Photoshop for the Clueless

Photo source here.

Photo source here.

It's been two months since I started my internship here, and I have used both Adobe Photoshop and InDesign more than I would have ever thought. Between photoshopping binding on the edges of a cover and placing new content in a brochure on InDesign, I could keep Adobe in business. 

Although I did have some experience with these programs prior to working at School Datebooks, I wouldn't call myself that skilled. If I needed to edit a picture or a newsletter for class, I would do it in a roundabout way that involved lots of guessing and stray clicking. Although I can get pretty good results in a timely fashion, the undo button is my friend. 

Now that I am a more "seasoned designer" from my internship, here is a step-by-step tutorial of how to add wire binding to a cover file using Photoshop. This is something I've done maybe fifty times, and yet I still approach it in the same way. It's not stupid if it works, right?

1) Search for a cover in the cluttered folders. Ultimately decide to use the search bar to find one file in a drive of thousands. Browse Twitter while the file is being searched. 

2) Open a cover file. Make sure that it is in CMYK. Immediately forget to do this step. Remember again after the 7th cover edit. Go back and redo RGB covers. 

3) Open up the different binding templates, in small, mid-size, and big. 

4) Select the cover and drag-n-drop it into a template. Easy-peasy.

5) Forget how to delete the overhanging bits of the cover. Remember it had something to do with the magic wand icon thing. Try that for a while. Click things. Don't tell Leslie, unless the situation becomes more dire.

6) Undo Undo Undo.

7) Opt to just use an eraser until you remember how to do it properly. Zoom in and scrub away the extra.

8) Enlightenment!! Recall how to delete the extra bits!! Layers are useful things...

9) Click Save instead of Save As. Panic. Undo.

10) Save the new cover as a TIFF file. Wonder what TIFF stands for. Google. Discover it means Tagged Image File Format. Makes sense.

11) Send an email to Leslie. Write a blog about Photoshop adventures.