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Old 06-10-2003, 08:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Photoshop - how to become a great user...

I have had photoshop for several years sitting on my computer - Please tell me how I can learn to use this program properly. Are there any good books/videos/software that can help tutor me into doing more than just the lowest level tasks.
The program came bundled with a digital camera that I purchased, so I never got the manual (although I have to say that most computer manuals are totally USELESS!)
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Old 06-10-2003, 08:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Trial and error. And playing around with the tools.

Just get a photo, and see what you can do to distort the photo.
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Old 06-14-2003, 04:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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those are some great links. i have had good experiences with webmachine's tutorials and i see a lot of other great looking tuts on some of the other sites. Thanks a lot!
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Old 06-18-2003, 11:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I Learned PS simply by playing with it, granted there are some things that I don't know how to do, but everything i've needed to figgure out i've just taught myself. Experience is the best teacher, or so they say.
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Old 06-19-2003, 01:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the links Ashton
Great post.
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Old 06-19-2003, 06:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Photoshop is very intuitive. You can learn most of the basic/intermediate functions by simply playing around with it.
Check out: http://www.phong.com/tutorials/

Thats where I learned a bunch of stuff...
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Old 06-25-2003, 04:36 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Ashton, you are the man! I've been using ps mainly for brightness/contrast adjustments and to bump up saturation levels. These sites look great. Thanks!
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Old 06-29-2003, 10:07 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Once you have learned the basics start participating in the Fark p-shop contests, think of it as daily homework,you will hone your skills in no time.
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Old 07-01-2003, 09:38 AM   #10 (permalink)
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thanks for the links
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Old 07-02-2003, 10:55 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hey thanks for the great links
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Old 07-04-2003, 04:07 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Go to Google, choose groups, go here:
comp.graphics.apps.photoshop

They will help/answer all your questions!
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Old 07-04-2003, 08:50 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Here's a few more tutorials..some are mediocre but most you'll learn alot from.



http://user.fundy.net/morris/photoshop.shtml
http://www.stridingstudio.com/tutorials/
http://www.wastedyouth.org/tutorials/index.html
http://www.thinkdan.com/tutorials/index.html
http://www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/2d/
http://www.phong.com/tutorials/
http://www.spyroteknik.com/ spam
http://www.deepspaceweb.com/
http://www.spoono.com/tutorials/photoshop/
http://www.pixeljunction.com/tutorials.php
http://www.eyewire.com/tips/photoshop/ http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/pho...rials-tips.html
http://www.carbonfour.com/tutorials/
http://www.digitexturia.com/index2.php
http://jereme.gfxsites.net/#
http://www.dubtastic.com/
http://www.digitalwebgold.com/resources/tutorials.htm
http://www.designsbymark.com
http://www.bluesfear.com/tutorials.htm
http://www.dimitrix.net
http://www.eyesondesign.net/
http://www.teamphotoshop.com/
http://www.endeffect.com/
http://www.tutorialsearch.com/
http://www.xanthic.net/tutorials.html
http://www.planetphotoshop.com/
http://www.eyeball-design.com
http://asbestos.edgenetwk.com/news.htm
http://www.dreaminfinity.com/tutorials/ps.shtml
http://www.jereme.com/
http://www.effectlab.com/
http://www.jlswebsource.com/tutorials.html
http://www.absolutecross.com/tutorials/photoshop.htm
http://www.myjanee.com/jnetuts.htm
http://www.savvy.net/photoshop.htm
http://www.photoshopcafe.com
http://robouk.gdesign.nl/tutorials/
http://www.opticnurve.com/tutorials.asp
http://www.stewartstudio.com/tips/phototip.htm
http://www.stab.se/aq/ny/index.htm
http://www.magicpixel.com.au/html/workwel.html
http://www.darkerimaging.com/tutorials.htm
http://graphicssoft.about.com/cs/ph....htm?once=true&
http://www.rtideas.com/ticks/
http://www.screaming-art.com/tutorials.php
http://www.webinfractions.com/~defe...rials/index.htm
http://w1.243.telia.com/~u24308054/...s/tutorial.html
http://www.arraich.com/ps_intro.htm
http://www.digitaltropic.com/tutorials.htm
http://www.bizark.com/learn/
http://www.perfectpixels.com/index.cfm?method=photoshop
http://www.webteknique.com/
http://www.distortion.co.uk/freebies/tutorial.html
http://www.eyeland.com/tutorials.php
http://user.fundy.net/morris/main.html
http://europa.spaceports.com/~beatop/tutorials.htm
http://umojan99.tripod.com/
http://www.dsigning.com/photoshop/t...intwithfilters/
http://www.nebulus.org
http://www.somethingleet.com/
http://www.tutorialforums.com/
http://www.theroot42.org/forum/
http://www.shadowness.com
http://www.russellbrown.com/tips/photoshop.html
http://www.systemdark.com/academy
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Old 07-04-2003, 09:00 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Well thanks flamingpeach, I think youve just given me a way to pass a lot of time this weekend.
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Old 07-05-2003, 02:13 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Flamingpeach knows her Photoshop Are you using 6 or 7?
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Old 07-05-2003, 06:22 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Ashton
Flamingpeach knows her Photoshop Are you using 6 or 7?
7


Oh, and btw, alot of tut's are still in 6, so you just have to make your way through them to the best of your ability.

have fun
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Old 07-05-2003, 06:23 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Originally posted by flamingpeach
7


Oh, and btw, alot of tut's are still in 6, so you just have to make your way through them to the best of your ability.

have fun
I'm using 7 as well although I have 6 and thats what I learned Photoshop with..... 7 is much like 6 except for some new goodies like autocolor.....
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Old 07-07-2003, 09:21 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I'm using 7 as well although I have 6 and thats what I learned Photoshop with..... 7 is much like 6 except for some new goodies like autocolor.....
Can't...see...red...text...

Anyway, tyvm for the links. I wanted to become a photoshop master as well and at least I got the first step down
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Old 07-08-2003, 04:08 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Can't...see...red...text...
That's because you're using the standard forum format....... switch to dark cloud, I started using red text about two thousand posts ago....... when there was a blue format. green on green suxxors.......
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Old 07-09-2003, 12:24 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Wow... Ashton, Peach, those really help out.

*bows to the gurus of Photoshop*

I use Photoshop to edit pictures I plan on using for commercial things (like CD covers). I know it's not really directly related to Photoshop, but are there any tips either of you could give me?

Thanks.
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Old 07-09-2003, 03:11 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I use Photoshop to edit pictures I plan on using for commercial things (like CD covers). I know it's not really directly related to Photoshop, but are there any tips either of you could give me?
You can do almost anything with Photoshop.... The possibilities are endless, Try playing around with Filter Effects.. FILTER/ Artistic ~ Texture and Layer Styles LAYER/LAYER STYLE Drop Shadow ~ Stroke..... Note, if you want to play with Layer Styles first you load the pic then click LAYER/DUPLICATE LAYER/OK.... work with the duplicate layer, Layer Styles will be grayed out on the background pic, Drop Shadow and Bevel & Emboss are fun. Extract is a good tool to cut fine detail out of pic's.... much better than the lasso tool, LAYER/EXTRACT in 6 and FILTER/EXTRACT in 7..... remember to use the Smart Highlighting tool for fine edges, it tracks them nicely.

If you're really interested in learning Photoshop buy this book....
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...toshop_7_bible

It's a great book.....
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Old 08-13-2003, 05:37 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Wow! Thanks all - They will come in very handy. I've wanted to learn what the 000's of other functions of photoshop do for a long time, and how to start professional photochopping...

Cheers!
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Old 08-13-2003, 07:23 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Wow, lots of nice sites in that list. Thanks for taking time to post all of those links Flamingpeach.
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Old 08-15-2003, 05:50 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Check out www.thewebmachine.com Tons of great tutorials on there!
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Old 08-18-2003, 07:16 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I personally taught myself photoshop by using the tutorials at deviantart.com, as well as looking through their images and trying to duplicate them...I've found that if my photoshopping is goal-oriented rather than just trying to make something cool, it works a lot better.

Also, if you have the money, do your self a HUGE favor and go buy a $99 Graphire tablet. You'll thank me for it the first time you have to freehand a selection mask.
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Old 08-19-2003, 09:17 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I know you said that you don't own it, but I gotta say it anyway...

RTFM

Seriously, if you can get your hands on one, do it. Its 440 pages of good stuff. The photoshop bible, if you will...
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