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Photoshop help.


Centurion 16 1.2k England
15 Sep 2007 2:04PM
In my experience, college short courses are not worth the good money you pay for them. I would either enroll on a relevant adobe certified course or go do some hands on learning with the guys at Northscape etc.

Gav
MikeRC 16 3.6k United Kingdom
15 Sep 2007 2:43PM
Thanks everyone for the help and advice.
...unfortunately I feel more frustrated than ever.
I will do as Tony suggests and tell him what I want to learn...Esther suggests takeing my own pictures....that seems like a plan.


Quote:The monthly DVD from Digital photo is by the far the best to learn


I have today bought the October edition.
Unfortunately the only thing I can find relating to beginers is a training CD on page 95.
Do I need to buy this ?

In the meantime I will check out these other suggestions.

...thanks all....Mike
Digicat 14 127
15 Sep 2007 2:53PM

Quote:In my experience, college short courses are not worth the good money you pay for them. I would either enroll on a relevant adobe certified course or go do some hands on learning with the guys at Northscape etc.

Gav



And suggest you ask for backup notes as it is a lot to take in.
joolsb 17 27.1k 38 Switzerland
15 Sep 2007 2:56PM
And another vote for RV...

I had a 'suck-it-and-see' approach to PS before finding that site. Now I have a proper workflow which I methodically apply to all my images. 'nuff said.
miptog 16 3.6k 65 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2007 4:38PM
RV. Exceptional site, and its free, at present. MIke
joolsb 17 27.1k 38 Switzerland
15 Sep 2007 6:11PM

Quote:and its free, at present


To be more accurate, mostly free is a better description. If you want to download anything more than a couple of weeks' old, then you have to pay.
billip 17 424 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2007 1:31PM

Quote:
Unfortunately the only thing I can find relating to beginers is a training CD on page 95.
Do I need to buy this ?



Mike; if you mean the cds for (I think) 19.95, there are two. One is a basic introduction, which is great; the other is specifically about layers, which would be an excellent second stage to go for. There's tons of info in both cds, and you will keep referring back to them time and time again. As others have said, Mark Johnson's tutorials on the Radiant Vista website are first-class. I bought his downloadable e-book a while back, and he was kind enougn to send me really quick and helpful answers by email to some queries I had regarding his techniques. A very nice guy.
Crazee1ady 14 16
15 Oct 2007 7:31PM
hiya,

Ive just come late to this thread but I also have been to an evening class for photoshop, I am guessing its pot luck who you get. My tutor was brilliant, we bought a disk of stock images for 1 from him to use during the class and to take home to practise, we got handouts and step by step guides, if he didnt have a handout for a particular lesson and we grovelled nicely he would make us one for the following week. I did teh beginners intermediate and advance course, tho the advance course obviousl was kinda limited and there is always more you can learn. I have found looking about on line for guides helpful and will look at the site people have mentioned here. Anyone considering a course dont be put off. I loved mine :o)
magicaxeman 14 47
18 Oct 2007 3:56PM
In my experience the key to using photoshop to enhance my pics was learning to use layer's and selection's.
Filters and actions are great and can really work well but with them its a case of learning that less is sometimes more.
The first thing I do on opening is to create a duplicate layer or three.
NEVER work on the original layer, leave that as a reference point for any alterations you make.
Create a new layer for each alteration you make, so if you adjust the images contrast and brightness, do that on one layer, then if you wish to sharpen it for instance, creat a duplicate layer of the brightness/contrast layer and do the sharpness on that layer.
If your using elements then its worth joining adobe exchange (its free) as you can download lots of actions, brushes and plug ins that can really help, and most are freeware or shareware.
3 that I wouldnt be without are:
crispimage (plug in)
denoiser (plug in)
DSLR tools ver 1.5 (set of actions)

Personly I have never had lessons, so apart from a mate giving me a quick 1/2 hour tutorial on layers and selections I am self taught via the age old method of "playing".
Little Jo 20 2.3k United Kingdom
18 Oct 2007 5:54PM
The key to getting to grips with photo editing using Photoshop Elements or Photoshop is to keep things as simple as possible. If you get things right at the picture-taking stage, most images will require alterations to contrast and a bit of sharpening and not much else. An awful lot of courses try to get into the more nitty gritty tweaking of images.

You need to walk before you can run. Start with the simple tweaks and simple edits and build on that foundation.

There's a whole website devoted to Photoshop Elements where you can subscribe to a magazine. It's called Photoshop Elements User, and I found it via a link from the Adobe website just the other evening. I need to familiarise myself with version 6 and was looking for some useful info. It's not a competitor to EPZ, it's a specialist site for users of Photoshop Elements run by Adobe Photohop experts.

Might be worth having a look as there are forums and online video tutorials.

Jo

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