The other day my girlfriend called me with a special request. “Don’t you have that program where you can put someone else’s head into a picture?” she asked. Ummmm…yeah, I have Photoshop, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I know how to USE IT!
She wanted to include some friends, who had been absent from an event, into a group Christmas photo – a tongue in cheek joke that said, “We’re thinking of you, and we missed you.”
Well on the Encore Voyage I have learned a couple of very, very important rules…
I can figure out ANYTHING with YouTube
Google is my friend
With digital photographs in hand, along with a couple of YouTube tutorials, I was off and running on a search and destroy mission to learn some new skills. And before you know it, our friends, Donna, Sandra, and Deb, were poking their absent little heads right outta that Christmas Tree!
Because I didn’t want to post a picture of all those folks without their permission, I thought I’d show you that I really can remove your head from your body! Fun, huh?!
I am certain that a professional photographer would have done it differently, and would have done a much better job. But for me the exercise had several benefits:
- It barely scratched the surface of the things I could learn about Photoshop, and it piqued my interest to do so (along with a desire to get much better at it!)
- It made me want to take and edit better photos (that, and looking at Terri Webster Schrandt’s pictures!)
- It reminded me that there are so many other fascinating things to learn about, which require only some time and focus – all of the information in the world is available at my fingertips. Web design, desktop publishing, even playing my saxophone – Yep, I can learn all of those things, too.
This Photoshop exercise made me realize that retirement doesn’t mean that a person stops learning and exploring new things. In fact, I would never have had the time to play around like this during my pre-Voyage career! So how about it – What new skills are you learning to make your Voyage an adventure?