A couple months ago, my sister asked if I would be interested in doing some freelance work for the organization she works for. The job involved sprucing up photos in Photoshop, adding some text and maybe a map of China, and then sending it off to be printed on cardstock postcards.
Working in Photoshop?
Creating photo postcards?
Learning all the provinces of China?
Seriously. I do that anyway without being paid. The money is just a nice bonus.
More specifically, I'm creating photo postcards for people who are teaching English in and around China. The teachers then mail out the postcards with their quarterly newsletters that go to friends and family who are wondering what the heck is going on in China. Quite possibly I'll only be doing this job for a few more months because the company may train someone to do what I'm doing, but until then...I'm having way too much fun.
The best part is all the emailing I get to do with my sister. Almost daily, we're harassing each other via email, or at the very least trading one word sentences. We're quirky like that.
I don't have permission to share any of the projects that I've completed, but I had to share part of the one that I just finished tonight. The teachers are always given the opportunity to make special requests, but they're usually not that picky. There have been a couple of teachers who have wrung my designing skills through the wringer, but probably the most specific request was the one I received yesterday.
The special request was to have a map of China and North Korea, with each country's flag as the map's background and an arrow pointing to Jilin Province. It sounds easy--and I suppose considering the fact that I did manage to do just that, it is easy--but it was a bit of a challenge for me. Part of the trouble is that North Korea is relatively small compared to China, so I had to take a couple of artistic liberties in the design to make sure that it would all show up nicely on a 4x6 postcard.
I realize that North Korea is actually connected to China, but then you wouldn't have been able to fully appreciate the flag and all its Photoshopped glory. As it is, it's still a little too small, I think. Also, the white behind the map needs to be brightened up a bit. And now that I look at it, it really doesn't seem that complicated, but it was! There were layers, and lots of erasing and...um...filling and matching colors and positioning that arrow.
It was tricky.
By the way, I got all distracted with whatever distracts me and forgot to mention the winners from last week's contest. There were just three of you (well, there were six comments, but I'm assuming three of those six were just comments and not contest entries), so I'm going to mail prizes out to all three of you. Consider yourself winners. Yay.