I wasn’t going to mention this resource here because it’s one that I generally only mention on my Digital Photography School and Digital Camera blogs. However this afternoon I had a ProBlogger reader ask me for some online resources on using Photoshop as they were increasingly using images on their blogs and wanted to be able to optimize and adapt them for blog use.
I generally would recommend people go out and do a photoshop course or get a good photoshop book or two – however I’ve also recently come across two quality e-resources for people wanting online tips. Both are paid resources and are quite comprehensive. The links that follow are affiliate links – but I’ve used both of the products and think they are both worth considering if you’re at a beginner to intermediate level of photoshop skills.
The first is from a fellow Australian Shane Goldberg (pictured left) who has put together a number of resources that teach photoshop techniques.
Shane’s main product is ProPhoto Secrets. It’s a video based Photoshop tutorial system that you can get a free taste of through that link by signing up for a 7 tutorial taster. He also has one that is for Photoshop Elements users.
Shane has also written two e-books on Photoshop called Photoshop Made Easy – the first of which is free here \he’s currently offering for free and the second of which is available on special at the moment for $37 (get the free one first to get a feel for Shane’s style and to see if it’s what you’re after).
Shane’s resources are easy to understand and in a fun and laid back ‘Aussie style’.
A second Photoshop teacher that’s put together a useful resource is Mark Monciardini who has put together Mark’s 101 Totally Awesome Photo Tips in Photoshop CS (ie it’s not for PS Elements users). The name’s a bit of a mouthful but so is what he’s offering in the way of comprehensive photoshop learning.
Mark’s offering a DVD based learning system which contains 100+ videos. Once again they’re easy to use and I’ve learned a lot from them. They’re both PC and Mac compatible.
Both are paid products (although you get the free tasters with Shane’s videos) – but both also have money back guarantees and I’ve found them to be helpful.
Of course if you’re already an expert in photoshop techniques you’ll probably pass on these but if you’re just starting out with photoshop and want someone to run you through it they’ll both be worth consideration.