The Non-Artists Guide To Photoshop Addiction

July 6, 2011 at 1:20 am

Photoshop Cures Writer's Block


It doesn’t dominate my life but I definitely love the tools the software provides.  I’m far from an artist so my work will never be near the level of many digital artists I admire but I try.  I’m always searching the web for new techniques I can attempt and recently, I’ve become a fan of magazines like Advanced Photoshop.

Over the years, Photoshop has become my escape from editing and writing.  It’s my third love.  My way of turning my brain off while still being creative.  I found Photoshop to be a perfect way to keep me occupied while I worked out scenes in my mind.  It’s my cure for writer’s block.

I think a lot of people are intimidated by Photoshop and I was no different.  However, if you have the motivation and dedication to learn, you’ll never stop surprising yourself.  I’ll always be jealous of graphic designers.  I tell people I’m good at manipulating elements in Photoshop but I struggle when it comes to creating something great from scratch.  I can’t draw.  I never could.  I think that’s why I stick to logos and fonts and steer clear of more complicated images that are beyond my skill set.

I can’t draw a dragon…  But I could certainly incorporate an image of a dragon into something.

Nope, I can’t paint that.  That doesn’t stop me from watching videos like that in awe of what some people can do.


Pick up a copy of Advanced Photoshop every once in a while.  Learn from websites like PSDtuts.  Think of what you want to create and don’t stop researching until you have all the techniques and tips you’ll need to pull it off.  Get a digital camera, snap a few images and learn how to manipulate them.

The golden rule of learning how to use Photoshop is this:

The more you learn.  The harder it is to stop!

This applies directly to independent filmmakers who are just getting started.  Pick up a copy of Photoshop and try making posters and promotional artwork yourself.  If anything it’s a cheaper way to go and you’ll learn a new skill.  There are countless ways to promote your projects online and Photoshop is a great way to help your film stand out.

I’ve been working with Photoshop for about 3 years or so now and it’s safe to say I’m addicted…  That is until a few months ago when my PC died.  I lost Photoshop. That day and the subsequent months sucked.

For months, I stopped reading magazines and websites because I didn’t want to see techniques I couldn’t even try.  Regardless of my efforts, there were still moments when I took pictures of TV ads, fonts and logos to prepare for Photoshop’s return.  I ended up keeping a list of images I wanted to create when Photoshop returned.

Thankfully, my new PC is up and running and Photoshop is a part of my life again.  Mostly because I’m now capable of creating graphics for my movies, this blog and my other websites like

Within a week, I had already created a couple ‘posters’ for some screenplays I’ve been working over the last few months.  I’ve always found it interesting to try and visualize a screenplay during the writing process.  It gives me extra material to look at when I’m developing a new story and inspiration if I get stuck.

There are so many different reasons I love Photoshop.  Whether it’s a new screenplay, a poster for my short film, a board game or a new graphic for this blog, I’m always looking to improve my skills and create something unique.  What I love the most about Photoshop is the limitless knowledge I have yet to attain.  There are billions of ways to use the software and I’m probably at #152 ish.

It’s a hobby that will never get boring because there is always something new to learn.  I can’t wait to see what I’ll be able to create 10 years from now or next week for that matter.

XTRA | Here are a couple more Photoshop posts covering screenwriting, short films and more…

Photoshop Cures Writer’s Block

Rookie Photoshop For Movie Nerds

Creating Concept Art For Your Screenplay

Does This Poster Sell My Independent Short Film?

Photoshop & Low Budget Short Films

Finally, this is an image I created  the other day by completing a tutorial from The Artist’s Guide To Photoshop.  It’s nothing special and definitely not an official Athletic Nerd logo but it’s decent and it was fun to create.

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Remember, if you can ignore the fact that you aren’t an artist and just try the millions of tutorials out there you will get better. 

Photoshop fuels my love of screenwriting and making movies.


Welcome back Photoshop!