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PeaNut 517,472
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Posted: 1/16/2013 9:02:37 AM
Hi there! I'm so excited to finally learn the ins and outs of photoshop. I'm a complete novice so I signed up on to get me started. However, when I look through the lessons I'm completely overwhelmed with the amount of tutorials offered. I really have no idea where to begin. Can anyone recommend a queue of lessons for a beginner? How did you start on your photoshop learning journey? Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated!


PeaNut 455,916
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Posted: 1/16/2013 9:21:55 AM
I'm not familiar with that site; I leared a lot about Photoshop from Scott Kelby's books and by taking a class at a local community college.


PeaNut 405,632
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Posted: 1/16/2013 10:59:36 AM
Another Scott Kelby book fan, plus Youtube. Loads of information on Youtube - and it is free! (plus I had a teenage computer / photoshop savvy daughter who I could bribe help from on occasion).

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PeaNut 25,270
November 2001
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Posted: 1/16/2013 11:07:01 AM
I got a book, at the library, that I always recommend. It's Adobe's Classroom in a Book. Adobe publishes one for every version of PS that they put out. It really assumes you know nothing. I found some of the other books are written as if you have some existing knowledge and I had none.
As far as the online tutorials, I would find a picture you want to fix and then do a lesson on that aspect, i.e., sharpening, cloning etc.


PeaNut 18,334
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Posted: 1/16/2013 12:02:32 PM
I"ve never considered a good newbie place. A good place,yes. A newbie place, not so much.

Get Scott Kelby's book for your version of photoshop. Pick a task you want to do. Look through the contents page to find the right chapter and learn the skill you are wanting. He writes his books so nearly every chapter is a stand alone task. If a task requires prior knowledge of another step he will warn you to check chapter xx before proceeding.

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PeaNut 245,376
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Posted: 1/17/2013 11:19:13 AM
I was very disappointed in There are so many others that are much better.

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PeaNut 100,139
August 2003
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Posted: 1/23/2013 8:23:44 AM
Just wanted to second (or third) the Scott Kelby suggestion. His books are great. As Volt said, pick something you need to do, and he will walk you through it. Great resource.

Also, believe it or not, youtube. There are youtube videos for almost everything!

Have fun!


PeaNut 272,462
August 2006
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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:32:21 AM
I guess I will be person number 4756 to say SCOTT KELBY he is amazing and I recently added him to Facebook and he actually answers his post and questions himself... I watch him on the Grid and I think he is great... Anyone not watching should join in every wed at 4 live on the web... Its very neat!!!
I"ve never considered a good newbie place. A good place,yes. A newbie place, not so much.
I think it is very hard if you don't know the terms etc... great advice Volt!!!

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PeaNut 103,985
August 2003
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Posted: 2/10/2013 5:52:06 PM
Are you using it for digital scrapbooking or simply photo editing?

You might also check out She has awesome classes for learning photoshop programs. A lot of them are geared towards digital scrapbooking, but she does have some photo editing classes, too. She is my favorite teacher for online classes, and her video tutorials are top notch.


PeaNut 307,816
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Posted: 2/16/2013 8:54:27 AM
I have some comments on the Classroom in a Book series previously recommended... I recently took an in-depth graphic design certificate program, and we used the Classroom in a Book for both Photoshop and Illustrator. I'm an intermediate-advanced Photoshop user, but a beginner-intermediate Illustrator user, and found the books disappointing. They DO teach many principles step-by-step, but they are a project based learning series, so your goal is to re-create all of the projects Adobe designs for the book. That's ok if those particular projects have interest or relevance for you, but there are so many things they don't cover, many basic features that are hardly mentioned, and others that are obscure but used over and over. There also was a section on the 3D features, and I don't have the extended version on my own computer, so this section was useless to me outside of class. You might find it useful, but I just thought I'd let you know my opinion.

I have also found Scott Kelby's books helpful. I also subscribe to Photoshop User magazine, and pore through their tutorials and tips... they have everything from beginner to way advanced.
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