Some of us may have studied graphic design back in school but then never used it in the business world and lost some of our skills along the way. The new freelancer can feel slightly intimidated at the lack of experience and knowledge of the newest design program updates, but luckily, there are many solutions to these kinds of problems. Here are a few:
1) The Refresher Course
There are plenty of Adobe Photoshop classes being taught all over. But in order to save a bit of money, because this is most likely a time where saving would be important, you can look around for graphic designers who are interested in giving some one-on-one courses at a discounted price.RaeDesign, for example, recently wrote on her blog that she is interested in providing just that. She suggests the potential student bring their own laptop equipped with a recent version of Photoshop installed and ready (preferably CS2 or CS3). Her course meets for one hour, once a week and lasts 6 weeks.
2) Learn Online
While it’s easiest for most people to learn one-on-one with a physical person, some prefer to be alone in the process. Learning online is perfect for this type of person. There are many free, online Adobe Photoshop tutorials including this very easy-to-read and well layed out site called Web Design 101 of Digital Web Magazine. This particular tutorial is geared towards those who barely know Photoshop, but would like to become more familiar with it or ?nd out what sort of things to look for when it comes to the palette system, layers, styles, effects, various tools, and saving or exporting their work. They essentially cover the basics.
3) Read the Book!
As many of you know, Adobe creates a huge array of training books. You can choose from a huge selection of comprehensive titles from their specialty imprints. Adobe Press also offers a wide array of project-based how-to and techniques books, including the popular Classroom in a Book and Training from the Source series.