Right there is a fairy tale.
No one falls in love with a computer program. Who are we kidding, right?
Fact is, I did. And not because I’m a walking, talking, card-holding geek.
I fell in love with it because it is allowing me to do all kinds of weird and wonderful things that make me actually say WOW! out loud, even though I’m alone at home.
But let me back up a second. Why would I even go anywhere near Photoshop – or any other of Adobe’s many programs?
It’s a well known fact that Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition etc have brought grown men and women to their knees, defeated and trembling with frustration.
Just the size and the sheer number of palette options that come up when you just start the program is enough to send any sane person running off in the direction of Fiverr to hire someone who knows better.
Of course – there are options. Take Canva for instance. It is, hands down, the best online graphics tool ever. What with its predefined sizes and layouts for most social media headers, blog posts and even ads.
So yes, most sane people who need to create a pretty graphic without tearing out their hair would head over to Canva.
The thing is, I had a specific problem to solve, one that I wouldn’t quite do with Canva or Pixlr. my other go-to tool when I need to play with pretty pictures.
I needed to extend a background. I needed to take a square-ish image and make it into an elongated, landscape version of itself, while preserving the object in the middle.
Side note: when getting photographs done for your website, make sure you have an idea of what size your images are going to need to be, especially the aspect ratio, and share that with your photographer.