Photoshop has been good to me. Since version 4.0 or so, I’ve been teaching myself successfully how to use it and having a lot of fun along the way. I’m always impressed with what it can do in such a short amount of time. Getting a Wacom tablet opened up a whole new world to me in PS as well, especially CS2 and later. I often give tutorials to my friends and colleagues on some of the basics and tips and tricks I’ve picked up from classes. Often during these tutorials, I get bogged down talking about the history of the development of the tool instead of just teaching what something does. So I usually try and emphasize the importance of learning keyboard shortuts and not getting obsessed with doing something the “right way”. Since there are 3 or 4 ways to do everything in PS, it’s best to just do what feels natural or is easiest to remember.
I threw together this short video of myself making some bubble thing. Hope the music doesn’t get stripped out by YouTube. We’ll see. For now, have a look and a listen and enjoy.