(Closed) How hard is it to use Photoshop? Any tips?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If you’ve never used photoshop, I’m not sure I’d wholeheartedly recommend it, as it’s not the most intuitive of programs. Having said that, if you’ve got a lot of time, maybe give it a go? Everything I learnt on photoshop was through googling! Internet is your friend 🙂 There are so many tutorials etc online.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have Photoshop Elements and have only tried to use it one time so far. It was really hard! I dont get Photoshop at all. I dont think its a user friendly program at all. You can go to Adobe TV to get help with it. That is my plans. You can also download a free trial of Adobe Lightroom which is way easier to use. The free trial lasts for 30 days!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you’ve never used it before, I don’t think a big event is something to start using it for.  It’s pretty rough unless you’ve been using it for a while.  There’s not really any good tutorials either.  It’s all user learning!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I used photoshop for all of my wedding “paper” myself. I downloaded a free 30 day trial and googled like crazy. Once I got the hang of formatting and positioning each layer, it was pretty easy to get going. Of course, I will say my layout is pretty simple.

What I will say is that I have had better luck saving my files as GIF images and then printing them using the windows photo viewer function that comes standard on most computers/laptops. Printing as an image allowed me to easily choose how many of a certain item I wanted on a single sheet. For instance, I was able to select the image for printing and choose 2 5X7 images to be printed on a single sheet..or 4 Response cards, etc. 

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think it depends on what you’re wanting to do, how tech savvy you are, and how much time you have.

I had NEVER used any adobe programs before wedding planning and now I can atleast get the things I want done done… chaging colors, getting “parts” of pictures, etc.

I’d set aside a good weekend to try it out and watch some tutorials…. I basically said to myself “I know this program can do this… I just gotta figure it out!” lol

^It worked for me lol

EDIT: Also, some first things to figure out…

getting a “transparent” background (this will allow you to place images on top of each other without the “white” background)

also save as a png… this is also part of the only image/no background so that you can layer.

If I think of anything else I’ll add it =)

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

By the way, have you considered using Word or Publisher or even Powerpoint which might be something you’ve worked with before and therefore easier? (also these are sooo much more user-friendly)

I used Word to do my invitations and I don’t think they turned out too badly:

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Oh…

I really like sxc.hu for free high resolution graphics

When you download it and open it in Photoshop some may be “locked” you’ll see the little padlock pic down in the box where your layer shows (bottom right)

To “fix this” make a “new image”, wand the original graphic, grab it, and pull it to the “new image” window.

Then you can wand/highlight what you want and move and delete

I think… it’s been awhile since I’v messed around with it, but that’s basically the idea

Also, dafont.com is great for fonts!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Photoshop is really not ideal for paper products. It’s intended for photos, not vectors or type. Illustrator is the best for manipulating type while InDesign is a layout program. 

But there are a ton of books out there. I have a whole reference set and it’s helpful. 

I also agree that Word in many cases can serve people just fine for invitation design. All of the invites pictured on this thread could easily be done with Word just by using text boxes 🙂

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Totally agree @ribbons on text manipulation… come to think about it I changed my images in Photoshop.. made them png files and used them in Illustrator to add text and place where I wanted.

I never learned about “vectors” but apparentley haven’t needed too (I’ve since made several formal invites/paper prodcuts for our Non-Profit)

I’ve seen alot of ladies that have done awesome things in Microsoft Programs but I personally suck at them and just had better luck with the Adobe. lol

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@ribbons: You’re right for the most part. I ended up doing everything in Photoshop b/c whenever I tried to “watermark” the monogram onto the Information and RSVP cards in MS Word, it would show up on the print preview, but wouldn’t actually print =(. I am using word for some other things though. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ribbons:

I agree, I prefer Illustrator for text & vector graphics — that beings said, can use photoshop for those things (just with more difficultly/lesser quality).

OP:

if you are tech savvy & a quick study, take some time following through tutorials and if you plan on a simple design you can probably pull it off. One note however is that standard ‘quality’ in photoshop is set to 72dpi/ppi [pixels per inch], you will probably want to increase that number for higher quality images when printing.

FWIW I made my invites in photoshop elements (since I don’t have a copy of illustrator at home) and I think they turned out alright.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Gizmo19: After looking at your links, I think there is a bee on here who has a similar invite design. I am not sure what she used to design her invites. I will see if I can find the link.

ETA: Mrs Duck has a similar layout http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/what-do-you-think-of-my-invites-for-a-semi-formal-wedding. I am sure you can change the font to be whatever you want. The fonts that I downloaded from DaFont can be used with any program. 

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