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Scott Kelby’s endorsement of Photoshop CS4:

You knew it was coming, and sure enough—it’s here. Photoshop CS4 is right around the corner (read Adobe’s Press Release here), and to give you the first look at the new features, we’ve launched two new online Learning Centers:

(1) NAPP’s Free Photoshop CS4 Learning Center
This public learning center, hosted by “The Photoshop Guys” (Matt Kloskowski, Dave Cross, and yours truly, along with RC and Corey from NAPP HQ), gives you a first-look at the new features of Photoshop CS4 with videos from the three of us, including an overview video, an exclusive video interview with Photoshop Principal Product Manager John Nack, a “Top-10″ New CS4 Features article from RC “New Daddy” Concepcion, and a look at the new interface from Corey Barker. Here’s the link to this brand new learning center.

(2) NAPP’s “Members Only” In-Depth Learning Center
NAPP members can dive deeper into the new CS4 features with special in-depth videos on the NAPP members Website, from (you guessed it), “The Photoshop Guys.” Here we go more into actual training, and help to get your head around all the new features. So, if you’re a NAPP member, check out the public learning center (above) first, then head over to the NAPP member home page to go more in-depth. [via Photoshop Insider]


If I lived in Boston, you can be certain of where I’d be today (and likely for the next few days also)…

Although conferences at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo are sold out, the organizers will open doors to the public for the Tech Expo in Boston on April 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expo attendees will also have access to free Photoshop and digital imaging bonus classes offered at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) Expo Theatre and the Microsoft Expo Theatre. Tech Expo exhibitors include Adobe, Microsoft, Epson, CDW, Canon, Dell, Wacom, Corel, on0ne and iStockphoto, among many others. (via PopPhoto)

Did you catch the part about “free Photoshop and digital imaging bonus classes“!!!


Adobe Photoshop CS2 is likely the standard digital imaging software in the photography industry. I am unfamiliar with Mac software packages but I do know that Photoshop CS2 is available in both PC and Mac versions. The software is so HUGE and does so much that learning it requires one to take classes or work with a mentor one-on-one in order to become proficient at just a handful of features available. So, with that in mind, I decided to get online and see what tutorials, mostly FREE tutorials, are available for someone who doesn’t want to go take a class at their local community college, or maybe wants to focus on just one particular piece/function. Here is a sample of my findings in order of preference.

Photoshop TV
Brought to you by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) , “The Photoshop Guys” (Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski, and Scott Kelby) share the hottest Adobe Photoshop tutorials, the latest insider tricks, and the coolest time saving, job-saving shortcuts in a 30-minute video podcast. Photoshop TV is now in its second year. A new episode is posted every Monday and includes Photoshop step-by-step tutorials, interviews and tips from the leading Photoshop gurus as well as weekly Photoshop contests.

NAPP Photoshop CS2 Learning Center
In addition to Adobe Photoshop TV, NAPP also offers a Learning Center over on their site. Leave it to NAPP to post 20 high quality CS2 tutorials for free. Additionally, the Learning Center offers keyboard shortcuts, tips, and a number of links to other training materials and resources for Photoshop users. Very good resource.

Layers Magazine
Layers is a “How-To Magazine for Everything Adobe.” As such it’s packed with tons of helpful information on just about anything Adobe. Within this site there are pages and pages of Photoshop Tutorials giving step-by-step directions with screen shots to take you through just about anything you could possibly want to learn how to do in Photoshop. If you have Photoshop you should probably also have a subscription to Layers.

Photoshop Support is a site designed just for Photoshop users. Under the Tutorials tab you will find tutorials by users for CS2, CS3 and Lightroom, just to name a few. Additionally the site offers links to training videos (for a price) by Total Training as well as a number of free Photoshop brushes, actions and plug-ins. There is a lot on this site making it worth checking out.

Planet Photoshop
Corey Barker is the Executive Producer of Planet Photoshop. The Tutorial section of this site offers over 11 pages of tutorials. However it may be worth noting that some of them go back to Photoshop 7. This may or may not be relevant depending on what you are learning and how much Photoshop has changed. As if that weren’t enough, there are three pages of Video Tutorials. Planet Photoshop also offers some pretty good reviews if you are in the market for some hardware such as a new camera, scanner, printer or monitor. Definately worth checking out.

Photoshop Lab
I like this site. I really like the clean layout of the site in particular. Aside from that, it is a wealth of information from news to reviews and tutorials in nothing but Photoshop. Photoshop Lab divides its tutorials up into 9 distinct categories making it easy to find your way around or if you have time, work your way through each category.

Photoshop Cafe
Colin Smith has created Photoshop Cafe which is also loaded with information for the Photoshop User. In addition to the colorful step-by-step tutorials listed on the site, Colin invites readers to request tutorials. If you have Flash8 installed and you are willing to register, there is a demo on this site for Video Tutorials. I signed up and took a look at one of the 12 videos and enjoyed the learning environment. Like Photoshop Support there are a number of links to purchase videos and books should you desire further self-paced learning for a fee.

CG Tutorials
CG Tutorials offers over 1000 Photoshop tutorials. You can order the list by Newest or by Rating. Additionally there are subcategories of tutorials: Basics, Photography, Special FX, Texturing and Web Design. Each tutorial is actually created by a user and the links to go that user’s blog or space on the Internet. That means the quality is not monitored real well. The tutorial I went to was fair at best, but I only checked out a couple of the over 1000 offered.