I guess that I can now post to this forum - now that I have purchased CS5. I've been an Elements 8 user, so I have some basics behind me.
What is the better (best) training option for learning CS5?
I see a lot of free stuff out there on the web, but would like some full package of training on DVD - if that's the best way to learn it. I've heard of lynda.com, scott kelby, etc.). I'd like to get a good start on learning this exciting new version of Photoshop.
So ... any advice is appreccated.
If you've just bought CS5 you might be eligible for a month of free access to Lynda.com.
In Photoshop, go to the Help menu and select "Complete/Update Adobe ID profile..." and follow the links from there.
Obviously, I'm not an entirely unbiased responder here, as I run a chain of Adobe authorized training centers, and in a nutshell I do think that some great resources are out there for learning Photoshop and the CS5 Suite for free. The biggest problem is sifting through the chaff. Googling "Free Photoshop Training" results in 48 million hits.
As far as free resources go, some people learn best by reading, but if video works for you (always seems to put me to sleep), then there's Adobe.tv. Lynda.com is the best paid video resource, in my opinion. If you've got more time than money, free training, books or videos are all great ways to learn.
For those that can afford to attend a hands-on, instructor-led class, I think that's probably the most effective return in terms of knowledge gained per hour spent. They aren't inexpensive (we charge $795 for a two day class, which works out to about $65/hour). A classroom environment has some advantages such as exposure to others who might have questions that prompt you to learn more too, an assurance that you will actually get through your learning project (how many computer books have you started and not completed?), and an easy and entertaining way to stay focussed (no one has ever fallen asleep in one of our classes!).
I'd also recommend joining an Adobe user group.
Sterling Ledet, Founder and Difference Maker