Photoshop Doodles: What Do You Think?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by dxstewart, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. dxstewart macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2010
    Hey guys,

    I spent aimless hours messing around with Photoshop after discovering a new font and some brushes. I just wanted to see what you guys thought of them? Thanks. :] A few of them are up on my new deviantART account (just started one). If you're on there too, feel free to add me as a friend!





  2. Kwill macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2003
  3. dxstewart thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2010
    I have a collection of fonts. This was a new one I just got and I wanted to play around with it.
  4. Messy macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2010
    Honest opinion?

    Couple of layers with some deviantart generic brushes and standard looking font.

    Sure they're ok and all, but there is no skill in doing what you have done above. imo

    I did this the other day (attached) in about an 1.5 hours messing about in CS5 before I went out for the evening. (yes i know im a **** for comparing my work but meh...)

    Attached Files:

  5. dxstewart thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2010
    No bonus points for the custom brush work, done one little stroke at a time? lol Yea I know, it's simple but, consider my complete newbie-ness in PS. I'm in the beginning stages of learning...very beginning. Everyone starts somewhere. I was going for simple with font, nothing too amazingly strenuous or anything, hence "doodles."

    thanks for looking.
  6. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010

    as long as you are enjoying PS that is what matters most ... you will know you are finally there when people want to pay you for your creativity.:cool:
  7. mlblacy macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2006
    the REAL Jersey Shore
    I'll be gentle...

    First off and moist importantly, it is good that you are playing around, and learning from your experience. Design is after all a form of structured play.

    That being said... you need to learn some essential basics of typography.
    Kerning, word spacing, etc. Also, on some of your type lines it looks like the second line is slightly a different size, which makes it look like your are being sloppy as opposed to making a conscious decision as a designer. There were a few points in which I cringed, but someone needs to point out the cringe-worthy parts (or you won't know). Taking criticism is the toughest part of the job, but an essential skill for growth.

    If you have someone who can mentor you, great. Internships are great ways to learn from the masters (if you are lucky and not stuck manning a copier or running mail). There are tons of resources for you if you don't. Leslie Cabarga has a good book called the "Logo & Lettering Bible", well worth picking up. Read Communication Arts or something similar, learn from the examples of the best (their annual issues covering design, photography, etc. are excellent references). Online there is tons of stuff as well, Smashing is worth the visit.

    Nothing wrong with breaking the rules and pushing boundaries.... BUT you need to know them nonetheless. Keep on working and learning is my best advice. After 25 years as a professional designer I still am learning...
  8. davedee65 macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2010
    Well done to you for taking the time to give it ago, we all have to start somewhere.

    Pay attention to the advice being given, although sometimes it may sound a bit harsh, and practice, practice, practice.

    I've been using Photoshop and Illustrator professionally for nearly 20 years and I'm still learning new things!!

  9. usclaneyj macrumors regular

    May 1, 2005
    It's hard to critique something that doesn't have any meaning. mlblacy speaks a lot of truths. Work on your leading, tracking, and kerning. Also - attention to detail - it didn't take very long for me to see repeated brush patterns in various places on the same piece of work. If this were for a real client you would want to avoid that.

    Visually, they are interesting, and the color palette is nice, albeit simple and a tad cliche. As an exercise in type treatment and photoshop brushes, these are a success. :)
  10. dxstewart thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 2, 2010
    Thank you everyone for looking and taking the time to leave a comment.

    Thanks mlblacy for your feedback. I do this in my spare time for fun and will definitely keep learning. And honestly, I didn't apply any rules to them; I just let loose. That's why there's so many cringe worthy spots.

    And usclaneyj, yes two of the pieces have the same brushwork. I didn't change it out.

    Again, thanks everyone! :D

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