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8.1 Course Conclusion

Hello, welcome back to Creating a Fantasy Book Cover Course. I'm Louis Moorhead, we are now on lesson 20, the conclusion. First of all, thank you ever so much for joining this course and I hope you enjoyed the journey. The main goal for this course was to develop multiple techniques to create an awesome fantasy composite. I tried to show you that something as simple as a swamp [INAUDIBLE] can turn into this crazy landfill with pyramids and a crazy moss character with animals and swamp and alligators and everything you could dream of. As with anything, you start with the basics and work your way up until you gain an understanding of the techniques and the disciplines that are required to be a professional in this large industry with multiple job titles. If you've followed this course, you'll notice I tried not to repeat a certain technique once or twice. I tried to use a different way to do things. I hope this helped with bringing more to the course and helped further your understanding of Adobe Photoshop. The main tool you have at your disposal is your patience. Anything can be achieved with patience and determination, you just have to sit down and do it. For instance, with this course, you followed me for a few hours and you could've been relaxed and playing games, something like that. That's the difference between an amateur and a professional, taking the time out to learn your craft. It could take you a day or it could take weeks, but in the end you'll have remembered something from your time on this course. As I was teaching you in my own way, I wanted to show you the professional side of making your prints ready to print. You could adjust it all in Photoshop, but I want to show you another program and how it works within the industry. Adobe InDesign is a great magazine making program, as well as other things such as books. So I want to show you how to create a print ready artwork using it. The main thing you should get from this course is desire to create more. If you have finished this course, I hope you feel a sense of achievement and then want to create your own artwork, whether it be yourself or for clients. Now it may be a bit late if you have gotten to this stage, but please, if you come out of this course just following me step by step, then go back and see what you can improve. Add your own objects, change the color, add your own imagery. That's the best way to learn, teaching yourself, as well as following this course, of course. In this course, we learned multiple techniques from using the cool new feature in Adobe Photoshop CC, which is the focus area. We use this to separate our animals and objects in our blurry backgrounds. Of course, it wouldn't have worked to say an image captured after, say, f11 but obviously low speed, something like that, which didn't give a blurry depth of field. But because the subjects stand out, because possibly we'll get f4 aperture, something like that, it was perfect. There's one bit of advice that I would give you after completing this course. Immediately after, try your end project. Use some of the techniques I use in the course and incorporate them into it. If you can create something from scratch and it looks as effective or better than the image we created here, then you truly have achieved something great. Or if you think that your image didn't come out as well as mine did or how the course did, don't worry at all. Some people work at different rates. They forget things, they move the bar too much to the left, you don't know what color, or something like that. It all takes time and your eye will adjust. Success is measured by your own progress. If after this course, you know a little bit more, then that's all that matters and you have succeeded. Progress takes a lot of time. I've spent multiple years doing this, and that's why I'm at the stage I'm at now. Even if you can only remember one thing, that's still success to me. If you take away one thing, then next course you do, you could take away two things, three things, and then eventually, you'll get to a level where you keep remembering these techniques. And you keep applying same thought, same process to the same technique and it will work. It'll just come together at once, it'll click like that. So once again, I want to thank you for joining in this large course, and I really hope you enjoyed it. So for the last time, my name is Louis Moorhead and good luck with your future in design or whatever path you take. Hope to see you again in another course in the very near future. See you next time.

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