School has been in the last couple days for sure! I have my first batch of images that I took with my new camera at the printers right now. I think they are going to turn out good! I have had to learn how to run a camera, use Photoshop and save, retrieve and organize images in sequence for printing! Truth be told, it has not been a lot of fun! I have used more than a few not nice words in the process! But I do feel a sense of pride. I have never done anything like this before! And the grand age of 51 years old, I think that is kind of an accomplishment. Not that I think that age has anything to do with whether we can do a thing or not. I just think the longer that I go avoiding something uncomfortable, like all of this tech-y stuff, the more unlikely it is that I will want to pick it up and learn it down the road? Because it is really hard on my head! But every time I figure something out....it is so darn sweet that it makes all that pain and agony worth it!
Yesterday, I went to my printers at iMetropol in Victoria with a memory stick and camera card in a zip lock in my purse (help). The guys sort of directed me to the monitor. I was immediately intimidated. You know how you get struck with intense fear when you are put in a situation that you have no idea how to deal with? Like what am I suppose to do here? They think I know what I am suppose to be doing....lol! Anyway, they quickly observed my immense discomfort and Aaron (one of the great guys that work there) came to my rescue. He went way beyond the call of duty in helping me to navigate and find my way around basic Photoshop elements. He helped me to change my bio for each card and showed me a bit more about layers. If any of you don't know about Photoshop at all, layers are like laying a clear plastic layer on top of the original and it allows you to paint and play withoutt affecting the original.
Anyway, in fifteen minutes I came away from there with a complete lesson in basics of Photoshop, and a lesson in the fact that people innately are helpful! Once again, it all comes down to working through our fear. I know for a fact that I have been being braver than normal lately. I am exposing my vulnerability and showing people that I just don't know a thing about all sorts of things. But something very powerful happens when you share your ignorance. People want to help you! It even seems to make them happy to do it! I love these guys and they have a loyal following with me!
Another important fact I learned with printing is that we have to get proofs before we print. The monitor and the printer speak in different languages, or something like that, so don't assume because it looks good on the screen that you should just go ahead and print out a bunch of cards. Every time I have printed I have had to tweak the proof! This was a little tid-bit that someone was kind enough to share with me in the beginning and it has held me in good stead! Also, errors get made so err on the side of caution!
Okay, one more little thing that happened for me yesterday. I want to make my wooden tile like products that everyone is so enthusiastic about. I found a supplier in Quebec but they don't sell directly to artists. They told me I would have to find a retaileraround here. I found out that Opus does carry them, but they don't stock the sizes I want and they would take over a month to get here every time! That won't work when I get a huge order and can't fill it for a long time. I got back in touch with the supplier, and they said they do make exceptions sometimes and I would be able to order them through them. Yay, I am so excited!!! So, not giving up is very important lesson I am learning along the way!
I am still looking for an inexpensive place to assemble them though. If anyone has any ideas, I would be soooo happy to hear about them, living on a boat and all! Hope some of this was helpful to you! Remember, if I can do it, you can do whatever you put your min too! xo