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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Taking notes can be an invaluable way to begin to learn information. Yet sometimes we need to go beyond taking notes to actually memorizing content. And if you ask anyone who specializes in memory, one of the things that they will tell you is that if you really want to remember something, you have to memorize left to right. And we know about the left brain, right? That's where we do all of our analytic and logical thought, etcetera. And then in the right part of the brain, that's where we do our creative stuff, art, music, intuition.
And so what we need to do is to come up with some memory techniques which will help us gain or learn left brain content with some right brain techniques. Here is a great illustration of this. Both of my young daughters learned their ABCs at an incredibly young age. Then ABCs are a complex string of letters. You know that's really complicated when you start to think about it. But they learned their ABCs by way of a song. And it was the creativity of the song that helped them gain access to that information, which ultimately has become a building block for them to be able to write and to do all sorts of things.
So we need to then begin to think about, how can we apply this to our work inside of Photoshop? Let's take, for example, one of the technical things that we are going to need to be able to do inside of Photoshop. We are going to want to jump back and forth between Bridge and Photoshop quite often. And there is a shortcut to do that. On a Mac it's Option+Command+O; on a PC, that's Alt+Ctrl+O. Well, how then are we going to memorize that shortcut? Well, one of the ways that we could do this would be to have a little bit of fun with this. Let's say, for example, that we have this little base jumper who is about to go jump off a rock and parachuting.
Well, if we grab this guy and say Option+ Command+O and then jump him over to one of the other software applications. And then press Option+Command +O again and jump him back. We are going to then start to actually memorize or remember the shortcut. Now, of course this is a little bit goofy and this is a little bit silly, but what we want to do is push that even farther, and we want to say, Option+Command+O, woooo, and there goes the guy flying across the screen. Now, again, I am aware that this is silly, but some of these silly right brain techniques can really help our left brain thinking, even with the shortcut here.
I am sure with this goofiness it's going to help you remember, okay, when I need to jump back and forth between my two applications, I now know on a Mac, Option+Command+O, or on a PC, Alt+Ctrl+O. In other words, what you want to do is have some fun with this. And if there is ever something that's technical or frustrating, ask yourself, how could I make this a little bit fun? How could I apply some right brain thinking to this context? How can I distill this and come up with a creative way to actually remember this content? Because what I have found is that if you really want to be an expert user, I mean, a Photoshop power user, I mean, create absolutely compelling photographs, we have got to have some fun.
And if we can apply this left to right brain memorization technique, it can really help us out.
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