Wow, I didn’t know how much fun PS could be until I finally opened up my CS6 Beta version! I’ve been using PSE9 a relatively short time (I really didn’t open it up until February of this year) and I’ve learned tons of things from the ladies over at DSP. I like PSE9, but I know that I’ll eventually need to upgrade to a CS product if I want to do more design work. So yesterday, after speaking to a rep from Adobe about what package I will buy, I began my free 60-day trial to CS6. It was amazing, and overwhelming!
Going from no background in PhotoShop whatsoever to PSE9 for a couple of months to the big, bad, brand-new CS6 is quite a big step. I was surprised to see how many shortcuts are different in the program. I assumed that since they were both made by the same company, that PSE would be a lite version of PS, with many missing components, but basically the same interface. I guess in the grand scheme of things, maybe this is true, but from my perspective and with my limited experience, this is not exactly the case.
Let me say that as confusing as it is, there are tutorials for just about everything online. I wanted to make a seamless pattern and in 3 seconds, there were 12 seamless pattern tutorials in front of me, plus dozens more pages of search results. If you find a really good tutorial, it goes pretty quickly, and voila! You have your very own seamless pattern. Other times, you’ll pick out a tut where the narrator assumes you know what little steps he’s skipped (because he is so familiar with the program) and it can really throw you for a loop. I found both, but overall, I learned how to create a seamless pattern and have used it several times already to make digital scrapbook background papers–woo hoo!
I’m having a few issues converting the things I used to do in PSE to CS6, and right now, I can’t tell if it’s user error (most likely) or a legitimate bug in the program. A little more playing around and I’ll figure that out, I’m sure. The best thing to do, like all the designers have told me, is to just play around with it and find all the little nuances and ways to make your papers really work! I’m fortunate enough to be in a community with excellent digital designers who have been around the block a few times and who are willing to answer my one million questions–that really helps.
At any rate, if you’re interested in checking out PS CS6 (it’s probably coming out in May sometime) you can go download it from Adobe here. It’s worth a look and while you’re at it, come by http://www.digitalscrapbookplace.com and join me in an outstanding community of digital scrappers where you can learn how to work the software!
Hopefully I’ll get some designs up and running here and be able to post something on my website for download soon!