Thursday, April 21, 2011
Photoshop's Variations and Free Alternatives
I have a different page that explains what Photoshop is, what the versions are and less expensive, or free, alternatives, here. I also talk about all the other software I use and photoshop plug-ins there.
I've been using Photoshop every day for years so its cost is negligible for what I get out of it. If I was starting from scratch and didn't have $560 for Photoshop CS or didn't get Photoshop elements for free with a scanner I'd first try iPhoto that comes for free with every Apple Mac computer, or Google's free Picasa 2 for windows, and learn those. iPhoto and maybe the others even read RAW files, so don't ignore them.
How to Learn Photoshop
A huge advantage of Photoshop is you have more ways to learn it, like this page here, than any other program. So many people know it it's easy to learn just about anywhere.
The best way to learn Photoshop is to take a class at your local community college to learn the basics of Lightening Underexposed Images and Correcting Color Casts and White Balance Problems. These basic adjustments are covered in every introductory Photoshop class and book so I'll just cover them quickly below. You must be fluent in these to get anywhere with Photoshop for optimizing images.
Photoshop also has built-in help as well as free tutorial usually included in the box. All you need to do is choose how you learn best and go that way. Personally I learn best from an in-person class or having an expert show me in person. When I have a question about how to find some obscure tool or how to make a command work I just choose help from the HELP menu.
Basic Operation and Tricks of the Trade
All these adjustments work with every kind of image. That's why skilled photographers feel sorry for people who toil away with RAW files just so they can correct exposure and white balance later. You can do it all to any JPG image in Photoshop without all the hassle.
The tricks below presume you have at least a basic navigational familiarity with Photoshop. You can get that from any book or community college class, or even the built-in help!
Photoshop has been around since the 1980s when it was only used by professionals. It therefore uses terms from traditional professional photography and the commercial printing press trades. Often these terms are exactly the opposite of what you'd expect! The most obviously labeled tools are sometimes the worst way to do things, so read up below.
People spend entire careers learning Photoshop. There is more to learn than any single human will be able to master. Each of us learns what's relevant to our own work.
One today is worth two tomorrows.
Yesterday is history and tomorrow is merely a figment of your imagination. So if you think about it, today is the only day you’re truly alive. Here’s how to make it a good one:
- Get started a few minutes early.
- Work on something that’s meaningful to you.
- Complete an important piece of unfinished business.
- Spend time with positive, friendly people.
- Do something nice for someone else.
- Be present. Focus on where you are, what you’re doing and who you’re with right now.
- Do one thing at a time. (Read Getting Things Done.)
- Listen to your self-talk. When you hear negative thoughts, think about the positive side of things.
- Smile, even when there’s no pressing reason to do so.
- Unplug. Entertain yourself with real-world experiences.
- Go somewhere new. See something new. Meet someone new.
- Do something that makes you laugh.
- Challenge your mind. Learn a new skill.
- Challenge your body. Exercise for 30 minutes.
- Let someone help you.
- Clear a little clutter by getting rid of something you don’t need.
- Be honest with yourself and those around you.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Instead, let them inspire you.
- Spend a few minutes alone in silence, just thinking.
- Focus on solutions.
- Keep an open mind to new ideas and information.
- Handle important two-minute tasks immediately.
- Stay out of other people’s drama. And don’t needlessly create your own.
- Say, “Please,” “Thank you,” “I’m sorry” and “I love you,” when you should.
- Don’t try to please everyone. Just do what you know is right.
- Eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Savor the natural joy of simple pleasures.
- Notice what’s right with the world.
- Focus on all the things you already have, think about them and appreciate them.
- Get to sleep a little earlier tonight so you’re well rested tomorrow.
And remember, a smile is the most beautiful curve on the human body. So go now and strut your stuff.
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We all want to be winners. We all want to succeed. So why then do so many of us struggle indefinitely and come up short? It has something to do with how we think, what we focus on, and how we live each moment.
Here are a few ideas on why winners win and losers lose.
- Losers fail once and quit. Winners fail a thousand times and eventually succeed.
- Losers look for success at the finish line. Winners experience success along the way.
- Losers work to make money. Winners work to make a difference.
- Losers buy things. Winners build things.
- Losers see things they don’t understand and get discouraged. Winners see things they don’t understand and get curious.
- Losers talk. Winners communicate.
- Losers attempt to conquer the world in one shot. Winners add up all their small victories.
- Losers expect certain outcomes. Winners prepare themselves for the unexpected.
- Losers seek respect. Winners earn respect.
- Losers stare at the problem. Winners look around for the solution.
- Losers review options. Winners act on decisions.
- Losers are paid for their time. Winners are paid for their results.
- Losers let things happen. Winners make things happen.
- Losers want to get ahead of others. Winners help others get ahead too.
- Losers hangout with losers. Winners hangout with winners who are more successful than they are.
- Losers follow other people’s definitions of success. Winners define their own success.
- Losers escape fears. Winners face fears.
- Losers waste their free time (watching TV). Winners use their free time (learning or experiencing something new).
- Losers see the unknown as a risk. Winners see constant familiarity as a risk.
- Losers live in the past. Winners live life now based on lessons learned in the past.
- Losers label themselves as experts. Winners know there is still much to learn.
- Losers over-sell. Winners over-deliver.
- Losers frown. Winners smile.
- Losers think winners are lucky. Winners realize the harder they work the luckier they are.
What did I leave off the list? What qualities do you think separate successful people from everyone else?