Q: Why should I learn Photoshop?
A. Many artists in the computer graphics industry consider Photoshop to be the cornerstone of their daily workflow. From creating concept art and textures for 3D to creating web or print designs, Photoshop is truly one of the more versatile programs available to artists. Because of this versatility it's vital for every artist, no matter what industry you work in, to have a solid understanding of Photoshop. This learning path will teach you the overall fundamentals of moving around and working within Photoshop. If you've never touched Photoshop before and you're looking for a place to start, this is the learning path that you'll want to start with first.
Q. Are there any tutorials that I should watch before starting this learning path?
A. Before starting this learning path, we would recommend that you watch our Visual Guide series to first learn some of the essential terms and definitions that you'll encounter in this learning path.
Q: What is a learning path? How do I use them?
A. Learning paths are a series of courses organized into levels for easier organization. We recommend that you start with the first course in level one and work your way through all of the courses and levels sequentially. You can view all of our learning paths by clicking this link.
Q: Do I have to follow along with the tutorial? Can I work on my own project?
A. The ultimate goal is to be able to transfer the techniques and tools you've learned in this learning path to your own projects. While everyone learns at a difference pace, we recommend a three-step process before trying to apply the techniques to your own projects. The first step is to watch each tutorial and take notes along the way. Secondly, watch the tutorial and follow along trying to replicate each step in the tutorial. Lastly replicate the project from the tutorial on your own trying not to watch the tutorials as much as possible. This helps to ensure that you not only are able to replicate what was taught in the tutorial but that you understand the techniques and tools that were used so you can then transfer them to your own projects.
Q. What if I have questions while going through this learning path?
A. We have set up a community specifically as a place for you to ask technical questions. Our community is frequented by the Digital-Tutors instructors, staff members, moderators and other helpful members that can answer your questions as you learn Photoshop. You can get to the community by clicking on the "Connect" tab at the top of the site or by clicking here.
Q: What if the version of Photoshop in the tutorial is different than what I have? Can I still follow along?
A. Yes! While there are certainly new tools and features that get added with each new version of Photoshop, a majority of the core techniques taught are the same and can be transferred easily from version to version. Just keep in mind that due to file version differences it may not be possible to open project files that were created in a newer version of Photoshop if you're using an older version. And of course you can always post questions on our forums if you ever come across something that looks different in your version of Photoshop than in the tutorial.
Q. What if I don't use Photoshop? Can I follow along in my favorite image editing software?
A. While we highly recommend using Photoshop to follow along with this learning path, many of the core fundamentals can be ported to another piece of software if you are familiar with that software. However, because there are many features used throughout this learning path that are specific to Photoshop, we would recommend that if you are following along in another piece of software that you are already comfortable with that software.
Q. Where do I go after completing this learning path?
A. After completing this learning path, you will have a good understanding of how you can use Photoshop to do a wide range of projects. So whether your next step is to learn how you can take your knowledge of Photoshop and integrate that into 3D or if you're wanting to learn another aspect of computer graphics, the knowledge you'll have after completing this learning path is absolutely essential for any CG artist wanting to be able to incorporate Photoshop into their pipeline. From here, you can check out the Learning Paths page to our other learning paths.