So am creating a logo for someone’s popcorn which will be sold at the Evansville Farmer’s Market. If you didn’t know, I created the new logo for the Farmers Market. I recently had some problems with it. I knew the logo would have to be resized so when I created it I do it all with the pen tool, but in Photoshop. So when they wanted to get it printed on some bags the printing company kept telling them he needed a vector file. I exported the file as an .eps, that still didn’t work , blah blah blah I ended up recreating the whole thing in Illustrator. I can’t say I’m the best in Illustrator considering the extent of my Illustrator classes in college was creating a stamp… fun. So I decided to create this logo from scratch in Illustrator. It’s pretty simple and I think I could have done it in Photoshop in  30 min but it took me like 6 hours in Illustrator.

Anyway I would like you to let me know what you think. Especially if you are good with Illustrator.  I feel it’s lacking a little something but since I am not the most familiar with illustrator I need to pointers. The popcorn I think bothers me the most, I would like to make it a little more real. In Photoshop I’d create some of the shadows within the crevices with a brush, but I’m not sure on how to do that in Illustrator.

Sorry for all the rambling in this one, I’m a little brain-dead and in a hurry.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

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One of the things I said I was going to do was post my work. This includes tutorials I do to keep me fresh on all the ins and outs of Adobe’s Creative Suite. Here is an Illustrator iPhone icon  tutorial I just completed from Tutvid.com. There is a link below if you care to create your own!
http://www.tutvid.com/tutorials/illustrator/tutorials/iPhoneIcons.php

I went about this before, trying to customize my blog to fit me. It’s rather complicated unless you really know programing. I am going to have a go at it again but if anyone has any tips let me know!

I don’t know how many, if anybody was really reading my posts when I first started this up last October, if you are one of those people I am sorry for my laziness. I think I have experienced some stages involved in graduating, career hunting and starting a new chapter. This last stage was not a fun one. I went through a lot of depression and doubt. I thought that the fact that I hadn’t found a job meant I was worthless. I got stuck in a hole and the idea of crawling out never occurred. I just sat there at the bottom feeling sorry for myself waiting for someone or something to come save me. This is not the way to go about things.

So I am starting over! with a new attitude and expectations of myself. I hope I can bring back my old readers and hopefully get some new ones. I’d love to hear from you and things you are going through. Please leave a comment or e-mail me.

 

I’M PUMPED!

I was all pumped when I got this blog going. I was ready to learn how to customize the look to make it my own. I was going to put my ‘work’ life in here. My ups and downs, personal and not so personal. Then I just stopped. IT’S HARD! I ready blogs type sites everyday, Gizmodo, Smashing, Inspiredm, Noupe, PetaPixel, JasmineStar, but I can’t seem to find stuff to write about. It has shown me that I really don’t do that much. This is going to have to change.

This is my comeback post! LETS DO WORK!!

I  have to credit YouTube and the wonderful programmers/creators of Photoshop for starting me out in my design career. It was the ease of Photoshop (this is compared to former methods of photo manipulation) and the simple tutorials on YouTube that helped me create me first “work of art.” I didn’t pay to go to a fancy art school, and didn’t put the leg work in that many designers at that time had; and professional designers that saw this happening around the world were probably disgusted. I’m glad this “ease of learning revolution” took place.

When setting up my class schedule while in college I didn’t want to take Photo I because I didn’t care to take the time to learn film photography or pay the fees for rolls of film and numerous mistakes, but as soon as the school switched over to all digital photography I jumped on as soon as possible. It was easier and cheaper. I could take hundreds of photos of a single object until I had everything perfect. I caught on pretty fast and am beyond happy that I took the classes. I am now  into photography more than I ever thought I would be.

Now I am the one that is more scared than disgusted… With CS5 and new better cameras coming out every week, it seems like anyone can pick up a camera, snap a shot in studio quality and then take it into Photoshop and have the program do anything and everything to it. People can do this with little to no training at all. I feel like I may have picked a profession that is getting harder and harder to be the best in.

I just need to keep faith in the idea that maybe I have something in me that can recognize good design and apply it, because no matte how easy Photoshop or photography may become layout and good design come from the person not the program.

Here is a commercial PetaPixel posted a couple days ago that got me thinking…

PetaPixel reports on a new format for images on the internet that reduces files sizes making the internet even faster. Now to all my friends back in college this doesn’t matter much because you get the fastest internet available for nothing or for the cheapest price… poor Josh sits at his parents house and feels lucky we even have a step up from dial-up, the slowest DSL available.

http://www.petapixel.com/2010/09/30/google-wants-to-speed-up-the-web-by-killing-the-jpeg/