Photoshop: Can anyone explain why there are some help files for Photoshop CC19 that we created for prior versions?

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As a novice having purchased the product I obviously need help....but the help files for tutorials are for old PhotoShop products and its all different, why is this and where can I get tutorials solely for Photoshop CC 19? My time is eaten up by adobe problems!
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Cristen Gillespie

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I hate to say it, but the best you can hope for is to google for "Helpx" files, the problem/feature you're interested in, and the Adobe software. Their manual is the latest official word. Video tutorials probably come in all ages, but that's just as true trying to use YouTube.

If you really, really want a quick start on this, and your time not all eaten up, I'm going to suggest you try an online learning site, such as linkedin/lynda.com. One month's price can get you the latest video training, and use it heavily for the one month and you'll be pretty expert in how the software works, and you'll have seen them use the interface so often, you'll be at home with it.

There are a few other sites out there. I'm more familiar with lynda.com than others, but you ought to look around. I paid $25 for the month and used my own files, but a bit more and you get the demo files with it. I won't swear to today's price, but I found it worth it for software I wasn't familiar with. Kind of you get what you pay for, I'm afraid.
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Yves Crausaz

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In view of the number of Adobe customers, the help files of the applications are not up to the software, Adobe should perhaps devote more budget to this part of the software, because description and help files are in my opinion also part of the software that must be up to date.


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Cristen Gillespie

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> Adobe should perhaps devote more budget to this part of the software, because description and help files are in my opinion also part of the software that must be up to date.

Adobe might well say "why?" Hardly anyone is using it. They all go to YT. In fact, even if I tell people about a course on YT with 20-30 minute videos so the user is getting actual instruction in a topic, they say 'no time for that.' They want 5-minute answers. More or less, Adobe is giving them exactly that. And the online guide is a work in progress—it's getting updated.<g>

I hate the Online Guide because there's no index, no proper way to find a named tool or function, to know what "chapter" it would come under, and way too often if I do find what I'm looking for, I'm treated to a bare-bones description of it OR worse, a 5 minute video that doesn't cover what I'm looking up. But if you want real instruction, not just click this to do that, how about their Classroom in a Book series? I think they're still publishing it.

Adobe used to be the best in the business with written manuals included with their floppy drive installers. Now they're still one of the best, because bad as their online help is, it's a lot more content and more intelligible than most software companies provide— not written only by the engineers who speak in tongues .

People don't want to pay for books or online courses because the Internet is "free." Publishers no longer much want to publish books on the subjects because the internet is "free."  Adobe does provide more leaning content, between its blogs, videos, "learn" section inside the apps, and the online guide, than its competition, at least from all I've been able to come up with on them.

The rest is really up to you to spend years of your life searching for reliable, up-to-date free content (hey, treasure hunts always  have  a fun factor), or you'll have to pay for it somewhere. Adobe will try to give you the absolute basics somewhere, even directly in your app. And even old stuff that doesn't look the same  due to interface changes often works the same. Beyond that, I wouldn't expect comprehensive instruction for free these days.

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I wish, for each function, a summary of the operation, especially when you need a set of keys over the use the mouse to perform an action after do not forget that we are not all English, I know Google is our friend for the translation, but it could well do y have the link to translate the page etc...



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Photoshop isn't easy. When you are getting started especially it's useful to have a good book. I use Martin Evening's books. You can also try Livelink training which is online. In fact, as you get into it you will find other good guides.