Some advice for the Photoshop Newbie
I want to assure you right now, I am not writing this as a "Photoshop expert". I probably am at the intermediate skill level right now. And I learn something new every day! So, I am writing this from the viewpoint of someone who is "average" - not a "power user", and certainly no computer expert. I hope to encourage other people who consider themselves to be "average" to not be intimidated by Photoshop.
So, I figured I'd make up some little "Photoshop for Newbies" pages. Bear in mind, this isn't going to be a nuts-and-bolts tutorial kind of thing. I have a few simple tutorials on this site, but truly, there are many excellent tutorial sites for Photoshop on the Web. I'll link to some of them here as well.
On another page I recommend some good Photoshop books. Every newbie should get some good books. (Heck, everyone should get some good books!)
Here I will give a few bits of advice about buying Photoshop at a lower price, and some basic encouragement on getting started with this fabulous (but sometimes seemingly formidable) graphics program. I even discuss Photoshop and Mac and PC, and using Photoshop with a digital tablet.
Getting Started with Photoshop:
So - you are
a newbie, and you find Photoshop daunting and scary? You've heard
about what a high learning curve it has? Don't worry. It's not that
hard—it just takes time, and enthusiasm. It's hard not to
be enthusiastic when you find out all the great things you can do
with Photoshop! I'm having a blast with it!
yourself too seriously. Don't push yourself too hard all
the time. Sometimes you should just relax, and keep tinkering. You
will be amazed at how much you can learn, and how much new information
you will retain when you spend a lot of time just "goofing
Much thanks to W. Thompson, for the design of my email graphic!
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Last updated July 29, 2004