@marsha-kay-ottum-owen That's the bounding box that appears when you want to transform a layer or selection. (scale/rotate). You can either double-click inside the box to apply the change, or click the little check mark at the top.
Longtime Photoshop pro here. A quick way to change the color of a non-text layer is to double-click on the layer in the Layers tab. (This is one of the most important boxes in Photoshop so it should be visible somewhere.) This will open the Layer Style options. Choose Color Overlay - that lets you change the layer to any color you want while keeping the original layer intact. The default Blend mode is Normal and that's all you need for a straight color change.
Here's my 3-step tutorial.
@chip-valecek ha, I just felt too old at first to start trying for a career in illustration but SVS has inspired me. Sounds like others don't start putting out great work until they're older anyway, so it's not too late for me! Just got to work hard and find a balance between family, websites and illustrations.
@tessw That first link was the one I was thinking of, thanks! I'll watch both videos. Will Terry's channel is full of inspiration and useful shop talk. This project sounds like good experience to pick up even if it doesn't pan out - at least I'll learn how to conduct business with self-publishers.
Hi, I'm Carrie Copa and I'm a freelance web designer/developer. I've been watching SVS videos for about 3 months. I recently started popping into the forum.
When I was a kid, I would be glued to the TV whenever they had a segment on the behind-the-scenes of animated films. I was enchanted by the storyboards. I had talent for drawing adorable animals. I even have a college degree in animation. Animation studios are scarce in North Dakota, so I used my graphic design skills with advertising agencies (remember Flash ads? Yeah, I animated those) and eventually taught myself website coding so I could be my own boss. I'm an ancient 35 now and recently rekindled the joy I get from drawing, so I decided to level up my game. I've learned so much even in this short time through SVS. The Inktober challenge is helping me find a consistent style of my own and create tons of ideas I can flesh out later.
I want to tell a story with my drawings, show my characters having adventures and sweet moments together. I set a goal for myself to illustrate a kid's chapter book. I have a cute style that would be perfect for someone. It's nice to meet you all!
Hey all! I've been an SVS member for about 3 months and occasionally lurked here. Now I have a question for you!
I have a potential illustration job with a local author for self-publishing. One thing that raised a red flag in my mind was that the character was like her little girl. That got me wondering, what do you say when the author wants to model a character after someone they know? They have a clear idea of what they want, so is it different from a made-up character?
Past experience with portrait photography and illustration has taught me people are really critical of how they are portrayed (I look fat, my hair's a mess, can you erase my wrinkles, etc), so I think using a real child as a model might get into a sensitive area.
My question is how much influence should real-life people or pets have on a book character? And how would you steer the conversation so the author is open to alternative character designs? I haven't discussed anything in-depth yet with the author I'm working with, I was just curious because the question must come up often enough in the realm of self-published works. I remember Will Terry saying once in a video that character design was his area of expertise as the illustrator. How much influence does the illustrator have?
It's scary to take that leap, but you can do it!
I started freelancing [building websites] 5 years ago. Choosing to leave a steady job is scary! But growing tends to be uncomfortable at first. It's a big change. You wonder where the money will come from. I had a few projects lined up, but what happens after that?
But at some point I realized there was nowhere to grow with my regular job, and I couldn't really be a freelancer by dedicating only 20% of my time to it. With my old job responsibilities gone, I could put 100% into my freelancing. Building a network, leveling up my skills. My clients loved working with me, and word of mouth brought more work, more money, more regular customers. (Now I'm rediscovering that I can draw, and might have to change my priorities again. We'll see!)
If you have the drive, you can succeed too!
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