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Ok im not that smart when it comes to art so can someone instruct me how to use or make a descent picture in photoshop

this would really be appreciated as i have had it for a while and never really used it becuase i didnt know how.

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navyredman Trainee

LOL!!!! It takes a lot more than what somebody could post here to teach you how to use photoshop. Watch or read the tutorial that's in photoshop

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RadarMan Chief Captain

It take a while but is worth it.


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The_Finman Trainee

Qantas_here_I_come wrote:

Ok im not that smart when it comes to art so can someone instruct me how to use or make a descent picture in photoshop

this would really be appreciated as i have had it for a while and never really used it becuase i didnt know how.

Generally speaking, Photoshop is an editing program (or at least that is how it started out as).

Adobe Photoshop, or simply Photoshop, is a graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems. It is the current market leader for commercial bitmap and image manipulation, and, in addition to Adobe Acrobat, is one of the best-known pieces of software produced by Adobe Systems. It is considered the industry standard in most jobs related to the use of visual elements. Photoshop is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Mac OS; versions up to Photoshop 9.0 can also be used with other operating systems such as Linux using software such as CrossOver Office. Past versions of the program were ported to the SGI IRIX and Sun Solaris platforms, but official support for this port was dropped after version 3.

The majority of users still mainly use Photoshop for editing, reparing, enhancing images...However, Photoshop has now evolved into a device for creating and designing just about anything the mind can concieve of visually, especially through the use of stock (included) "filters" to third party "custom" filters such as those by "Alien Skin".

The "Photoshop Crowd" are those that live and breathe Photoshop (similar to those that live and breathe FSX), and can sometimes be a rough bunch (especially towards "newbies").

The term photoshopping is a neologism, meaning "editing an image", regardless of the program used (compare with Google used as a verb). Adobe discourages use of the term [1] out of fear that it will undermine the company's trademark; an alternate term which leaves out the Photoshop reference is "photochop". The term photoshop is also used as a noun referring to the altered image. This is especially popular amongst members of websites such as Something Awful and Fark where photoshopping is an institution. The goal of altering an image, subtly or blatantly, is to make it humorous or clever, often via the use of obscure in-jokes and pop culture references. Another widespread practice is putting the face of a celebrity onto a nude or pornographic image. Photoshop competitions in all these varieties have become a favorite pastime for many professional and amateur users of the software.

The term is sometimes used with a derogatory intent by artists to refer to images that have been retouched instead of originally produced. A common issue amongst users of all skill levels is the ability to avoid in one's work what is referred to as "the Photoshop look" (although such an issue is intrinsic to many graphics programs).

Even more recent is the so-called "sport" of Photoshop Tennis. A match in this hobby consists of two Photoshop artists passing back and forth (usually via email) a Photoshop image file. Each player will make changes to the file and send it back. After a predetermined number of turns an independent judge will review the edits made and declare a winner. This allows artists to both showcase and hone their Photoshop skills.

Like I said above...for some reason many of those that make up the Photoshop "in-crowd" can often be real stuck up and snotty to those that aren't up to their level. Why are they are this way?...I have no idea. My theory is they were all the nerdy geeks who were teased and got in high school, and now use their advanced abilty at a particular computer skill they can treat others the same way (it's just a theory Wink ) .

Not all are that way, so you if come across a bunch like that...forget it, go find some place else.

Here is a nice bunch of Photoshop (and design) enthusiasts that won't make you feel an inch high for asking basic questions.

Anyway, before you jump off into the Photoshop would help (especially yourself) if you can define explicitly what is that you want to do with Photoshop and what you want to accomplish with it.

RadarMan gave you a great link for getting started in Photoshop, but mastering Photoshop can be a career in and of itself (I've been using it for 6 years and still consider myself a neophtye when it comes to doing things outside of basic image correction (color, tint, saturation, gamma, Etc.)

So my first question would be to explain what exactly you want to do and hope to accomplish with Photoshop, and I'm sure that there are plenty of people here that can suggest where you should at least begin your quest. Otherwise, you might be able to apply for Social Security by the time that you get to the part of Photoshop that fits your goal, especially if start at the very beginning. Wink

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thanks for your help guys i'll get started and when I get the hang of it I might post a few shots

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