I am about to embark on a big change and one that seems to have an enormous learning curve. I am switching from Corel Draw to Adobe Creative Cloud.

I have been using Corel Draw for my graphic creating and editing since I found CorelDraw 3 among some office supplies that were being thrown out back in the middle of the 1990s. I found CorelDraw 5 in the same way, then I bought CorelDraw 8, or maybe it was 10, and from there I was invested in the software. Now, I have the X7 suite and Corel PaintShop Pro 2019 on the machine in my office, but I’m not going to be moving on to CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2019. Nope. I’m changing horses and trying my hand at the big dog in the graphic design game.

Why? Because I was emailed a 40% off offer. Well, that and the fact that Lady Ronn is already paying monthly to use a couple of their products for her photography editing. In addition to that, there are a lot of tools in Creative Cloud and I should be able to stop using a few other programs that use for my stuff; Audacity and Power Director in particular. And if I can figure all this out, I should be able to do a lot more cool things with images and video.

If you have any tips for me on learning these adobe programs or can simply tell me what any of these programs are for, I’d appreciate that. If, however, you just want to tell me that it’s a rip off, it’s too expensive, or anything along those lines… yeah, keep that to yourself and let me decide how to spend my money.

I came home to a surprise on Thursday. For all the years I’ve lived in my house there has been a broken pipe for the water shutoff in my front yard. It was kind of a jagged thing that I was pretty sure the neighbor kids, or myself, would fall on it and become grievously injured. Seems the city has been out and put a nice little cap on it… oh, and they dug up my neighbors yard and moved his. So, probably, mine was just something they noticed while they were here. But it’s a win. I’ll take that.

I had to crop that picture down to avoid you seeing the swath of yellow straw that is my lawn.

I’ve been thinking about wrapping my van with one of those vinyl wraps. Yes, I know, I’m doing that thing again. I can’t help myself.

I don’t have all my ducks in a row, and this is certainly premature. But it’s a thing I spent some time on this morning. Too much time. I couldn’t find any good templates online, so I had to build my own in Corel PaintShop Pro. It’s not perfect, but I think I could certainly use it to get the idea across to a designer.

It’s not quite what I imagined. I like the extreme/racing style patterns and there are a ton of them on shutterstock, but I don’t have an account to  access their catalog of graphic patterns, templates, and what not. So, I came up with my own. What do you think?