Creative Graphic Design: Learning Design, Typography & Graphics

by Fred Showker

Creative tidbits is a column in DTG Magazine featuring creative instpiration It's back to (Design) School time again, and we're touching on hundreds of different learning opportunities this month, so hang on to your hats and follow along . . .
* Learning lessons of design and delivering the message
* Lots and lots of portraits on . . .
* Portfolio Help from Adobe CS6
* If Facebook Had Designers
* How to learn Photoshop
* A-Z of Unusual Words
... and more !

How to learn Photoshop

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I was recently asked : "I would like to learn Photoshop. Do you have beginning Photoshop tutorials, or can you point me in the right direction? I plan to use Photoshop for photography. Thanks"

Here's my answer :

Quoting  begins Online stuff is for 'enhancing' your skills after you have a solid basis of the program -- and can be frustrating for beginners, and worse yet, in many cases is incorrect. Most of the online tutorials rely on Photoshop automation. So the "teacher" isn't really teaching or doing anything special -- they're just reciting clicks they've seen before.
I recommend
A) the tutorials that came with the program, and better yet:
B) Photoshop Classroom in a Book
      This way you're learning how the techniques and methods work, so you have an understanding of the process . . . not just clicks on filters and styles, etc.
      If you quietly go through the book, page by page and take these lessons -- exactly as they appear using their sample files -- you'll come away from it as a fairly proficient Photoshop user. IF you don't understand or do not get the expected results, carefully go back through that lesson.
      I've used the classroom books along with slight enhancements of my own at university level training for a decade. All of my students have left my course as proficient Photoshop users.
      AFTER that, you're free to search the web for tutorials that focus in on a desired interest of your own. Quoting  ends

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A-Z of Unusual Words

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Bold graphics and visual wit are used to interpret and represent a collection of strange, unusual and lost words. These images explore the meaning behind the words, which are sometimes even more strange or unusual.
      This project explores the synthesis between form and content, and words and images with the aim of producing work that is both visually interesting and informative.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Project Twins : James and Michael Fitzgerald
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Learning lessons of design and delivering the message

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Before you begin to create a piece of art or design, first think about your intent, and the message you want to send the viewer.
      Always remember . . . The idea is always far more important than technical skill!
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Fred Showker's 60-Second Window
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