Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Unfortunately not all artists are computer literate. Some are hesitant in spending the time or willing to tackle the challenge on learning the software. But artists that have actually taken that step and learned Photoshop are very glad that they did because it increased their productivity and given them many options in increasing their creativity. Below are some ways to learn how to use Photoshop.
If you are daring enough to learn Photoshop on your own, you can checkout all its tools and methods and thus teach yourself how to manipulate and edit your art. I've done that myself but as a result I only learned the fundaments of Photoshop. Photoshop can do much more than the average person normally learns by trial-and-error. You can can increase your knowledge by watching Photoshop tutorial videos (also by reading step-by-step tutorials) and discover how to do amazing things.
Watch Video Tutorials
One way to learn how to use Photoshop is to watch video tutorials. Adobe.com has some good tutorials on their site, and so does youtube.com. Another site that has excellent tutorial videos for Photoshop as well as other software is lynda.com. For a $25 per month subcription price you have access to hundreds of their training videos. They also have some free videos!
Another way to learn Photoshop is to take classes at an adult education center, a local community college, or art and design college. To be productive for your needs, make sure that you take a Photoshop class for artists instead of photographers. These classes are jammed packed with information and move fast so they can be overwhelming. Thus, taking classes may not be the best method to learn Photoshop for everyone.
Find or Hire a Photoshop Coach
Some artists find that working one-to-one with someone that knows Photoshop works best for them. This could be a family member or friend or could be someone that you hire. A good source in finding a Photoshop coach is in the computer department at your local community college. Ask Photoshop teachers if they can recommend a student who you can hire.
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