5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Photoshop Week

by Khara Plicanic May 7, 2018

Photoshop Week is an extra exciting time, but with so many courses and  events, it can be helpful to have a game plan to ensure you get the most from all the courses and instructors. Here’s 5 tips to help you come away with basic Photoshop skills and more.

Embrace the Mess

What’s your creative process? How do your methods transfer to Photoshop?  Do you have a direct or flawless approach to getting from point A to B?

Social media can sometimes make it appear like everyone else has a process in place. Looking at completed project after project, you might feel like you’re the only one who works in circles, tries things that don’t work and makes more than one occasional u-turn.

The creative process is a messy one, both figuratively and literally. But somehow, we think of this mess as a weakness — a fault — or some sort of sign that we don’t know what we’re doing or that we’re not “there” yet.

Watching polished presentations by veteran instructors might exaggerate this feeling, too. How do they always dial in the exact blend mode, pixel radius, or tool setting to achieve their out-of-this-world results? How on Earth do they know all of those things so reliably and with such seemingly little effort?

Here’s the big secret. (Shhh!) It’s all about not being afraid to make a mess. To experiment. To try things that (likely) won’t work. The more you keep trying the things that ultimately fail, the closer you get to figuring out the things that succeed. And the more you do this, the better you get at guessing, and the shorter and slightly less messy your path from A to B gets. (Though, don’t kid yourself, it will always still be messy….)

As instructors, we’ve simply gotten better at guessing through years of trial and error—and that’s something anyone can do. It starts with embracing the mess. This will quickly improve basic Photoshop skills.

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