add stress instead.
While top tier designers have their value, simple visuals like these only takes a few hours (depending on your competency) or even within 30 – 45 minutes.
And you know how important it is to stay in touch and to be “a little personal” with your acquaintances in our line of work.
A festive email, a little message of wishing them well goes a long way.
Simply put, it is easy once you know HOW. And hence why you should consider learning Photoshop!
3. Stay-at-home mums or small business owners or just anyone who’s looking into improving their photos.
4. Frequent travellers – pesky tourist in your images? Get rid of them.
These are just examples of what I learnt (and a whole lot more) during my 2 days lessons at Arte Academy.
My tutor Han is a certified Adobe trainer so you know you can throw him any questions during class and he would be more than capable to provide you with an ideal solution.
In fact, though the class follows a set syllable, you are more than welcome to ask question/challenges in regards to your personal projects.
I even showed Han the exact images that I wished to edit and he was more than accommodating in advising the correct techniques to apply to the images to achieve the results that I wanted.
Class are conducted in small groups, ensuring ample attention and interaction.
During each exercise, Han would go around the room to check on the progress of everyone.
And you are most welcome to request for extra guidance if you are facing any difficulties in carrying out your assigned work.
You will receive a certification of completion after the end of Day 2.
And if you wish to progress to Level 2, it would be another 2 days course.
For me I’ll be moving on to Adobe Illustrator Level 1 and Movie Editing next.
You can expect better videos on my Youtube channel soon! 🙂
If any of you would like to join me for Adobe Illustrator class (Level 1), it is scheduled attentively to be on the last week of Feb, after Chinese New Year.
Drop me a comment or email at [email protected] alright? 🙂
Last but not least, 3D printing services is available at Arte Academy too.
These figurines were PRINTED!!
Yes it is 3D printing. A 3D printer cost about RM5,000 but you don’t have to buy one if you are not using it all the time. Arte Academy offers 3D printing for RM30/hour.
The black skull you see above took about 10 hours so that was RM300. However rates are negotiable, so just ask the nice folks at Arte! 😀