I really enjoyed the visual project, even though I found it frustrating at times when my ideas weren't working out the way I thought they would. But ultimately, I'm happy that I ended up making an event poster because I think it was a good way to practice design elements, and I can see myself having to make one again in the future.
I have to admit that this project was generally in my comfort zone. Even though I used a lot of new tools and tried a new design form, I still was fairly comfortable with visual design because I have done a lot of photo editing and have taken a lot of art classes. But I still learned a lot of new things in Photoshop and practiced with layer masks. While watching online tutorials, I realized how much I really didn't know about Photoshop, so that was a bit of a wake up call to not be so cocky.
I will probably open up the poster file again in a few weeks and keep playing around with it. I enjoyed the project and know that practicing more with it will help me grow my skills further. If I had more time I think I would work more with the lettering. I would watch InDesign tutorials and see what InDesign offers that Photoshop does not.