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One of my favorite definitions of creativity is that creativity is taking the ordinary and it's making it extraordinary. And that's really what we do in Photoshop, isn't it? Photoshop is so much about the mix of technique and innovation and inspiration. It requires so much ambition, and there's so much discovering the process. It's so easy to become really passionate about Photoshop. Yet, one of the problems is sometimes we can get overly involved in our Photoshop work, and I see this happen all the time to my students. They start to work on their images, and they are working so intensely on their image, they forget to eat. They forget to sleep.
They forget to breathe. They are just so focused in on the task at hand, and then they start to have bad posture, and they start to kind of have all this tension, and their Photoshop work starts to falter a little bit. So one of the things that I think we need to do is we need to make sure we are taking breaks. I mean, we need to take a break at least every 30 minutes, even if it's simply to stretch out our back, or to take a deep breath, or to look away from the screen. And this is not only helpful just to get the blood flowing, but it's actually helpful from a health perspective. You know that one of the main reasons why people have eye problems when working on a computer is they forget to blink.
And as far as I have observed, working in Photoshop is one of those programs where we get so consumed by it, it's so much fun, right? It's so engaging, that sometimes my students stare at their screen with wide eyes and they forget to blink completely. So we need to make sure we are blinking, we are breathing, we are taking breaks, because ultimately, this will lead to creating more compelling and engaging and alive photographs. Now, there are a lot of different ways that we can stay alert, but I found that simple stretching can really help you out. Even now, if you are feeling some tension in your back, or your shoulders, or your head, just do a really simple five second stretch.
What that can do is loosen you up, and it can expand your vision, how you think, and what you see, and what you notice, and ultimately what kind of images you create. There's one other stretch that I love. It's super goofy, but it's really fun. You go ahead and you open your mouth, stick your tongue out. You have got to try this, hold it out for 5 or 10 seconds, and what it does is it gets the tension out of your face. We carry so much tension in our face. And what I have found is that if your body is full of tension, it's hard to do really good Photoshop work, especially over the long haul.
And one of the things that we want to do is want to have really good workflow habits, so that we are alert. We are alive, the blood is flowing, and we are creating some of the best content we have ever created in our lives. So one of the things that I have found is that stretching and taking breaks and blinking can really help out, so that ultimately we expand our creative potential even more.
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