Saturday, September 6, 2008

From My Library--Digital Scrapbooking

I am learning how to use my Adobe Photoshop CS3 using this excellent CD by Scrapper's Guide, which contains 50 video tutorials, step-by-step written instructions and a digital Travel Album Kit. This CD is for Windows and Mac. Scrapper's Guide also has this CD for Photoshop Elements.

Brigitte recommended this tutorial CD. Thanks, Brigitte!


Everybody learns differently. I bought several books and watched several online tutorials, but I think this CD is helping me the most because I'm learning to create scrapbook pages while simultaneously learning how to use the tools. I've learned more in the past few days than I have with weeks of reading the manuals. Now I understand what layers and brushes are and how to manipulate them. The design potential with this knowledge is exciting!

Now if I could find similar tutorial CDs to help me learn the other Adobe software I have installed on my computer: Illustrator, Dreamweaver, In Design and Acrobat.

Notice the beauty around you. Enjoy your weekend.


morningDove said...

wow lots of software. I almost need to have a teacher sitting down with me or at least in a class with people on this one. For the most part I can do things by reading and what I call following instructions. But new computer software I seem to freeze up on. Have fun and let us see some of your experiments.

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi fannie!
oh how cool! yes, i need classes and lessons i can follow along on to learn. reading about layers did not teach me how to use elements either.
i found a great online school that has classes in 6 week increments for only $30. it is totally on your own schedule.
i love sara frohlich's classes...
i think they have classes in all the other software you are wanting to learn more about.

DeBee said...

I love Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign - I use them all almost daily at work, but I only have CS in my Mac lab and CS2 on my teacher desk. I'd love to get CS3.
I learn best with some explanation and demonstration, especially just starting out. Then I need time to "play" on my own. After that, I can get more from books and magazines, as long as they are written clearly! Thanks for sharing and have FUN with all the Adobe toys!!

Regina said...

thanks for the tip. If the instructions are clear, I learn on my own very well. The problem with learning software is there is usually a whole vocabulary to get acquainted with as well as learning the techniques. What I find the most frustrating is when the names of functions and/or tools run counter-intuitive to my normal thought process. I have PS Elements & can do the most basic editing, collages, etc. But I need to learn more. The only way I will is to come up with a project that I want to accomplish that will take me over the hill of frustration with the motivation of the end product in sight. xo

Lisa M Griffin said...

this book looks like a lot of fun.. although most of my scrapbooking is done by hand, it always nice to learn a new technique.
Thanks for sharing. =)

Brigitte (SE. Louisiana) said...

You are so welcome Fannie. I can't wait to see what you create in PS CS3 when you are done.

freebird said...

Thanks for sharing this. I have not bought photoshop largely because I'm afraid I won't understand it and be able to get the money out of it. This sounds like a good way to learn some of it.

Fannie said...

Dove, I thought I "needed" a teacher sitting next to me too, but this CD is produced well, and you feel like the teacher is right there with you. That's why I'm enjoying this CD. Also, I can replay anything I don't understand--over and over and over again. ;-D Thanks for stopping by.

Thanks for the recommendation, Melissa. I signed up for two classes: Photoshop and Illustrator. Thank you!

DeBee, we learn in the same way. Unfortunately, I'm not at the book stage yet. Still need more hand-holding, but someday soon . . . ;-D

Regina, I understand the "hill of frustration" and having an exciting project to work on. I think that's another reason why I'm enjoying this CD. Yes, play after lessons makes one more proficient. I'm not at the play stage yet--I want to play! ;-D

Lisa, I imagine you would enjoy digital scrapbooking because you can jump right in and create, unlike me, who has to learn first and play later . . . much later. ;-D


Hi Freebird. This is a fun way to learn--for me. Everybody learns differently. This may be fun for you too.

Thanks for stopping by, Everyone!