Which One Do You Prefer: Online Design or Adobe Photoshop?

As a former yearbook staff member, I learned how to navigate my way into using Adobe Photoshop and Walsworth Yearbook Online Design products. I definitely enjoy using both of these tools because it enhanced my ability to create yearbook and photography book layouts. What’s different about these tools are:

  1. With Online Design, you simply pick out and drag page formats onto the layout whereas with Adobe Photoshop, you have to create a page layout from scratch.
  2. On Adobe Photoshop, it’s essential to know which tool you have to use in order to copy and paste images onto the page layout (Rectangular Marquee Tool).
  3. If you are using Online Design to create your yearbook pages, you will eventually  realize how it is such an easier product which does not challenge you with your creative skill set to build a yearbook from scratch. Adobe Photoshop challenges you to do the work on your own.
  4. And with both of these products, you have to create your own background.

Both of these products are amazing but each yearbook member should be assigned to create their own project using Adobe Photoshop because it helps the staff challenge their skill set as well as helping them improve their ability to use different tools they were not able to use before and personally, I believe both products are great because it can give you a whole different perspective in regards to what you can learn from Online Design vs Adobe Photoshop. No matter how different the products are, you can adapt to both in no time. It takes patience, dedication and time consumption.

Which would you prefer? Adobe Photoshop or Online Design? Why?

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To Middle School Journalists: How to Create Collage on Photoshop

#1: Go on Adobe Photoshop and click on “File” and hit “New.” With preset, hit “Photo.”

#2: Download the photos and then load onto Photoshop

#3: Use the rectangular marquee tool, copy and paste the photos onto the “photo board.”

#4: To shrink or image the photos, use the rectangular marquee tool and right-click on “free transform.”

Yearbook & Photography Advice: Photoshop Experience

Even though I learned a little bit about Photoshop when I was 10 years old, I didn’t know how to use the majority of the tools until joining my high school yearbook staff and taking a photography class in college. Down below are a few tools I learned how to pick up on in high school and college:

On and Off The Yearbook Staff:

  • Edited multiple image lighting (Brightness/Contrast)
  • Coloring B & W Photos
  • Changing Image Resolution to 300

In & Outside of College Photography Class:

  • Using the spot healing tool to get rid of unnecessary junk on the sides and in the background
  • Using the color balance to balance out the color of an image
  • After coloring someone’s eye colors in a b & w image, I lowered opacity and fill to make sure the eye colors look natural
  • Learned how to create a photography book with page layouts (using photo page)