May 3rd, 2007
In the past I have not liked training videos but recently I subscribed to the lynda.com podcast and ran across the podcast by Deke McClelland on the new photomerge feature in Photoshop CS3. It was short and effective. The free lynda.com podcast actually covers many different applications, not just Photoshop. Then after registering my version of Photoshop CS3 I chose the one month free subscription to lynda.com that Adobe gives as gift for registering.
I really like the design of these online videos. Unlike most other training videos I’ve used these are “chunked” in to 2 to 10 minutes on specific subjects. It’s great, you can skip around and look at just the subjects you want and easily come back later and find a particular subject that you want to watch again.
The series I’ve found particularly useful so far is “Photoshop CS3 New Features”. Since its too early for any of the Photoshop books to be updated for CS3 this is a great way to find out what’s up the CS3 upgrade. In fact, this is the best description of the new CS3 features anywhere. In addition to the series on CS3 new features there is a series on Photoshop CS3 Advanced Techniques, Beyond the Basics and CS3 Essentials. There is also a series on Photoshop Elements 5.
At $25 per month for an online subscription, I think this a great way to become more effective with either Photoshop you use.
By the way there are a bunch of Photoshop and photography how-to podcasts (free via iTunes). Many of these are video podcasts. Here are some of my favorites:
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips
- Creative Photoshop with John Reuter
- Photoshop TV
- Photoshop for Digital Photographers
- Lightroom for Digital Photographers