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Photoshop Classes. Worth It?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 1:11 am

Im wondering this as a local community college is offering some classes for I think like 100-150 dollars. Im considering taking them as I think it would help me out with getting photo accepts. Does anyone think these work, or is it a waste of time and money? And a big ol refrence book would work better?

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RE: Photoshop Classes. Worth It?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 1:21 am

Personally I wishe there had been a course near me.... as it is I've spent so much on books and magazines that I don't think I'll bother now.

Don't get me wrong... I am by no stretch of the imagination a PS expert... far from it in fact! The more I learn about PS the more I realise how I am merely scratching the surface of this complex and hugely capable program.

I'd say go for it...


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RE: Photoshop Classes. Worth It?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 1:47 am

Hi Justin,

I was thinking a lot like the lines you are... Then totally by accident I stumbled upon this book that really changed the world for me. I've learnt more from it in a few weeks than from anything else over the years!

The book in question is:Photoshop CS for the Digital Photographer and even I have no royalties or anything from it I'd really like to recommend it!

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RE: Photoshop Classes. Worth It?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:58 am

I recently saw an ad here on that caught my eye.

Photoshop for, kind of.
Have a look, they show a preview on the site aswell.

might be worth a visit.

I too have bought some books, and some are very good.

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RE: Photoshop Classes. Worth It?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 6:14 am

It really depends. Most of the stuff in the class will most likely be available free on the internet in photoshop tutorials.
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RE: Photoshop Classes. Worth It?

Wed Jan 04, 2006 7:04 am


Before you invest money in a class, find out what it offers and what you may learn there.
Photoshop is an immensely powerful application and in my mind somewhat misnamed, it is often used for creating illustrations rather than "processing" photographs. Many courses(and books) concentrate on this aspect.

Make sure that any course or books you invest in lean towards the photography aspect of Photoshop. Authors to look out for include Scott Kelby, Tom Ang, Katrina Eismann.

The CD tutorial that Tommy mentioned may be OK but I would like to see a review of the entire product before endorsing it.(Perhaps the authors might be interested in having an experienced contributor do a review of the product) I personally have suspicions about a training product like this designed for a single quite narrow outcome.

Search the internet, there are some quite good tutorials available there!!

Good luck


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