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My knowledge of image manipulation is about as basic as it get - I can crop and sharpen and use the clone tool but thats about it. I just wondered if any one had any advice on the best way to go about learning? Which package is the best to use and is trial and error the way forward or perhaps I should get a book?
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A book, or techniques or trial and error, no perfect solution depends what you want to do. Most use Photoshop but there are other programmes around just depends what you want to get out of it.
Buy the book Photoshop Essentials or photoshop CS2 for Photographers by Martin Evening.
I buy a magazine called Digital Photo, this has about 60 minutes plus of video demonstrations on the accompanying CD, and over the months I have now learnt most of the techniques I need for Photoshop, and I can keep refering back to the technique I want to use.
I buy one called 'Photoshop Creative' which is pure Photoshop from cover to cover, with all tutorials and resource on a CD every month. Very nice mag indeed. best I've tried.
Martin Evening has been recommended to me before. I will get a copy on ebay as I had a quick look and it seems quite clear to use
Bought the CS version of Martin Evening a while ago and really liked it, I struggle if book is not very clearly laid out but really couldn't fault this one.
You could also look at books by Katrin Eismann. If memory serves me right .... "Photoshop Restoration and Retouching" and "Photoshop Masking and Compositing". Not cheap but very good.
I've noticed you can buy a copy of photoshop on ebay for around £20, I take it these are illegal copies but I'm tempted as there is no way I can afford to buy a proper one! I've only got the photo editor programme which comes wih my canon which I think is probably lacking on features
Start with an older version, which can be had for peanuts, and quite legally at that. Then upgrade when you need more advanced features and when you can afford it.
Sounds like a sensible idea. I must be patient. I'm one of those people who wants to be able to do everything NOW! Thanks for all the advice everyone
Imagine - £20! Robbery. My computer whizz kid colleague bought a copy of CS2 for £5 at a local computer fair. I am sure it is a rip-off but the new prices for stuff like APS CS2 are frankly outrageous. I think £850? RSE 2006 was free - now owned by Adobe of course - and Picasa is free so why don't Adobe go the same route? Paying something would be acceptable, say £70, but £850 is the price of a new 30D body. Adobe could sell lots of copies at £70 and may find it was worth their while.
Adobe sell a Professional Graphics package for £70?....won't happen...but they do sell Elements which of course is their reasonably priced version, which probably has as much as most people/photographers need.
I take it that the ripped-off copies of CS2 get around the 15 day registration period?
I think so yes. They all say they are not trial periods and that the updates etc will be received as usual. I don't know how they manage to do that!
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