Or, maybe I should call this post Photoshop for Morons. That’s because, you guessed it – that’s me. A complete moron when it comes to stuff like this.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I love tools and gadgets and all kinds of nifty shortcut thingamabobs, but I’ve always been intimidated by Adobe’s Photoshop. You may think me silly (which I am), but I’m not a designer, I’m a strategist. Nerdy account person. Word wrangler. Let me loose with words and I can kick your butt from here to Kingdom Come any day of the week. Let me stand up in a front of a room full of people and give a presentation that’s totally extemporaneous – no problema. But design? No way, Jose. Manipulating images? I wish.
There’s been a MILLION times that I’ve wished I had Photoshop and knew how to use it, but until now, it always seemed beyond me. Or something that I’ve just never managed to make time for. Any of this sound familiar? If so, this is the post for you.
I found this video on Lifehacker the other day (one of my all time favorite sites, and if you’re not a regular reader, I’m not sure what’s wrong with you). The video is long but terrific, and the accompanying tutorial from Lifehacker’s Adam Dachis, will make you a Photoshop pro in no time.
And, bonus points – if you don’t have Photoshop, you can get a 30-day free trial from Adobe. So go get a trial, grab a photo, roll the video and get going!
Then, be sure to let me know me how it goes!
P.S. Looking at before and after Photoshop photographs of celebrities makes me feel even better about myself. And it also makes me resolve to be sure I show these images to my daughters so they know never to believe what they see in magazines!