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11th August 2005, 04:35 PM
I am just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on where to get started with Photoshop CS. It's just purely for home use .... I have no experience with the program at all but it is sitting idle on my desktop and it frustrates me! I just don't know where to begin. Does anybody know of any good courses? Or is there an online tutorial I can do (or a built in one in the program?).

Any suggestions? I've seen the amazing things that you guys do in photoshop and I want to learn more! B)



11th August 2005, 04:42 PM
order some vid tutorials.

11th August 2005, 05:31 PM
Go to this site and have a look around

Atomic Learning (http://www.atomiclearning.com/)

You can view a demo and if you subscribe ($79.99 per year) you have access to ALL
their tutorials so if you want to learn about other software as well it is really worth
the money.

I have been doing Photoshop CS as well as Final Cut Express lately :thumbup:

11th August 2005, 06:20 PM
I have found Photoshop CS Classroom in a Book (http://www.adobe.com/misc/books.html#CIB) to be very good. It is published by Adobe and comes with a CD-ROM with exercises on it. I bought mine from Collins Bookshop for $70. It is available from streetwise (http://www.streetwise.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=47&products_id=2703&osCsid=f6fda554395f4e2770d97d363f05cd99) for the same price.


11th August 2005, 06:22 PM
The current edition of Australian MacWorld has some very good tips for iPhoto and Photoshop users, well worth the read.

11th August 2005, 06:29 PM
I'd second vicmeldrews ideas.

There are some great books available which often have tutorial cd's or websites you can use to help with the work you're doing in the book.

I have a good book which I'd recommend, called Photoshop CS essential skills, by Mark Galer and Philip Andrews. Published by Focal Press. http://www.focalpress.com

http://www.designsbymark.com has some good online p'shop tutorials...

11th August 2005, 06:58 PM
Go to your local library - they will have heaps of books.

Also, it's a good idea to ascertain what you want to do in photoshop first. Do you want to make funny mish-mashed photographs? Perhaps create a psychedelic work of art? Put a drop shadow on some text and call yourself a designer? All this and more is possible in Adobe CS ;)

11th August 2005, 08:48 PM
if i remember rightly (dont have the box with me at the moment) Adobe CS (and CS2) suite comes with a training cd that has some of the basics on it. ;)

Any tutorial books will usually be great - Adobe photoshop classroom in a book is great (also photoshop for dummies and learn photoshop in 24 hours are also fine) once you have the basics down their are plenty of advanced photoshop tutorials available on the 'net, these are usually howtos for particular effects.


11th August 2005, 10:23 PM
I recall Adobe having freely downloadable PDFs of its "Classroom in a Book" series for educational use.

If only I could remember the link...

11th August 2005, 11:43 PM
I find magazine tutorials really good from Mac mags and even some PC mags, nowadays the tutorials on those mags are catered more to the intermediate PS user, but if you can find a really good super-duper newsagent with just tonnes of computer/tech mags you will find a treasure trove of stand-alone mags specifically for the PS beginner and usually with attached CD/DVD. It's the next option I think if you cant find anything in the library, and the books are too expensive. I recently bought this book ---> http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai...817737?v=glance (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0321123972/102-2266525-1817737?v=glance) and I found that it was too basic for my tastes as I already knew most of the subjects covered in the book but I reckon it would probably be handy for beginners after youve gone through the very basics of tool use/interface/basic editing/layers etc and most of those things are in the manual that comes with the software.

The best advice I could give though is to PLAY around with the software , dont worry you wont break anything and no one can see what you are making, just push the software around a bit even though you dont know what a particular effect or style is going to do just do it anyway and combine it with other stuff. Photoshop is Deep but also can be easy on the surface once you are comfortable with filters and tools things will just flow on from there. I am still learning and having a lot of fun doing so after 7 years of use :D

12th August 2005, 09:00 AM
Check this previous thread also:

Oh, found the adobe link too:
Technically for educators only (which I am), but the files have been freely downloadable for years.

Other books available here:
http://www.adobe.com/education/curriculum/...oominabook.html (http://www.adobe.com/education/curriculum/classroominabook.html)

12th August 2005, 09:21 AM
www.lynda.com also has many training packages, not only for Photoshop.