Photo manipulation continues to be a timeless, exciting, and good business. It is fun as a pastime and the skill also continues to be in demand in the business world. You will never lose a market if you are good at graphic design and, especially, photo editing. There are, indeed, many mobile apps that you can use to do instant photo editing; however, higher quality and more genuine, innovative, and ingenious results can always be achieved if you master the utilization of generic professional graphic editing tools. To achieve this mastery, you need to learn. And contrary to what you may believe, learning photo manipulation is never too hard to do. Here are 3 smart ways to learn photo manipulation like a pro.
Know the Tools.
There are several known photo editing tools, with Adobe Photoshop and GIMP being the veterans most renowned for their versatility. Despite the numerous comparative reviews that you can find on the internet about them, I can confidently say that both applications are generally the same, with the most notable difference being whether the program is free or not. If you are on your path to be a professional photo editing specialist, you should pick one of them as your primary tool of the trade.
Of course, they are not your only available tools. There are also some great applications that you should try, even if you have mastered the aforementioned applications, such as Capture One, Adobe Lightroom, and Skylum Luminar.
Know Where to Learn.
After you pick your software, you can experiment with it to eventually get the knack of it. If you need useful tips and tricks to guide you through the maze, Google and YouTube can provide you with unlimited access to free tutorials and learning resources. You can also join forums or social media groups dedicated to photography and graphic design to get some insights from professionals as well as other learners.
If you want to take a professional course, you can join any MOOC (Massively Open Online Courses) platforms on the internet, such as Udemy, Edx, and Coursera. They offer high-quality course materials that help you become a real professional. They offer certificates as well.
The best way to learn photo editing is by learning by doing. Be productive and you will become a pro faster than you may imagine. In fact, you might be able to offer photo manipulation services by the end of the week if you keep doing photo editing during your weekdays.