Photoshopped

Up until this year, I really did not see a need for a different photo editor beyond Apple’s Aperture 3.x.  I envied from a far the Adobe Photoshop community and their endless supply of support.  The price of joining the Photoshop world is steep.  One must invest not only in the tools of his craft but in one’s self as well.

Entering a new chapter of digital photo-processing.

To help in this large undertaking, I have enlisted Photoshop guru Scott Kelby…kind of. I will be using his acclaimed book, The Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers, as my guide over the next few weeks.  In fact, November of 2012 will be  dedicated to getting comfortable with Photoshop processing.  Wish me luck!

If you have any tips, suggestions, websites, books or other materials you found helpful in taming the Photoshop beast, please, tell me in the comments below.  Thank you!

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14 Responses to Photoshopped

  1. Barbara says:

    The Adobe videos on YouTube are excellent – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8CD311D44D0539FB. If you can master selections, masking, and layers, that’s a great foundation. (The Topaz ReMask plugin is a huge help, too). And, if you are willing to spend the extra money, Lightroom is a fantastic tool that integrates well with Photoshop and that will save you hours of processing time. Looking forward to seeing what magic you achieve!

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  2. Larry Eiss says:

    I am very interested to hear about how this goes for you. I jumped into Photoshop a year ago with CS5, but have not been able to get comfortable with it. If you can help me find better beginner resources, that will be a real boon. I keep finding things that assume I already understand how the product works at some level.

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  3. Truels says:

    I guess you already know it: I use practically no processing for my photos, apart from a little cutting and adjusting light and color – for which I use something as simple as Picasa. However, I have a plan for dark winter evenings to learn HDR photography, and am considering buying PS Elements for this. (Hope it can be used for HDR).
    But I’m excited to read about your new experience with Big Brother Photoshop 😉

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  4. Karma says:

    I’ve been using Photoshop Elements for years now but I know I’ve barely scraped the surface of what it is capable of doing. I love my Scott Kelby book about PSE – I think it is great that you can just look up what it is that you’d like to do and he gives you step by step instructions.

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  5. lylekrahn says:

    I’ve been wondering whether to go from Aperture to PhotoShop but heard too many stories about the difficulties of learning it. It will be interesting to see how you make out.

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  6. Mike Criss says:

    Scott, good luck in your endeavor. Trust me, the time and effort you put into Photoshop will be well worth it my friend. Dive in!

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