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In the summer of 2011 I opened up a copy of Photoshop Elements 8 for the first time. I’d received it bundled with a scanner, and plans to indie publish my novel without going deep into the negative side of the balance sheet dictated that I explore the possibility of designing my own cover.
That effort and creating more covers for myself and others has taught me a number of things, the most important of which are that 1) I can do it, and 2) I’m only scratching the surface. Photoshop Elements is a capable application, but it pales in comparison with the Big Daddy. So does the price, which is the major reason I’ve made do with it.
There may be a multitude of people out there who can equal or better the Photoshop skills of 21-year-old Swedish photographer Erik Johansson, but I don’t really care. Take a look at the following examples and you might agree: