Using Photoshop as a Creative Outlet

This year I wanted to get in touch with my creative side. I have always loved the arts, particularly visual art. However, I lost this passion after leaving one of the many schools that I’ve been to. One day, I was pulling an all-nighter and my mind started to wander off. I started drawing a face and before I knew it, it was 4am, I hadn’t completed my work but staring at me was a drawing of a girl. It was decent. I sent photos of it to my family group-chat because I was simultaneously shook and proud. More importantly, I felt calm. I was no longer intimidated by the amount of work that I had to complete. It felt therapeutic. I vowed to myself that I would revisit my creative talent in the new year. Yes, I know you can start things immediately if you really wanted to, but I was thrilled at the thought of it being a sort of ‘rebirth’, ‘fresh start’ or whatever.

Yesterday I designed my site logo. I initially didn’t intend to design it myself. I knew what I wanted, so I did a quick sketch of it on a piece of paper (to be specific, on my friend’s essay draft). I had a visual in my head, but I couldn’t find the font online. I searched EVERYWHERE for a similar font but I’m a perfectionist so nothing was appealing to me. That’s when my friend, Chizi, told me that I could use Photoshop to trace the logo I had created.

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I don’t have Photoshop but, as we say in Kenya, there was an OLX version available: LunaPic. After hours of working on it, I finally had a logo that I liked and was proud of.

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It still wasn’t what I wanted, though. I couldn’t get a white background no matter how hard I tried. I loved the writing, but I had to do it again. This time it was harder to replicate the font. I mean, that is Murphy’s law after all. The first time round I wasn’t intending to use the sketch and it turned out perfect, but when I actually wanted to use it I couldn’t seem to get it right.

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After writing it a few times I settled on the one above. I started the process on LunaPic again: made the background transparent, erased some parts, cropped out the unnecessary parts etc.

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It still wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I wanted a tagline but I didn’t like how it looked typed. So I went back to the drawing board (pun intended haha). And the process started all over again. This time I was a pro.

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And that’s how my site title/logo was created. After very many hours, expert help from Chizi, patience and a little bit of excitement. It was fun. I was mostly thrilled at the idea that it would be my own writing, and exactly (well almost) what I wanted. After that I was unstoppable. I started using LunaPic to play around with some of my photos and here are the results:

 

 

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I mean, I’m no photoshop expert but they’re pretty decent.

Writing this I realised two things:

  1. I say decent a lot
  2. LunaPic should sponsor me because wow

I digress. I was literally up till four in the morning playing around with different backgrounds and it felt very therapeutic.

Who knows, by the time you’re reading this post I might have changed the site logo again.

GAKENIA.

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