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Daily Prompt: Connect the Dots, unluckily this means Photoshop

This is our daily prompt, so I will use the book I  have borrowed from the library to learn more about Photoshop CS5. The title is “How to cheat in Photoshop CS5, The art of creating realistic photomontages.

First let me clarify something, although I’m tech savvy, Photoshop is new to me. When it comes to manipulating pictures, I left it to others, however I have recently decided to learn a little to improve my posts for the weekly photo challenge. So this leaves me two choices, poke and prod though the program, or RTFM which I quite often tell others to do. So as a Buddhist, I will assume I have told enough people to RTFM, that karma has returned, to give me a taste of my own advice. Oh, what is RTFM some of you are asking, Read The Full Manual, and if you choose to substitute some other word for the third one, that’s your choice. 

Using Photoshop, is a lot like writing a blog, it all starts with selection. In the blog we select a topic, then words, while in Photoshop we select the part of the picture we will work on. Now if your like me, you would thin the mouse is your best friend in working in Photoshop, while according to this book, we would be wrong. Yup that holdover from the typewriter, can save our sanity, and make us more productive. Reminds me of that old saying, the more things change, the more they remain the same.

I’m only going to share one tip, as I believe in equality of all beings. If there are to be more tips, it will be up to all of you to leave one keyboard shortcut, as a comment. The tip I gained from the book, that will make my editing easier is; sections can be nudged into place, by using the arrow keys to move the selection 1 pixel at a time, which gives more accuracy than trying to mouse. Steve Caplin the author of the book would give us the advice; “On the rare occasions when I weigh in on one of these discussions, I always advise any serious Photoshop user to invest in a Wacom tablet.” I would agree with him, however I am not at the point of considering, myself a serious Photoshop user. With all you great photo bloggers out there, I am looking forward to learning what your favorite keyboard shortcut is. However in the interest of raising the technical prowess of myself, and all the other readers, no repeats of previous tips.

As to why I said unluckily about this means Photoshop, I try not to give advice on topics, I don’t have at least a working knowledge of the topic. So don’t expect to see any more “Photoshop” posts from me for a while, if ever again.


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9 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Connect the Dots, unluckily this means Photoshop

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  2. Really, you had me till I got to RTFM. My first instinct is to get stuck into my shiny new toy then when I can’t make it work I go back to the M (manual) and read JETGMB. That’s just enough to get me by.
    Actually, I’m in awe of you. I have never met anyone who has actually read a whole manual. And definitely I know no one who actually recommends it. I guess I know some low types. 🙂

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  5. Oh that montage! Very nice!

  6. LOL…….love it, I am not one for reading the whole manual, just flicking through. I usually like to find out all the fun cool stuff myself. Also the Control & ‘z’ button to toggle between changes and or deletions as opposed to Ctrl, Alt, Z to delete stuff permanently. PS> Yes the Wacom tablet is great for Photoshop……….I use one.

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