posted by Matt Ward on Aug 31, 2009.
WebDesigner Depot posted an incredible article entitled “300+ Resources to Help You Become a Photoshop Expert”. In this post, I’ll tell you why I am so stoked about it, and why you need to bookmark it if do any work at all with Photoshop.
So this morning, I logged onto my computer as I do every morning and checked my RSS reader to see what kind of goodies and news were available for me. As usual, one of the first feeds that I checked was WebDesigner Depot – partially because of its great content and partially because they have a new article every single day. What was waiting for me absolutely blew my mind!
There, in my reader, was a post entitled “300+ Resources to Help You Become a Photoshop Expert“. The title itself is enough to make any designer salivate, and after taking a quick scan of the post, it doesn’t disappoint.
The post starts off with a variety of cheat sheets and reference pages, to help beginners and advanced users learn or remind themselves of how to use certain Photoshop functions. Other references are simply designed to make your image development simpler and more streamlined.
Next, we are offered and absolute TON of tutorial collections. Some are just collections posted on this blog or that. Others, like PSDTUTS+ are entire sites dedicated to providing awesome Photoshop tutorials. I counted over 70 different collections listed here, which accounts for almost a quarter of the resources. There are also a number of individual tutorials listed. With all these resources at your finger tips, you could probably read through tutorials for a full year! Not that I would recommend it. We still need to have some productive time right?
As if all that wasn’t enough, though, this post also points us towards collections of brushes, patterns, scripts, actions and shapes, all of which are incredibly valuable tools. There is a list of sites where you can find Photoshop files and templates, and another containing sites to inspire your creativity. Finally, there is a list of different blogs and resources, which collects such sites as BittBox and Smashing Magazine.
All told, this single post is an incredible resource for all designers. It’s almost like having your own personal Photoshop library, with content from some of the world’s greatest designers and artists. If you haven’t already visited the post, go and do it now! It’s not often that I get this excited about a blog post, but I’m telling you, you need to bookmark this one. It’ll be worth it!
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