Kids, first you need to GET Photoshop if you don't have it already. But good news! Photoshop Elements is competitively priced, and there's a free-trial download for a lot of Adobe's products!
Ok, so learning Photoshop.
There's no one way to do this. Each of us learn differently, and each of us come into this hobby with differing levels of computer understanding and competence.
The biggest thing that will help you learn to digi-scrap is simply knowing the ins-and-outs of your program. In this case, we're talking about Photoshop. Get to know the toolbar -- what the tools are called, what they do, what settings they have. I'm a bigger fan of knowing first what the buttons are and what they do, and learning what shortcut I can use to get them active later.
I won't be telling you EVERYTHING about Photoshop in this blog. I don't know all that much, and there are plenty of other sites to get you really in depth if that's what you want. My goal with this blog is to show you what you need to know to START your digi-scrappin' journey. Once you get over the initial apprehension and jump over that beginner's learning curve, you'll be able to delve deeper on your own.
It's ok to jump in after learning just a few basics. Don't think you have to know Photoshop inside and out before you start. I made 54 layouts in my first 3 months and I am still constantly learning new tricks. You don't have to click on these links below right now if you don't want to. It's supplemental material, not required reading. ;o)
I simply can not say
enough good things about this book. It's amazing. She'll take you from what you've learned here, and you'll be off and running!
And here are some other books that I can say with confidence are awesomely helpful:
---> Scott Kelby has several books about Photoshop; they are top of the line:
click here to view his Photoshop books at Amazon.com
---> Adobe "Classroom in a book" series for Photoshop -- there is a different one for every version:
click here to view Adobe instruction books at Amazon
The one I used the most when teaching myself Photoshop is included in this group --> Adobe(R) Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book, the official training workbook from Adobe Systems. It's basically made of awesome.
From what I understand, most everything in a book about Elements or version 2.0 or 3.0 will apply if you have a later version -- I have 7.0. Each version has improvements and additions, but the basic functions always remain the same.