I have been known to say that Photoshop is the “gift that keeps on giving.” There is always something new to learn or a new way to do an “old” thing. I’ve been using Photoshop for 8 years and there are still many things I don’t know about it. These thoughts came to mind this week when a reader commented on the fact that she was learning Photoshop, one day at a time. Her comment caused me to stop and think about my first weeks (months?) with Photoshop.
When I started using Photoshop, I remember one of the most frustrating things for me was not knowing what questions to ask or what to try to learn first. Without understanding the capabilities of the program, it’s hard to even know where to begin. So I decided to just learn to crop a picture and add text to it. Simple enough, you say? Not for a beginner.
Here is my original not-very-impressive-straight-out-of-the-camera shot:
I cropped it, and added text to it…..I also lightened it, but have no idea how I did it.
Not a great crop job, but, hey, I did it!
I remember that this took me about 30 minutes or more, and that I was sooooo proud of it!
And then in 2010 I started designing. As long as I’m making myself vulnerable here, I might as well go all the way. Here is the very first kit I ever designed.
Oh, my goodness.
So you see? Learning Photoshop, improving our skills – all of our skills – is just a matter of time and practice, practice, practice.
So if you get frustrated or impatient, remember, it really is one day at a time.