PhotoShop Illiterate

HELP! I got Photoshop for my birthday and I have NO CLUE where to even begin on using it.  Everything looks cofusing!  Any tips or advice for me would be greatly appreciated!


 


Thanks!

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 5:53 am
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A lot of what you need to learn depends on what you want to do with it. PS is such a varied tool that there are so many ways to use it.


Photo enhancement


Graphic Design/Layout


Photo restoration or manipulation - from simple cropping to complex retouching.


Question is, what do you want to do?


 

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 6:00 am
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I recently got a Nikon 40D so I have been taking alot of pics of the kids and family.  I want to be able to enhance, change color tones, ect.  Just make pictures more professional looking. 

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 6:12 am
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Lightroom is probably a better tool for photo editing, with Photoshop for more advanced editing or compositing.  Since you got photoshop as a gift, you should seriously consider investing Lightroom.  It'll save you so much time and headache!

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 6:51 am
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LR is better for handling multiple images at a time. PS is for fine tuning or retouching one image at a time.  It's really just a matter of workflow and workload of what you are doing with your images on a regular basis.


With PS, you can really get bogged down with the minutia of an image - tweaking and fine tuning to the extreme.


However, I should point out that the most editing flexibilty you're going to have is if you shoot RAW rather than JPEG. RAW has more information in a file giving you more lattitude to work with than JPEG.


The first thing out of the camera you may want to play with is sharpening and contrast.  Andm some cameras shoot more cool toned for my taste so I warm up my images a bit (depending on the image of course - some need no warming at all).


I'm betting there are some classes in Dallas or even a photographer willing to sit down with you for a couple of hours to teach you some PS basics. I offered a beginning PS class a while back in my area when I wasn't as busy.  You might even ask your wedding photographer if they can point you in the direction of a class.

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

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