Do You Photoshop?

For years I've been wanting to make the jump to Photoshop, but I tried it out once and for the life of me couldn't even figure out how to copy/paste a picture. How can something be that confusing? Especially if it costs 15675231 dollars. I should be able to speak to it and it does what I say.  



I've been using Corel Paint Shop Pro since 2004, that's the only photo editing I know of (picmonkey doesn't count). But it's really becoming just way too basic for me, or maybe it's that the updated ones are way more confusing than the version I started on. What I'm trying to get at here is, I want to use Photoshop. I've had a Lightroom disc forever but can't find it. So I downloaded the trial off the adobe site tonight. It seems alright, but not what I'm looking for. Just seems like a giant app of filters. 



So, my photo editing friends.... do you use Photoshop? How did you learn it? Do you find it to be easy? Did it cost you almost a trillion dollars? What can you share with a beginner like me? 


I'm gonna ditch Lightroom and go back to my trusty Corel (and picmonkey) for this next part...


Introducing... Nikki! 



She's the girl behind the blog at the Rural Rookie and a dog mommy to little Joey, who helps herd cattle, kinda. Also mommy to a much bigger fur baby, she has her own horse! Nikki moved from the suburban life to live with her fiance in the country and has been adjusting to a new rural lifestyle. 


Speaking of her fiance, she just had her bachelorette party and not just any bachelorette party... her friends hooked her up with a private jet flight to New Orleans. Whaaaat?! 

I wanted us to get to know her a little better so I asked her a few questions. 

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging to document my adjustment to country life. It was a huge change for me and I wanted a place to talk about it. I'm one of only a few "imports" around these parts, so nobody in our town really understands what a culture shock it has been for me. I wanted an outlet, but it has morphed into so much more than I ever expected!

What is your blogging goal?
I want to improve my writing, share ideas, and build relationships with people I wouldn't have otherwise met. I'm continually amazed by the blogging community - there are some fabulous ladies out there!

You moved to a small town with under 600 people, to live with your fiance in the country farm life. What was the most difficult thing about that change?  
 I expected to be most annoyed by the lack of cell phone service. (There is about a 10-15 minute radius around our house where you can almost-maybe-sometimes get a text to go through, but calls are completely out of the question.) Much to my surprise, I've adapted to living without a working cell phone. The most difficult thing is being so far away from a grocery store. A shopping trip easily eats up half my day because I have to drive about an hour just to get to a decent grocery store.

Tell us two random facts about yourself.
1// I retain the most useless information. Seriously, you want me on your trivia team.
2// Despite my astounding lack of coordination and tendency to trip, fall, and run into fixed objects, I've never broken a bone or needed stitches.

The Proposal, Herding Cattle with Joey, and the recipe for her mom's Pumpkin Rolls are a couple of her favorite posts. 

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34 comments :

  1. I would love to get photoshop sometime too but I am terrified since I have no idea how to use it and I know that it's not cheap. I think you should buy it, learn how to use it and then teach me :)
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  2. I use photoshop elements. has some things that photoshop does (I use a lot of actions on it, so they are simple to use). And I got photoshop elements 12 for $46 on amazon on cyber monday!

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  3. I cannot for the life of me use Photoshop, but I LOVE Paint Shop Pro. I've been using Version 8 since forever and I'll probably never change. Plus, I somehow got a free version :)

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  4. I can't edit a photo for shizz so I just have to look the way I look all the time :(

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  5. ahhh 8 is the one i started on! i miss that one so much! there was a free link out there back then, that's how i got it too. when it was Jasc lol. i really liked 10 and got used to that. then hated 12 and now i have 15 and hate it.

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  6. i have elements, it came with my laptop (but it's probably a trial). but i totally forgot about it, i've never tried it. i'll have to open it when i get home and see what it's all about

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  7. you have nothing that needs editing so that's ok.

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  8. In addition to picmonkey you should check out pixlr, I like it when I need something more complicated than picmonkey can do and it's free.

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  9. i use the pixlr app on my phone, i love it. i didn't know it was available on the computer too! thanks!

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  10. I use Photoshop , I never know how much it cost because dad gifted me when I was in Computer school. I use Picmonkey and Pixlr for other photos work :)

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  11. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvDecember 5, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    I use photoshop - but attended a few classes to learn the ins and outs. BUT you can easily learn the few tools that will enhance your photos easily or you can learn layers too. Just try to focus on one thing at a time. I highly recommend Lynda.com http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/279-0.html They have great tutorials and videos.

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  12. I had someone from Craigslist come put it on my laptop for about 60 bucks haha. Works just the same as if I had spent a bajillion dollars on it. But seeing as you don't use your camera because it's hard I would suggest not dropping all that cash on it, because it too is confusing as shit.

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  13. i think i'll download the trial and check out that Lynda site. thanks!!

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  14. i like picmonkey for very basic stuff.

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  15. how did you know they weren't a murderer? you're so brave! but i would totally drop $60 in place of spending an entire grand for it. i'm determined to figure out this camera. next step is buying a book for it.

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  16. I'm going to be completely honest, befriending a photographer is the way to go. In high school my next door neighbor was a photographer and when she wanted to try new techniques I played model for her...in exchange I got lots of pretty pictures of myself and I would watch her edit photos for hours (and she would even teach me). Now I'm dating a photographer and to be honest he's a worst teacher (not because he isn't good) so I sometimes just rope him into photoshopping photos for me...I mean that's why he took all those photoshop classes in photography school right?!

    Yours truly,
    Disquis_1840gkf

    Just kidding...
    Jordyn

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  17. hahaa i would have known it was you ;)
    that's a great idea! my brother is a photographer but he's 3000 miles away. he might be moving here and if he does, i'm totally gonna shadow him!

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  18. I am barely adept at picmonkey so the thought of any other photo editing...hahahahaha that is a laugh;)

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  19. I use Photoshop and I love it! I've used Paint Shop Pro a few years ago but I prefer Photoshop. Photoshop especially comes in handy when I'm making graphics for my blog layout or just graphics in general for posts. I got it through the torrent sites, got a code generator and voila! Free photoshop! I also love using Deviant Art to download brushes and filters so that I can use them when I'm making my graphics. It's a lot of work, but in the end it pays off. I guess the tip I can give you is just take it one step at a time. There are also some cool tutorials online out there to help you with certain techniques. I've also just played around with it a lot and figured out a lot of stuff on my own over the years.



    PicMonkey is awesome! I would also suggest Photobucket's app to edit pics, they have some nifty stuff on there to edit your pics with.

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  20. picmonkey and even PSP are enough for me to just edit pics. i don't really need editing like that as much as i want creation. so i'm def leaning at PS. i'm gonna download the trial and see if i can even figure it out haha. i would love a free one but torrent sites scare me :(

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  21. I can see if I can put it in a zip file and have you download it from my Dropbox.. just an idea :) For creation, Photoshop is definitely the best!

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  22. At the last newspaper that I worked at, all the copy editors had to do their own Photoshop. Where I am now, we have a photo tech who just tones photos all day long, so I'm out of practice. But it's easier than it looks. The only features you need are for adjusting curves, sharpening, setting a white, stuff like that. The history tool is pretty cool, because if you overlighten one part, for example, you can go back and run a brush over just part of the photo to eliminate that change where you don't want it. The tricky stuff, like cutouts, isn't even as hard as it's made out to be. What beyond the basics stuff do you need it for?


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  23. Nope, strictly picmonkey or nothing for me! I'm not nearly smart enough for photoshop. Oh well!

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  24. AHHH! that would be awesome! thank you! if it works, would it have to go into my dropbox too, or can i save it right to my computer?

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  25. there's so much that can be done with photo editing, it gets confusing and overwhelming

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  26. when i tried photoshop once a few years ago, i couldn't even figure out how to copy/paste a picture. something so simple was legit impossible for me haha

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  27. I agree with everyone that PicMonkey is where it's at. I actually got photoshop for free from work, but I can't figure the damn thing out!

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  28. I use Photoshop (sometimes for my blog, but all the time for my photography). I got it a couple of years ago for free from one of my computer/artsy friends that had it. Everything I've learned is from online tutorials and Youtube videos.

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  29. I know exactly zero about photoshop. I'm still learning picmonkey. LAME!

    Heading over to go check out Nikki...

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  30. I'm trying to learn photoshop elements and I'm clueless. convinced its idiot proof. dumb!

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  31. I've been wanting to learn Photoshop forever! Still clueless as to how to use it. Picmonkey, on the other hand... :)

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  32. I don't use Photoshop because I just can't afford it. I use Ribbet. I think it can do almost everything Photoshop can do... and it is easier!

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  33. i taught myself how to use PS and it's tricky! i'm not awesome at it like some people but i know how to manipulate digital images and create my own. however, instead of doling out the crazy $$ for it, i use pixlr.com - it has most of the PS elements you need and it's free!!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  34. I'm a big time Photoshop user but not for actual photography I'm a graphic and web designer. Photoshop skills come in handy in that department. I only use Photoshop on photos if I need to clean it up but I don't think it's meant for photography. Unless you want to change the coloring manually which I do. I don't like using the actions it seems lazy. I think Elements or Lightroom are meant for photography but I've never used them.

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