Category Archives: NMD 160

Learning Photoshop

Landry_Project7_NMD104Beyond learning Illustrator another platform that was taught in NMD 160 was Photoshop. Before this I have never used Photoshop. Usually I am very explorative and have a head start over other people because I’ve had experience in a lot of different things, though Photoshop is not one of them. It was a bad, but definitely teaching experience to be on the exact opposite spectrum when it came to being good at something. Though, that is something I will need to get better at being if I ever want to learn something entirely new to me.

This project, to try and create the impossible, was a chance to try and learn on a platform I had no previous experience on. I looked at online learning materials such as videos, articles, and anything I could get my hands on. I only had a couple days but wanted to make this as best as I could. That is another concept that I can tell will be occurring quite a bit in my future New Media career. Entering new fields with close to no experience, and trying to squeeze every once of value I can out of it in a short amount of time. Doing that in itself will not only benefit me in those specific fields, but also give me a skill that will help me interpret new things faster, and better. Its hard to explain, but there is such a thing as getting better at doing things for the first time. Not after long, you can get the hang of all sorts of things pretty quickly. NMD 160 was a class that encompassed pretty much that. Here’s a new platform, dive into it, and create the best thing you can. An iterative process of learning and growth.

Logo Design

Light Graffitti Logo

The large portion of NMD 160 was taken up learning many of the products within the Adobe Creative Cloud such as Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, and more. For me the most beneficial skill to learn was Illustrator with its vector graphic capabilities. One of the final projects for NMD 104 allowed me to create my own logo for another previous project. Using illustrator and what skill I had acquired during the course I made a logo I am quite proud of. It looks very smooth, and most importantly of all, can be scaled to any size and keep its resolution and detail.

Illustrator, beyond logos, can also be used for wire frames and storyboards, another important part of design and ultimately New Media. Illustrator is a very important tool as with New Media we are creating, modifying, and dealing with emerging ideas. Regarding our society today and its huge investment into the digital world, a digital tool is exactly what we need to communicate our intention and purpose.