Saturday, 4 November 2017

Getting Started With Photoshop


1. Inspiration
I didn't really know what I wanted to actually learn or get out of Photoshop. As I work in marketing, I looked on companies social media accounts. Companies were creating images, text, gifs and graphics and this gave me a good focus of what I wanted to learn and eventually create. I screen shotted things I liked and saved loads of Instagram images to have a look through later. 

2. Hit The Books
I actually bought a book as I thought this would be a good place to start. I bought Photoshop CC In Easy Steps (which you can find here). I didn't work through it like a workbook, but it is handy to know what all the side buttons do and when I need to know how to do something small, the information is easily found in there. 

3. Tutorials
I started with the tutorials made by Adobe themselves. They are a really good way to learn some of the basics like what layers are, adding text and creating shapes. Take a look at them here.

I then moved onto Pinterest and found so many bloggers and creatives offering tutorials along the lines of what I wanted to create. I also found lots of free fonts, backgrounds and general inspiration that are great to get started.

Have a look at some of the tutorials that got me started:

With Youtube, I also found it confusing to find exactly what I wanted, but Teela Cunningham has some great tutorials on loads of Adobe CC products. My personal favourite is this video on how to create a confetti brush. 

 I can't wait to see what else I can find and expand my skills. The next step for me is to treat myself to a camera and eventually move onto some of the other Adobe CC products. Who knows, this could be a great step into a new career. 


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