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Oct 28, 2009 00:11 |  #1

How did everybody here learn to use Photoshop?... Classes? Mentor? On your own through books/tutorials/trial and error?

I've been looking online at tutorials which are inconsistent and full of subjective inputs which to me is not ideal. Does anybody have any recommendations as to the best and/or quickest way to learn CS4?

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Oct 28, 2009 00:18 |  #2

It's a huge program, so very few people know it all.

I don't know which "inconsistent/subjecti​ve" tutorials you've been looking at, but it's fair to point out that there's numerous methods to do anything in Photoshop, so you simply need to find the tutes/methods which suit you.

Anyway, I'd answer your question with another question: What type of learner are you? Do you learn best by reading, or watching, or doing?


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Oct 28, 2009 00:39 |  #3

I learn best by reading, watching, and then doing :) But doing, especially through repetition, is the best way I learn.


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Oct 28, 2009 01:04 |  #4

By joining NAPP http://www.photoshopus​er.com/ (external link)

That and one of those 12 step programs (for photographers) which no-one talks about.....

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Oct 28, 2009 01:11 |  #5

Progressed from PS3/PaintShop Pro-just as early. Lots of similar, lighter programs, such as came with early cameras. Then PS6, 7, now CS2 and soon CS4. It's good to know something about photography, and then to see what you can do on a digitized image. As a BradJohnson said above, "I learn best by reading, watching, and then doing But doing, especially..." Hitting CS4 cold would be a shock. Am...
Oh, and PS: Read the help files - they're really good for Photoshop, even if you have early versions.




  
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Oct 28, 2009 01:23 |  #6

+1 on the NAPP Membership! Lots of little perks with it as well...

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Oct 28, 2009 01:36 |  #7

NAPP sounds like good online training. Does NAPP also give you a great price on CS4?




  
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Oct 28, 2009 02:13 |  #8

to do it for free, there is plenty of FLICKR group which you can join and learn - one of the good one is TEAM HEALING BRUSH...

other than that, I learned a lot from Magazines, Digital SLR, Creative Photoshop, and Photo PLUS are good ones, there are few other ones but those 3 are the ones I read monthly...


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Oct 28, 2009 02:17 |  #9

NAPP also gets you Photoshop User Magazine which (IMO) is worth the price of admission.

Has lots of the typical "Quick and Dirty" things you can do as well as a nice section each month devoted just to Lightroom.


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Oct 28, 2009 03:43 |  #10

BradJohnsen wrote in post #8908665 (external link)
Does anybody have any recommendations as to the best and/or quickest way to learn CS4?

Not really a quickest way IMO. It's a huge program with several ways to accomplish a task. The program itself has some good help files. Lots of training (Lynda.com, NAPP resources) available, plus a wealth of free info around. It just takes time to learn it.

krs2fer wrote in post #8908968 (external link)
NAPP sounds like good online training. Does NAPP also give you a great price on CS4?

15% off Adobe products. There are a lot of other discounts as well.


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Oct 28, 2009 05:38 |  #11

www.lynda.com (external link) and www.kelbytraining.com (external link) have some great training titles, might be worth signing up for a subscription for a while?




  
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Oct 28, 2009 07:36 |  #12

BradJohnsen wrote in post #8908665 (external link)
I've been looking online at tutorials which are inconsistent and full of subjective inputs which to me is not ideal.

Isn't all art subjective? And these "masters of Photoshop" have been using it for so long that how can you expect them to not have a subjective style? Explore the basics and you'll soon develop subjectivity too!


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Oct 28, 2009 15:00 |  #13

psxguru wrote in post #8909500 (external link)
www.lynda.com (external link) and www.kelbytraining.com (external link) have some great training titles, might be worth signing up for a subscription for a while?

Second that. You can sign up for a month or so to determine if you like it. Sometime they throw up 1-day or 1-week free promotion pass code, google it to see if there's any around.


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Oct 28, 2009 15:19 |  #14

If you just bought CS4 Adobe has a free gift promotion when you register the program. One of the gifts is one free month at Lynda.com. You can get a lot of help in one month and Lynda has dozens of different tutorials about photoshop.




  
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Oct 28, 2009 18:22 |  #15

i like kelbytraining.com


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