Photoshop recommendations

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Neil Jones, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. Neil Jones

    ray Guest

    how much time do you need to evaluate it and decide if it is worth
    purchasing? 30 days is fairly generous; most people probably can decide
    within a week or two.[/QUOTE]

    Considering that most users take a week or two long class to learn how to
    use photoshop - it does seem rather limiting.
    ray, Dec 27, 2008
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  2. Neil Jones

    nospam Guest

    Considering that most users take a week or two long class to learn how to
    use photoshop - it does seem rather limiting.[/QUOTE]

    i doubt most do, but assuming they did take such a class, they'd still
    have 2-3 weeks left in which to evaluate it. usually, people just play
    with it, trying various tutorials found on the 'net.
    nospam, Dec 27, 2008
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  3. Neil Jones

    ray Guest

    I expect that adobe would have better luck with a 90 day period. It's all
    really about trying to get the potential buyer 'hooked'. Yes - 90 days
    would seem quite reasonable.
    ray, Dec 27, 2008
  4. Neil Jones

    ray Guest

    I might even be willing to evaluate photoshop and all it's offshoots.
    I'll consider that when they release Linux version. In the meantime, from
    what I've seen, it seems to me that GIMP is more intuitive anyway.
    ray, Dec 27, 2008
  5. Neil Jones

    tony cooper Guest

    I don't know where you get that idea. Certainly, some user have taken
    a class, but it's far from "most". Even the people who have taken a
    class are usually people who have worked with Photoshop for a period
    of time and signed up for a class to improve their skills.

    Not only have most people not taken a class, but it's not that easy to
    find a Photoshop class. Some universities have undergraduate courses
    in graphic design, but they aren't for beginning Photoshop users.
    Some community colleges have non-credit courses, but are usually so
    general that they are not worthwhile to take.

    I attended a half-day "class" put on by Adobe at one of the Adobe
    traveling roadshows, but it was nothing more than a presentation of
    the newest version that highlighted the new features. It was not
    hands-on. It wasn't worth the time for me.

    The average non-professional who uses the full Photoshop is
    self-taught from books or online tutorials. The average
    non-professional is employed full-time and doesn't have the time
    available to take a university course if one was offered.

    A person interested in using Photoshop who downloads the trial version
    and works through some of the on-line tutorials, or follows a book
    with an enclosed CD of examples, will gradually pick up the basic
    skills. How proficient that person becomes will depend on how much
    time he spends on tutorials or completing projects from books.

    If you follow the Adobe forums you'll find that most new users are
    learning the basics by this method.

    I have been using full Photoshop for six years, and except for that
    rather disappointing half-day, I've never taken a class. I'm no pro,
    but I'm rather advanced in the use of Photoshop.

    I don't know why you would make a statement about "most" users when
    you have no idea what "most" users do. I've followed the Photoshop
    newsgroups and forums for six years, and I think I have a good idea of
    what "most" do.
    tony cooper, Dec 27, 2008
  6. Neil Jones

    Matt Ion Guest

    And this is reason I should change what I'm already comfortable and
    happy with?

    PSP has changed much over the years. As has GIMP. As has Windows,
    MacOS, *nix, and computer hardware in general. I see no point in
    changing just for the sake of changing.
    Matt Ion, Dec 27, 2008
  7. Neil Jones

    Matt Ion Guest

    Probably 99% of my photo work is done in Picasa. I love some of the
    additions made to V3. There's still some things I'd like to see, but
    it's improving a lot, and it's quick and easy for most of what I really
    need to do. I especially like the third-party plugin for easy upload to
    my Facebook account.
    Matt Ion, Dec 27, 2008
  8. Neil Jones

    tony cooper Guest

    I don't see where it was suggested that you change anything. You made
    the statement that Photoshop's interface is rather unintuitive. You
    added that the interface and feature don't appeal to you. (If I've
    read the attributions correctly)

    John brought up the fact that there are newer versions available, and
    implied in that comment is that the newer versions may offer an
    interface that is more to your liking. That's not a suggestion to
    change. That's simply a point to consider.

    tony cooper, Dec 27, 2008
  9. Neil Jones

    Shawn Hirn Guest

    I am a long-time Photoshop user and for amateur's, I strongly recommend
    Photoshop Elements. Everything you need to do is available in Photoshop
    Elements at a fraction of the price of the full Photoshop. You can be
    PSE anywhere you can buy Photoshop.

    By the way, there's a very active Photoshop newsgroup, which I think is
    called or something along those lines.
    There are also online discussion groups on Photoshop on Adobe's web
    site. All of those forums are resources you should check out.
    Shawn Hirn, Dec 27, 2008
  10. Neil Jones

    Ragnar Guest

    Ragnar, Dec 27, 2008
  11. Neil Jones

    ray Guest

    OK, so let's say 'many' rather than 'most'. The point I was attempting to
    make is that unless you spend most of your day every day in front of the
    computer playing with the software, 30 days is likely to be enough to get
    a very general introduction - certainly not to master anything or get a
    real feel for what it will do. I have a life aside from photography. My
    time would be limited to a few hours here and there. I find 30 days to be
    quite a short evaluation period. But since I'm not likely to evaluate
    adobe products until the Linux version comes out, I guess my opinion does
    not count.
    ray, Dec 27, 2008
  12. Neil Jones

    KatWoman Guest

    Just be aware some of the youtube ones I saw advocate poor techniques

    I highly recommend the Adobe website tutorials and Russell Brown (if you can
    get by his weird "sense of humor")
    always top notch techniques
    and great ideas

    If the vids do not play from the page
    right click and choose save target as
    let them download to your comp and watch later

    same to you all
    happy whatever you celebrate
    KatWoman, Dec 27, 2008
  13. Neil Jones

    KatWoman Guest

    If you take a class the comps have educational copies already installed on
    the comps in the room

    no purchase other than course money is required
    also qualifies you to buy a cheaper and fully functional and identical
    program of PS at educational prices

    wonder why gimp and free program fans who dislike PS hang out here in PS
    users group and feel the need to make put downs?

    like Chevy drivers dissing Ferraris
    KatWoman, Dec 27, 2008
  14. Neil Jones

    KatWoman Guest

    have to agree tony
    the "courses" are mostly sales pitches you pay for
    and all about the upgrades

    never took any courses just learned bit by bit since version 4.0
    and learned more as I went along
    and I still learn new things and adapt to changes in the program as it
    upgrades to new versions

    I was invited to teach as a guest lecturer at a fashion college
    it seems the regular professor was a little clueless himself
    just used the syllabus book
    learned his stuff the night before and then taught it the next day!!!
    his background is web design and although proficient at that when it came to
    retouching and creating images photography techniques and enhancing etc he
    was a little out his box
    hence my invite

    I would be pissed if I paid for a course with a teacher like that
    I can read a book myself

    he gets $35 US dollars an hour for that!~!!
    KatWoman, Dec 27, 2008
  15. Neil Jones

    nospam Guest

    that's all it's supposed to do - give you an introduction so that you
    can decide whether to choose it over another product.
    30 days is more than enough to get an idea whether or not to purchase
    the product.

    if you only spend a couple hours here and there, then the full suite is
    clearly not for you (it's targeted at pros who make their living with
    it). a better choice would be photoshop elements. it's just $100,
    often found for less and even free when it's bundled with hardware.

    in other words, if you haven't decided in 30 days for something that
    costs as little as $30-50 or so, you probably don't want it all that
    much. extending the trial period to 90 days is not likely to result in
    changing your mind.
    the likelihood of a linux version of adobe creative suite is for all
    intents, zero. in fact, they actually had a bsd version of photoshop
    in the early 90s and it didn't sell.
    nospam, Dec 27, 2008
  16. Neil Jones

    ray Guest

    Excuse me? is NOT a "PS users group". And I'm not
    putting anything down. Simply suggesting that there are other things
    worth trying that won't cost an arm and a leg and will probably do all
    most folks need.
    ray, Dec 27, 2008
  17. nice to know...
    This might be, because this post is crossposted in 4 different groups
    (look at the headers) and not every of this groups is dedicated to
    photoshop. But this is only my own clueless assumption.

    did someone diss photoshop? I've read the thread but I did not see
    someone really saying something agains PS. Only people telling, that It
    does not have to be photoshop since there are alternatives.

    And just to finish this: Just because a software is used by the biggest
    part of the audience it does not always mean that it is the best
    software for everyone and anything.

    For me personally: I can't (don't want to) afford PS. So instead of
    using a pirated copy I'm just using Gimp. Maybe also because I'm using
    linux :)

    Marco Tedaldi, Dec 27, 2008
  18. Neil Jones

    ray Guest

    Both of which I don't read - yet I'm chastised for posting a reply in Well, at least I can see where you folks are coming
    ray, Dec 27, 2008
  19. Also known as "anecdotical evidence". Consequently I dare say the earth
    is flat, smoking & drinking is good for your health and the stars are
    responsible for our destiny.
    So it is you who is qualified what is judge what an intelligent choice
    and what is not? Now fancy that!
    If you really think there'd be a "best" solution the reason for this may
    have less to do with there actually is a "best" solution but rather that
    your personal horizon does not reach much farther than the tip of your nose.

    Personally I am sure mentioned projection not to be overly protruding,
    Juergen Heinzl, Dec 28, 2008
  20. Neil Jones

    CJ Guest

    Ahh... The ol' PhotoLine32 troll returns. I wondered when you would
    surface in this thread.
    CJ, Dec 28, 2008
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