I Love Photoshop

Last week, I finally, finally, purchased my very own copy of Photoshop, and I’ve been playing with it ever since. I’ve been needing it for some time; I’m interested in graphic design, but I don’t have the necessary skills with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to make graphic design my job.

Mainly, I lack practice. The only access to Photoshop that I’ve had since I graduated is at one computer at work, and that only for job-related stuff like making buttons for our website. So, I finally shelled out ~$800 for the Adobe Creative Suite 2 Standard Edition, which include InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

Before I bought the software, I thought the price was exorbitant. Now that I have it and have been learning how to use it, I can see why they can get away with charging that much. Nothing else out there compares with Photoshop. It is some of the most well designed software I’ve ever had the pleasure of using, and it’s powerful stuff too.

I’ve discovered the fantastic video podcasts at PhotoWalkthrough.com, which teach viewers how to harness the power of Photoshop. For example, using the stuff I learned from Tutorial 1 (as well as stuff I learned from my Graphic Design class that I took in college) I turned this photo of a walkway in front of Spartanburg’s Episcopal Church of the Advent from this:

…into this…

It’s a pretty neat effect, I think. I’m looking forward to learning more from the rest of the tutorials.

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