If you or someone you know is in the early stages of exploring Photoshop, there’s a new learning destination that’s worth a visit. Photoshop for Beginners is a sub-forum on Adobe.com that is tailor-made for newcomers to the powerful but complex software.
Ask any question in Photoshop for Beginners and you’ll receive an answer that emphasizes visuals — including video how-tos — and steers clear of unnecessary jargon.
You can download a Photoshop extension that not only makes it fun to learn image editing but may even earn you Amazon gift cards or a year’s subscription to the Creative Cloud.
LevelUp for Photoshop is a game of missions that help you learn basic Adobe Photoshop skills. You complete missions to get points and badges. The more you interact with the game and learn about Photoshop, the more points you earn!
Starting on June 15, 2012, every 400 points gives you an entry in a weekly drawing to win a $100 Amazon.com gift card. One lucky person will win the grand prize, a year’s subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.
You can download the extension now from http://bit.ly/LevelUpforPS . The contest will run from June 15 through July 15, 2012.
Playing the Game
- Complete the download (about 16M).
- Decompress the .zip.
- Double-click on the game package.
- Accept the Extension Manager license agreement.
- Launch Photoshop.
- Go to Window>Extension>Level Up for Photoshop to launch the game panel.
The game begins with a mission to correct red eye. You can use the supplied image or one of your own. Accomplish the task in fewer steps to rack up higher points. You also earn points by sharing your progress on Facebook and Twitter, passing quizzes, and more.
There are many other missions, including removing unwanted objects, turning a photo into an oil painting, and replacing colors.
You’ll need Photoshop CS5 or CS6 to play. If you don’t own CS6, you can download the free trial version from http://adobe.ly/bsJSQB.
For more about the contest, see the game’s Facebook page and the game’s microsite.
Want to talk about us on Twitter? The LevelUp for Photoshop hashtag is #levelupforPS.
We all know that one way to make it difficult for other people to take credit for your photographs is to watermark the images before you post them on the Web. But have you heard of a watermark that could put your photos in front of four million people?
It’s called the “Photoshop CS6 Beta Watermark,” and the way it works is simple:
1. Download the Photoshop CS beta.
2. Create cool imagery in the beta.
3. Download the Powered by Photoshop CS6.zip file and drag the unzipped action onto your Photoshop CS6 application icon.
4. Watermark your image using the Powered by Photoshop CS6 action.
5. Upload the image to the Photoshop Facebook Wall and include the sentence “This image is powered by Photoshop CS6 beta” in your post.
The Photoshop team will choose two watermarked images each week as the cover image for the Photoshop Facebook page, which has more than 4 million fans.
If your image is chosen, don’t worry—they’ll give you credit.
For detailed instructions on the install and submission process, see Jeff Tranberry’s post. Contest rules are here.
Here’s a screenshot from today’s Photoshop CS6 beta Watermark Facebook gallery:
The Photoshop CS6 Beta Watermark Gallery
Steve Caplin, author of the How to Cheat in Photoshop book series, combined a still photo and 3D type to create a realistic new scene. He says that the new 3D tools in the Photoshop CS6 beta are so easy to use that it only took him minutes.
To see Steve’s before and after images and learn more about how he did it, read his post in the beta forum. He’s even offered to go through his process in-depth if anyone would like to know details.
For a soup-to-nuts walkthrough of every big feature in Photoshop CS6 Beta, check out this one-hour conversation with Senior Product Manager Zorana Gee:
In this Ask A CS Pro session, Zorana not only provides detailed tips, but also addresses common questions from the large live audience. Dozens more questions are covered in the interactive Chat pod.
Photoshop CS6 Beta seamlessly integrates 3D into Photoshop workflows you’re already familiar with. If you’d like to do more 3D work but have been waiting for more intuitive tools, give the beta a try.
Then check out this set of 3D video tutorials from expert Daniel Presedo.
Want to get a head start on the next generation of digital imaging?
First, download the Photoshop CS6 Beta.
Then, check out the following tutorials to discover the revolutionary new features:
In response to customer concerns, Adobe has improved upgrade options for CS3 and CS4 customers. While subscription plans offer some big benefits for future versions, a lot of users don’t want to make that leap just yet. So you’ll be able to purchase a standard upgrade until the end of the year.
John Nack’s excellent post lays out all the options.
When you want to change the color of objects in an image, you might first reach for Photoshop’s Color Replacement tool. But that’s not always the best approach. For more effective and flexible alternatives, check out these techniques:
Google sometimes favors older CS4 content simply because it’s been around longer. If that’s not what you want, just add “CS5” to any search, and bingo–the new stuff appears.
If you prefer the direct route, here are links to key CS5 pages:
Photoshop Help main page
A rundown of all the new CS5 features