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Help how do I learn to manipulate in Photoshop etc?

30 Jun 2006 9:13AM
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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30 Jun 2006 9:17AM
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.
zoo9753 Plus
11 11
30 Jun 2006 9:24AM
Thanks Smile
deviant Plus
13 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2006 10:27AM
Buy the book Photoshop Essentials or photoshop CS2 for Photographers by Martin Evening.
Randle Plus
11 112 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2006 11:19AM

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.
deviant Plus
13 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2006 11:27AM
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.
30 Jun 2006 11:28AM
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
deviant Plus
13 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2006 11:36AM
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.
DaveU Plus
11 1.4k 125 England
30 Jun 2006 11:39AM
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.
30 Jun 2006 11:39AM
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
conrad Plus
13 10.9k 116
30 Jun 2006 11:42AM
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.

30 Jun 2006 11:45AM
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
Mitzi 12 1.0k
30 Jun 2006 1:03PM
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.
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
30 Jun 2006 1:31PM
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?
30 Jun 2006 1:42PM
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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