TEACHING MYSELF GRAPHIC DESIGN: PHOTOSHOP STARTS TO MAKE SENSE

I'm back in it! For the past couple weeks, I've been feeling the familiar motivation - the pull to sit down at my computer and actually learn this dastardly technical program called Photoshop. I've found that, for me, learning is helped immensely by having an actual real-life problem or project I'm trying to tackle. Theoretical stuff gets me nowhere. I watched the "Downsampling for the Web" series of videos awhile back and my eyes glazed over. But then I decided to post my Photoshop projects on this blog and - why hello! - those videos suddenly seem so much more interesting. 

Yesterday, I learned how to use masks and field blur and bokeh effects to create depth of field looks. I LOVE that you can take a regular ol' iPhone shot and give it so much more oomph.   

Original 

Original 

With OOMPH! - Image brightened, statue sharpened, background blurred with a bokeh effect

With OOMPH! - Image brightened, statue sharpened, background blurred with a bokeh effect

The original photo is totally fine. But the second one has that special quality, dontchathink? =)