Trying to find the best option to get more Photoshop savvy
October 31, 2012 2:29 PM Subscribe
What sort of course should I be looking at to hone my Photoshop skills?
posted by PussKillian to education (8 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
My job frequently calls on me to work with images slated for publication. Currently, I have a basic working knowledge of Photoshop (just enough to be dangerous), mostly self-taught with a couple of basic tutorials scattered in as well.
I'm looking for a way to get better at honing my eye and my skills so that I can fix color issues, master curves, crop more accurately, get a handle on the whole transform thing where you square up slightly uneven edges, soften reflections that snuck in during the photography process, and touch up things like a strip of yellowing discoloration along the edge of a piece that was framed badly at some point. Right now, much of this is handled by the photographer who shoots our work, but it would be great if I could do more of it. (I could probably demand a newer version of Photoshop, too...that would be nice.)
The university I work for offers Photoshop tutorials, but they're not really centered around what I need. They're kind of "I put the dog in the middle of the beach scene and add a flower and put text in a circle and voila, funny birthday card" kind of things. I attend them when I can because they're free, but they usually don't really result in my skills improving much. The local community college has courses that might be appropriate, but they're part of a program of study to produce graphic designers, and don't really fit my schedule. I might fare better looking within my own university, but I'm really not sure if all these intro-to-Graphic-Design things are what I want. Maybe I should be looking at online tutorials, or something?
Any suggestions? I feel like I've been looking very intently in all the wrong places.