How’s it going?
Today I want to briefly mention about books…Photoshop books
Anyone who knows me will agree that I’m a serial book buyer; those closest to me may even say I’m an authors dream…I mean you write a book on Photoshop I’ve probably got it or it’s on order; thankfully nowadays with my iPad I can apply a little bit of stealth when it comes to buying them though
Now, the other day when I was ordering more books to add to my collection it got me thinking…“Do I know and can I do everything that’s included in the books I already have?”
I posted something similar to this over on Facebook the other day asking the question “Before you buy that next Photoshop book, can you do/do you know ‘everything’ that’s in the books you already have?’ and it sure prompted some reactions.
I love buying Photoshop books, in fact each and every month I’ll spend £100+ on new books alone; it’s something I’ve done for a long time as each and every day I’ll dedicate 30 minutes to studying Photoshop outside of what work I’m doing using it.
By asking the question I was kind of eluding to something Zack Arias talks about when it comes to buying new ‘gear’ i.e. “Before buying more, do you know what you can do with the gear you already have?” You see the other day when I was having a sort out I started browsing through a couple of books I’ve had for a few months now; books I’d ordered, skimmed through and not looked at since. However this time when I started looking through them I started stumbling across techniques/tips I’d missed…and really good techniques/tips too!
So, getting to the point of this post…I’ve got a suggestion for you:
Go pick up one of the books you’ve had and not looked at for a while and take a really good look through the pages. If you’re anything like me you’re going to find yourself stumbling across techniques and tips and giving it “Wow.. I never knew that”…Ok so you might not go “Wow” but I reckon you’ll find stuff you never knew was in there
Oh and one more suggestion…don’t just read it…write down the techniques in a notebook. You may now be thinking why would you do that when they’re already in a book, and yeah that’s a good point BUT what if you can’t remember how to do a technique and what’s more, you can’t remember which book you saw the technique in? From day 1 I’ve always written my own notes so when it comes to refreshing my memory I only need to look in my notebook as opposed to searching lots (and I mean lots) of books…does that make sense?
Right, that’s all from me for today but as always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to make use of the comments section below.
I’ll catch you back here tomorrow when I’ll be posting more details about my new Photoshop “Know How” workshop series,