Newbie needing some help

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Karen, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. Karen

    Karen Guest

    Hello everyone,

    I recently installed PhotoShop CS2 on my puter and am wondering if anyone
    has any suggestions where I could find some beginning tutorials? I have
    used Print Shop Pro for several years but I think I am ready for something
    more powerful. Any help would be appreciated.


    Karen, Feb 2, 2008
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  2. Karen

    Mike Russell Guest

    There are quite a few if you do a search. One of the more fun sets of
    tutorials is at .
    Mike Russell, Feb 2, 2008
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  3., Feb 4, 2008
  4. Karen

    GordonP Guest


    Like you, I'm trying to learn Photoshop more or less from scratch.

    The problem we face is that the tutorials I've seen focus on solving
    specific problems instead of focusing on Photoshop basics. If you wanted to
    take up carpentry, I think you would first buy some basic tools and learn
    how to use them. Only after you have acquired skills with each tool would
    you attempt to create a beautiful piece of furniture.

    I think it's the same with Photoshop. Your first effort should be to become
    familiar with most of what Photoshop has to offer. I'm in the process of
    doing that now. I'm experimenting with each of the tools, filters, etc, to
    gain an understanding of what each can do. I often run into problems;
    sometimes I find answers in Photoshop's help. Other times I search in some
    of the Photoshop books I have, ask a question in this newsgroup, or use
    Google or another search engine.. One way or another, I usually get
    information or hints that lead me to a solution to my problems.

    I suggest that, instead of looking for tutorials, you just start exploring
    Photoshop with the objective of learning what it can do. After you're
    comfortable with most of the Phoptoshop's capabilities, you'll be ready to
    work magic with your photographs.

    Learning Photoshop is not a few-hours project. I've been at it now, three or
    four hours a day, for the last eight weeks. I figure I'm about half way
    towards becoming a somewhat proficient Photoshop user.

    Best of luck.

    GordonP, Feb 10, 2008
  5. Karen

    KatWoman Guest

    I learned the way you suggested- open each tool and filter and TRY IT
    you discover many things and at least get an idea of what is available
    plus you may make a creative artwork sometimes by accident~!~ and the
    accident technique may become part of your arsenal

    without basics you cannot follow the tutorials, most assume at least
    rudimentary skills
    each tool has so many options
    many I never needed, some I learned I needed later on (brush and pen)

    I have used PS since 1996!!!!! and still learn new ways to do things all the
    and things to do with it I never thought of
    and with each upgrade the changes and new options and tools

    If you consider yourself an artist you will realize your work is never over
    there is always room to grow and learn

    PS has tools most darkroom techs and photographers would like (curves, dodge
    burn spotting by clone or healer, color correction tools)
    BUT also some many creative tools that will appeal to artists-filters,
    distortions, perspective, silhouette (masks) collage etc

    you can use very few just simple adjustments for a photo
    or go CRAZY and completely change it
    some people use it without photos at all!~!
    KatWoman, Feb 11, 2008
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