Photoshop Training Online – Learn Photoshop Courses

I guess it’s not any exaggeration to say that Photoshop is one of the most important image editing programs ever devised so it’s only natural that there should be so many Photoshop training courses and programs online. Sure it comes with a hefty price tag but then I always remind myself of the enormous amount of work that must have gone into its development and to fact that Photoshop is probably capable of manipulating photos to anything your imagination can conceive of, such is it’s power to edit graphics that you can actually create art.

The other thing I would like to say from the outset is that Photoshop is scary. When you first open it and are confronted with a literal jungle of menus, panels, auto commands, plugins, brushes, tools and options it’s nothing short of bewildering especially if you are a novice to digital photo editing.

Well, this site and the Photoshop tutorials it contains are for you. It’s the kind of Photoshop training I wish I had when I was a beginner too. I would like to take this opportunity to issue you with a FRIENDLY WARNING… if you try to learn Adobe Photoshop Extended from start to finish in the same way you might read a novel you’re probably going to fail. There’s just too much complexity. Instead the smart approach is to learn how to use Photoshop according to your needs for images and editing. Get straight to the point of what you would like the software to do for you and focus your energies there.

If we take the most common uses for example then you’ll want to know how to apply effects to your photographs, how to improve the brightness of your pics so they look their best, even how to use Photoshop to make icons or website logos and so on. The key is to begin by learning the “big core functions” and work your way into the specifics later.

So What’s The Fastest Way To Become An Expert At Photoshop?

Step One:

Learn how to use the main, universal functions in the program. These are the “core” processes like

  • Getting your images and photographs into the program
  • Exporting images for the web or printing them once your done editing
  • Cropping images to fit specific photo sizes
  • Adding text to images

… these are examples of kinds of things you’ll always need to do so start there.

Step Two:

OK so now you’ve got your images inside Photoshop, what can you do to them? Learn how to change them, improve them and add effects.

  • What is tonality and why is it the single most important thing for improving your photographs?
  • Get your colors to look natural and vibrant
  • How to isolate and work on only specific parts of your images
  • How to get rid of red-eye in photos
  • How to soften wrinkles in face portraits
  • How to whiten teeth
  • How to delete unwanted objects in your shots

Step Three:

Photoshop allows you to become highly creative in your work, even to point where you can produce digital art or entire templates for website design. How about company logos and illustrations? The power of it’s tools are formidable. Now not everyone wants to use Photoshop in a creative or artistic way but it’s really worth learning about…

  • The brushes panel
  • How to make composite images
  • How to add text to your images or graphics
  • Layers and styles

Just trust me on this! It’s really not hard once you follow the step-by-step instructions and your power will increase so much. Really, why pay for such an expensive piece of software and never look under the hood?

Step Four:

This is where you can go specialized. Again, I wouldn’t advise you to try and learn every single function Photoshop is capable of straight away but if there is something specific you need to do then by all means learn how to do it.

  • Using Photoshop Actions and Scripting
  • Create on-screen presentations
  • Create pages of clickable thumbnails
  • Go 3D (yikes CS5 Extended)
  • Create Web headers and backgrounds

I hope you get the idea!

  1. Learn the basic universal functions
  2. Learn how to process images or graphics and add effects
  3. Learn how you can be creative with the tools
  4. Get specific and learn to do what you really need first, the rest can wait

The Adobe Photoshop Product Line – Easy To Get Confused!

  • Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 Upgrade
  • Adobe Photoshop Extended CS5
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended Upgrade
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Upgrade
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
  • Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 9
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 (Old Version)
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 (Old Version)
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 7 (Old Version)
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 (Old Version)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 (Old Version)
  • Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium

A Little Bit About Adobe Creative Suite

It was back in 2003 that Adobe first applied the label of CS or Creative Suite to Photoshop 8 and it became known as Photoshop CS. The latest release is Photoshop CS5 which is the 12th genuine release in the product line. In many ways this was good news for graphic designers and for photo editing in general as it signaled Adobes intention to offer software packages for photo editing and discounted prices. There are two versions for the current software, those being Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Extended. The extended version comes with more features and it’s automatically included in all Creative Suites except for Design Standard. To complete the package you’ll also find Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and I’ll talk more about them in future articles and videos. Some of you may also have come across Adobe Photoshop Express which was a web-based application and which could edit images and photos contained on blogs.

Photoshop (Adobe Systems Incorporated) is not an isolated piece of software in that it does share things with other programs for digital image processing, editing and animation. It’s native file format is the Photoshop Document or PSD. This file will store the image along with the complete interface for editing it in Photoshop. Due to the popularity of PSD you’ll find that other image editing software (even from competitors) will open .psd files. It’s easy to import and export PSD files to other other programs in the Adobe suite such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro. This makes it very easy to combine the power of different Adobe applications especially when you are working with video and film.

Photoshop CS3

  • New and better interface, improved work flow
  • Black and white adjustments instead of greyscale
  • Improved PDF capabilities
  • Improved Camera RAW
  • More useful print options
  • Clone Source Palette
  • New photoshop plugins
  • Smart Filters which were (thankfully) nondestructive
  • Vanishing Point module
  • Compositing

Photoshop CS3 Extended

  • Has the same features as CS3 plus
  • 3D graphics
  • Image analysis tools
  • Better video
  • Wider file support

Photoshop CS4

Probably the biggest news with the release of CS4 was the 3D functionality. You could even wrap 2D images around 3D shapes and convert other events such as gradient maps to objects in 3D.

  • Better text effects
  • Professional print quality
  • File support for 3D formats
  • Introduction of Adjustment and Mask Panels

The release of Photoshop CS4 Extended included all the above plus better features for video and film users. Other titles you may like to check out include Raster Graphics Editors, Dreamweaver CS5 Fireworks, After Effects CS5, Soundbooth CS5, Adobe Onlocation CS5, Professional CS5 Flash, Illustrator CS5 Indesign, CS5 Design Standard, Suite 5 Design, Encore CS5 Bridge, Acrobat 9 Pro.

Hi gang! This month I’m going to be taking a break from my usual Photoshop lessons and instead talking about something a little bit different – how you can make money from your skills with Photoshop.

Many of you already have enough skills with Photoshop to actually create extra income or even your own online business but aren’t taking advantage of the opportunity. My goal in this months homepage is to let you in on what others are doing and hopefully show you how you can do it too.

How To Earn Money Using The Skills You Already Have With Photoshop…

First:

What skills do you have with Photoshop (and possibly with digital photography)? Think carefully about that, I’ll get you started…

  • Could you create attractive website headers for WordPress blogs? (it’s easy!)
  • Do you enjoy taking photographs and know how to use Photoshop to enhance them?
  • Given the copy, could you design a nice looking Craigslist ad for a local business?

Or here’s something SUPER HOT – could you create a 180 x 540 image for the Facebook fan page of a local business? That niche is going to be huge as more and more local businesses realize the power of simply being on Facebook.

What about…

  • Could you design attractive wedding stationary or kids birthday card invites?
  • Do you know how to repair photographs in Photoshop?
  • Could you take high quality, attractive pictures of houses for sale as a service to local realtor’s?
  • Could you create personalized screen-savers for families? (the kids on holiday last year, wedding anniversaries and so forth…)

Well all these things are in demand and can be monetized by offering a service to local businesses, creating your own part time business or selling online. It’s all about finding something which others need and that you can provide. Don’t forget that there may be a profitable area you don’t yet know how to do but could learn! Keep an open mind.

Step Two:

OK, so you’ve compiled a list of things you can do with photography or graphic design and Photoshop. Here’s the next thing… how could you package those skills or services and offer them for money?

  • Be crystal clear about the service(s) you offer
  • Settle on an attractive price
  • Put together samples of your work

Step Three:

Shout about it from the mountain top.

Don’t be shy about this part, be proud of your work and believe in the quality of your service. After all, people can’t buy what they don’t know exists right? The people who would be interested in your product need to know about it.

Depending upon what it is you’re offering there are many different ways to advertise. For example, if you wanted to go into family screen-savers and kids birthday cards then begin by putting together a portfolio of examples, tell your friends, put small ads in local newsletters and papers, put posters up on shopping center noticeboards and day care centers – the local doctors office notice board – you get the idea!

If any of this sounds interesting then one of the smartest things you can do is learn from others who have already succeeded in doing it. That’s my big, golden tip of the day! I’ll put links to the best and most effective programs to help you soon.

Get excited and take action!

Interesting Guitar Sites Of The Month

I’m learning how to play acoustic guitar at the moment and with no good quality guitar teachers living near to me locally I’ve resorted to looking on the web. After much searching around on the internet I found these online guitar lessons which are great if you’re a beginner on acoustic guitar. One of the supplemental sites specifically for strumming patterns (which are so important – it’s not all just about chords!) I found here at how to strum guitar and later on if I graduate past beginners level campfire songs I’ll sure get into finger picking guitar lessons as I just love how you can put the melody of the song together with the chords at once – essential if your singing voice sounds as horrendous as mine!

The best advice I got was to first get a good foundation down then you can add on other guitar styles such as blues guitar lessons – good beginners site there, or after learning the basic finger-style guitar patterns you can move into finger style guitar songs. One important aspect of it is that you must train and develop strength in your fingers through guitar exercises. It’s tough going but really worth the effort.

Finally this channel is great if you’re into youtube guitar lessons and teachers who can make guitar lessons on hard songs like “More Than Words” easy to play for all of us! Check out a sample lesson… now if only I could find the same kind of teaching to learn Spanish, life would be sweet.

Following some nice guitar blogs at the moment, could be updated a bit more often but there’s some nice information on some of these

http://www.guitar-lessons-for-beginners.org/

http://www.learnacousticguitarlessons.com/

http://www.guitarlessonslearnonline.com/

http://www.clevelandguitarsociety.com/

Follow Me In My New Resolution To Learn To Speak Spanish

So I’ve been promising this for years but now I’ve finally bitten the bullet, yes, I’ll be trying my best to become fluent in Spanish over the next 12 months. Thanks for all your suggestions on the best learning programs to use in response to the last newsletter. Thanks in particular to Jean for turning me onto this program for beginner Spanish vocabulary – just awesome!