Rush Cover Photo for Cal Chi Omega

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A story of trying to please others and losing perspective in the process.

It’s that time of year again….

drum roll please………  !  .!>.1 >!>!>!>!>>!


So this year our recruitment chair asked me to design our cover photo to publicize for rush. My first instinct was (of course) Cal spirit theme! However, after looking at other sororities cover photos, I started to feel that spirit wasn’t the cool thang.


I got all caught up in questions like What color schemes are popular? What is “cool”? 

(apparently collages and Coachella vibes).

Anyway, in comparing myself (my sorority) to the image of others, I started to lose my own sense of what I feel we represent. My whole time in Chi O I’ve found the house to be full of well-rounded, cool Berkeley girls! Smart, social, open-minded, fun! A lot of girls are looking to make a difference in the world and are willing to work hard (play hard) for it.

So you can see my first attempt for this cover photo was rather uninspired. Pretty but not really vibrant, or representing much. I looked up “old blue film”, and used spot healer to remove the logos (hehe).  Then wrote the words.



This is even less inspired ^



I tried again. I used the sticker design that I made last November :

Screen Shot 2018-08-08 at 6.15.05 PM








You can find the link to it’s story and sales here.


Then I WENT HAM!!! As you can see, I wanted to reduce the sharpness of the original design, and also make it a little more bright and feminine, so did an hour of blur and color editing with the smudge tool and paint tool (easily my two most common tools). I also discovered the STUMP BRUSH in the paint brush settings, which is a slightly better blender then then smudge, because smudge mostly just moves paint around rather than blending.

For the letters I just typed them and then painted a shadow in a layer behind it. I definitely don’t think that’s the most efficient way…  but yolo.


The background was super fun to do! Adjusting paint color opacity and flow makes this so much easier! Anywhere that looks static, you can just paint a little white on low opacity, or any color you see fit. It’s so fast and easy!


 AND FOR THE FINAL PRODUCT ………………….. drum roll please………………!!!!!!!!


The recruitment team loved it!      I love it!      Much, much more inspired and spirited.


This experience was very gratifying because it really demonstrates growth in skill since last year. It was last August during rush that I touched Photoshop for the first time. I drew this with my finger on my laptop touch pad:


I feel so proud of myself for how far I’ve come in terms of confidence and skills in my art and it is projects like this that inspire me to keep on goin!

Thank you so much for reading 🙂




luv n peace,


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