Day 11: Keep Calm and Carry On

Day 11 — When I’ve had a really bad day, the first thing (not person) I reach for is…

I know I haven’t loosely interpreted most of the other questions this month (so far), but this one…I simply cannot leave my answer at “the first thing” I reach for. That would be incomplete.

The first thing I reach for is my computer. I power it on, plug it in, and I open up Photoshop. You’ve noticed the Graphic Design tab on top of my blog navigation, yes? Once upon a time, I used to post things I did on here. Then I realized I already had a DeviantArt and a Facebook album AND a Public Photobucket account for that. I really should update you guys with my Design  Is poster series though. I’ve completed it all, and the lovely glossy color posters are hanging up on my wall in the apartment. I am REALLY EXTREMELY happy with the end result. It is very expressive of my personality!

Photoshop really soothes me. I lose myself in the layers, and my desire to complete the project in my head overtakes the stress and anger. In fact, I am so engrossed in accomplishing my end result that nothing will phase me. I am often at my most happiest when I’m working on a new piece in Photoshop. There’s just such an enticing and exhilarating feeling when you recreate in print something that was only a glimmer in your head. When you use your knowledge of Adobe’s creative suite to bring your imagination to life. How can you possibly be upset over anything when you’ve done so much. Turned a blank canvas into your masterpiece.

Nothing else matters after that. I find my calm, and the peaceful zone allows me to relax more than any massage probably could.

But I don’t just open Photoshop, I also do some other things to calm myself down. I reach for my phone, obsessively check my emails and texts and send a text to Nabila of bannatreasures. I look in the fridge, pour myself some Juice and find a snack. I turn on some music. Some angry Eminem if I’m that pissed. Otherwise, just normal rap will do. I make plans to go get froyo.

I miss my mom.

I write angsty poetry. And of course, I blog about it.


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Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5)

Pryanka is drooling. Quite literally. With the release of Adobe’s Master Collection of Creative Suite 5, she has realized that her dismal collection, consisting of Illustrator CS4 and Photoshop CS2, simply doesn’t cut it anymore. I am most intent on pursuing a proper suite that most graphic designers would be proud of. I want to explore this creative side of Photoshop, and have FUN with graphic design again. I want to design pieces that I’m proud of again. And this summer, I will hopefully do that with a proper set of Adobe Creative Suite tools.

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Adobe InDesign CS5
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS5
  • Adobe Flash Professional CS5
  • Adobe Fireworks CS5
  • Adobe Bridge CS5
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
  • Adobe After Effects CS5

Maybe I’m just being too hopeful? I definitely want at least up until Dreamweaver however. Honestly, my summer will be complete BLISS! I’m looking forward to evenings spent writing and fine tuning my graphic and webpage design skills.