Where do I start
I have to start this blog with an apology… Yep, I messed up. I’ll make it short, because I’ve already spent hours researching for this blog…
It all started last week, when I was thinking “What can I blog about ?”… umm, Eurovision… Boris Johnson…. something more interesting I think. I know ” Is Creative Software Killing Creativity ? “
I hatched a plan
Convinced I had a good idea. And it all started with Adobe’s 3d gizmo. We often see new tools on Adobe, that appear to be the next cool thing, like 3d in Adobe Photoshop… I remember seeing clips of lettering being transformed into a 3d looking extrusion with shadows and other filters added to bring it to life… I thought ” Manipulating a pixel image with what looked like vectors… Why not just make it in Adobe illustrator in the first place? “
It all looked quite formulaic but quite efficient at the same time… and if I remember correctly, there was a surge in 3d lettering on nearly everything for a few months. Then nada. So many designers used it, it became a cliché. But please don’t think this is all about Adobe, there’s other software out there that’s in my firing line. So I investigated more and more…
Not what I expected
Perfect I thought, I can blog about all the added extras that I don’t use. Mostly because I’m a control freak and hate the idea of restrictive creativity… This was the start of my mistake. You see, I thought that after a hour or two. Researching to back up my very worthy account of how the software developers were creating all these clever add-ons. And how they cheat at skilful techniques by using formulas to generically make a standardised graphic, I’ll be loaded with interesting info… It turns out that many “gizmos” are quite good, and effective tools. I can only say this about Adobe from my own opinion, but other posts on-line kinda point the same way.
So I was mistaken, wrongly assumed, and other things that slowly dawned on me as I read. Oh we laughed… well my wife did!
I guess 3 hours looking, I mean learning about the 3d tool in Photoshop. Which I think Adobe are removing now, typical. And all the sites I visited was a waste of time, but then I wouldn’t have this blog if I was right ?
I’ll pat myself on the back for taking something away from this educational 3 hours. I learnt that sometimes blog ideas go in a different direction than expected, and that those “gizmos” are handy if not for me, but creatives that need a quick fix.
So next time you realise you’ve gone down the wrong path, remember the educational journey.
Words and pictures by Adrian Cartwright freelance illustrator