Where to start with Photoshop?

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Where to start with Photoshop?

Just got Photoshop CS4 and I'm very, very new to this editing thing. It intimidates me so much. I haven't posted here in months but check in occasionally. I'm finally getting a little extra time so I'm ready to learn!

I keep reading about references to "the bible" and would like to know what that is Smile

I've played around with it, but I'm afraid I'm going to confuse myself unless I take it one step at a time.

Any advice, ideas, etc.?

Thanks ladies Smile

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Hi there! I don't use photoshop, I use elements and I am with you with it being SO VERY OVERWHELMING! I picked up a few books on it and then sold them all except for my one by Scott Kelby. His was the only one that really helped me and walked me through the steps. I dunno if he makes one for CS4, but it may be worth looking into! I've also used you tube tutorials a few times and there seems to be a few good ones out there. As for where exactly to start, I would just take small steps, like how to sharpen for web, how to add a watermark, how to adjust levels, etc. Good luck!

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the bible is the photoshop bible, you might find more use out of cs4 books geared towards photographers. I also started watching/listening to podcasts, that's where I'm learning the most b/c I'm a visual learner

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It can be very overwhelming. I've had it a few months now.

Google anything. just type in your questions, guaranteed that someone has asked or answered it before

What I found most useful is to use the same photo while trying out new things, play with the different adjustment styles so you can learn exactly what they do and how they react to your manual adjustments

Also the first thing I suggest you learn is how to make a watermark and use it so that your pictures are protected, no matter how you look upon your photography(gonna go pro one day, just a beginner or a hopeful enthusiast) protect protect protect!

have fun with it Biggrin

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"cazzoom" wrote:

Also the first thing I suggest you learn is how to make a watermark and use it so that your pictures are protected, no matter how you look upon your photography(gonna go pro one day, just a beginner or a hopeful enthusiast) protect protect protect!

have fun with it Biggrin

really? even though I am just learning? Does photoshop help to create a watermark? I can't wait for even a solid couple hours when I can sit and search tutorials, videos, etc. for help with Photoshop! Smile