Monday, December 19, 2011

Posts from Our Past

Computer Savvy Seniors took a nap in 2011! It is coming back now and has already been such fun to get in touch with fellow retirees and see what everyone is up to. I thought it would be interesting to usher 2011 out with a review of some past efforts that we have all enjoyed. Then look out 2012, here we come!

This was posted in November of 2009 about a Photoshop Elements Special Effects class I had that year.

Flying High in the Sky!

Arthur Koelster said, "Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual." I believe that to be true, especially where learning computer software is concerned. For years I have watched my students start, many times with very little computer knowledge, learn the technical skill, and go on to learn and create exceptional things on their own.

And it helps to have a good sense of humor as well! A couple of years ago I taught a Special Effects class, and it was such a delight for me to watch one unique image after another appear on the screen.

Today's images feature moving about in the sky. The first one is by Karen Barnett. New to Photoshop that year, Karen made great strides and came up with some very cool images as you can see below. "Cloud Climber" was created using four layers...the background, the rapelling rope, the ladder and the climber.

The next three images were done by Bob Barretto whose creativity, Photoshop skills and artistic ability come together to create truly impressive work. We have all seen and heard a lot about balloons lately. Here we have a canine friend gazing wistfully at an enormous Alpo balloon.

In this image, a Stork balloon is delivering its bundle to a castle home.

This road sign was already created. Bob added the biker and pump to give it a very different look!

Our minds are filled with so many of life's experiences, and once we get to know how to use a computer we fill the screen with unique, often powerful images.

I love the quote by Franklin Roosevelt, who said, "Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort."

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