Scott Hodge


No Know-ee Adobe

Jun 26, 2006

I finally decided to join the big boys (and girls) and purchased Adobe Creative Suite 2 Premium  (contains: Adobe Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, InDesign CS2, GoLive CS2, and Acrobat 7.0 Professional.

All I can say is THANK GOD for non-profit pricing on this stuff…  Whew!

I have never used Photoshop or Illustrator but would like to learn how.  SO…I’m looking for suggestions on the best beginners book/tutorial that will introduce me to both of these programs.  I’d prefer something with a lot of pictures (good for ADD people like me…).

Any suggestions?

12 Responses to “No Know-ee Adobe”

  1. Joel says:

    I recommend going to 1/2 price books and buying something like “classroom in a book” for Photoshop 6. The basics have stayed the same.
    There are literally thousands of free tutorials online to learn specific tricks.

  2. Chad Wright says:

    Just jump in and teach yourself. That’s how I started 11 years ago.

  3. I started the same way Chad started but there are some good sites out there for free that are really helpful. has tons of useful stuff. Just google Adobe tutorials.

  4. David W says:

    Remember this quote, “When teaching yourself, you are no better than the teacher.” ;-) I say this because I taught myself and boy did I stink.
    I recommend any book by Dave Cross or Scott Kelby. Also the Visual Quick Start guides are great for beginners. Also, go to PhotoshopTV and check out their free video podcast.
    I also recommend NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals). Don’t let the name fool you. They have lots of Tutorials and you also get Photoshop User Magazine.

  5. matt says:

    I started with the “help” section included with Photoshop. For ADD I don’t recommend because it’s pretty dry, though thurough.
    I later found It has great tutorials and how to’s for all levels of graphics. From a specific look or end result to how to use the program and tools.

  6. Kell Jacobsen, Norway says:

    I don’t know any books – but at they have some nice video tutorials…
    They are not free – but there are some free sample videos you can look at – and then decide if you want to pay for the rest.
    You pay eg. 25$ month – and have access to all their training videos… They even have a lot of OSX videos if you want to learn more about mac/osx/iLife …

  7. dude, i’m with isaac and chad. you just gotta get in there and try stuff. then when you do land some resources for training, you’ll have a better idea what the heck they’re saying.
    the other thing would be to find someone who does know what they’re doing and sit and watch them for a few hours at a time.
    we’ve got a few here in baton rouge that are pretty sharp. i know – i hired them. (you can see a lot of their stuff on our website – come visit whenever you’re ready.
    plus, we’ve got the best food in the country. give us a week, we’ll add 10 lbs to you.

  8. Joel says:

    I forgot to tell you… be careful. Mac’s are addictive on their own, but a Mac with Photoshop can kill entire weeks of your time. Look at my blog as an example.
    I could spend a whole day making something silly when I should be studying or fundraising or meeting with new people or developing leaders.

  9. Ed says:

    It is funny because in a study I did during undergraduate college, I found that coffee is a good drug to combat ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Why? It contains a stimulant (as we all know) but lacks the sugar as can be found in abundance in pop. The stimulant (caffeine) gets the part of our brains that controls attention kicked into gear. People who suffer from ADD have a limited amount of activity in this area so the perscription drugs help to speed it up, thereby slowing the person down (odd, huh?).
    So, all that to say, “keep drinking coffee if you need to stay focused.” If you really do have ADD it will help you stay on task.
    This has been your fun journal reading for the day…sorry to be so long!
    God bless.

  10. To echo David W, don’t teach yourself. Let Google teach you. :) Seriously, anything I ever learned about design (and pretty much anything I’ve learned since 1998) I learned from Google.
    Here are a few words that you might want to be familiar with and some topics you might want to learn about:

    • Vector
    • Raster
    • Compression
    • JPEG
    • TIFF
    • PDF
    • PNG
    • Compressing for the web
    • GIF, JPG and PNG
  11. Importing/Exporting
  12. CMYK vs RGB (Printing)
  13. Resolution
    • dpi
    • pixels
    • resampling
  14. Layers
  15. Artboard
  16. Gradient
  17. Effects
  18. Foreground vs Background
  19. Tools: Hover over each and research the unfamiliar ones.
  20. Don’t be overwhelmed by all those. Just take your time, go at your pace and learn as you can. Being familiar with most of those will help you get past some of the lingo that is dropped in the tutoials, forums and books.
    Also, it might be worth buying some PSD or AI files from istockphoto and viewing what other designers have done. Just remember, some may break a few “rules”, but for the most part, it’s rewarding to see someone else’s process.
    You’ll have to post some of your stuff for critique, even early on. That might help as well–constructive feedback.
    I hope we see some Macromedia influence on future Adobe products. Let the mudslinging begin from all the Adobe purists, but to me the MM UIs are so much easier to deal with and just make better sense. IMO. :)
    *wipes mud from eyes*
    I’m sure I missed a few key terms, so anyone else chime in where I left off.

  • i have to ask – david russell, are you telling me you learned all those insane guitar licks on google?

  • Pat Callahan says:

    There are a couple of great Adobe podcasts on iTunes – check out “Adobe Photoshop Killer Tips” and “Photoshop TV.”

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