I have downloaded a Photoshop Elements 7 trial, and in a month, I am planning to buy a wacom bamboo fun medium (which contains Photoshop Elements 5) and so to downgrade to Elements 5.
I wanted to practice with Elements 7 first, this being my first experience with Photoshop. What I used before was the free tool Artweaver. I am looking for basic tutorials on Photoshop, and as there is an enormous lot on the web I wanted to ask here for the best tutorials (video, text, images, whatever). Here are some questions on my mind which I hope to be answered:
- Which are good brushes for starting out with painting? Which is generally used for sketching outlines, filling with colour, creating soft gradients? What to start painting with?
- Which are the keyboard shortcuts for, let's say, changing brush size, color pick tool, and other shortcuts one should know?
- I practice a lot from references. let's say I arrange the ref pic next to my actual pic nicely, and chose a nice brush. Can I save that combination to continue later the very same way?
Of cours, the most important is the first question: how to begin painting? I'd really be grateful for links to good tutorials on this.
Thanks a lot in advance!