This time last week, I was thinking about making some t-shirt designs. I figured it would be a good way to make some passive income and practice another creative pursuit. I came up with a few design ideas, mostly text based, and started working on it. I haven’t yet decided which site to post my new designs on, probably either Redbubble or Zazzle though. Zazzle has more views/month, but Redbubble has much more impressive creative work. I researched which designs are most popular right now, which sites charge more, what I should set my commission at, and how to setup and market an online shirt-store.
Then I figured I should actually make some designs. Because I have bills to pay (see all previous posts) I use GIMP instead of Photoshop. Actually, “use” is probably a strong word, more like, “I tried to use GIMP”. Since most of my designs were text based, I figured it would be no problem. I looked up several tutorials and lots of text-effect articles. Either I’m an idiot (it’s possible), or graphic design of any sort is just terrible.
I could not get it to work properly. How hard can it be to add text, get the sizing right, change the font around, and format the layers for exporting? After a few hours I remembered why I decided against graphic design before: it’s too tedious. It could have been the clunky software I was using, or the fact that I didn’t actually know what I was doing, but it was unreasonably difficult. And most relevantly, I didn’t want to keep trying to figure it out.
I don’t thrive on challenge, but I don’t usually give up too fast either. I’m also trying to learn jQuery now that my HTML/CSS course is over. I still have some syntax issues with the coding, and don’t know much about that either. However, I am willing to stick it out. I can’t always think about something to write everyday either. Lots of the time it doesn’t work out how I thought it should. Anyway, graphic design is out (again). I might try to get the hang of it later on if I need a logo or banner made, but it isn’t going to be what I do.
All of the new pursuits I’m looking into and trying out are challenging to a point. Some are easier than others, but I’m slowly learning what I don’t want to do. Of course, I’m still trying to figure out what I do want to do, but one step at a time I suppose.