Photo Editing

Our task this week was to experiment with photo editing to create a unique image to use as our header for our blog. I obviously knew right away to choose pictures of mouth watering food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The assignment prompt was for us to choose two or more pictures to juxtapose/merge together using the photo editing platform Pixlr. I have never used Pixlr before, but figured that it couldn’t be too difficult to figure out (I was wrong). I have Photoshop installed on my laptop and am pretty familiar with how to use it, but I decided to stick with the class assignment and try out Pixlr. I had an idea in my head to fade the breakfast picture into the lunch picture into the dinner picture…not too complex. However, it took me at least 15 minutes to try and get the first picture to be the right size to fit my blog’s header. Attempting to correctly size up and add the next picture was another whole process. After this, I just became frustrated because I definitely over-estimated the simplicity of Pixlr. I then decided it was time to turn to the good, reliable Photoshop.

I’m almost positive that it took me a total of 8 minutes to complete my fully edited header in Photoshop…I should’ve just started out with using this. Maybe I wasn’t patient enough with Pixlr and didn’t give it all the effort that I could have, but I definitely like using Photoshop much better. I was able to make all of the pictures the same size, put them side by side, merge the layers, and add some unique filters onto it to make it “artsy.” From here on out, if any other assignments in this class, or in anything else in the future, involve photo editing I know what program I’m turning to first…good ol’ Photoshop.

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Starting The Blog

I’ve always wanted to be a “blogger” but I never really felt I was creative enough or had the correct resources and knowledge to do it (and sometimes doubted having the time to keep it up). Luckily the course I’ve chosen to take at Rutgers University, Strategic Presentation Methods in Digital Media, gives me the time and resources to start a blog…hence why I’m here. I pretty much use/have used all of the main social media platforms, but still haven’t had much experience blogging. I have attempted using tumblr, although I’m pretty sure I might have been the only viewer of my site, so I guess that was just solely for my entertainment? I’ve also hopped on the Pinterest bandwagon, where I mostly just look at pictures of food and recipes and what not (that should help me here). So we’ll see how this whole blogging thing goes from here on out.

WordPress so far has been pretty simple to set up, yet I still need to familiarize myself with all of features it provides. I’m kind of picky when it comes to appearances of things like this, so most likely I’ll change my theme, how I write, what posts I write, pretty frequently until I feel it’s just right. The most straightforward aspect of blogging is writing new posts; I have no trouble figuring that out. As for everything else, I still need to explore WordPress and find out exactly how to use it and design my site to make it user friendly.

Referencing the article we read for class, “5 Interior Design Tips to Make Your WordPress User Friendly,” by Bob Dunn, I’m still working on the construction of the front door, the main rooms, the garage, and the front porch. I’ll get there though.

Blogging Tips Anyone?