We do appreciate a good Photoshopped picture here and there, but it’s a huge no-no from us when someone tries to pass it off as one of their photography masterpieces. For those who are aspiring to be a (legitimate) Photoshop master, the road is long and hard. But not impossible! We’ve put together a list of must-have items to make that journey a little easier, which might come in handy for that relative of yours studying graphic design or that friend who over-edits their Instagram photos.
1. WACOM INTUOS S BLUETOOTH, $139
Available at wacom.com
If you’re just starting out and your drawing skills are lacklustre, our best advice is going to be the advice of many before us: Practice! We’re all about the high-tech gadgets and the best way to practice your drawing is to get yourself a tablet like the Wacom Intuos! This handy gadget is a lightweight and an environmental-friendly option if you’re not one who’s for scribbling all over stacks of paper.
2. IPAD PRO 12.9″, $,1499
Available at Apple stores and at apple.com
Does a part of you aspire to be as beautiful and talented as Lauren Tsai? The model cum illustrator has worked with the likes of Marc Jacobs for her own line of bags after her debut in Japanese reality show, Terrace House. For someone who is as busy as her, sketching is still made possible while you’re on the go, as long as you have your trusty iPad Pro with you.
3. PHOTOSHOP SHORTCUTS KEYBOARD SILICONE SKIN, $19
Available at miniinthebox.com
What better way to work more efficiently than to have this keyboard skin that provides you all the Photoshop shortcuts?! Produce more stunning, breathtaking images to attain that Sony sponsorship!
4. KENSINGTON WRIST PILLOW FOAM KEYBOARD REST BLACK, $53.88
Available at fishpond.com.sg
With its soft material and unique curve design, this wrist pillow will minimise the strain on your hands during those long hours of editing. Getting carpal tunnel syndrome is no joke!
5. RED REPUBLIC DOOR HANGER LAH, $12.90
Available at megaxstore.com
This door hanger is great for showing your #SinglishPride. Go undisturbed while working on your “art” by hanging “Knock First Leh” on your door. Or if you want to be more aggressive and make sure that no one catches you photoshopping your pictures, hang “Go Away Lah!”.
6. ADOBE PHOTOSHOP AND ILLUSTRATOR KEYCHAINS, $8 EACH
Available at etsy.com
With that many layers on Adobe Photoshop, it’s bound to crash. Graphic designers, image manipulators, and public deceivers alike will recognise the frustrating feeling of having hours of work disappear before your eyes — which explains why these angsty keychains sold like hotcakes. Still can’t beat our collective, fuming angst after a certain scandal though.
7. READ THIS IF YOU WANT TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS BY HENRY CARROLL, $19.07
Available at bookdepository.com
Maybe spend less time on edits, and more time on learning how to take a good photo in the first place… and you wouldn’t need to rely on photoshop so much.
8. ADIDAS ULTRABOOST UNCAGED SHOES, $280
Available at adidas stores, authorised retailers, and adidas.com.sg
Remember when one of our beloved “photographers” got called out for photoshopping all of his images? Singaporeans went at him and bashed his dishonesty. This pair of shoes will come in handy, especially during dire situations. All photoshop artists need a pair of running shoes to run away from the media and angry Singaporeans.
9. PILOT PERMANENT MARKET FINE BULLET TIP – BLUE, $1.10
Available at your nearest bookstore or stationery shop
To permanently blue tick everyone who accuses you of photoshopping. Hahahaha, look who’s laughing now. (my sense of humour is)
10. CUTE LOCH NESS MONSTER ART PRINT INSPIRATIONAL HOME DECOR, $106.96
Available at: Lazada
They say the best liars/con artists out there are the ones that even deceive themselves… #InspoOfTheDay #Motto4Lyf3
11. REFOLD STANDING DESK WITH WATERPROOF TOP, NZD200
Available at refold.co
Spotted a mistake? Fix it immediately with this standing foldable table that you can just open up and work on, wherever you are. On the train, while you’re waiting in the queue for that plate of chicken rice, or in the middle of Orchard Road, the sturdy table collapses into a flat piece of portable cardboard with a handle. And the top is waterproof for your cup of coffee.
12. SNOWONDER INSTANT SNOW, $14.95 FOR 4 GALLONS
Available at Amazon.com
It’s Christmas! Guess where your “jet-setting” friend’s about to take off to next? Why, a Winter Wonderland of course, complete with falling snow and a thick non-tropical jacket. A scene so magical you won’t find any footprints.
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