Why Do You Create? Tell Us Your Story for a Chance to Win a Tablet!

The launch of Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 has us all thinking about — creativity of course! Where do the creative juices flow from, when you’re designing a web page, making a movie, writing a song and even building out an entire ad campaign? Our Adobe & Stories site just re-launched and we’d love to read yours, see images about it or even “watch” it if you have a video.

And for all of you in North America and Canada, we’re giving away tablets to 6 lucky storytellers! A tablet of your choice – just check out the site for full terms and conditions.

We’ve had a few stories come in already that we think are pretty great:

  • “Having developed an international reputation for creating altered photographs with ecological concerns, in Antarctica I became interested in creating an editorial (relatively unaltered) body of work to compare and contrast these two modes of perception and expression…A simple project initially, it continues to grow. A single exhibit and book has become multiple exhibits and books, lectures, a website and Antarctic workshop program…I started using Photoshop 1 as an artist in residence at Kodak’s Center for Creative Imaging. I beta-tested Lightroom 1…” — Read more about the project from the story’s author John Paul Caponigro
  • “I’ve been looking for ways to make the color images from my Sony a850 pop a little bit more. I love shooting the camera in B&W mode and find that a simple conversion to grayscale in Photoshop and then some tweaking of the curves usually results in fantastic images. The same has not always been so with the different color modes on the camera. I usually shoot in vivid mode with the contrast and saturation bumped up a couple of steps, however differing light and weather sometimes still left the images looking a little bit flat. After reviewing many tutorials online about maximizing the look and feel of color images with Photoshop I came up with this simple method…” — Read more about Peter Ellenby’s method in his story

Now it’s your turn: Why do you create?

Comments

  1. Jon Arvin

    I am interested but when I click the link to go to the site it get a page that says bit.ly could not find the link…

  2. Justin Novelline

    I create because deep down for reasons I doubt I could logically explain, I feel the urge to explore worlds that haven’t been invented. I feel a calling to open visual and audible doors for others so as a species we can broaden our horizons. “Creativity” to me is another way of saying “most alive”. I’m channeling that which makes us fundamentally human, the ability to make new. Without creativity what are we? Just a bunch of confused/angry less hairy monkeys. Life is short and creativity makes the ride.

    My road to embracing creativity started with MS Paint until I was introduced by a friend to the incredible power of Photoshop CS3. But that wasn’t enough, I wanted to manipulate time like I could color and contrast. This lead me to Flash, then Premiere and finally to After Effects. I am now the Creative Director and Founder of a Boston Video game company, and I could not have done it without Adobe’s commitment to unleashing people’s creative spark.

  3. Cindy Lynn

    I create because I simply need to escape .. I wish to leave pleasing memories for my children & friends and love the challenge of improving what ever I can. Its a way of painting with out paints, sculpting with out tools, and creating with out a mess … exactly what every mom wants .. no mess… make a mistake .. backtrack .. reset .. or simply start over. I love using my PSE & lightroom , to make cards, and canvases …
    I like taking a normal photo to extraordinary .. I love to create a loud photo to a timeless photo by just switching to black & white .. change the mood, texture or picture… love PS ..

  4. Edwin Merced

    I love and live for teaching. I create to teach. Teaching also makes it possible for me to learn. So I create to teach and learn. The creative process allows me to explore new avenues for communicating with my students. With creativity I am able to allow my students reach for understanding. Adobe Illustrator and Flash has allowed me to build fascinating and captivating learning experiences for my students and has made their learning process more enjoyable. Creativity allows me to become a better teacher.

  5. Desislav Iliev

    I am one of the lucky folks who make money by doing what they love – creating. But before I got to this point I created to express my artistic side, to escape from the real world, to prove myself.
    I grew up in a family of artists and I started drawing at a very early age. In college my roommate introduced me to Photoshop 7. There were so many buttons and menus and I didn’t know where to start from. My use of Photoshop in the first few days was more destructive than creative but with some practice and following tons of online tutorials I became pretty comfortable with it.
    It took me quite some time to get the courage to open any of the other Adobe programs but now I have great knowledge in PS, IL, DR, FL and ID. I love going to Premiere too.
    A few years after my first encounter with Adobe I use the Creative Suite daily as part of my job and for personal use.
    Adobe actually expanded my creativity. Without starting with Photoshop I probably woudn’t touch Dreamweaver or Flash and would have never became a web designer. So in a way I create because of Adobe.

  6. david leyva

    I create because I have something inside of me that needs to come out, my own version of telling a story. To inspire people to tell their stories, to create an idea and have it come true right before their very eyes. For them to see the joy that another gets from colors, shapes, words and ponder on how amazing creative work is and what it does to those that may be less talented yet walk away inspired to want to create their own masterpiece and share it with the world in hopes of inspiring others. Inspiration, ideas and creating make life so much less boring and who would want to have such a boring existence.

  7. Matt Rozen

    David – will you share this on the Stories site? bit.ly/Jom2F1. include some recent work too!
    -Matt

  8. Matt Rozen

    Hi Desislav, You should share this on our Stories site (bit.ly/Jom2F1). Add images, video and anything else you’ve worked on. We’re sharing great stories out on our social channels weekly.

    Thanks,
    Matt

  9. Allen Dale Green

    What we envision draws us forward to become the potential that begins as an inkling born in a realm we can’t fully understand, yet we do receive imaginings from…using our sixth sense, our third eye, our inner ear, our gut hunch. Our entire being is woven with stories enmeshed in these visions that bundle years of miracles to come in their hidden strands. Thus, the magic of digital media is that is has released for us the most potent tools ever devised for dreaming up what is possible for us, personally and in communion on the topics of our times…as we face the challege of civilizing cities with ethical imagination as our primary power as people.

  10. Allen Dale Green

    Oops – I wrote at 3:25 am and wasn’t awake enough to spot a typo. So, here the fixed version of what I just blogged:
    What we envision draws us forward to become the potential that begins as an inkling born in a realm we can’t fully understand, yet we do receive imaginings from…using our sixth sense, our third eye, our inner ear, our gut hunch. Our entire being is woven with stories enmeshed in these visions that bundle years of miracles to come in their hidden strands. Thus, the magic of digital media is that is has released for us the most potent tools ever devised for dreaming up what is possible for us, personally and in communion on the topics of our times…as we face the challenge of civilizing cities with ethical imagination as our primary power as people.