A&P Photoshop EXPERTS

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  1. rallysport

    rallysport New Member

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    Im talking people who really know this program good and can do just about anything the program allows. Where did you learn your skills? Was there classes offered locally to you? Trial and error? Online?
    I really want to learn the correct ways to do stuff with photoshop but dont want to waste my time.
    Any ideas where to start? I can do the basics (some level adjustments, curves, layers, masks) but i know there is a lot more to it then that
     
  2. Spurious

    Spurious New Member

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    Trail and error to familiarize myself with the app, then the Lynda Photoshop CS2 for Photographers, and now Lynda Photoshop CS3 for Photographers. But most of what you learn is just by doing.
     
  3. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    like spurious said... trial and error, with a splash of online tutorials and a couple of books.
     
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    f/2.8L New Member

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    Online tutorials, books, friends, and most of all... Trial and Error.

    I've even put Photoshop to use at work and use the Variable Data Sets feature all the time! Most people never even explore that, yet it's extremely valuable to me for my job. Incredible time saver!
     
  5. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I'm no expert, but I just familiarized myself with the features I know now. But I still I have a lot to learn and like others mentioned, trial and error is the best teacher... And time to learn it.
     
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    SpiderOnTheFloor New Member

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    been using it since version 4. I would just do a lot of random playing around that I didn't intend on ever using for anything.
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    I've actually taken a ton of classes on the Adobe CS-3 series. I have just about every college class available (working for the school has the benefit of allowing me to skip pre-req's and just take photoshop classes...) as well as a couple different workshops with guys like Bill Atkinson... The stuff you learn from these guys is absolutely ridiculious.

    I would highly recommend using the Lynda's tutorials, then going to specialized workshops on what you want to learn.

    I go back to some of the stuff I was doing before I got a formal education, and it's laughable how bad the stuff looked, even though I thought I was doing things right.

    I can confidently say that i've only met a handful of people that are more comfortable and more capable than I am with Adobe CS3.

    Now, I just have to learn how to take pictures, so I don't have to bail myself out with photoshop all the time...
     
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    I learnd via trial-and-error and free tutorials for the most part.
     
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    Using since version 6, trail and error and own a Scott Kelby book which is nice to reference to.
     
  12. kristin

    kristin my dog > *

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    Most of the stuff I've learned has been from a mixture of Lynda.com tutorials and messing around with different settings.
     
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    kristin my dog > *

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    :bowdown: Scott Kelby
     
  14. rallysport

    rallysport New Member

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    Yea he tears shit up. It really is a good manual to refer back to...check Amazon. Mine is called "the photoshop CS2 book for photographers" Obviously if you don't have CS2 then dont get the CS2 book.
     
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    kristin my dog > *

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    I have that one, but the CS3 book :h5:
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    any of you guys ever check out Kelby's online training or seminars?

    I have $1500 from work that I need to spend on "personal education" before July 1...
     
  18. Dubtastic

    Dubtastic { OG }

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    Probably the best way to learn... I would print out tutorials from the web and try my hand at them. Even if it is not necessarily a technique you are looking for, tutorials help you become more familiar with the program which you can apply to those techniques you do want to learn.
     
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    MastaCow I love cup.

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    I learned via the "trial by fire" method. Friend hooked me up with a job before I learned Photoshop doing renders. A lot of "psst...hey..how do you ________?" led to about 8 years of graphic design before I got sick of it. I wouldn't say I'm exceptionally good but I managed to keep clients happy.
     
  20. kristin

    kristin my dog > *

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    I'm sure his online stuff is just as good if not better than the books. He's awesome.
     
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    yea hes the man. His CS3 book is great, highly suggest it
     
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    I learned to use Photoshop mainly by experimenting and following helpful hints from various sources.
     

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