My most challenging work from Mrs. Skinner's Photoshop class was my copycat magazine cover. Mostly because it was time consuming and took me several extra days before and after school to complete.
On all of the pictures, I had to use a clipping mask which isn't a difficult concept of adding a mask to a photo layer. For example, the One Direction photo was terrible to hide the VMA background from the boys, especially around Harry's curly fro. Then there was the main picture of myself. My photo had to be darkened using the levels tool because I was so pale that my white "Kearsten" blended in perfectly with my arm.
Then, there were a plethora of shapes for the text which constantly needed editing to fit the shapes from the original magazine. Not to talented at shapes, I had difficulties figuring out how to cut out a diagonal from the left boxes. That was my problem, I was trying to cut the boxes when I could just use the transform tool on the boxes and skew a diagonal on the box. Plus, there were far too many boxes to keep organized. I managed to organize them by having layer folders within layer folders within layer folders.
There were also plenty of text layers which needed to be altered with the paragraph editor by changing the size, color, and tracking. With the majority of texts, I had to using tracking to decrease the space between the letters, and the size and color of the texts switched from a hundred two point red font to eight point puke green font. Plus, the fonts were nearly impossible to find. Often, I would find fonts I thought matched only to learn that a main letter didn't match.
Also, for every layer (which there were far more than I could handle) there were at least two or three effects, drop shadow and stroke being favorites of Bravo. When I say every layer, I mean every layer, except for the barcode and the main cover photo. All these layer styles were easily copied by holding down Alt and dragging the style to other layers.
Finally, there were the brushes which were quite simple compared to the rest of the project, but still I had to scan the internet for matching star brushes.Those brushes had to all be loaded onto Photoshop using the load brushes option on the drop down menu for brush categories.
The project was just manic with parts running everywhere, and my perfectionist personality couldn't handle moving to a new part while the other parts sat half finished. Yet, it was rewarding to see the gorgeous final result.