I searched through the design assignments, and I chose the “Vogue Challenge”. Vogue, not to be confused with voguing, is a magazine that covers various topics, including Haute fashion, beauty, culture, living, and runway.
It’s a pretty simple and easy assignment but I wanted a reason to edit a picture of the recent sim I made. You know I always need to implement sims in my posts one way or another.
The programs I used to edit were GIMP and Photopea. Both of these programs are free alternatives to photoshop. Photopea is online so you can access it on the web but GIMP you have to download it on your computer.
Here are the steps I did to complete the Vogue assignment.
Step 1: I opened my picture in gimp. You can easily drag and drop your picture or you can hover your mouse over “File” and either click “New” or “Open”.
Step 2: I pressed the text tool in the top left and typed the word “Vogue” across the top of my picture. (One thing I like about GIMP is that you don’t have to add a new layer when you add text. It’ll automatically become its own layer once you start typing).
The assignment could have been done here because it only asked to put the word “Vogue” across the picture and that’s it. But I decided to be extra and copy an actual Vogue Magazine.
Step 3: I then exported the picture to my desktop and opened it in Photopea so I could add a paper textured overlay.
Here’s a quick video I watch on how to resize an image in Photopea. I was lowkey kind of lost LOL.
Step 4: I edited the Paper Textured overly by going to the Layers tab, changing “Normal” to “Screen”, and turning down the opacity to 40%.
I find editing pictures very fun but in the beginning, I never liked how they turned out because I always end up comparing my edits to another professional edit. I used to think I couldn’t achieve and execute that level of high professional editing. Especially when the majority of editors use expensive programs such as Adobe.
But I realized I had to stop being hard on myself and have fun. Also, practice means perfect. You don’t need expensive programs to edit pictures, there are lots of free programs out there to help. You just need PRACTICE.
I want to learn simple coding for my own benefit. That “benefit” is, making a cute theme for my Tumblr. I like making things aesthetically pleasing so making my blog aesthetic will make me happy. But I know coding takes A LOT of practice. And I am NOT willing to learn. I’d rather be stress-free.