In the endless effort to foster my child’s technology skills as he prepares to enter a technologically driven world, I recently introduced him to Photoshop as an after school activity.
Photoshop is the leading digital image editing application for all media today. It’s not far fetched to say that nearly every picture in the last 20 years a person has laid eyes on has either been created or edited by Photoshop. Photoshop allows you to manipulate or create almost any image.
What is really great about photoshop is that it is accessible of all ages. Once a child learns the basics, he can start creating immediately. Learning Photoshop modularly, piece by piece, is the best way.
There are always different ways to accomplish things in Photoshop. A child can learn several techniques for getting different effects, and with guidance from some free videos and websites (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-websites-to-make-you-a-photoshop-ninja/), he can take the route that is most fun for him. A child can learn basic and some intermediate techniques in Photoshop easily just by experimenting! He can create graphics for a website, build the website, add animation, cloning someone from one photo into another photo they weren’t even in, touch-ups like fixing red eye, color composition and contrast etc.
Find a tutorial website or video broken down either into chapters that teach step-by-step lessons or by the specific effects your child wants to learn. Have your child work his way through the tutorial step-by-step at his own pace. And then just have him practice, practice, practice.
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Article By Nuria Almeida
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