Tuesday, June 28, 2011
How I learned Photoshop
So, what was my moment and how has color changed me? Well a few years ago, I and a friend of mine wanted to publish our own comic book. This project amounted to a lot of work and no published product. However, I did learn so much from the process. My friend was the writer and was going to do all the art work so I needed to learn how to color. I had no idea at the time how much I had to learn. There were so many fine comic book colorists doing some fine work that I looked to as examples. I guess I always took their work for granted.
With any new application that I’m interested in learning, I like to get the big picture as to what it can do and then break it down into pieces. If I was a newbie to Photoshop today and I wanted to learn it, I would go online or look at some of the latest digital art books by the pros. Seeing what they can do is very motivating and gives you an idea of what can be done. Next, I’d look at all the menus to get an idea of my options. Menus are usually broken down into sections.
Finally, we can all learn from someone else. Especially a pro or those who posses skills that are much more advanced than our own. I can always come away with something that I didn’t know. Access to this information today is very available.
Frank Freeman is a freelance artist, trainer and CEO of Artistic Gurus, Inc. a training company that focuses on how-to videos in the 2D, 3D, Traditional Arts, Comics, Anime and Manga fields. http://www.artisticgurus.com/ or http://www.rentartvideos.com/