Just a quick post today which is a kind of follow up to something I’ve written about before i.e How I Study (and remember) Photoshop [Link]
From day one of starting to use Photoshop I’ve made notes in my own note books to help me remember what I had just read in a books, magazine, seen in a video tutorial and ways that I’d adapted a technique or found my own from just playing.
Now some people might think “Why?” makes notes of techniques when all I’m doing is duplicating what I already have in the books etc; well here’s the thing…
I’m a self confessed Photoshop Book-aholic. You write a book on anything and so long as its got the name ‘Photoshop’ somewhere in the title, I’ll likely buy it. The problem here is that over time I’ve accumulated a lot, and I mean a lot, of books full of great techniques; not to mention all the magazines, DVD’s etc…
Although that might seem a good thing, the problem came when trying to locate a tutorial for a technique I’d not used for some time; looking for a needle in a hay stick would be an appropriate saying. So, making my own notes made it easier for me to locate tutorials and also maybe understand them a little better as I’d written them in my own words. BUT this brings with it another problem…the amount of notebooks I had, started to grow and grow and grow.
Towards the end of 2012 I discovered Evernote; well when I say discovered I actually mean took friends’ advice and looked into it a bit more and have since realised how darned good it is.
Now I can create my own notebooks within Evernote but the HUGE advantage here is that I can search for a tutorial/technique using keywords i.e. type a word into the search field and it brings up all the techniques containing that it…brilliant!
However it doesn’t stop there…
With Evernote I can take photographs of pages in my notebooks AND it allows me to search them too because of the word recognition type magical wizardry it performs…very clever stuff as it saves me writing them all out again.
I’m using Evernote more and more these days: scanning business cards, invoices, receipts, making shared notebooks, saving screen grabs to it and so it goes on…there is just so much you can do with it. Plus the great thing about it is that it can be installed on my iPhone, my iPad and all my computers and will sync across the lot too so I have access to everything at any time.
Evernote is also available for other platforms and operating systems so you can use it on your computers and mobile devices, definitely take a look and see what you think; then again you may already be doing so as I’m more than aware I’m fairly late to this party 🙂
Right that’s all from me for today so whatever you’re up to have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,