Computer graphics anyone?

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Well I think I found my "nich" that I want to do in life. I love editing pictures. I do it for fun a lot and just like messin' around in photoshop. I'm not good at all at making stuff from scratch. Like all the graphics like the DRN logo and stuff I just marvel at. I am not that bad at editing pictures though. I really like changing a picture. Most of it is just knowing what tools to use and when to use them, not any real "skill" I guess to editing like I do. I made a little sample of some of things I have done in the last month or two, there just for fun though. I also am really into flash but lost interest after I couldn't do the programing that I wanted to take my intros and pages to a new level. I did a few intros for some guy in France for his web-page and he liked it and everything, so I'm not extremely bad. I haven't being in flash for a while ever since I lost ALL of my files :( I find I like messin' with pictures a lot better than flash though. I was just wondering what kind of college is involved and what kind of careers are out there for graphics design? Thump, maybe you have some insight? I'm sure I could get a lot better if I had some classes or something. You can goHere and laugh at my work ;) But just remember I just started so I'm new to all this.
 
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just keep playing with it....
I make tracks, bike & gear skins for Motocross Madness2
I just finished a new one...I will have to post it soon....;)
 
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My mom is a graphic designer and all she did was go to art college
but I think now-a-days you might have to get some degree involving computers.
just my $.02
 

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Having used photoshop a very, very little, I can appreciate the time and effort it takes to make things look right. I am not patient enough. Stick with it and you will do well, Moo.

I can't believe you still have my pics up there. LOL
 
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Well I really don't want to go to art college because I'm not an artists. I like computers and using photoshop but I don't really like art because I'm not coordinated at all, I guess why I like photoshop so much is because I can release my artistic thinking into graphics without having to be a good drawer or painter or anything. Photoshop is such a wonderful tool and I love it. And yes, I spend hours on some things that turn out like crap and people don't understand how teetius it is, and to get it just right is so hard.
 

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Lookin good Moo. I am into the graphic design thing too. I have a website with some things I have made for people. Most of it is old stuff of when I was just starting. I haven't uploaded any new stuff in a loooooong time. It's all text stuff. I only recently started making and editing pictures. Here it is Oubisly I am not a website designer. The background somehow changes its self back to that crappy color every time I change it.
 

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MoO_coW

*HERE* is a picture I just took a couple of weeks ago that I think will make a great image to manipulate into a cool new graphic for the next rendition of the hillclimbers web page.

I bought Paint Shop Pro 7 at Sam's Club for $80.00 and then got a $30.00 rebate back on top of that---just haven't found time to play with it.

If you want to do some tweakin on this picture for me I will work something out with you.
The picture is a little dark, any way the emphasize the huge motor would be cool.

Many careers begin by just jumping in and starting something.
 
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email me with some ideas of what you want and I will try my darndist to do it. I needed a new picture to edit because im all out of them :)
 

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Hey Moo, I'm in college right now for Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Dallas. They also have other schools around the US. You don't necessarly need to draw good to be a graphic design artist. At the Art Institute you only take two drawing classes, Intro to drawing, and intermediate drawing and they teach you how to do everything. Thump went to the same college I am in right now. There are many different career fields you can go into. From the design layout (magazine layout), logos, to image manipulation. Graphic Design is very broad and there are so many jobs/fields you can get into. If you would like some more info feel free to email me. blackhawk468@hotmail.com
 

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Moo. Graphic design is a broad career. Many things to do. College is a must. In the arena of photo retouching the competition is tough for an average retoucher because there are a lot of them out there. Now if you move to the next level of talent and can understand channels, plates, color set up and can do stuff like THIS you can bill up to $300-350 and hour depending on your efficiency. At this level competition is weak because few have the desire to spend 60 hours retouching tile when they can make it look pretty good in 5 hours.

You do not need to be able to draw, you just have to know what something would look like in reality and you have to be picky beyond what you think is reasonable. Make things look more real than they would be if they existed.

The difference between a decent retoucher and an exceptional one is not talent, it is knowledge of the programs, attention to detail and the desire to be the best. But that can be said for a lot of professions.

From what I have seen of your work, you have the talent. Do you have the desire? Typically I put in 60-80 hrs a week... every week sometimes more, sometimes much more. No misconceptions, this job is not an 8-5 job if you want to be paid well. Now if you just want to make a living at it....8-5 and an easy road, sure, but that would not support my dirt bike habbit.
 
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Thanks a lot guys, Ill e-mail you thump and blackhawk, I know your busy so don't worry about getting to it, just if you have some free time or something. Thanks alot