If I was independently wealthy, I’d be a perpetual student.
I’m curious about so many things, and there’s only so many hours in the day. 😀
Recently, my friend Nai told me about Creative Live.
I did some research and liked what I saw.
You can buy downloads of content on various subjects – business, crafting, photography, writing, you name it.
Or you can watch some of the classes for free when they are held live.
The downside of live classes is that they tend to be long – like all day.
I’m not wealthy, but I am lucky enough to be a SAHM.
So I can carve out time for the free classes.
It’s free and I learn stuff.
The last few days I have been taking a Photoshop class.
It can get tedious (3 days of all day Photoshop?), but I am learning a lot.
The first day was spent on ‘key concepts’; many of those included things like using keyboard shortcuts.
I don’t generally use these, but since I started doing it, I know I’ve gotten faster at processing photos.
Such a timesaver!
I’ve also learned more about tools like the layer mask, clipping mask, and smart objects.
After the first day, I felt like my head would explode.
As I’ve begun taking photos in-world and posting to Flickr, I’ve wanted to do some cool effects, but I couldn’t figure out how to do what I wanted.
Thanks to the class, I now know how to approach what I want to do, and how not to ‘paint myself into a corner’ when it comes to using Photoshop.
Yesterday we learned about type tools, making reusable effects, and actions.
Today we will be learning about color techniques, layouts, and templates.
I’ve been taking notes, but I’m sure I’ll forget some things.
However, I’m looking forward to taking photos and experimenting with them using some of the techniques and tips I’ve learned.
It’s also actually made me excited to go out and try my hand at some photography in RL, so yay!
Who knows where this will lead?
To another class, probably. 😛