9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 17, 2012 9:25 AM by the_wine_snob RSS

    Best book for a beginner non-photography

    skyhigh82

      Hello,

       

      I am a small business owner and have paid to have my logo and business cards created. Now that I have the files I would like to learn how to edit these files…such as adding things to my business card and using them to create posters/signs…ect. I’m not really interested in using for photography.

       

      I have adobe photoshop CS5.1 windows

       

      Thanks

        • 1. Re: Best book for a beginner non-photography
          Community Member

          Professional designers rarely use Photoshop for business identity. This is usually done with more versatile vector tools, like those found in Illustrator.

           

          What type of files were supplied to you?

          • 2. Re: Best book for a beginner non-photography
            skyhigh82

            Adobe Illustrator artwork

            BMP

            CDR

            EPS

            GIF

            JPG

            PCX

            Adobe Acrobat Doc

            PNG

            Photoshop Image 12

            TIF

             

            I do have Illustrator also.

            • 3. Re: Best book for a beginner non-photography
              Shan-Dysigns Community Member

              I certainly wouldn't edit graphics originally created from someone you hired to produce (especially if these graphics are to represent your business). I mean, you hired a professional for a reason, right? I would be floored if I saw one of my clients edit something I did just to make it look less professional (some designers actually stipulate their work can't be altered). If you want to use those files to learn and play around with, that's one thing, but I certainly wouldn't take on the role of designer when it comes to your own branding.

              • 4. Re: Best book for a beginner non-photography
                Community Member

                That seems like a very odd position. You might be reading too much into this.

                 

                A designer made skyhigh82's logo. Skyhigh82 wants to use that logo to create posters and signs. There is absolutely nothing unusual about that.

                 

                While I would guess that skyhigh82 might be in over their head to think that simply picking up a book is going to help them learn print design, there is no reason why they should not be able to utiltize the artwork that they paid for.

                • 5. Re: Best book for a beginner non-photography
                  skyhigh82

                  Marian you are correct; all I'm looking for is to enlarge/shrink it for yard signs/brochures/stickers/t-shirts/hats…etc. The company did a great job with my logo; I do not want to change anything. It’s kinda hard to for me to swallow spending $300+ for a class to learn how to do this.

                  • 6. Re: Best book for a beginner non-photography
                    Trevor.Dennis MVP

                    Guys, with all due respect, professional graphic designers are not infalible, and  if skyhigh wants to learn Photoshop, then good on him.  He has apparently just spent a great deal of money on the program, so let him use it for goodness sake. 

                     

                     

                    I see that Matt Kloskowski's 'Photoshop Compositing Secrets' is Amazon's Photoshop book of the year.  Matt is one of the Photoshop User TV team along with the likes of Scott Kelby and Corey Barker.  skyhigh, if you have an iPad, fire up iTunes and look for Photoshop user TV  It is one of the best free resources on the web. 

                     

                    BTW  If you have not actually bought Photoshop yet, and am using it via the trial period, then Photoshop Elements is a very powerful package, easier to learn, and a heck of a lot cheaper.

                    • 7. Re: Best book for a beginner non-photography
                      Shan-Dysigns Community Member

                      That seems like a very odd position. You might be reading too much into this.

                       

                      I think it is you which misread my response.

                      I'm not sure how I misread

                      I would like to learn how to edit these files…such as adding things to my business card and using them to create posters/signs

                       

                      "edit these files" and "add things to my business card" certainly doesn't mean simply adding them to something to make a poster. When I read "edit these files", that sounds like they want to change (hense the word edit) parts of the logo and/or business card, THEN using them to make a poster, etc. That was the reason I questioned wanting to change a design in which was paid for and created by a professional.

                       

                      The OP simply misused the word "edit", that's all...

                       

                      He has apparently just spent a great deal of money on the program, so let him use it for goodness sake.

                       

                      No one said anything about not wanting him to use a program.

                      • 8. Re: Best book for a beginner non-photography
                        printisnotdead Community Member

                        There are actually a lot of tutorials in the net skyhigh82. If you want videos on it, YouTube can be a great resource.

                        • 9. Re: Best book for a beginner non-photography
                          the_wine_snob Community Member

                          Skyhigh,

                           

                          I do not want to get too far afield of what you have asked for, but would like to give you a little something to think about:

                           

                          Photoshop is build around Raster Images, i.e. Images composed of pixels. Most of the formats that you mention are pixel-based formats. While those can be Scaled, within reason, they do not offer the flexibility, that a Vector-based Image can. That is why most logo work is done in Vector-based formats, such as AI - total Scability - as has been mentioned.

                           

                          For the use, that you describe (if I read it correctly), you might be better served to use Adobe Illustrator, which you already have, and adding Adobe InDesign. It is a page-design program, and can do such things, as business cards, with ease. It even comes with some popular Templates, where you would just add the elements, and Type, required, and would end up an 8.5 x 11 page of cards, that could be handed off to a commercial printer, or even run through a good desktop inkjet, or laser, using something like the Avery "clear-edge" business card stock.

                           

                          InDesign will work wih Raster, or Vector art (what you already have, and have paid for), and handles Type much better, than does Photoshop.

                           

                          I am not saying that one cannot create and then print business cards (only one application here) from Photoshop, but that it is likely not the ultimate tool for that purpose.

                           

                          I also highly recommend Adobe TV, but you may have to spend some time finding the tutorials, that will help you.

                           

                          Good luck, and just something to think about.

                           

                          Hunt