Hey, hello there. Hum (i feel a little bit awkward doing this but here I am), well, I think your blog is really nice and I A B S O L U T E L Y love your graphics, I think they're kinda perfect and well done and, really, I love 'em. So, I'm still in high school and I'm havin' some photoshop classes at day, and I would like to become an graphic maker and since you're my fave, could you please gave me any advices? Thank you and keep bloggin' like that! x (Sorry for the lame english :'c )
helloooo sweetie (◕‿◕✿) you’re too kind. anyway sorry for making you wait, here is what i have to say
avoid using overused caps/quotes. i’m talking more for sherlock than any other fandom. there are just sooo many graphics using that back shot of sherlock from TRF, or that couple shot of him and john from TGG. find other caps and be more creative. for quotes, i suggest you avoid “i don’t have friends, i’ve just got one”, “no one could be that clever - you coud” and all of Scandal in Belgravia
keep an inspiration folder!! this is lots of fun. just look at art/graphics/design online and save what you like to a folder. open it up when you need ideas for a color scheme/composition/mood/etc. and since i’m quite proud of how pretty mine is, here have a screenshot
know how every tool/adjustment layer/layer mode works. it’s not enough to just know that Lighten Mode can fake double exposure. play with everything and experiment. don’t stick with one trick every single time. you and your followers will grow bored (an exception though is if you find a style you really do enjoy and find you do your best in. plenty of good artists do just one thing and make great stuff out of it)
better to do it manually than with one of the “quick” tools. the “quick” tools exist just for that - for quick retouches of photos, etc. but you want to be a graphic maker. i’d rather manually trace around a figure with the pen tool instead of using magic wand or magnetic lasso when i cut out backgrounds, however simple they may be. not only will you have greater control and also be able to make things turn out more to your liking; the whole process will make you much more patient and observant.
while saving your image while working on it, use SAVE AS. not SAVE. i can’t tell you how many times i’ve clicked “new photo” on my dash, uploaded my image, saved it as draft, looked at it then decided to the entire thing all over again. remember that tumblr’s post background is white but photoshop’s bg is dark gray, so values and colors can look vastly different. saving your image at different points of progress can let you quickly go back to how something looked 3 versions ago instead of having to redo it all over again.