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Kit-V

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Learning Photoshop CC Recommendations
« on: December 01, 2017, 05:44:44 PM »

With the advent of Adobe's subscription-only Lightroom CC Classic (aka LR7), I will likely upgrade from LR6 standalone. Since Adobe's Photography Plan includes Photoshop CC, this will be an opportunity for me to jump into PS for the first time. Since I envision using PS exclusively for image processing that is either lacking in Lightroom or for which Lightroom does an inferior job, I really do not need to take on the burden of familiarizing myself with everything that PS has to offer.

Thus, my question:  Can those of you who are veteran PS users suggest resource materials (i.e. books, tutorials, etc.) that focus on the fundamental photographic tools in PS? I would really appreciate it. Thank you kindly.

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Re: Learning Photoshop CC Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 06:01:24 PM »

Not really a PS veteran but Martin Evening's books are the best out there. Can be used as a valuable reference. Focal Press I think.
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Re: Learning Photoshop CC Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017, 07:06:16 PM »

Thank you! Although I have never read any of Martin's books, he does come well-recommended.
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Re: Learning Photoshop CC Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2017, 08:05:40 PM »

I agree with that recommendation. Martin has published stuff that I think responds exactly to what you are looking for - when to use which application for what purposes. His Lightroom Transformations book is particularly good in this respect.
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Re: Learning Photoshop CC Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2017, 08:06:53 PM »

Thank you, Mark!
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2017, 08:33:19 PM »

Along with Martin Evening’s books, Lynda dot com (https://www.lynda.com) has been and continues to be very important to me, for both learning new things about Photoshop and Lightroom (which are pretty much all I use) and going back to refresh my understanding of less-often-used tools. 

From the home page you can search for the category “Photography” or software names (e.g., “Nik”) or write out well-defined issues you want to learn (e.g., “select and mask”).

The plan I use is $240 a year, which includes unlimited access.  For a bit more one can have access to images files that allow a subscriber to work at home on the exact files covered in the tutorials.  There is also a free trial subscription.

Perhaps I should add that I don’t have any association with Lynda dot com (except as a subscriber) or with LinkedIn (which I don’t use and which bought Lynda dot com some time ago).
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2017, 02:48:28 AM »

I agree with Jeffrey that Lynda.com has excellent tutorials. Specifically, see https://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/Photoshop-CC-2018-Essential-Training-Photography/625923-2.html
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2017, 11:10:44 AM »

I was watching the Lynda video of the PS CC 2018 features just half an hour ago!

Photoshop is so feature rich I often goto Lynda when needing some of the stuff I'm not as familiar with such as the designer oriented tools and I like the way the videos are done with synchronized text so you can plop it on a second monitor and follow along on your main with your own stuff.
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Re: Learning Photoshop CC Recommendations
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2017, 12:40:38 PM »

Thanks for the suggestion of Lynda.com. In spite of the proliferation of online videos & tutorials, I am inclined to begin any foray into a new learning with books. That's likely because I learn well from printed material. However, once I have acquired a basic working knowledge, I am amenable to supplementing that material with various online resources. So your recommendation is appreciated.
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2017, 01:59:16 PM »

I can also recommend countless excellent tutorials at Lynda.com.

Julieanne Kost (jkost.com) offers interesting material on her site as well as offering outstanding tutorial at Lynda.

Photoshopessentials.com is also well worth checking.
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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2017, 06:37:49 PM »

Thank you, Mike!
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2017, 10:42:56 AM »

Julieanne also has material on her Adobe blog...

https://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/
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« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2017, 11:51:01 AM »

Thank you, Ron. All of these resources will be helpful.
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Re: Learning Photoshop CC Recommendations
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2017, 12:41:02 PM »

Thanks for the suggestion of Lynda.com. In spite of the proliferation of online videos & tutorials, I am inclined to begin any foray into a new learning with books.
My recommendation is also Martin's book, then for free, hard to beat Julieanne Kost of Adobe who has a massive number of video's that cost you nada!
http://www.jkost.com/photoshop.html
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« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2017, 12:56:10 PM »

Thank you, Andrew. I am looking forward to digging into Photoshop. Since I am quite confident with Lightroom, I am hoping the some of that knowledge will track over into Photoshop. Even if not, I think that certain aspects of Photoshop will make more sense.
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« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2017, 02:40:18 PM »

Thank you, Andrew. I am looking forward to digging into Photoshop. Since I am quite confident with Lightroom, I am hoping the some of that knowledge will track over into Photoshop. Even if not, I think that certain aspects of Photoshop will make more sense.
My suggestion is to think of the two tools quite differently; forcing a PS mindset on LR or vise versa is bound to produce frustration. And try to do all the work possible from raw data, in ACR/LR before even considering a move to Photoshop. The data and processing is hugely different.
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Re: Learning Photoshop CC Recommendations
« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2017, 04:22:45 PM »

My recommendation is also Martin's book, then for free, hard to beat Julieanne Kost of Adobe who has a massive number of video's that cost you nada!
http://www.jkost.com/photoshop.html
I quite agree. Kost's videos are really excellent. Especially for photographers. Deke has a bunch of nifty Photoshop quickies but Kost covers the stuff photographers care about most in a very clear way. I can see why Adobe has her in the corral.
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Re: Learning Photoshop CC Recommendations
« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2017, 05:22:55 PM »

I certainly agree. My intent is to use Photoshop only after I have completed work in LR.
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Re: Learning Photoshop CC Recommendations
« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2017, 02:52:04 AM »

Adobe TV is helpful and free.

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Re: Learning Photoshop CC Recommendations
« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2017, 11:48:01 AM »

Thanks, Tom. Several years ago I referred to Adobe TV while learning Lightroom. Thanks for the reminder.

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