A simple-minded joy in learning new things in Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a program I’m trying to learn

From time to time I get asked why I like photography, social media, blogging, podcasting and YouTubing. My usual response is because I get a kick out of learning new things, learning how to use bits of hardware, learning new software and basically converting electrons into stuff.

Today I combined a little photography and something I learned in Adobe Photoshop. I knew you could do short video editing in Photoshop but making a video for Instagram has helped me understand better how to use Photoshop.

An embedded Instagram video from my main account.

I learnt a new Photoshop technique today šŸ˜ƒšŸ‘ #photoshop #summer

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Obviously, this isn’t something I can do on my iPhone, I need a desktop or laptop running the full version of Photoshop.

I’m continuouslyĀ amazed at just how muchĀ can be done on a smartphone. If you noticed in the epic post I wrote about my recent holiday I took in Cairns, many of the photographs I posted were edited in Snapseed including the addition of some text.

The same video embedded in this blog post

You basically create a new document making sure you use a square template 1080 Ɨ 1080. Add a new layer and move in a photograph. In a new layer add a solid colour, e.g., black and reduce the opacity to between 20 and 30 per cent. In a new layer add some text and depending on how many text elements you want, add more text layers. In the Windows menu select timeline which brings up a timeline with all the layers separated. From there you can edit each layer and review with the scrubber. Then you export to video. Save as a mp4 file and Bob’s your uncle.

What I did today

I ate of course

Breakfast

Butter with some Raisin toast from Everbean Espresso Bar. I do like butter, perhaps a little too much. I also enjoy the coffee from Everbean Espresso Bar.

Raisin toast with butter from Everbean Espresso Bar Gary Lum
Raisin toast with butter from Everbean Espresso Bar

Lunch

JalapeƱo Spam and streaky bacon salad. I cut up a slice of Spam and cut it into cubes. I cooked the Spam with some streaky bacon in the oven and then put a salad together.

JalapeƱo Spam and streaky bacon salad Gary Lum
JalapeƱo Spam and streaky bacon salad

Tea

Naked beef burger with grilled pineapple. The beef mince pattie had a small amount of smoked cheddar cheese in the middle which melted as it cooked.

Naked beef burger with grilled pineapple and a smoked cheese core with beetroot, chilli, lettuce, tomato and celery Gary Lum
Naked beef burger with grilled pineapple and a smoked cheese core with beetroot, chilli, lettuce, tomato and celery

I walked around Lake Ginninderra

A little photography incorporating some bracketedĀ shots which were merged in Adobe Lightroom.

Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra

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5 Replies to “A simple-minded joy in learning new things in Adobe Photoshop”


  1. Bob IS my uncle, how did you know this? šŸ™ƒ

    The images are beautiful. I don’t have the patience to learn software and I NEVER read owner’s manuals, preferring the element of surprise when I discover something new on software or gadgets.

    You eat so well…..nom, nom, nom, nom.


    1. Likewise dear JM. I hardly ever read an instruction manual (for home anyway), I much prefer to learn by seeing and then doing. There’s an axiom in medicine which applies to most things in life, see one, do one and teach one. It’s how I handle most things I need to learn šŸ˜ƒ


  2. Smoked cheese core. Mmmmmm. I made scrambled eggs today and tossed in some smoked cheese. Recently discovered this kind of cheese and I like the smoky kick it gives šŸ˜€ Sounds like you’re getting to know Photoshop more and more. I’ve been meaning to learn more of it over the last two years – just haven’t gotten going šŸ˜€


    1. I love that YouTube videos can teach you just about anything.
      I’ve had a long and abiding love of smoked cheese.

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