Photoshop Hates Me

Photoshop Elements 8 is not very user-friendly.

For one thing, it doesn't come with a user guide. What? Every other computer program I've ever bought comes with a how-to guide.

And the program is set up in such a way that it's hard to just sit down and play and figure it out. You can't do it. You need outside resources.

I rented this book form the library and it was pretty helpful:

The Missing Manual for Photoshop Elements 8.

But then I had to take it back before I figured too much out.

The whole "layers" concept really confuses me. I can't get them to behave properly in the program.

I'm so confused.

Thankfully my dear friend, Ashley, is coming over tomorrow afternoon to help me figure it out. She's taken some photography classes and had to work with Photoshop before, so hopefully with her expertise we can figure it out.

I'll keep you posted.

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katie said...

Ooo. I can't help with this at all. I hope your friend can help you!

Lauren said...

Ughh...I have that same book & I actually got a lot out of it. Unfortuantely, it seems that Photoshop Elements 8 & Windows 7 have a very strong love/hate relationship. Photoshop is currently in the..."don't use or you'll get very frustrated" category! Good luck!

LeAnna said...

It has a bit of a learning curve, but you'll catch on! Try she has some great tutorials. Also, The Pioneer Woman has some good tutorials for plain Photoshop, but Elements is so similar you can pick up some good tips.

Jessica said...

I had a 30 day trial of photoshop awhile ago, and it was so confusing! I spent hours trying to teach myself, but yes, the layering thing had me really confused. I decided it was just too over my head, and I am content just using Microsoft Digital Image Pro because it is a lot more user friendly. Although I don't think you can do nearly as much with it!

Kara @ Just1Step said...

How much did the program cost? Any suggestions for a free editor? I usually just use Picasa.

Jen | Our Life Accounts said...

oh yes, and once you figure it out, can you teach me? Though, we are hoping to get a mac in the near photoshop elements the same as the regular photoshop that you can buy in a package with the mac?

Amber said...

Learning those programs is always tough at you need a whole class on how to use them!

I want to see more baby bump pictures, please! :)

Unknown said...

That is one area of the computer I don't have much luck with.

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