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    Best way/technique to learn a grapics package?

    Right, Im new to web design and just getting to grips with DW, now that I understand how to use it to create my pages I need to move on to making imgaes, banners, logo etc.

    Now I consider myself extremely retarted in this sense given that I have fireworks and photoshop but a freakin clue how to utilise these products best for my purposes. Im not even going to look at the firworks tutorial as when I did for DW, I found it to be completely useless and Ive learnt more about DW just be asking around then i did following the tutorial by macromedia.

    Now I do have a friend who would willingly make images for me but this is something I want to learn how to do myself, any advice on how to approach this or some links to some actual USEFUL tutorials?

    How did you guys get started with your graphics packages (first time round) and what advice would you give a newbie?
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    i've found that just using the program's features helps a great deal. just spend a few hours playing with images and different features. this will get you comfortable with the program's interface.

    once you're at the point, i would go online and check out some tutorials.

    do a search on this forum for photoshop tutorials, there have been tons of links posted...

    here is a site with some beginner level tutorials.
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    One Word: Play :-)

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    If you prepare yourself for the learning curve, things will go much smoother. I would get a book to refer to. A book has a 'flow' to it: it slowly introduces the more advanced stuff. Then ask questions in the forum to help you through tough areas.

    Just start whatever project you want to- when you get stuck, refer to the book, post a question here, etc.

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    Best way in my opinion to learn photoshop is to play with it, click the buttons and see what the effect that it has on the image is. also you might want to study the principles of art (line, shape, colour, balance ect ect) you dont have to have a degree in art to be god with photoshop, but having a basic understanding of the principles will help.

    now for usefull tutorials ect ect
    http://www.thinkdan.com
    http://www.steeldolphin.com
    http://robouk.gdesign.nl
    http://ww.neofrog.com
    http://www.spoono.com
    http://www.pixeljunction.com
    http://www.eyewire.com/tips/photoshop/
    http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/
    http://www.spyroteknik.com
    http://www.carbonfour.com
    http://www.dubtastic.com
    http://www.digitexturia.com
    http://jereme.gfxsites.net/
    http://www.wastedyouth.org
    http://www.stridingstudio.com
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    http://www.digitalwebgold.com/resources/tutorials.htm

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    LOL Damn!

    Here I was thinking someone was going to give me some magic wand that would make me a graphics god overnight

    Ahh well, looks like its the old tried and trusted way of time and effort.

    Thanks for the advice and links, I'll have a play around with it first and then try the tutorial links provided.
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    PLAY AND READ TUTORIALS
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    I'm with Ian and Neon with this one, play around and start creating stuff. You can get lost for hours with PS (thankfully it wasn't around during the druggy sixties else we wouldn't be around today )

    Once you have explored for yourself, read all the tuts you can get. Another useful one...

    Computer Arts

    I rarely follow tutorials but usually read them to find out how things are done and then apply the techniques in my own way. I'm sure that Jonnya the PS guru will have more feedback on this one when he drops by *sends PM*

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    Personally, I think a concerted effort to learn something will always result in greater returns then playing.

    Granted, I "played" with photoshop for 3 years (v3-4) but I recognize that I could have done so much more.

    Books, as have been mentioned, are great. Not necessarily to follow the exact things outlined, but they give you more information and background intel then anything else can.

    Sure you can learn tonnes playing and participating in forums, but often your techniques are inefficient and you are missing entire pieces to the puzzle.

    The only way to be confident in what you are doing is to base your knowledge/skills/experience on some kind of baseline, and being the best in a forum just doesn't cut it

    Essentially, have fun, but have a path/goal/vision and stick to it. Without a specific goal you'll almost certainly flounder along
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    Originally posted by Crippler
    LOL Damn!

    Here I was thinking someone was going to give me some magic wand that would make me a graphics god overnight

    Ahh well, looks like its the old tried and trusted way of time and effort.

    Thanks for the advice and links, I'll have a play around with it first and then try the tutorial links provided.
    Wish it were so, but the best way is the old fashioned way, just play with it. If you use Photoshop, actions and filters are your best friends. Learn when and how to use them and you're all set.

    Head out to your local bookstore (Barnes and Noble or Borders) and pick up the lastest issue of Computer Arts ($14 US) is all about photoshop filters (standard stock filters) and how to use them. These are probably the most useful and underused filters out there.

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    For Photoshop, I just finished "Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Classroom in a Book". Boring I know. But it gave me a great introduction to all of the tools and their capabilities. I strongly recommend it. I tried the tutorials, but they seem to show me how to do a particular effect. IMHO, it's better to have a good grasp of what tools you have available and how to use them so you can create your own effects.

    After you get that down, THEN play. 8-)

    BTW, I've heard that the "Classroom in a Book" series for Illustrator is equally well written.

    Hope this helps.


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