Quick Photo Editing Tips from Graphic Design Student AJ Balanza on “In the Lab”

In the Lab is a web series that takes you behind the scenes of a day in the life of Digital Media and Graphic Design Studentsand Alumni at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Check out these young designers and film-makers, who share their stories and their best practices on  In the Lab, video web series on the FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog.

In the video above, meet AJ Balanza, a fifth-quarter Student who is into snowboarding, skating and photography. Watch Balanza edit one of his photos using Photoshop using levels and the blur tool.

FIDM Graphic Design Student, AJ Balanza

Name: AJ Balanza
Hometown: San Diego, CA
High School:
Rancho Bernardo High School
Industry Heroes:Tristan Eaton, Clive Wilkinson, Dada artists
Design Specialty: Publication, layouts and photography
Favorite Websites:Behance, The Dieline, Facebook,
Favorite Music: EDM, dub step, house, trance

Outside of learning programs like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign in FIDM’s Graphic Design program, Balanza is into skateboarding, skating, surfing, and making music. His love for graphics came from making flyers for bands, events, and other organizations in high school.

“I like going to FIDM because of all the people I meet,” he says. “You tend to meet people in the industry that you would never be able to meet anywhere else.”

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.