#photoshopproblems

I feel like this might be a good lesson for everyone, designers and laymen alike. 

Photoshop is a wonderful thing. The things you can use it for are, for the most part, unlimited. If you know what you're doing you can mock up entire scenes, flip everything upside down, and as we all know, make people look better.

I could, probably, go on for days about my stance on Photoshopped models. Yes, it can lead to low self-esteem issues. Yes, much of it is fake. And yes, every single magazine cover and page with a person on it is 100%, absolutely Photoshopped. 

But, that's an entirely different post. 

I use Photoshop for many things and, lately, have been using it more and more. Recently, those asking me to complete projects that involve this program, have been people who don't use Photoshop. And this can cause a disconnect that could lead to some very dramatic things. So, I can complain about this, or try my best to set the record straight.

The following example will have a few details changed to protect those involved. And by that I mean protect me. 

I was asked to do a number of print projects for a new and budding (the pun is coming..) client. Lets say this company was... a florist (see what I did there?). And this florist provided me with many photos to use in these many projects. So after the first few initial drafts, I got some edits in return, as expected.

"Okay, can you take the flower from photo 1 and put it on photo 2? Then can you take the background from photo 5 and add the greenery from photos 3,4, and 6? Basically, just make a collage of all of the things."

..............

I stared blankly at my screen, quickly evaluating the amount of work I was about to endure. It was at this point, that I realized this person has no idea how Photoshop works. Sure it can do just about anything, but that doesn't mean you can click on one thing, and drag it to another. Part of me blames all Apple products for their click-and-do-whatever-you-want programs. 

So, as nicely as I could, I informed this client.

Morphing objects and photos in Photoshop is 100% possible. I CAN do this for you, and I will. But, because my time has value, the quote I gave you on the seemingly simple advertisement, is now going to rise, exponentially.

It's hard to dictate exactly how much time will be spent on this project, and, I hope you understand, that you will be paying for that as well. It's dire for this to be understood, to avoid any surprises. 

That specific instance took me 5 hours to complete. And at $50/hour, that shit adds up quickly.

Fortunately, this client was very understanding and appreciated my patience and work. It all happened to work out. And it's now that I get to the end of this and realize, it really is #photoshopproblems.

Also, thanks to the florist...  $$$ :)