Welcome to Artmakers Worlds Photoshop tutorials.
About this section. Why is it free?
Macphobic? (a must read for PC users.)
Introduction to Photoshop
This section was put together for a few reasons.
NOTE These lessons were put together quite some time ago now. Using version 5. So some instructions on finding and setting tools will have changed with newer versions. However the lessons themselves are still valuable so I'm leaving this section here. If your stuck, by all means contact me. I'm always happy to help.
Macphobic? PC users, READ THIS!
I teach Photoshop on macs at college. That just happens to be the only computer lab where graphic arts programs are installed. I just love the looks of terror on my students faces as they walk into the mac lab for the first time. They sit by these strange blue computers and I swear they are thinking "oh no, I just barely learned how to work my PC. What's this?"
Rest assured, Photoshop can be installed on either system. It works EXACTLY THE SAME. As I explain to my students, this is not a class in "mac systems," it's all about learning the program.
However, there are a few differences you MUST be aware of. Especially if you are a PC user.
The mac keyboard is a little different.
First, would be the OPTION key. It's the same as the ALT key on a PC. Same exact key. It just has different names. Most mac keyboards now print option/alt on that key. For the sake of my students I try to always call it the option/alt key but if I don't, be aware that option means alt. Same key.
Next, and more critical, is a key only found on the mac. It shows a picture of the apple icon, and a curly mark. It's called the COMMAND key. Again for my macphobic classes I try to call that the "APPLE COMMAND" key but I will NOT do that here. It IS called command and that's how it will be referred to.
Photoshop uses many key stroke shortcuts. If you've ever used a word processor your probably familiar with copy and paste. On a mac copy is COMMAND/C and paste is COMMAND/V. Well again, the PC doesn't have a command key so they substitute the control key. Copy is CTRL/C and paste is CTRL/V. Well the mac also has a control key so there comes a point in time when the PC simply runs out of keys. Shortcuts are often three keys long. CTRL/SHIFT/something... That is the only difference between how the two systems will work.
When you buy a book on Photoshop, they usually put mac instructions in ( ) and PC in [ ] and one just gets used to looking in the appropriate area when it comes up. Unfortunately, I do not have access to a PC version of Photoshop and don't know all the PC shortcuts. So, I'll just use the mac ones here and it's up to you to understand the difference.
Again, option is the same as alt and when "command" comes up, you need to find the PC equivalent. I'll explain how in the next section. Getting started. And... if any PC users out there want to help, I'd be happy to include PC equivalent shortcuts. Just drop me a note.
Photoshop is an amazing and complicated program. There isn't much it can't do. Trying to learn it on your own can be a daunting task. There are some good books available. Photoshop Classroom in a book by Adobe would be a good one. It comes with a CD and tutorials you can follow along with. Taking a class is the best way to learn though. Nothing beats having an instructor show you why something isn't working or how to use a tool. Then again, free is good right? Follow these tutorials as they come available. I haven't lost a student yet.
The first several lessons will gradually introduce you to the various tools and pallets.
Here is a general outline. (always subject to change.)
At this point my one credit course is about over. My two credit students get more time and I let them choose the direction of the classes. If they want more on photo repair that's what we do. Web graphics, that's what we do. Here are a list of various lessons I have planned for this site. (Lord knows when I'll get them all on here.)
8. Spherizing. A fun project. Look at the Sphere graphic on my site. This shows how it was created.
As you can see, I have a lot of work ahead of me to get this all up. Links to various lessons will appear in the navigation bar to the left as they become available.