New to Photoshop? Need a “Lesson Plan”? Read this Post!

 

 

 

•  Are you brand new to Photoshop?  A total beginner?  Or, are you just digging into the program, and not sure what to do next?  Or, are you having challenges with the “basics”?

 

•  Do you need guidance – a “Lesson Plan”, if you will – on how to learn Photoshop for Photographers?

If so, read on …

•  Photoshop is indeed a complex program – but as a photographer, you’re only going to need to use 10-15% of the programs’ functionality to achieve your best results, and the rest can pretty much be ignored.

 

•  Why listen to me?  Here’s a brief bio:   https://www.wattsdigital.com/aboutjohnwatts.html –   Bottom line:  if you want the ABSOLUTE BEST output from your files, especially for high-quality digital photographic printing, then I’m your guy.

 

•  This post is the result of a powerfully simple question from Helen C., shown below.  In my answer, I’ll show you the 3 points integral to the suggested “Lesson Plan”.  If you follow these in the order shown, it’ll greatly assist you in developing a strong foundation in (and working knowledge of) Photoshop.

 

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So, here is the original question:

 

Hi John,

 

I’m almost a total beginner at Photoshop, with almost no experience at all.  Where do I start?  Do you have any classes for that ailment ?

 

Thanks,

 

Helen C.
Colorado

 

 

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And my answer (the 3-point “Lesson Plan”):

Howdy Helen,

 

Well, hey – – you’ve come to the right place – this is right up my alley – consider this a Photoshop “Lesson Plan” for beginners  🙂

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1)  The first thing I’d suggest is to attend my FREE live & online “Photoshop 101” Meetup webinars there are 5 of them total, 1.5 hours each, and we have them every 2 to 3 weeks copious notes are always included. We have photographers attending from all over the nation!

 

You’ll find even more information about them here: https://www.wattsdigital.com/San_Diego_Meetups.html – they’re a systematic plan to help you learn PS properly. Think of these as the “I-just-got-Photoshop-now-what?” seminars – even if you don’t attend them sequentially.

 

2)  If attending “live” is an issue (OR if you want to watch recordings of past Meetups that you’ve attended), I’ve archived a boatload of free recordings of recent “Photoshop 101” Meetups here (all 5 classes, with links to downloadable notes): https://www.wattsdigital.com/photoshop101videos.html

 

3)  In addition, I also have my blog (which is where you’re reading this).  This is the “educational” website for my business – here, you’ll find answers on specific subjects to “fine-tune” the learning process, learn some of my “philosophies”, and more: https://blog.main.wattsdigital.com

 

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Note that the 3 items mentioned above are ALL “free” …

 

•  As far as the learning process is concerned, they require effort on YOUR part (hey, nothing worth doing properly is easy, right?)  …

 

•  BUT, I can still steer you in the right direction (via the Meetups / recordings / blog / email) with suggested “homework”, and so on.  I can keep you focused on the goals of learning this crazy program – think of me as a “Photoshop  Coach” …

 

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Once you’ve explored the “free” side of the educational tools …

 

•  I’ll show you other ways you can learn Photoshop that involve “greenbacks” (hey, a guy’s gotta eat, lol!), such as my Photoshop Book (available on Amazon), online Small Group Workshops, online One-on-one Instruction, and so much more – – all are more than reasonably priced.

 

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In closing:  If you follow these 3 points in the “Lesson Plan” to assist you in learning Photoshop, I strongly believe that you’re setting yourself up for success!

 

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•  By the way, this is all based on my Photoshop book designed for photographers, “Not just another Photoshop Book”available exclusively on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HNLS1Q2

 

Questions? Please contact me – also, feel free to comment and tell your photography friends!

 

Thx again, and cheers,

 

John Watts 🙂

john@wattsdigital.com

 

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