I felt as if I was trying to read a newspaper in Chinese. The pictures and the icons made sense but the words were complete gibberish. Do I read up and down or side to side? What the heck is a channel? A layer? A mask? How is an image different than a layer? Filters are for coffee ... not craqueleure. Why were there menus but then also side panels? How is it that paintbrushes can paint simple colors but I keep getting cat prints, hearts, scratch marks, fractal patterns and even blood stains!? It was all CRAZY BUSINESS!!!
Now it makes sense, of course. I just needed to see somebody actually using it.
With that in mind, I want to heartily recommend a PDF tutorial written by Mitchell Kanashkevich that is now available here at his website. Note that much of this tutorial uses Adobe Lightroom but there is a lot of PS content as well. And the LR techniques can be accomplished using PS alone.
Mitchell dared to ask if this was worth $12 dollars. Gee, let me see ... ummm ... you're going to save me hundreds of hours of experimentation. You're going to show me how you make images worthy of magazine publication and awards. You're going to save me from buying $100's of dollars of programs that I just don't need. ... hmmm ... let me get back to you on that.
This tutorial is great and worth MUCH more that $12 bucks. Just buy it. Thank me later :) Better yet, thank Mitchell!
The image at the top is an example of why you don't over-knead bread dough. If you do, it gets rubbery and doesn't feel quite right. Photoshop is great but too much is too much. One of the best messages in Mitchell's tutorial ... know when to quit! I clearly didn't apply that lesson in this image.
When your bread turns out like rubber ... make croutons. Here is my crouton version :)
Joy and peace,