Lifelong Learning

My 7-Day “Books” Photoshop Challenge

I had more time outside of work so I decided to get better at Photoshop and photoshopping. Graphic design and photo manipulation skills are something I felt I could definitely improve. Not to mention my burning need for finding a creative outlet – I can’t eat gluten or lactose so strike baking; I did not feel like investing in painting equipment, and I did not feel inspired to open that pack of dry pastels I bought last year… Digital photo editing seemed like a cool and easy hobby to take up.

The rules of this challenge were simple:

  1. The theme of the challenge is “Books”. Anything else is open to interpretation.
  2. The challenge is from the 13th of April to the 23rd of April.
  3. I have to publish the result on the indicated day, no matter how much I hate it.
  4. I will be publishing the images on my Instagram (@akpawlik). I will include credits to all assets in this post.

Day 1 – 13.04.2020

Book as an oasis in the desert. I have always loved reading and reading was my way of not only escaping reality but also finding reassurance and peace of mind. Through reading, I connected with stories I would have never known about. I am confident that my emotional intelligence thrived at a very young age because I exposed my brain to fictitious situations that challenged my understanding of the world.

Links to assets:

I watched this YouTube tutorial first.

Book image by archetype-stock via DevianArt

Woman in a desert image by Katerina Kerdi via Unsplash

Waterfall image by Simon Matzinger via Unsplash

Tucan image by K. Mitch Hodge via Unsplash

Birds image by Selunia via DevianArt

Day 2 – 14.04.2020

Book-shared hot air balloon incorporated into a shot of the famous hot air balloon rides in Cappadocia, Turkey.

Links to assets:

Book image by Jaredd Craig via Unsplash

Hot air balloons by Lena L via Unsplash

Hot air balloon basket via HiClipart

Day 3 – 15.04.2020

Today, I spent my lunch break challenging myself to follow this YouTube tutorial from Day 1, step by step but minus the clouds because I could not find a file that I liked.

A reading man image by Kinga Cichewicz via Unsplash

Book image by Dollar Gill via Unsplash

Lantern image by Moonglowlilly via DevianArt

Lens flare by genivaldosouza via DevianArt

Day 4 – 16.04.2020

This was a tough one. I started with no idea and stumbled at my laptop for, roughly, four hours.

Child reading a book by Victoria Borodinova from Pexels

Forest photo by Conscious Design via Unsplash

Tent photo by adore chang via Unsplash

Firefly Photoshop Brush via Brusheezy

Grass Photoshop Brush via Brusheezy

Butterflies by vanessyca71 via DevianArt

Day 5 – 17.04.2020

Another child of my wandering creative thoughts!

Leaf closeup photo by Larry Chen via Unsplash

Converse shoes by Marcus Wallis via Unsplash

Girl reading a book by Andrea Piacquadio via Pexels

Girl stretching by Andrea Piacquadio via Pexels

Butterfly wings via Toppng

Day 6 – 20.04.2020

I am two days behind because I needed some downtime, away from the computer screen. No matter! Today, I once again challenged myself to produce something tricky. I had this idea on the evening of 19th of April, while sitting in the kitchen, planning my workweek.

Library photo by Francesca Grima via Unsplash

Tree via Pngtree

Books (open) by KarvinenStock via DeviantArt

Books (closed) by KarvinenStock via DeviantArt

Tree branches Photoshop brushes via PS Brushes

Day 7 – 21.04.2020

Landscape photo by Peter Oslanec via Unsplash

Book photo by Annelies Geneyn via Unsplash

Night sky by Ryan Hafey via Unsplash

The boy by Daiga Ellaby via Unsplash

Castle by Cederic X via Unsplash

Bats via Hiclipart

Grass Photoshop Brush via Brusheezy

Day 8 Bonus – 23.04.2020 – Happy International Book Day!

Happy International Book Day, folks! Here’s one that had been on my mind since the start – a magic book with glowy smoke.

The open book by Annie Spratt via Unsplash

Book background 1 by beazy via Unsplash

Book background 2 by Alfons Morales via Unsplash

Smoke by Stephen Hocking via Unsplash

Conclusion and Post-Challenge Feels

Initially, this challenge was supposed to last 10 days. I even exclaimed in one of my Instagram posts, that I will continue it even though I started falling behind. The results of this challenge were supposed to be published on 10 consecutive days, however, life happened, life was giving me cheesecake and when life gives you cheesecake you sit down and dig in.

Today, I finally realise that my creativity stream dried out. Seven days is still a good number and I made progress in how I use Photoshop and had a lot of fun with trying out different techniques. I am closing this creative assignment with a smile.