Photoshop: I don't know how to use Photoshop... help??

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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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Try Adobe TV for a start:

There are plenty of learning facilities out there - books, videos, tutorials - google will turn up plenty.
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In addition to Victoria's excellent advice, here are some tidbits, from my own experience.

See this post by Jeffrey Tranberry, Administrator of this very site, as it lists many free valuable resources:

If you can set apart some time, use your complimentary month of access to the website, if it is still offered when registering Photoshop.

But do schedule some time just for that, as there are several hours long classes on Photoshop CS5 by many world class experts. There are other quality video training providers, but I only have tried that one, and you might get it for free when you register Photoshop. (And if it is not the case, it is clearly worth the price!)

After that, I would recommend some books:

I never learned so much techniques in Photoshop than when I read "Real World Photoshop 7" when the late Bruce Fraser wrote it. Do take a look at the latest versions written by Conrad Chavez, and the praises he receives:

Adobe Photoshop for Photographers by Martin Evening http://www.photoshopforphotographers.... a lot of in depth information. Maybe a bit technical at times, but he explains why he uses some techniques, rather than simply giving out cookbook recipes.

I was never able to finish the Classroom in a book for Photoshop (back in the time, for Photoshop 7) as the low quality paper and mostly black and white book was not enjoyable to read, and because I read the two other books listed before. The paper quality and color images issue might have changed in the latest edition.

But it is often listed as a good reference book, to learn the tools, and even to pass the Adobe Expert Certification.

Scott Kelby is the best selling Photoshop author, all I can say is that his style of writing is not my cup of tea, but again, YMMV.

Hope this helps!