3 things for Photoshop newbies to remember
12th February 2015
I spend a lot of time of Twitter, following bloggers and hearing their problems. One that arises frequently is:
“I want to use Photoshop but it’s too difficult to use.”
And so bloggers result to using online programmes for editing and creating images which, let’s face it, aren’t as good as Photoshop. If they were, Photoshop wouldn’t exist.
Today I’m going to share three little reminders for those using Photoshop for the very first time. These are not tips on how to use the software (but if you’d like some I’d happily write some posts on that) but instead some general things to remember so that you persevere and don’t give up straight away.
1. You won’t be good at it the first time you use it.
When I see bloggers saying that they use online services like PicMonkey because Photoshop is too difficult, I always think “Well, you must have had to learn how to use PicMonkey?”, or what ever website they are using. You aren’t going to be good at anything first time round. Just because Photoshop looks scary and uses words that you might not understand, it okay because one day you will get use to it. You’ll learn, just like you learnt to use any website or programme.
2. Practice makes perfect.
Following on from the last point, you need to practice using Photoshop before you will get any better at it. Your first practice may look terrible, and when you compare it to the works of others you’ll probably think “Why doesn’t mind look like that?” (see GIF above). Practice, practice, practice, and don’t give up until you’ve achieved what you wanted to achieve.
3. Tutorials are great, but try to explore on your own.
Photoshop tutorials are great. Just a simple search on Google or Youtube will throw up tones of tutorials to help guide you through the process. You’ll learn what different buttons do, how to create various looks and also some sneaky shortcuts for getting the job done quicker.
However, tutorials will only get you so far. Once you are more familar with the programme it’s time to run wild and free! Explore what you can do in Photoshop and you’ll discover some pretty neat tricks, I promise.
Also, this is just my personal feeling, but I would never pay for Photoshop tutorials. It’s very much something you can learn on your own using free online tutorials and it will save you a small fortune.
What tips would you give to Photoshop newbies?