I'd like to to clarify that I am not a professional graphic designer, despite how long I've been doing it I'd call myself a beginner because I still have so much to learn.

The beginning

Well, it all started a few years ago on a site called Wattpad, I was about 13 or 14 years old. I was looking through the forums on Wattpad and found the Multimedia Design Club or the MDC. I saw so many beautiful graphics on there and I thought to myself "Hey, I think this is something I'd like to try out." And I did. I found a few tutorials and began my journey. It wasn't as easy as the graphic designers on there made it seem, it takes a lot of practice and patience to develop your skill and eventually your own style. I didn't know that then but with time I figured it out.

The Programs

Now I'm pretty sure when you hear graphic design you think of the most popular photo editing program, Photoshop. Well yes, a lot of professional graphic designers all over the world love to use Photoshop because it really is as amazing and as good they say it is. With it, you can do a lot of things and I personally love and use it as well. The only problem is that Photoshop is very expensive, especially if you're a student and have no job/stable source of income. If you can't afford it, don't fret. There are so many more programs similar to Photoshop that can give you similar results. The ones named below are just my personal favourites based of what I've used over time

My favourite graphics

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The top two blends are birthday graphics for my friends, the vector for my fan account on Instagram (@fangasm.edits) and the last image is a simple cover for my story on Wattpad.

The takeaway

4 years later and I still love making graphics and I slowly transitioned over several editing programs till I ended up sticking with Photoshop CC and Adobe Illustrator CC for my vectors (I haven't used it much though). Like I said previously, it takes a lot of practice to be able to make beautiful and eye-catching graphics. If you really love it don't give up, learn to accept critiques because the people who give them, most times, do it to help you improve. Taking breaks is okay as well, there were times I wouldn't make graphics for months because I didn't have any inspiration or the graphics I made didn't look nice - taking these type of breaks help a lot. You usually come back feeling refreshed and very inspired.

Remember the program is your friend and the only way to improve is through constant practice. Sometimes it'll seem like you're not improving but over time when you look back you'll notice how much you've gotten better. Everyone starts as a beginner so don't lose hope when times get tough.

cover image made by me :)

I hoped you enjoyed reading this, I'll post future articles giving tips and tricks for Photoshop and graphic making in general and I might even do a few tutorials. I'm trying to make this a daily thing so be sure to follow me for more articles. If you want me to talk about anything be sure to send me a postcard :)

- Uju