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.