So, do you like editing pictures or do you find it cool to create websites graphics? Maybe you like how those artworks from Deviant art look and want to know how they’ve done it? If so, then you are probably a newbie that will learn in the next few minutes some interesting facts about the program that does all these things — Photoshop.
No matter what age you are, you will find yourself searching the net for tutorials or for e-books that might, or might not, teach you how to use this wonderful program.
I am going to give you some hints on learning efficiently this program.
The first step : Decide what you want to learn.
If you want to learn how to retouch photos, then there is no way you could possibly be interested in searching for web design material. Decide what you want to learn from the start, and with that in mind start learning. Don’t deviate from your track; don’t try to know it all from the beginning because it will confuse you! I’ve been there, trust me, you don’t want to pass through that!
The second step : Time is Money.
Obviously, you won’t be able to learn Photoshop in a week, or in 24h – I liked the e-books that were entitled “learn in 24h”. Have you ever read one of these? They give you a huge amount of information, and you will have to go back to the book every day to read again how you can do this or that.
It will take a while, and depend on your decision, it will be free of charge or it will cost you, a lot. Let’s think a bit. You have Photoshop. Maybe you paid for it, maybe you work at an office that has it. Like it or not, this software costs a lot. Learning it by buying tutorials and book will cost at least 40% of the soft’s value. A good read will cost you around 50$, and a great video tutorial will cost you over 100$. And you will be watching at least 2 tutorials or read at least 2~3 book in order to get a good handle on the techniques that you want to use. On the other hand, you might want to consider reading free tutorials. It will take less time, and it will be for free. However, you won’t have all the techniques laid down for you, you will have to search for them.
If you are a good surfer, learning photoshop from free tutorials will be the best solution. If not, try buying something good, something that is popular, and please, chose something that is up to date.
I’d suggest Lynda.com for paid video tutorials. I’ve tried some of their courses, and even though most of them are for advanced users, you will find a “basics” version for most of the tutorial series.
As for free tutorials, maybe google is the best solution but I’m going to recommend you some sites anyway. Good-tutorials.com is on of the best tutorial indexers; tutorialized.com is also one of the tops in my list. I found a short list of tutorial indexing sites at photoshop extreme tutorials.
The third step : Train, don’t just learn.
So you got it right, you understood the procedure, and you played a bit with it. Don’t stop there, do some extra work on your own. If you get it right a few times, and repeat it over the next month, it will get fixed in your memory and you will never forget it.
All in all, practice makes perfect, so keep that in mind.