MARCH━ I got Photoshop and began doing graphics in the tail end of March. AS YOU CAN TELL, I wasn't going into it with any skills. I used pre-made PNGs from Deviantart (I still do, no shade at that!) and followed tutorials off of both Wattpad and Youtube. I was only making covers, but these haven't seen the light of day until right now!
APRIL━ I kind of realized I didn't have to go straight into hardcore manipulated covers and dialed it back. I had a lot of fun with cover themes, getting inspiration from graphic designers here on Wattpad! I also opened my first graphics shop which, honestly, was amazing because it was the catalyst of me getting more involved with Wattpad as a community!
MAY━ This was when I REALLY got into making graphics. I started messing with lighting and coloring, psds and highlighting. I still wasn't making my own PNGs, and most colorings were PSDs from Deviantart. I kind of like this stage, aside from how harshly I was manipulating EVERYTHING. Like, glowing, harsh colors, busy, idk.
JUNE━ Okay, personally, this is when I started really liking my covers. I finally found a balance, since I love doing manip covers, but they just aren't so harsh anymore? Idk, this is also when I started doing my own colorings, PNGs, and using more than 2 face claims, and I really like this stage idk!
JULY━ Alright, not to be annoying, but I've been so proud of my graphics lately. I'm not stressed out about making them, and I like how they turn out. Plus, I've been messing around with simple covers and I like those too?? Idk I'm just excited to see where I go from here!!
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So, yeah, I've only been doing graphics for like 5 months, but I feel like I've made SO MUCH progress? If you'd like to see one of these with gifs, or if you want to see any other specific things, let me know!