Become a Photoshop Expert in 10 Steps

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Love it or hate it, there is no denying the fact that Photoshop has become a part of our modern lives. Our minds are storehouses of creativity and it is fascinating to see our imagination come alive i…

Love it or hate it, there is no denying the fact that Photoshop has become a part of our modern lives. Our minds are storehouses of creativity and it is fascinating to see our imagination come alive in the form of excellent visuals. Photoshop is not only used for personal use but also widely for professional purposes. Now, it is important to understand that Photoshop has several intricacies that need to be understood to be able to implement the desired results. For a beginner, there is lot to learn and for the experienced ones and there is lot to gain knowledge to master the art of Photoshop. For business purpose, it is always recommended to hire photoshop designers as they hold the required expertise. For photoshop aspirants, there are 10 steps to follow to become an expert:

#1. Own: If you do not have your own copy of Photoshop at home, get ready to be arrested, because you have committed a crime. Well, this is not really joke but on a serious note, if somebody wanting to take photoshop seriously then owing a copy is that much necessary. Moreover, to make things fall in place, make sure that you possess the latest version of Photoshop.

#2. Play: Heard about professional writers playing with words? Likewise, designers too can play with designs with this artful software. The more one explores, the more one learns as there is nothing like self discovering new things. Try out all the filters and tools and extent your limits with experiments. Initially, one would definitely make mistakes, which is good, only if you learn from them and do not repeat the mistakes.

#3. Go:  Technology is going places and all you need to do is go and find an expert, who can guide you. Ask your friends or colleagues if they know any expert graphic designer or not? Ask them if they can guide you by providing tuitions. Be it any field, learning from an expert can always be very beneficial.

#4. Attend: It is common to find logo design experts or graphic designers among others related to this genre to assemble on a common platform. Seminars are one such place, where professionals from this field come together to exchange ideas, knowledge and share experiences. For learners, attending seminars would not only help them gain rich knowledge about graphic designing (using Photoshop in different new ways) but will also enrich their contacts with already established designers of the industry.

#5. Participate: There is no end to expand knowledge and therefore, one can always be open to feedbacks. There are many groups, where one can find logo design experts, pamphlet designers, poster designers among many others. By joining these groups, there would be a flow of knowledge sharing, exclusively about designing. One can share personal work done on Photoshop and share it within the group to get kinds of feedback, which would be healthy for professional growth.

#6. Subscribe: Staying updated with the changing trends of the market has many ways and one of them is by subscribing to some popular Photoshop magazines. One can subscribe to magazines like ‘Photoshop User’, ‘Photoshop Essentials’, ‘Lynda.com’, ‘Photoshop Creative’ among others.

#7. Watch: Online tutorials videos can be really helpful both for beginners as well as for the experienced. Watching different online tutorials by various designers across the world can actually be helpful because one common concept can be represented in several forms.             

#8. Ask: With several online communities for graphic designers, it is easy to share knowledge and learn new skills. One can become a member of several communities on Twitter, Facebook and on other social media platforms. On these communities, there are questions asked and answered, debates and casual chats regarding various designing aspects.

#9. Share: Blogs are a great way to share experiences and provide problem solving solutions. One can easily create personalized blogging site, where one can share one’s Photoshop experience with the world. By committing yourself to write a blog on a regular basis, one would know what are the aspects of Photoshop that you have mastered are and what needs to be learnt. In a way, it is a way to know one’s capability and skills mastered so far.

#10. Freelance: After gaining experience, one can test one’s skill by working as a freelancer. All one needs to do is register on a freelance site and create a good profile. Employers look to find logo design experts, poster, flyers, brochure, visiting card, packaging designers among others on various freelancing sites. By working as a freelancer, one can enhance skills by delivering designing expertise and earn handsome money as well.

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