Not a client per se, but I was helping to prepare for
my grandmother’s 80th birthday shindig and one of my grandmother’s neighbours
was setting up a screen display for the event. She had misspelled my
grandmother’s last name and was trying to fix it, but was having some
difficulty with it.
I offered her a hand, assuming it would be a quick
fix and also figuring that while I was at it I could surreptitiously alter some
of her horrendous design choices. She protested at first, saying something
along the lines of having twenty years of experience, but gave in after a
(sitting down at her laptop) So, this seems like a different version of Photoshop
than I’m familiar with. Where’s your layers panel?
not sure what you’re talking about.
layers panel, with all your text items? It should be in your workspace.
I tried to find her workspace settings, but it was
such an old version of Photoshop that I couldn’t find it immediately.
the text! It’s all in here”
She pulled up a Word Document with the text entirely
composed in WordArt. I stifled a groan.
could help, but for now I just want to see the layer in the Photoshop file
where you placed the text.
I kept searching. She got impatient and then shooed
me away so that she could fix it.
I watched in horror
as she used the eraser tool to carve away at the misspelled name. I realized
that for all her “twenty years of experience,” there was no layers panel, there
would never be a layers panel. She’d pasted everything into her background. The
background tiles, the clipart, the misspelled name – all part of the same,
Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse her hand slipped on the mouse and the
eraser tool cut into the main graphic. Rather than just Ctrl-Zing it, she
grumbled quietly and went into ANOTHER word document to copy an embedded image
and pasted it over her ruined one in Photoshop. And then in a masterful coup de grace, she corrected the
misspelled name in WordArt, copied it, pasted it, and smiled proudly back up at
Her: See, I said I could do it by
do this for a living, you know.