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What is the best way to learn more about editing photos in Photoshop?

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I love taking photos and I own a DSLR camera. I want to learn more editing techniques, especially on Adobe Photoshop. I am looking to own the program, but it looks like it is a yearly fee now. I am wondering if there is a way that I can just own the product totally, and what tools I can use to learn more about the program.

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David’s Answer

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There are several options available for you to research Photoshop. There is a great deal of information on Youtube and the internet. You can purchase books and videos that can teach you how to edit with Adobe software. A Google search will lead you to many sites that talk about Photoshop and editing.

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Gwendolyn’s Answer

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Hi Ashley,

I'm a graphic designer and use Photoshop lots during my work week. Adobe has changed the way they sell their products over the last few years, which can be frustrating for those on a budget. However, if you buy outright any old versions of Photoshop you eliminate the ability to update the software as new tools and bug fixes are released. For you, this means you would be learning outdated software, which I don't recommend. While they do have a yearly fee, you should also be able to pay per month, which makes it easier to work in on a tight budget. It looks like you are a student as well, so be sure to take advantage of their student discount! As a student you can get both Photoshop and Lightroom for about $10 a month (https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html).

Hope that helps and good luck with your photography!
Gwendolyn
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Patricia’s Answer

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I use Photoshop all the time for my photo editing and I have to agree that the monthly subscription is the way to go. I use the student discount as well to make it more affordable. I have watched many tutorials through the adobe site and also youtube has helped teach me a lot.

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Aaron’s Answer

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Hi Ashley,
"Back in the olden days", I would just pirate Photoshop. I'm not condoning that and it isn't as easy as it used to be.
I will offer a few suggestions. First, if you aren't dead-set on "Photoshop" I would suggest looking at GIMP on Linux. It isn't photoshop, but it is still a powerful tool for photo editing. It is also FREE. Here is one big reason to consider it: You will learn photo editing, not Photoshop. Much like learning a language vs. memorizing some words in another language. You will acquire the core skill you need. Then, once you have some cash you can get Photoshop because it is indeed a superior product. Jumping into Photoshop after GIMP will seem like a walk in the park. In part because you learned the underlying skills and not just how to click buttons from a photoshop tutorial.

If that isn't your speed, look at just buying an old copy of Photoshop. Several years old is still plenty useful. You will also get some of the benefits you would have acquired from using GIMP. You will have learned it in a more fundamental way since you are using a "less easy" version.

Lastly, since you are a student see if you can get a discount from Adobe. I suspect you may still be locked into a contract, but that is an important thing to get used to with Adobe! ;)
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Matthew’s Answer

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Hello,

I use photoshop, whenever I need to learn a new school, I watch a tutorial on youtube. This way I can learn at my own pace. It has helped me a lot, and I bet it would help you too!
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