What have you taught yourself lately?
As I’m sitting here on this cold, Sunday morning, drinking my coffee while my house is still quiet, I’m patting myself on the back. Over the last couple of days, I’ve been working on some new weekly planner printables.
This has been such a learning experience for me. I’ve always considered myself somewhat of a “computer nerd” – and usually give my dad most of the credit. He is a computer GURU and taught me quite a bit when I was growing up (I mean, he STILL does, but he really ingrained computers into my brain at a young age.) Because of this foundation of knowledge, I’ve always taken a do-it-yourself approach when it comes to learning something new on the computer. I think it comes down to confidence. Computers don’t scare me. They frustrate me sometimes, but they never scare me.
And I get such a joy from figuring something out on my own.
When I first started Auggie Lamb, I was using a very basic editing software that I found for free online. I’ve used it for years and became quite comfortable with it. I had no idea what I was missing out on. Truly. It seemed to get the job done for the projects I created. I still use it. Maybe it’s a loyalty thing. Who knows. But recently, I’ve jumped head first into the Adobe Creative Cloud and am slowly but surely teaching myself the likes of Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Whew. What a whole new world! (I just typed that while repeating that phrase in my best Aladdin voice. Did you do it too?)
Thankfully, there are a lot of tutorials on YouTube (like, a LOT) and it seems that every question I come up with has been asked at least 73 times before, somewhere on the internet. This is tremendously helpful for people that are really just winging it. I don’t plan to use all of the features of these programs, but the projects I do are growing by leaps and bounds. Looking back, I feel like I was trapped in the stone age with my other program. A whole new world has opened up for me.
As I’m working on some graphics this morning – I came up with a solution to a problem I was having. I did it all on my own, with NO internet searches, NO YouTube tutorials, nothing but my problem solving brain. And I said to myself, out loud, “I am a Photoshop Master!”. Then I laughed at myself and decided to write this post.
I always say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” and I encourage you all to try something new. Something you have little or no knowledge about and TRY! I’m willing to bet that you’ll be amazed at what you can teach yourself if you just TRY! It feels so great when you accomplish something and teach yourself something new. Even if it’s something as small as learning a new computer program.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!