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Posted 10/8/2013 by sdt in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 10/8/2013 4:21:48 PM
jessica s has free classes this week. just watched day, she is using pse 11 and i have 10, i couldnt figure out what she was doing over 1/2 the time. frustrating!

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Posted: 10/8/2013 6:46:29 PM
I have PSE 11. I understand what she was doing, but I notice her tool bar on the left side is a little different from my tool bar.


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Posted: 10/8/2013 6:52:07 PM
Photoshop is one of those things that is a little cumbersome at first, but as you use it, it becomes completely natural.

One thing that helps, is watching different people use it, because we all use it a little bit differently. I have a digi process video
digi process video up on my blog today. You're welcome to have a look at how I'm doing things

I am using PSE 11, though, and I'm told it looks significantly different than 10.

Just keep trying, and watching videos, it WILL get easier.

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Posted: 10/8/2013 8:22:25 PM
I cannot begin to tell you how many videos I've watched, tutorials and books I've read and questions I asked over on the digi scrapping board when I first got PSE (5 at the time). There is no doubt that there is a LOT to learn and you absolutely must invest the time if you want to get good at it. Many years later and I know the program quite well, but I am always learning something new. It still can make me feel dumb too. BUT having said that, it is really quite an amazing program and totally well worth what you may feel is "information overload" when you first start. Jessica Sprague is a fantastic teacher. Although I've never taken a paid class with her, when I was first starting she did have free videos and tutorials that I watched and read. (She may still but thankfully I'm past the beginner stage and don't have to look for them as frequently. lol) At one time there were magazines dedicated to digital scrapbooking that I subscribed to which helped a lot. Although the digi scrapbooking board isn't nearly as active as it once was, I'm sure that if you have a "how do I" question, someone will answer you! Don't give up. It's worth the time it takes to figure it out!

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Posted: 10/8/2013 8:22:52 PM
Well don't. I have never used photoshop. Ever. The thought of learning keeps me away. Be proud you are learning .


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Posted: 10/8/2013 8:34:24 PM
Try The membership is $25 a month and the lessons are really really good. The videos follow a logical order and are in bite size pieces - most 5 minutes or less. Well worth the money and they have lessons in many versions of Photoshop along with any other program you can think of. No long term commitment needed. You can quit after one month. They also have, in each category, some free videos you can watch without signing up so you can judge for yourself if it is your cup of tea. Don't give up - it is a fantastic program and you will amaze your friends (and yourself) with the things you can do with it.


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Posted: 10/8/2013 8:38:07 PM
I took the class early this year and never got past the preliminary stuff. It is a huge learning curve and I had to Google a lot and ask question just to get that far. I thought we had an unlimited time to work on it, but not so. I took a break for the summer and went back a few days ago and the class forum for the class I was taking has been shut down. So now to finish the class I will have to Google a LOT and hope I can find the answers I need since I can no longer post on the forum. Hopefully I can at least still access the videos and printout instructions! Next time I pay for a class I will have to push myself to work on it even if it is a difficult challenge.

Photoshop definitely makes me feel dumb!

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Posted: 10/8/2013 10:17:13 PM
Just want to clarify, the classes at Jessica Sprague do seem to be excellent. I'm just a slow learner and daunted when it comes to such advanced technology.

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Posted: 10/9/2013 5:26:35 AM
thanks gals
jessica is a awesome teacher, i have in the past watched some of her classes using the same version of pse(10) and was able to follow butshe did mentioned 11 was a lot different. i downloaded another free class from her so going to try that. i know in the past she had a class on ussing project life digital and with work i was able to do that.
i have watched classes on pse from ali and cathy z and will look at the other placed u have recomended.


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Posted: 10/9/2013 6:32:07 AM
I'm in the photoshop challenged camp too

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Posted: 10/9/2013 8:27:33 AM
I have always wanted to learn how to use Photoshop. Count me in as having never used it.

Maybe I should start with Photoshop elements?


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Posted: 10/9/2013 8:30:42 AM
I think Melissa Shanhun has some of the easiest tutorials I've seen. And she's always fine with people asking questions. You can see a list of her tutorials at


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Posted: 10/9/2013 8:32:31 AM
I took classes at my local community college, under their community education program.


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Posted: 10/10/2013 8:47:56 PM
I could never seem to keep up when watching a video on Photoshop. Instead I went to the library and checked out some books. Ended up buying the title I liked best. Use it all the time when I want to know how to do something in Photoshop

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Posted: 10/11/2013 4:47:53 AM
What book did you get?

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Posted: 10/11/2013 5:50:27 AM
watched 2 more videos from jessica, top 5, one of her free classes and since it was not using vs 11 i was able to follow along.
thanks for the link to melissa video, those look amazing.
one one thing that makes videos doable is a have 2 screens so i actually do what they do in the video at the same time.

thanks everybody, i really want to learn the basic of pse


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Posted: 10/12/2013 11:14:22 AM
PSE is a lot more user-friendly than regular PS.

I have been working with PS over ten years, both professionally and at home, and I'm STILL learning. It's a very complicated program with lots of levels.

don't beat yourself up over it! is a good idea; maybe there is a beginners' book out there (or a "for dummies" type).

Hang in there!


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Posted: 10/12/2013 1:16:05 PM
Don't have Photoshop. PICASSO is FREE and as I like to call myself..Idiot proof and super user-friendly!! Nothing high tech which I don't need.


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Posted: 10/12/2013 1:29:18 PM
I have to say, I've been using Photoshop for 20+ years (not kidding) and there are STILL things that I don't know. It's a very in-depth program, that unless you are doing it professionally full-time, I don't think you ever get *everything* it has in it. So, definitely don't let it make you feel dumb, at all.

On top of it, there are often many different ways of using it to achieve the same thing - so like someone else said here, watch how several people use it, as it may just be that one person is achieving what you want to achieve in a different way than what will work best for you. It's definitely a trial and error type of program to find the methods that work best for your way of working.

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Posted: 10/12/2013 8:30:46 PM
I highly recommend the books by Scott Kelby. He makes it easy to understand and follow along.


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Posted: 10/13/2013 3:25:36 AM

Maybe I should start with Photoshop elements?

Defintely!! Full Photoshop isn't aimed at scrappers and is way more than most of us will ever want or need whereas Photoshop Elements is much more user friendly but far more sophisticated than some of the 'too basic' scrapbooking programmes.

There's still a learning curve but not nearly as steep

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