Poor Photoshop users! Let's face it, the manual that comes with the program just isn't that good. And, the help interface built into Photoshop is often clumsy and hard-to-use. Oh, they covers the basics, but what's a user to do when they're ready to move beyond fixing a photo and positioning it on a page?
That's where free Photoshop tutorials come in. There are lots of them out there, but here are a few of my favorite sites.
I am so lucky that I got to attend a session of Burt Monroy's recent Photoshop Creativity Tour. Wow! Talk about a Photoshop guru. He's done everything -- huge murals, advertisements, even Hollywood work. And, he's very generous with his knowledge. His site, Burt Monroy: digital photo-realist artist is fun to explore, but be sure to check out the tutorials in the middle column of the first page: both the Podcasts and Tech TV tutorials are awesome.
Burt Monroy's Damen, created entirely in Photoshop.
EScrappers is another great site to find both basic and advanced Photoshop Techniques. Hosted by Denis Germain, the site covers everything from filters to puppy portraits.
I love O'Reilly's Photoshop Cookbook series. I think I own most of them. To find out if they're for you, be sure to check out the free sample tutorials here. (If you can only buy one book in the series, my favorite is the Photoshop Photo Effects Cookbook.)
Have you ever picked up a copy of Layers magazine at the newstand? If you have, you know that Layers, targeted to graphic designers, is informative and oh-so-cool. They've recently put tons of video tutorials on line, and you don't have to be a subscriber to enjoy them. You can check them out here.
Did I miss one of your favorite tutorial sites? If I did, please leave us a link so that we can all learn and expore together.