As of the posting of this article, you have 24 hours left to download the free public beta of Photoshop CS6. So if you haven’t installed it yet, drop everything you’re doing and start downloading!
And if you’re ready for the deep dive, check out Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals, the first in what will be a four-course video series on every single aspect of Photoshop CS6, presented in the order you need to learn it. This and other of my courses will appear every four to six weeks on lynda.com.
For those of you who’ve seen my videos in the past, I’ve made a few changes:
- I’ve reorganized the material into four parts instead of three. In addition to Fundamentals, there will be Intermediate, Advanced, and Mastery. The idea is to make the learning path as clear as possible, and divide the material into easy-to-digest chunks.
- I begin at a more deliberate pace, so don’t think I save time by talking faster! My hope is that new users will need to pause less frequently, while experienced folks can quickly locate the information they need. As I progress, I elevate the pace a bit, so that we all enjoy the journey into the final chapters.
- I make the most of the live-action introductions. In each introductory video, I set the stage by both explaining and showing the core concepts, with the help of illustrator Paul Roper. (See the live-action course intro above.) My hope is that you’ll leave each movie both illuminated and inspired.
- I’ve streamlined the course from 17 hours and 33 minutes to just 6 hours and 39 minutes. My intention is to teach you an equivalent amount of information in far less time. (I’ve shifted the outline and content, so don’t expect the info to be exactly the same as it was last time around.)
To give you an idea of just how much shorter this course is, check out the graph below, which compares the duration of the One-on-One: Fundamentals course for every version of Photoshop since I joined lynda.com. Each horizontal line represents an hour. That blue haze represents the zone during which a comprehensive video course transitions from being perceived as fun (below the haze) to ponderous (above). Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals falls well within the fun zone.
The result is what I hope will prove a more efficient learning experience by one and all. Whether you agree or don’t, please let me know what you think.