I really love Photoshop. I use Photoshop all the time in my life–it’s practical for getting rid of red eye and undereye circles. But I think I love it most because it can be very impractical and fun. You can create a photo collage, paste yourself into a historical photo, and turn your self-portrait taken on a point and shoot into a pen and ink drawing.
Photoshop has made it into the collective consciousness, becoming a verb (not unlike Google). A common response to an overly airbrushed-looking photo of a celebrity is, “Oh, that’s been photoshopped!” And most times, they have been whether we realize it or not.
Photoshop removes a lot of photo errors, but it can’t completely correct a blurry image or create a large photo out of a tiny original, but it’s able to do just about anything else you can think of. Each new edition of Photoshop contains more bells and whistles, and more cool tools to learn.
The best way to approach Photoshop is to think of it as truly learning a new art. When you first pick up an instrument, you’re not going to be really good for a long time. Same with Photoshop–it takes awhile to learn the tools and how to use them well. Be patient and persistent and allow yourself time to goof around. You’ll get there.
In the meantime, check out the links below for more help with Photoshop and digital images in general. (There are some very interesting links to Photoshopped images, too!)
AGENDA for Lower East Side Prep workshop (Wednesday)
AGENDA for Lower East Side Prep workshop (Thursday)
Photoshop basics (tutorial)
Celebrity Photoshop retouching
Flickr (will work with a Yahoo account)
Picasa (will work with a Google account)
You Suck at Photoshop (funny, but may not be appropriate for school!)
Fauxtography on Snopes