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Old 05-08-2011, 01:09 PM   #1
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Dottie's eldest son is a skibum <g> who lives in Jackson Hole to ski but he's on the injured list at present after a heavy crash broke his lower leg into several pieces, luckily not a compound fracture. Hard to be in a better location for a repair job -- they had two surgeons operating simultaneously patching it up with metal bits and nuts and bolts..... He's already allowed to begin to put weight on it only a few weeks after the surgery and spends most of the day in physiotherapy including pool workouts.

[If anyone gets the Ski Channel he's featured in a section of the movie/video "The Story" about extreme skiiing -- may be in your local ski club one of these days!]

When he called Dottie today he said he needed to talk "about Photoshop" and I suspect that when I speak to him tonight I will not be able to help him -- he mentioned something about getting add-ons for it.

Apart from his skiiing, he writes and has a good artistic feel and he's keeping himself sane and hoping to earn some money doing graphic design for a startup.

He has a HP or Compaq laptop from a few years ago with VISTA on it and it's not that highly configured -- although I think we got it up to 2GB of RAM and a much larger hard drive; he has an external HD also that I made for him from the older 80GB drive I replaced.

I gather the company has provided him with PhotoShop but as to what version of what I've no idea.

The only two places I could think of sending him for help would be here and/or to the Photography Forum on CIS where I see a fair number of posts helping people handle things like layers etc which I've no clue on.

Any thoughts if there's anywhere else that is civilized (not a typical newsgroup!) including which section here to suggest that he posts in -- Imaging seems officially to be the place but it's far from active ...

I'll check back in ....

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Old 05-08-2011, 02:02 PM   #2
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He's welcome to come here, but I see much more activity in the Photography forum. That could get him started. But there are dedicated forums out there with tutorials and all sorts of resources. I just can't think of one off hand. And, there is also the Photoshop forum at the Adobe web site.

One thing I suggest is buying a DVD course in Photoshop or taking an online course at vtc.com or even lynda.com. I took the comprehensive Deke McClelland course years ago. I was glad to suffer though his teaching style because he explained just about every tool in there. That gave me a foundation to start learning some of the more creative techniques. OTOH, I only did that after having fun and getting nowhere for a few years. So who knows what comes first.

   
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:21 PM   #3
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hugh: I gather the company has provided him with PhotoShop but as to what version of what I've no idea.
First...it's "Photoshop"...'-}}

It would be useful to know which version and probably more importantly, how experienced is he--no knowledge at all, has used it but not much, uses it regularly?

What kind of work is he going to be doing--fixing color/exposure on digital photos (yer basic grunt work), getting images ready for publication, fine art work?

I suspect he will be driven nuts by working on a laptop if any of his work is color critical...

He'd certainly be welcome here--I've not been to cserve's photo forum for quite a while so I can't comment knowledgeable about it. There is a Photoshop Users list i belong to which is not terribly active but gives good answers to questions when posted--I don't have the subscription info handy but will get that to you.

I belong to a number of Yahoo Groups although not a specific Photoshop ones but I'll bet that might be a good place to look. I did a quick search of Yahoo Groups and found the following--first 2 pages of the search on "Photoshop" (no quotes) chosen based on the group description, the number of users and how long the group has existed:

1. Photoshop Haven (over 8000 users, 9 years)

2. Photoshop Beginners (over 3500, 12 years)

3. Photoshop Techniques (3300 users, 6 years)

4. AdobePhotoshop (5300 users, 12 years)


I read Yahoo Groups online at Yahoo rather than receiving individual lists' posts or getting the digest because I find it easier to just dip in and read when it's convenient for me...

Hope that helps...

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He should check out
http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/pho..._Resources.htm

Tons of tips, how to's, tutorials, online courses, etc., plus forums.

graphicssoft.about.com has similar resources for other graphics software, too.
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Thanks everyone -- I'm waiting to hear from him -- he's pretty heavily ocussed on rehab at the moment!

   
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Hope he feels better soon...

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He feels good now but he's got anything up to a year of rehab of some form I would guess -- certainly many months. He spends up to 5 hours a day in pool therapy since that enables him to do things with reduced weight on the leg. And he uses a stationary bicycle for several hours a day. Luckily as a skier he was in top shape when it happened and can move himself around at home hanging from rings from the ceiling!

As well as using crutches ...

   
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The image this conjures up is...interesting...'-}}

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