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Photoshop Training with TutorGrams – Guest Post by Daniel Marks

November 21, 2014 in Freelancing, Guest Blogger, Photoshop, Tutorials

Photoshop is everywhere. It’s used in every field from an astronomer using it to process galactic images to a web developer designing a logo for a client (see more cool professions that rely on Photoshop here). Whether you like it or not, when you need to edit an image or create new graphics, most people rely on Photoshop. In fact, the term “Photoshopping” has become an accepted way to describe any kind of alterations to a photo.

Photoshop being everywhere is nice and all but why should you personally get Photoshop training?

In a nutshell: because everyone uses photos and graphics. By learning to use Photoshop, you’ll be able to gain much more control over the images you use everyday. For instance, you could remove blemishes from your face, change the background of a photo you took or simply swap some colors around on a picture. But you can also do so much more. You can create graphics from scratch, add text to a photo, create animated GIFs, colorize old black and white pictures and more. You can basically use Photoshop to make almost any change you could imagine.

As you can see, learning Photoshop can be justified for purely personal reasons. However, learning Photoshop can also make a lot of sense for professional reasons. Almost every business works with images on a daily basis. Some businesses have in-house designers that handle all their graphic design work. Odds are these businesses will only be looking for heavy-duty designers with years of experience and relevant education. But, there are a whole host of businesses out there that are constantly hiring contractors for every little piece of Photoshop work they need. This is where you come in. Being able to offer Photoshop help for businesses means they don’t need to outsource every bit of graphic work that comes their way. It’s one way of making yourself more valuable to a company.

Maybe the most compelling reason to learn Photoshop is if you work for yourself. You might have a website that uses images, or want to create a brochure or need a logo. Instead of relying on someone else for every little task which can be tedious and expensive, you can simply learn the tasks yourself.

All this isn’t to say that you should avoid Photoshop contractors. They can be very helpful! It’s simply worth considering the benefits of learning Photoshop for yourself. If you’re interested in learning more about Photoshop training, you can check out TutorGrams for more information. TutorGrams is an online tutoring service where you can receive one on one Photoshop training from an expert.

 

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Using a Photoshop Tutor – Guest Post by Daniel Marks

November 21, 2014 in Freelancing, Guest Blogger, Photoshop, Tutorials

Photoshop is the industry standard for working with graphics. Owing to this popularity, there are many ways to receive Photoshop help. You could hire a freelance Photoshop expert to do work for you. You could learn the basics of Photoshop by watching tutorials or by reading a guide. You could participate in Photoshop forums. And, you could also hire a Photoshop tutor.

Each option has its own pros and cons, but for now, we’re going to take a closer look at using a Photoshop tutor.

A Photoshop tutor is a little different than a freelance Photoshop expert. Usually when you hire a Photoshop expert, you give them some details about what you’re looking for and they send you back some sort of finished product. With a Photoshop tutor, you can actually take part in the creative process and learn as the work is being done. In other words, a tutor can walk you through the tasks they are performing as they do them. This way, you’ll learn how to do similar tasks yourself in the future. Another perk is that by being involved in the process, you’ll be able to give your feedback in real time instead of suggesting changes once the work is all done.

However, you don’t need actual Photoshop work to learn from a tutor. Maybe you just want to learn something about Photoshop and have no immediate need for graphic design work. A tutor can also help out in this case too. The main benefit of using a tutor for Photoshop training is that you get a one on one lesson that is completely tailored to your needs. Learning from tutorials and books can work great in a lot of cases but sometimes working one on one with an expert is the only way for something to really sink in. You can ask questions until everything is clear, jump ahead as soon as something makes sense and get a lesson that is focused on your specific version of Photoshop.

All this isn’t to say that using a Photoshop tutor is always your best option. If you’re just looking for Photoshop work, using a freelancer or agency will almost certainly be cheaper. If you’d like to learn how to do something very specific in Photoshop, odds are you’ll be able to find a video or text tutorial on it. However, sometimes you prefer learning one on one and sometimes you learn best by actually being involved in the process. In these cases, using a Photoshop tutor is certainly worth considering.

 

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Design From The Road #6

July 27, 2014 in Design From The Road, Freelancing, Graphic Design, Graphic Design Podcast, Photoshop, Tutorials, Web Design, Web Design Podcast

Design From The Road

 

In this installment I take some time to talk about some tips for photo restoration and photo manipulation.

Enjoy!

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Design From The Road #4

July 16, 2014 in Design From The Road, Freelancing, Graphic Design, Graphic Design Podcast, Photoshop, Tutorials, Web Design, Web Design Podcast

Design From The Road

#3 is coming, soon enough. I am just working out some technical difficulties because the file was a little to large to send to myself. In the meantime, here’s #4.

In this installment I throw out some quick tips for Photoshop including the difference between Opacity and Fill and what you can do by using some modifier keys like Option/Alt, Cmd/Ctrl, and Shift.

Enjoy!

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As Promised: Photoshop CS6: Video QuickStart Sample

July 5, 2012 in Freelancing, Graphic Design, Inspiration, Photography, Photoshop, Tutorials, Video

To learn more about how to use Photoshop check out my series Photoshop CS6: Video QuickStart at Peachpit.com!

This is an HD video, so it may take a few minutes to open. (If anyone has a better video player for WordPress, I’m all ears!)

Photoshop CS6: Masks

Photoshop CS6: Video QuickStart is Live!

June 21, 2012 in Graphic Design, News, Personal, Photography, Photoshop, Tutorials, Video

Photoshop CS6 Visual QuickStart GuideI am so excited to announce today that my new video series Photoshop CS6: Video QuickStart is now live on Peachpit.com! The series  is to accompany the new release of the Photoshop CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide book. Both are designed to help beginners get up to speed with Photoshop using CS6 and are great resources that take you through some Photoshop essentials and provide a good foundation for getting started with this powerful program.

The link above (which is an affiliate link, by the way, which means I will get a little something if you buy anything from Peachpit via the link) will take you to the book itself, but if you then go to Topics>Adobe Photoshop>Store (on the left, under the topic header) you can purchase the videos there and watch a sample chapter on Masks.

If you know anyone who wants to learn more about Photoshop and wants a great guidebook for all of its bells and whistles, please bring them to this page and have them use this link so they can get started learning today!

(Once I have it from Peachpit, I will share a sample video here as well.)

Graphic Talk Radio Episode #5 – SEO Linking

November 28, 2011 in Freelancing, Graphic Design, Graphic Design Podcast, Photoshop, Tutorials, Web Design, Web Design Podcast, Workflow

Graphic Talk Radio - A podcast about graphic design, web design, and freelancing.

Episode #5 of my Graphic Design Podcast is now live here on the site! You can also subscribe to this Web Design Podcast in iTunes or stream it with Stitcher.com.

This week we are continuing our series about search engine optimization (SEO) tips for bloggers with a quick look at how links and keywords play a vital role in your SEO strategy.

Give it a listen! And if you have any questions, comments, or just want to say “hi” leave a message below, get in touch on one of my various Social Media outlets, use the contact form, or send me an email to info@graphictalkradio.com.

Photoshop Toolbox: Constraining Proportions

November 18, 2011 in Graphic Design, Photoshop, Photoshop Toolbox, Tutorials, Workflow

Photoshop Toolbox - Beginner Tips for Photoshop

This week in the Photoshop Toolbox we will be building off of our discussion of shapes from last week to discuss what kind of control we have when it comes to actually creating those shapes.

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Designing for Your Customer’s Browser/Device

November 16, 2011 in Graphic Design, Tutorials, Web Design, Workflow

As web designers we are tasked with developing sites that are not only attractive and functional but also provide a consistent look regardless of where they are being viewed.
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Photoshop Toolbox: Shape Layers, Paths, Fill Pixels

November 11, 2011 in Graphic Design, Photoshop, Photoshop Toolbox, Tutorials, Workflow

Photoshop Toolbox - Beginner Tips for Photoshop

On this edition of the Photoshop Toolbox we take a look at what those little buttons up in the Options Bar mean when you are working with shapes or the other drawing tools inside Photoshop. Read the rest of this entry →