30 Days of Photoshop ~ Day One

by Heidi Egerman June. 25, 2019 360 views

I started an online Photoshop class called 30 Days of Photoshop through Creative Live.com It is taught by Dave Cross who is one of the best Photoshop instructors I've seen. To date, I am self-taught when it comes to Photoshop and I usually just google whatever it is I am trying to do. I have the time right now and got the class on a two-day sale for $20 so I could not pass it up.

I thought I would share with you some things I learn along the way. Many of you may know Photoshop quite well. If you are interested in techniques of a particular application just let me know and I can give you more detail if necessary.

Day One

On day one Dave covers realistic expectations and exploring Photoshop. Each day (for 30 days) you get about an hours worth of video. I've decided to spend at least an additional hour working on something relevant that I learned in the session. I often fly through the videos and forget just about everything I should have learned and didn't apply. Right now I'm in a headspace for learning.

In addition to some handy Photoshop shortcuts, Dave shows how to use the oil paint filter to recover a mediocre image in some way. You first duplicate the layer, convert the layer to a smart object and then select the Filter menu, select Stylize and Oil Paint from the dropdown. I need to play with this feature some more, but I found that you can apply this filter to an image and get something quite fun and creative. I'm not sure how much I will use it, but I thought the results were fun and creative. You can see the original images at the end of this post. You may like the originals better. It is all very subjective.

Artichoke during golden hour

Artichoke during golden hour

Daisy

Daisy

Purple Cabbage

Purple Cabbage

Below are the original images. As you can see, they were not exceptional images. It was fun to pull a few of these from my archives.

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Lee Santiva 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing Heidi - I could use such a Photoshop course since I just go by trial-and-error right now which probably takes way too much time and a less than optimal result.  I am glad to learn vicariously through you!
I think the cabbage is better with "oil painting" but the daisy is better in original...interesting!

6 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Heidi Egerman Replied to Lee Santiva 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks Lee. Yes, check out Creative Live's classes. There are a few courses specifically for photographers by Ben Willmore. He's also a good instructor. 
I agree with you. I love the cabbage, but the daisy was just so so...

6 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith 6 months, 4 weeks ago

I look forward to seeing more of the learning results. I rather enjoy the first installment.

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Russell Smith 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks Russell,  
I will try to post something on the days where there is something relevant or homework.

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Jay Boggess 6 months, 4 weeks ago

WOW! These are so unique and amazing! Very creative perspectives, colors, lighting and clarity! WOW!

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Jay Boggess 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks Jay.  Yes, this one was fun.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Heidi Egerman 6 months, 4 weeks ago

smile+1

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Camellia Staab 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing the info about Dave Cross. I did look at the video and he seems to know his stuff. I fall in the category that he described, as someone who uses Photoshop to edit something and then the next time I need it I have to once again look for videos, tutorials for the same type of edit... lack of practice. Definitely keeping the link .

6 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Heidi Egerman Replied to Camellia Staab 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks Camellia. 
Ben Willmore is another great instructor on Creative Live. He has two classes around Photoshop, specifically for Photographers. I sometimes buy these (almost always on sale) and then forget I have them and forget to watch them. My mind can only take in so much at a time and there are really only certain things I really want to learn and do well. I can get distracted with new fun and creative things like today's oil paint filter. blush
Have a good week.

6 months, 4 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Heidi Egerman 6 months, 4 weeks ago

You sound just like me. When I went to creative live and tried to sign in, it told me I hand an account. Eventually I proceeded to log on and found I had two classes I had bought at some time and had forgotten about them smile Sometimes I think I have ADD but I know it's not the case, too much out there to learn and not enough hours in a day.

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Camellia Staab 6 months, 4 weeks ago

You are so right. There is so much out there to learn and it doesn't help that I have trouble focusing. At times I wish I had had a career as a photographer, but the pressure would have been so great. There is so much to learn I sometimes don't know where to start.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Heidi Egerman 6 months, 4 weeks ago

👍 I am so in agreement with you.

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Bethany Plonski 7 months ago

Beautiful images, and thank you so much for sharing about the class. I just finished an in-person class on Photoshop, which was beginner level, but it was still overwhelming. I may look into the course you mentioned, because right now I feel like 50% of what I just learned is already on its way out the window. smile Practice seems to be key with most of these programs though. I was overwhelmed by Lightroom this time last year, and now it's old hat. Photoshop can be really useful and fun to explore for effects like this one.

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Bethany Plonski 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Thanks Bethany. 
I never learned Lightroom, but I am looking forward to learning more in Photoshop. And yes, practice is the key.

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Björn Roose 7 months ago

I did very few things in Photoshop and was not willing to pay 12 euro per month to just use it and not own the application. So I bought Affinity Photo a few months ago for 55 euro forever. The application is mine, I can install it on up to 3 computers and I get free updates for as long as I live. Looks and feels a lot like PhotoShop, but is way more intuitive, which is also the reason I have been using it more and in a more knowing way than PhotoShop smile

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Björn Roose 7 months ago

Born, glad you found something that works for you. There are some great mobile apps out there too that are easy to learn and use.

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Björn Roose Replied to Heidi Egerman 6 months, 4 weeks ago

I'm not really into mobile apps. I even tend to find the screen of the average laptop too small (at the office I have two normal screens and a third one would come in handy) smile

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Bill Baird 7 months ago

Good for you. You have a lot of energy !!  I have watched a few of Dave Cross' videos and like him a lot. I just stick to Lightroom and actually still have a lot to learn about it.  Good luck !

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Bill Baird 7 months ago

Thanks Bill. I never learned Lightroom and started with Photoshop. I think they do many if the same things. Both have way more functionality and features than I will ever need or use. I’m just hoping to pick up some new useful skills. I think the less processing the better, but nice to have a few tricks when necessary or bored 😏. 
Thanks for checking in. Good to hear from you.

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