By the way, even though I've been using Photoshop since about 1994, I still kind of suck at it. Well, that's not quite true: I have better-than-average judgment, just worse-than-average skills. What I really enjoy is "messing about" with it, as our U.K. friends might put it—I tend to imagine what I want to do and then muck around until I figure out how to get it done.
I've learned a fair amount over the years, and I do have fun, but...I really need to take a class.
Along that line of thinking—and because I just got Photoshop CS5 (upgraded from CS, if you can believe that)—I've decided to follow along with the video course at Lynda.com called Photoshop CS5 for Photographers. (Note that some of the segments can be viewed for free without signing up, as samples.) So far so good, although I don't know how long I'll be able to stick with it. Constancy is my worst thing.
Well, that last isn't really true either—I've been pretty constant about keeping TOP going. I guess I should give myself a little more credit.
P.S. This post was originally going to be titled "I Suck at Photoshop," but I chickened out—I realized that would probably come back to haunt me.
P.P.S. I should thank my buddy Steve Rosenblum for introducing me to Lynda.com, some time ago. Thanks, Steve.
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Featured Comment by fjf: "Just want to provide a second recommendation for Lynda.com.
"I would hate to have to tell you the number of expensive doorstops I have acquired in the guise of 'How to Learn Photoshop' books. I am sure the total dollar value is somewhere up around the Nikon D3S level.
"About a year ago I discovered Lynda.com and it is a great way to learn a visual tool such as Photoshop and/or any other visual technique.
"I spent hours reading books putting myself to sleep in an attempt to come to grips with PS. Viewing the application of the various tools in a Lynda.com task oriented lesson is a far superior way of gaining proficiency. And Lynda.com offers a very wide range of courseware that extends well beyond PS and Lightroom. Highly recommended and well worth a peek if not a membership."
Featured Comment by Zalman Stern: "I may be biased, but my main piece of advice for photographers is to do most adjustments in Camera Raw and only use the full glory of Photoshop as needed. It is easier to do the work one would have done in a darkroom in Camera Raw."
Editorial note: Why Zalman says he might be biased:
@ ZS: I spend 80% of my time in ACR. It's home for me, for photo editing. The advice I like is "ACR for global, Photoshop for local." When I use the term "Photoshop" I actually mean "Bridge, ACR, and Photoshop."