Like many people of a certain age, my experience with Photoshop began with a little experimentation here and there, correcting the blemishes of ones fifteen year old face, and cropping my parents out of pictures where I looked REALLY GOOD. Since then, I’ve never really bothered with any formal training, despite the fact I use the programme every day at work. This of course has pros, such as helping me develop a mindset of experimentation, and cons, like not knowing many time-saving hot keys.
Enter Adobe Knowhow. They have produced a 100% free Photoshop course designed for the total beginner. It promises that ‘you will learn Adobe Photoshop CC from the ground up, with no prior experience required’.
Over thirteen hours of bite-sized lessons, you’ll learn to create and manage colour in an image, use layers and work with filters. You’ll also get a resoundingly good overview of all the little tools and options available to you in the work space. I really recommend it for anyone who is starting from scratch, or has just been playing around by themselves for years… Within the first few lessons I learned how to make all my windows the same zoom % – which is a total game-changer!
Plus at the end you’ll get a little badge of achievement which you can use on your LinkedIn profile, or simply list the course on your resume. Sounds like an excellent deal to me.
This documentary charts the heady rise of hairdresser Vidal Sassoon from Jewish orphanage to the pinnacle of his craft. With Bauhaus-inspired hairdos he pioneered in the 60s and his wash and wear philosophy he revolutionised hairstyling and changed the world with a pair of scissors.
This is not a documentary about hair. It’s about style, passion, and self belief. I didn’t know the background to Sassoon’s empire prior to watching the documentary, but it is fascinating and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you know he took elocution lessons to dampen his East End/cockney accent?
“If you can get to the root of who you are and make something happen from it, my sense is you’re going to surprise yourself.” – Vidal Sassoon
Hope you are all having wonderful evenings. I have prebooked my Thai delivery, have a movie lined up (Wild, the story of Cheryl Strayed) and a hot water bottle. Tomorrow at 6.30am I’ll be helping with breakfast at my homeless shelter I volunteer at, then a yoga workshop! A virtuous start to the year? Perhaps. Or peaking early…
Anyway, I wanted to share my single resolve this year. Nothing about losing weight, being kind or making a truckload of money. That would be nice though. All I’m going to do is pick up one piece of litter a day. Start small, lowball. If things tally up, great.
If everyone in London picked up one crumpled water bottle a day, or an empty crisp packet, imagine how clean it would be… Clean canals, empty green fields, sparkling high streets. Wishful thinking but you’ve got to start somewhere.
One thing a day.
Be the change you want to see.
Make good in 2016.
Another autumn, the second with Duchess. She loves crunching on leaves… Always so inquisitive. Time for me to make my yearly pilgrimage to Uniqlo and buy all of the warm things! Thom and I are going to Iceland in just over a week, so I need something along the lines of a sleeping-bag with feet.
Have you ever wondered where all the baby pigeons are? You’re not alone – a quick Google search for this yields approximately 3,090,000 results.
My boss recently found an anonymous fledgling, and after an extended adventure, dropped the poor chick off at a wildlife rescue centre. It turned out it was a (very exotic) baby pigeon, approximately aged 6-7 days old. They promised to rehabilitate it as much as possible… but it might have been too early.
The above is an amazing illustration of just how fast these little dudes grow – from egg to woah in just ten days! Plus, they’re complete homebodies, staying in their nests until they reach maturity. No wonder we never see them – they’ve barely taken their first breath before they’re feathered and ready to go. Human infants could learn something from them…