Hi, hell-ou, ‘sup, how u doin?
So… we got class on Saturday eh?
“Class on Saturday… Class on Saturday…”
Lol don’t mind my over-reaction-ness. I’m just trying to find an excuse to use that gif. Pretty cool, eh?
Anyway, for this class we’re suppose to be going to learn about photoshop. To be honest I’m not familiar with photoshop. If I want to edit photos, I’ll usually go to this site called Picnik.com but sadly, the site have been closed last April. So anyway, maybe that’s the silver lining of it; now that the site is closed, I might as well learn how to use photoshop.
So first, En Faisal taught us the basic stuff in photoshop – cropping images. He taught us on how to crop image using this selection tool and it was quite easy since it works by sensitivity where it will detect the colour and automatically choose the part we wanna crop. We also learned how to copy and paste image into other background like what I did with my header, where I picked this photo:
And then I cropped the sh*t out of it and paste it onto some calming image of a blue sky. And then I put some text on it and wa-lah!
That was also our task for this class – make a header. I also applied this lesson in some other cases like this one:
I like this picture, but sadly, I’m not in it (see, I’m the one taking the picture)
So I took one of my picture, cut2, paste2, adjust2 and ta-da!
Well, of course you don’t have to look twice to notice that there’s something “tak kena” with this picture, since I’m not a professional photoshoper or anything. I only wish I could do something with the lighting, you know, to make my picture blend more with the surrounding. (if you know how, kindly share it in the comment section 😉
And then En Faisal also taught us on how to make the background of a photo to look blurry so that the subject can stand out more in the picture. It’s very interesting and I remember a lot of people use this kind of picture to post and share pseudo-inspirational hipster quotes on Facebook. Hahahaha. I kid, I kid. Anyway, he explained it a little too fast and at that time I encountered some problem with my photoshop so I get lost and end up not knowing how to do that. Well, I’m still exploring and trying the tools on my own, with some help from the internet and the module provided.
Anyway, I also use photoshop in completing my assignment for one of the course I’ve taken this semester, in which I was required to translate some advertisements.
Actually I just use simple techniques and steps to do this. First I copy a part of the background that have the closest colour resemblance and cover the original text with it. And then I use the text tool to write the targeted text. Hahaha. It’s so simple I doubt if you could even call it a “technique”. ><‘
Well anyway, after lunch, we proceed with some basic video-editing lesson. I was kinda shocked because I thought video-editing will be taught the day after, which is tomorrow. But we proceed anyway and En Helmi taught us some of the basic things in video transferring and editing. First we learn about how to transfer video into the computer which can be done in several ways, based on the type of device you use to record your video. And then we were introduced some basic things about video editing like how to arrange, to put effects and transition into your video, and to put subtitles in it.
Tobe honest, this is my FIRST TIME EVER trying to edit a video. En Helmi sure help and explained a lot about how to edit your video to make it more interesting, such as by putting transition in it. But he also mentioned NOT to put too many transitions in your video or else it will cause your audience to be all “pening kepala” watching your video. Hahaha.
During this lesson we mainly use Adobe Premier, which I find very hard and complicated to be used for total beginners like me, but there are also other video-editing software besides Adobe Premier such as Windows movie-maker and so much more.
Windows Movie Maker
But the tougher one is yet to come. We were then given a brief introduction to Adobe Soundbooth, a software you use to edit sounds (like photoshop edit pictures and premier edit videos). Well, what can I say, it was a late Saturday afternoon and this software is very2 hard and complicated to understand. So there I was, listening blankly to En Helmi’s explanation about it. He too, seems to be having a hard time trying to explain it to a bunch of first-timers like us. Hahaha. (Sorry, En Helmi -.-)
“Waaaa… Very canggih la. Got fire2 one some more…” (very makcik2 style of talking)
Well, last but not least, I enjoy the class. A lot more than I expected actually (ps: I’m a very pessimistic person). Hahaha. And I’m really grateful to be given the chance to learn all this, FREELY, with FREE FOOD provided lagi. If I were to attend workshop like this outside, maybe I’d have to pay quite a lot of money for it. So once again, I’d like to say I’m really grateful to be given a chance to learn like this. ^^