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July 30, 2012

Making the switch


Natty got a new toy this weekend!

...and now I'm busy making the dreaded switch from PC to Mac. It hasn't been totally impossible so far, but it's some work, I'll tell you. As many of you know, I work from home. I use Microsoft Office for my writing job, and I use Microsoft "Picture It" image editing software (a user-friendly, cheap version of Photoshop) for the majority of my Etsy projects and blog layouts. So while I can download Word and Excel for Mac and be on my merry way, I can't use Picture It anymore (sob!) So, I have to learn Photoshop (dun dun dun). I've fiddled around with it in the past, but I've never had to seriously buckle down and use it to make or fix anything. Dude. It's hard. 

This weekend I've been busy trying to teach myself the ropes, looking anywhere on the Web for easy how-to tutorials. Pioneer Woman offers a few goodies, and I've purchased two books to help make the switch as easy as possible (here and here). Oh, and I'm praying to the blog gods for Bri to hurry up and make her way to Atlanta to teach this class -- I've researched similar classes at UGA, and her's is half the price and no doubt way, way better. I would sign up to take her class in a heartbeat.

So, my question to you guys is, where else can I find some helpful information on making the switch? Are there any tutorials out there on the Web about Photoshop + blogging, editing artwork and photographs? Any advice or help would be so, so appreciated! 

Thanks, and have a happy Monday! 



6 comments:

  1. I actually taught myself Photoshop from a book with tutorials so it's not impossible. I had to use it for my freelance work. Just play around with it as much as possible and don't psych yourself out, it's really not as hard as it looks when you first crack into it. I'm sure there are tutorials on YouTube so try searching that or just Googling photoshop tutorials. Also Photoshop Elements is a less expensive and pretty hearty alternative - I use a version of it (that I got with my Bamboo tablet) alongside my CAD software (I'm a fabric designer). Good luck and trust me if I can use Photoshop then anyone can, trust me ;o)

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    1. Thanks for the advice and vote of confidence, Jenny! I truly appreciate it. I think when I get everything down I'll be really happy with the switch!

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  2. While I don't have any advice on good tutorials, I have to tell you how excited I am for you! Once you go Mac you never go back. I've been using Macbooks for 8 years and can't even imagine using a PC as my daily computer. Once you get through the transition period, you will be such a happy girl!

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    1. Thanks, Marsi! I'm excited, too -- I know it'll be awesome when I finally feel comfortable with the switch.

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  3. Hey Natalie -- Check out Nicole's Classes: http://nicolesclasses.com/classes/ -- I did a photo class with them that was amazingggg...I imagine their others are just as good! Plus, the price is right. Also, Adobe has great instructional videos for Photoshop.

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  4. Congrats on your new Mac! My husband refers to it as being "Applefied!" I love mine and would never go back to PC. I would also LOVE to take Bri's class. Maybe she'll add ATL to her list soon. Have fun!

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