Learning Photoshop for Developing Applications

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by klamse25, May 12, 2010.

  1. klamse25 macrumors 6502a

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    Where do I start?
    I want to be a graphic designer I just don't have the resources.
    Any books?
     
  2. AFPoster macrumors 65816

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    I'd suggest google photoshop tutorials that's how I have been learning, I still suck though lol.
     
  3. ninjasavant macrumors newbie

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    Funny you should ask

    I design software for a living and I use Photoshop to do it. A couple days ago I started a blog to post tutorials on exactly this topic. I'm starting out simply and getting more advanced as I go along so it might just be what you're looking for.

    Check it out at http://ninjasavant.tumblr.com.

    There's a link on the right to ask questions if you'd like to see me cover something specific in a tutorial.
     
  4. 7on macrumors 601

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  5. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    You don't need books.

    You got the whole frickin' internet at your disposal.

    Plus you've got us.

    Doesn't that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?
     
  6. tjh1124 macrumors newbie

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    citizenzen is right. you don't need books if you have the internet at your disposal. there are hundreds of thousands of "free photoshop tutorials" available. google it. There are also tons of free video podcasts available on how to use just about any software at the itunes store. Photoshop User TV and Photoshop Killer Tips are a couple of good free photoshop podcasts.


    Adobe also has lots of free video tutorials for their products. Here's a link:
    http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/video_workshop/
     
  7. bluedog3401 macrumors regular

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    The internet is really great at getting that one specific piece of information pretty easily, but it doesn't often do the analysis or progressive learning needed to really master an application or subject without significant work. If your intent is to really master an application the concise and progressive nature of books and learning materials would really help solidify your understanding that a few tips/tricks on the web won't give you.

    In this case, you can find the quick how-to's and tutorials but they are no where near as well organized as the Lynda.com video tutorials or the "Real World" photoshop book at giving you the actual production quality processes and methods of using a tool like Photoshop. http://www.amazon.com/Real-World-Adobe-Photoshop-Photographers/dp/0321604512

    Lynda.com may cost a bit more but their tutorials are top notch. Most tutorials are not the 'learn the process' but rather here is a technique. You have to get a LOT of those under your belt before you would begin to understand efficient work processes. http://www.lynda.com/home/ViewCourses.aspx?lpk0=391

    Bert Monroy has a video podcast that is pretty good about describing processes while showing you examples you may be likely to encounter in your work. He did them as the "pixel perfect" podcast but may have done others. http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/bert-monroy.html
     
  8. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    +1 for Lynda.com

    That site is an EXCELLENT resource and a steal for only $30 a month.
     

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