In Love With Lynda

Photoshop Workspace

I recently put up a post which included some old snapshots of our wedding. Unfortunately we didn’t have the money to hired a photographer back then. Though my brother-in-law videotaped the ceremony, it is now so grainy it looks like a silent movie!

But in flipping through the small album, I realized these photos are in bad shape. The color is horrible, they are dirty from being shuffled about, and there are shadows and image distortions, freckles that no long exist, and dare I say, a prominent blemish on my chin from going to the tanning salon in the middle of winter.  Yikes.

A couple of years ago I tried to learn Photoshop.  I mean I really tried, even paying some stupendously bad local photographer who was scamming several of us with bogus lessons at $300 for ten of them.  The experience was so gruesome it left such a bad taste in my mouth, and I resorted to that thing where you fiddle about on a program until you absorb it through osmosis.  Unfortunately Photoshop is not osmotic.  It’s too complex. So I never really could use it beyond cropping, lightening, and adding a bit of clarity.

However, a friend told me about, a subscription-based library of classes (thousands I think), several of which are for Photoshop.  There are varying ways and amounts to pay depending upon whether you need the use of practice photos that coincide with the lessons (which I do.)  So for $37.50 a month (and you can subscribe for only one month if you like), I am taking real, useful, easy-to-understand PS lessons I can go back to and see over and over.  This is helpful to me since I’m in that demographic of needing repetitive instructions with a wide range of learning modalities in order to remember ANYTHING.  I’m also keeping notes.

So I am optimistic this will help me with my photography, my patterns, and now perhaps redoing my wedding album, all of which need serious attention.  I’m just into the first few hours of “Deke” who is the guru of PS, and I can already recommend his instruction.  I like his demeanor and teaching style.  It would appear that to be able to learn this correctly, you really need excellent instruction, and Deke is a great instructor because I’m actually learning this.  Imagine that!  Ask me to lasso something and change the background.  I can do this.

(Caveat:  This is a bit addictive, and while en route to a recent PS lesson, I read an advertisement for a “Fundamentals of Javascript.”  So now I’m two hours into learning programming.  What the…?)


About Patsye

I am an older woman and artist. I love to craft. I love to sew and knit and crochet and needlepoint. I love to paint and draw and make art with my hands. Being creative is what gets me up in the morning. Art is my tea, my fresh air, my good book, and my cats all rolled into one. I have much to share and hope you'll visit often.
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3 Responses to In Love With Lynda

  1. Katharine says:

    How exciting! Please share what you learn. I am eager to use digital photography in some of my artwork. My husband just gave me Photoshop Elements 10 – now I need to learn how to use it. I hope the classes go well for you. BTW, I loved your wedding photos.

  2. I need to touch up photos for our office e-newsletter. Sounds like some training is in my future. Thanks for the tip.

  3. That is a great idea. I use Photoshop daily and still don’t know how everything works!

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