Every designer and photographer I’ve ever met uses Adobe photoshop. Does this mean it’s the best photo-editing software out there? Possibly. To be fair, there are some programs out there that are comparable, such as GIMP. But as a professional, I cannot recommend using such programs, no matter the fact that they may be cheaper or even free. Why?
If you work within the industry, everyone uses Photoshop, so you put yourself at a disadvantage if you don’t use the same tools. For example, how are you going to collaborate or communicate effectively with other photographers or designers who use Photoshop? To be at the top of your field, you simply must become an expert at Photoshop. Furthermore, if you use Photoshop, exporting files for use in printing projects, whether it be for brochures, postcards, or business cards, is a cinch. It doesn’t matter if you use digital printers or offset printers – all of them are familiar with accepting photoshop files. Some top print shops that are easy to work with when you use Photoshop are Uprinting, Vistaprint, and Overnight Prints, to name just a few.
I like to use books to learn photoshop since this allows me to go at my own pace. However, I also know that many people like to use the training tools available at Lynda.com. For those of you who don’t know, Lynda.com is a website that provides tons of training videos, which you can watch if you sign up with the site. Fortunately, the site is cheap to join, costing only $25. Once you join, you can watch as many videos as you like.
If you have not tried out photoshop, I recommend getting the free trial and checking out the program for yourself. I think you’ll quickly discover that it is an invaluable resource that you should not be without.
Once you prep your files in photoshop, the best way to get some fast, cheap printing performed is by turning to an online printing company like Overnight Prints. I prefer to use this company because of its speed a professionalism. For everything that it offers, Overnight Prints is also reasonably priced, especially if you take advantage of coupons.