Perspective is important. It’s important when it comes to drawing of course, and it’s also important when it comes to life. Last week, both art and life came colliding together.
I use Photoshop a lot. I am usually fiddling with it in the morning before I go to wok as I letter a page of Uptown Girl, and at the end of the day I am usually editing and coloring a page for The Retros. Over the last few years, Photoshop has become an important tool in my art. Before I looked at it as a way to scan and possibly do some light editing on a piece of art, then it became the tool I use to letter a comic. Soon it was how I blacked in the night sky and clean up panel borders. Now I rely on it more than I thought I ever could. It’s true I only use about 10% of what Photoshop offers, but what I use it for is essential to my projects.
Last week Photoshop stopped working. Not being a computer guy myself, I am not entirely sure what happened. Dan, my best friend/website builder/IT guy thinks the software become corrupted somehow and I should uninstall it and re-install it. Tried that, it did not work. After trying a few free programs online for a temporary solution and considering switching to other options such as Manga Studio, I bit the bullet and purchased Photoshop again.
At Dan’s suggestion, I looked on eBay and found an older version of it and avoided paying $89 for the latest upgrade. Three days and thirty dollars later, a newer and better Photoshop was back on my PC and working like a dream.
In retrospect, this all seems very uneventful but in reality, I was very stressed out. I wondered if my computer was on its way out (it’s five years old, it might be time for a laptop), or if I would have to learn a new software program and change the techniques I’ve been using for years or what I was going to do in terms of keeping up on lettering and editing comics so I can stay on schedule.
The reality is that I can afford a new laptop, I have friends who would be happy to sit down with me and show me how to do anything I needed to know about any artwork editing software I could buy, I could also drop by a friend’s house and use their Photoshop if I needed to touch up something before I had a long term solution.
This was very much a first world problem and I am embarrassed at how stressed out I was. This was not a problem at any level. I am far enough ahead on The Retros that the next few weeks of pages are already colored and lettered. I had friends on Facebook recommending different programs and sending me links to different options to try. I am very lucky to have the life that I have.
So, I am thankful for the lesson and the reminder that my problems aren’t problems. I am lucky to have people in my life that can and did help. Thanks to everyone who offered technical help and offered different solutions. I will try to keep things in perspective the next time my world comes to end when I have a temporary set back.