what is the best way to learn photoshop?

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  1. Mashburn

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    I am a Lightroom user, but once in a while there is something that erks me that I know photoshop could do. So I got photoshop and it is confusing as heck trying to learn it through youtube. So I am needing to know where is the best place to learn the very basic stuff at? just so I can get my feet wet and understand.

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  2. JohnnyWrench

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    For something as deep as Photoshop you're going to need some structure in the beginning so you can learn the basics. My advice would be to look into a class through a community college. An instructor showing you how things work and answering your questions in real time is invaluable.
     
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    I am currently using lynda.com which was recommended here on TPF by a few members. It's $25/month unlimited access (you can cancel up to day 10 at no charge). I'm finding the PS Elements 11 course to be really well structured and feel that I am getting my money's worth. Worth checking out.
     
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    Phlearn.com

    Aaron Nace is a wizard and explains things in a simple and entertaining way. You might need to go back a few pages to find the "Starting out" videos.
     
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    Photoshop 101 201 Bundle

    this is the one I found. and I been seeing it pop up on my facebook. I will see what others say over the weekend. but I am leaning with going with this. Thanks.
     
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    That's the one! His free stuff is also excellent. A bit more advanced, but great for picking up little tips and tricks and once you've mastered the fundamentals will make much more sense. I often have his videos running in the background whilst I'm working - you'll be surprised how much just sinks in!

    I think he's got one of the best photography learning sites going at the moment. Hope it works out for you!
     
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    First find some tutorials on the basics of navigation and what some of the common phrases such as Adjustment layers, layer mask, blend modes etc.,

    Then, think of what you are trying to do then Google YouTube Videos. Always save the videos that were helpful in a Playlist so you can refer to them later.

    Subscribe to YouTube channels and blogs such as Phlearn. This is important as its what will broaden your horizons to what is even possible with the software and potentially spark your creativity.

    Learn, Apply and Repeat
     
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    I have Lynda and like it. but I do not like the people who teach you how to do things. some are crazy to long before they have you touch the software, while others start talking like you are a basic student.

    if you know a person on there that is awesome, let me know. and I'll give it a try. but all the ones I have tried thus far on there, are not for me.
     
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    Chris Orwig - I like his pace and his voice did not put me to sleep.
    Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop CC for Photographers Fundamentals
     
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    I learned everything I know on YouTube, and I'd like to think I am pretty good with photoshop!
     
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    I am taking a PhotoShop class at community college. Everyday I learn something new. I strongly suggest a classroom environment.
     

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