Looking for study tips from people with experience.
I am a visual artist and photographer, I generally work with photoshop, AE and premiere and im looking at getting certification in these areas, mainly due to the fact that I recently obtained a tertiary lecturing position and would like to know these programs inside and out more so than a logo etc.
I checked out the examaid options and there isn't anything for cs6 etc, so is the best way right now to sit down and work through the classroom in a book for each one?
I've done about 3/4 of the CS4 book previously and keen to go from scratch (well as scratch as I need to) for the CS6 book for PS and start to finish on the others if I know it will pay off. I just felt that the CS4 book felt a little general and loose and almost a bit basic, and felt like I was still missing gaps even on things I did over and over again in diff modules, so wasn't sure if there was a better appraoch to it all.
The aim is to dedicate a few hours a week to at least one and go one at a time and tick them off.
Once the core programs I work with are done i'll go through illustrator etc if I feel the process useful.
Any advice and tips would be amazing before I start this hectic technical journey.
I always recommend a few approaches to study. Everyone learns differently but I use lynda.com and the Help files that come with the software. These plus Classroom in a book (which I also found to be too basic to cover everything) and a practice exam at the end of your study would be a good way to go. Make sure you have covered ALL of the topics in the prep guide.
The reason that there is no practice exams available in CS6 yet is that the exams prep guides haven't been released so we don't know topics yet.
I hope that helps
I think Lynda.com is a great resource. They have been very proactive in releasing new CS6 material. You can also sign up for a free 7 day trial if you wish to trial it first...
Also I like to recommend two new book releases
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Bible & Dreamweaver CS6 Bible both by Wiley. Great for a reference and both go into a decent depth of detail.