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Learning Photoshop for Beginners: 5 Tips

697882_ride_into_the_sunset.jpg5 Key Tips for Acquiring Amateur Skills with Photoshop

1. Acquiring the Basic Skills

It’s important to master the basics of Photoshop before engaging advanced techniques. Everyone will encounter moments of being faced with advanced technique opportunities. Photoshop tools engage the consumer with creative, easy to use and fun ways to render a professional looking image. Remember, technique gives way to form and creativity. Be sure to master basic skills in order to progress through the stages with proper knowledge of the program, you’ll reap the benefits when all is said and done.

When starting off in Photoshop, try to select only a few colors from the pallet to work with. While exploring contrast adjustments, hue retention and other tools, you’ll have more understanding and appreciation of what these tools are capable of. Stick to following tutorials or instruction manuals with a good reputation.

2. Learning the Shortcuts Will Save You Time

The term ‘shortcut’ takes on a different meaning within the confines of Photoshop. Most people think of shortcuts as an easy way to come to a final product, while leaving out quality in the process. This isn’t true with Photoshop shortcuts. You set a shortcut in Photoshop by assigning keys to actions for the program to perform. If an image needs 3 or more rotations with the finest degrees, it could take 10-15 minutes to move the mouse from the tool bar to the option, complete the option and return to do it again. Assigning a shortcut key to perform this operation means you’ll only have to press the key, once, and the operation will complete.

3. Only Learn From The Most In-depth Tutorials

Photoshop tutorials can be found just about anywhere on the Internet. However, some of these tutorials describe advanced techniques without discussing or going over the basic techniques involved in the process. Make sure to only spend time trying to learn from tutorials guiding you through all of the steps involved in the process. Downloading instructional or educational software allows you to rewind the tutorial in the event you miss or don’t fully understand a segment illustrating a new technique. You’ll be able to learn at your own pace.

Users claim using educational software encompasses the best tactic for acquiring amateur skills in Photoshop. Keep in mind to only purchase such software under reputable claims or guarantees.

4. Piece Off The Larger Images

Editing large images in Photoshop requires the software to render each pixel every time an adjustment is made. Allow yourself sometime to acquire slicing techniques before engaging largely portioned work. Most people want ‘here and now’ rendering capabilities and if you’re taking on a project for someone else, you’re going to have to learn how to edit the image piece-by-piece.

5. A Pallet, An Idea and A Lot of Patience

Being an amateur in any design field often pokes a user with a hot stick on the order of seeing other’s well designed, fully functional and stunning pieces of work. A lot of people become discouraged at the sight of these images and cut themselves short of the learning experience because they don’t believe they will ever produce work of similar quality. Those who came before you had to walk similar learning paths to achieve their techniques. Most people will learn Photoshop at faster rates than people in the past because of the introduction of tutorials instead of manuals. Always be patient with yourself in the early states and take note of an artist’s composition sparking your interest to see if you may inquiry the techniques when you are ready.

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