Where to Begin in Photoshop for Newbies

Posted by Marti Wedewer on October 11th, 2010

Adobe Photoshop can be a daunting program to learn for the newcomer to digital art. Its many features can be overwhelming and the resource data on the web can give the feeling of being lost in a gigantic library. As you can guess this can be very intimidating, but there is always a starting point when learning any skill or program. With digital arts programs there are many of these points and the one that is right for you is dependent on the kind of artist you are.

For some fiddling around with pictures and photo editing might just be a hobby. They don’t want to make a career out of it but they enjoy doing it in their free time. For a person such as this Adobe Photoshop can only be learned by throwing oneself into the program. While they can read tutorials or books they prefer the hands on approach to things and will poke and prod until they get the results they want.

The people that learn things the hard way often end up becoming the best artists in the industry. But for those of us that prefer a more orderly educational approach there are tutorial books. These are often divided up into lessons and are designed for those that learn best via a structured organized plan. This often results in artists that are very knowledgeable and skilled with many features of the program.

For those of us that prefer to work hands on but also prefer to follow a lesson plan there are thousands of audio and video tutorials on the internet to learn from. There are both paid and free versions but for the most part they are all solid. This results in an artist who can work at a fast pace and still deliver results. All of the above mentioned methods can lead a person to become familiar with Adobe Photoshop but each must find their own method.

This is true for all artists across all fields and has been so for several hundred years. If we could all get the same amount of knowledge, experience, and talent from the same method then there would be less individuality in our art works. However finding your own path when trying to become an artist is a hard thing to do, and at times may seem hopeless.

This is when it pays to talk to those around you that have experience with the problem you are having. Tutorials, lesson plans, and projects can teach you how to make things but poor writing can lead to confusion when looking for certain tools or functions. Speaking to others who have been through this or are going through it themselves can often help you find that elusive tool that you’re looking for.

They’re also a great source of advice and can often teach you a thing or two that you did not know. Regardless of how you learn to use the program remember to be patient. It has hundreds of functions and it takes time to get acquainted with them and even more time to memorize them.

Adobe Photoshop can be a great program to learn and can provide you the skills to do almost anything in the film industry. Or it may simply allow you to work on your hobby in a new way. Regardless remember to be patient and enjoy the learning experience. If you have trouble there is a massive wealth of resources in tutorials, audio video files, and people to talk to.

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