At a glance, Photoshop can be a scary sight if you’re opening it for the first time. You’ll find a series of tools, tabs, and windows of which its use you know nothing. This overwhelming sensation will make you want to close the program, it’s normal, but don’t do it!
In my experience as a designer, I felt this sensation the first time I opened it, but there’s nothing to be afraid of, you just need to have the disposition to learn and the patience to find out the use of all the functions available.
You need to keep in mind the main functionality of Photoshop before you learn how to use it. It’s a program from the Adobe family, specifically designed to edit and retouch images.
This software is not only limited to its basic principles and functions, but it also allows a wide use range in the design field, and it’s tools and resources will make the work in such area a lot easier and friendlier.
How to get started with Photoshop?
If you wish to begin using Photoshop and have no knowledge about the reach of its functionality, there are two options: Internet tutorials or specialized courses.
I for starters started using photoshop watching tutorials on youtube and being active in image editing forums. Someone who isn’t very active on the internet (depending on his potential) might say that there’s not much to learn on those sites, but they are wrong.
The amount of information you can find online about photoshop is quite impressive; I can personally say that I have learned more about using this software researching online than in college. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t learn anything in college, I was taught about design basics and principles, such formation details that sometimes we can miss while learning things on our own.
However, there are specialized Photoshop courses which are very thorough for anyone that wishes to become a professional in the area and get to use the program to its full potential, which is far more than anyone can imagine.
The possibilities to create a design are endless, and even if you are following a step by step tutorial or given specific design norms to follow when using the software, your personal style, design taste, and preferences will give a unique touch to your design.
Adobe has its website with a whole section dedicated to the use of this software with tutorial videos that cover the most basic and essential pointers necessary to begin using Photoshop.
If you would like to start using Photoshop the website is a good place to start; the section is new but very useful. Up until two years ago, we (designers) didn’t count on this clever and accessible way to learn how to use the software.