Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Photoshop Professional I Ain’t

I have had Adobe Photoshop products for many years. I use Photoshop to do a bit of post editing to photographs of friends and family, since I’m not the greatest photographer. (that’s a whole other blog post...LOL) Additionally, I needed the ability to add watermarks and minor tweaking to my craft projects that I post here on my blog.

I started off with Photoshop Elements and was happy with that for the longest time. But then I started seeing things that people were doing with the full version of Photoshop that were impossible, or really difficult anyway, in Elements.

So last year, Adobe had a special, where I purchased CS6 at a good price (considering that it’s really pricey). I bit the financial bullet and bought it. I’m so glad that I did, but that left me still inexperienced with the program. I knew I needed some help so I bought a couple of month’s of tutorials from www.lynda.com, and I got some of the basics down. But I still lacked the knowledge of how to apply many of the powerful functions and the more I learned, the more I wanted to learn
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I started subscribing to The Daily Digi and their monthly Digi Files. WOW...what a bargain that is if you are into digi-scrapping. Month after month I receive wonderfully creative and useful digital kits, images, templates and advice from the 7 kits EACH MONTH. So now I have all of these kits and was still left wondering how to make them all work together inside of Photoshop and how do you keep track of all those files? That led me to purchase Lightroom. Can you see the rabbit hole I fell into?

So while surfing the internet, looking for tutorials, I ran across NAPP – no, I didn’t lay down and grab a few winks - NAPP stands for National Association of Photoshop Professionals. I clicked on the link, and knew right away that I found my Photoshop home.

For $99 a year, I get access to extensive tutorials and education on Lightroom, Bridge and Photoshop, in addition to other stuff I even didn’t know I wanted or needed. Membership also includes online classes, discounts and help desks.

NAPP is the brain child of the uber premier Photoshop guru, Scott Kelby, and if that’s not qualifications enough, this membership includes a subscription to Photoshop Users Magazines, that includes how-to tips and tutorials. There are tons of other perks to being a member of NAPP, but don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself, because I’m only a novice and a Photoshop professional I ain’t - yet.

Disclaimer: I am not a paid spokesperson for NAPP, only an enthusiastic new member!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my glowing review. =)
Have a great day,
Lynn

5 comments :

Sandra said...

thanks Lynn - you have given me hope - I bought Photoshop a few years ago, my kids were begging me - they had a class in school on it .... I literally cry every time I sit down to use it because I do not find it intuitive - as you say there are wonderful things one can do with it ... just not me! But you have inspired me .... there is hope for me yet!
Sandra ltb

Winnie said...

I am so computer NOT savvy that I don't have Photoshop. I have a Mac and use what it has to offer (only what I know how to use). Thank you for sharing this. I will have hubs look at this as he is the photo taker for me too. I kid you not! Glad you are so happy with it!

Kelly L said...

Ohh, I definitely need to check that out. I have used PSE in the past, have it on my old desktop downstairs that I rarely fire up anymore. I tried Picasa on a whim, and it leaves me stumped on how to add a watermark. My photos look naked and security breached on my blog lately, but I figure they aren't the best for someone to snag anyway ;) LOL

Kelly L said...

Lynn, the link for Napp.com takes me to mcDermid printing. Do you know if there is something odd going on?

Kelly L said...

Nevermind, found it on the link above that - Photoshopuser.com