Living With .PSD
by Jordan Cayabyab, Artitudes Design Inc., Designer
As a graphic designer at Artitudes Design, I find myself working with a multitude of applications throughout the day to achieve one essential daily goal: to create aesthetically pleasing visuals.
The main application that I use like clockwork is Adobe Photoshop. So much so that I have it set to launch automatically on startup. From the moment I turn my computer on, to the moment I click shutdown, Adobe Photoshop is open, taking the lion’s share of my PC’s resources.
And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Photoshop is the Swiss Army Knife of visual communication and I am proud to carry it at the ready when needed. In fact, Photoshop has become such a constant in my life that my mind has blurred the line between application and real life on more than one occasion. Take for instance my commute to work:
1. Autumn Seattle rain clouds outside the window (surprise), I’ll wipe those clouds away with the Eraser Tool.
2. Hmm, car’s looking a little dirty, let me adjust its brightness. I suppose now is as good a time as any to add a Lens Flare too.
3. Graffiti in the tunnel again? There’s a clone tool for that.
4. Oops, I picked the wrong lane to be in and now I’m stuck behind a slow moving semi. CTRL + Z for Undo!
5. Now I’m running a little late, but the speed limit is just 45 MPH here. Type tool: 100 MPH (This is a hypothetical, OK?)
6. No parking spots! Time for that Eraser Tool again!
7. CTRL + S, Save As: Commute_Edited.PSD
For the uninitiated to Photoshop, take a look at this video to see what it’s like to live life with .PSD: