Adobe Photoshop has set the industry standard for photo and image editing. In fact, its popularity is such that it has become a full-blown industry in itself. In terms of ease of use and editing possibilities, Adobe Photoshop is hard to beat. And it’s quite easy to learn even for beginners, especially those who have never in their life tried an image editing software before. There are literally thousands of tutorials online and on DVDs that can teach anyone the magic tricks of Photoshop.
If you’re quite capable of navigating yourself using a program, your Adobe Photoshop installer has everything you need. Provided of course you know what you’re looking for and what the terms mean, you will find the ‘help’ function very helpful. However, if you do not know the difference between crop and cut, you’ll need to turn to other resources.
Head off to Adobe.com to find out more about Photoshop. There are plenty of info you can access from the site courtesy of their in-house experts. You’ll find thousands of featured tutorials online, although if you’re a beginner, you might want to take it slow and go to the ‘Basic’ tricks first before getting your hands on the more advanced techniques.
Adobe Photoshop is very easy to learn but you should first understand how it works and what exactly it can do so you’ll have realistic expectations. Don’t worry, though. Adobe Photoshop can create lots of magic and it won’t disappoint. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can move on to the intermediate and advanced techniques.
If you prefer textual tutorials, you can use the articles on Creativepro.com. This site lists some of the best Adobe Photoshop techniques you’ll find very useful. Included in the list are tutorials on the use of adjustment layers, aging of metal textures, using Camera Raw, using brush and patch, color replacement using Photoshop CS and even the all-important technique of restoring damaged photographs.
Whether you’re an Adobe Photoshop newbie or pro, you will find a lot of tips and tricks at PSDesigns.com. This site lets you penetrate deeper and understand what goes on when you use different tools and devices. In fact, their tutorials are categorized based on technique. Included are background or knockout tricks, type, shape and pen techniques, pattern techniques, web and graphic design techniques.
One of our recommended sites is Photoshopsupport.com. This is a one-stop shop for online and video Adobe Photoshop tutorials. Everything you need to know about Adobe Photoshop is right here. There are free tutorials you can access online, including v.9 or CS2 tutorials.
Photoshopsupport.com also hosts free tutorials from Photoshop experts. Most recently, they have hosted tutorials by CreativeBits’ Ivan Raszl. It features some of the most popular and creative techniques including removing red eye, creating textures like diamond-plated metal and brushed aluminum, making water drops and integrating photographs with uneven surfaces.
Some tips are as simple as changing colored photos to black and white and creating water drops – stuff you’ll find handy later on. You can even access the Photoshop Tips & Tricks series volumes 1 to 6 on the site. And you don’t have to be a grown-up to learn Photoshop either. The site has links exclusively for kids.
There are a lot of freebies onsite, including brushes, fonts, textures, plugins, photos and actions. If you prefer to download Photoshop video tutorials, there are also free video clips available.
If you have Photoshop v.10, you can access the CS3 resource center through this site. You can even download a trial version of public beta CS3 through Adobe Labs for free. The site alone has all the tutorials you’ll need to sharpen your Adobe Photoshop trick armada and you can even do more using links to other tutorial sites.