Creating beautiful visual content for the Web has never been easier with the help of online platforms, which are rapidly growing. With the expansion of the Internet numerous online tools are coming that tend to help, some of them being Canva and piZap, which you might have already heard of.
These tools are doing their best on the Internet, and seeing them dozens of times makes you wonder whether Photoshop has some serious competition. The one thing Photoshop has that all its competitors don’t is their users’ trust, along with almost three decades of existence. Not a single online tool is as popular as Adobe’s bestseller. Adobe Photoshop has been on the market for nearly thirty years, and as the most famous tool for image editing and processing, there is no need to mention that Photoshop has almost no serious competition, even if we take into consideration simple and intuitive web platforms mentioned above. Learning Photoshop is something all designers go through to promote themselves on the wide-open global market. As costly as Adobe Photoshop is, it’s definitely worth the investment, as you could make a lot of money afterward!
Therefore, here are some thoughts and opinions on what you should pay attention to before you even begin to plan on making Photoshop skills your number one source of income. Note that this is targeted mostly towards the less experienced audience and those interested in working with Photoshop on a professional level soon.
Adobe Photoshop does NOT feature an easy-to-use UI
Sadly, Photoshop alternatives beat this evergreen image editing piece of software by giving its users a well thought-out user interface with simple editing commands and templates that can help anyone get started. Photoshop’s primary set of tools which users use the most often is located on the left side of the app. The widely popular Toolbar includes those well-known tools and shortcuts, like Burn and Dodge, Select, Create Text Field, Lasso Tool, etc. and the layout has not been redesigned or removed since the very first version of Photoshop, published way back in 1989. All other essential tools are placed in the main menu, where you’ll do most of your searching for the right tool you need, like the resizing one.
Being a Photoshop master requires devotion
Since 1988, Photoshop has been designed to serve its users as a dead-serious image editing software that doesn’t help you a lot if you make a mistake. An average Photoshop veteran spends years just to figure out how to combine several images into one and make some unimportant details disappear. A designer usually works on many more projects than just that one – there are so many clients that want a perfect infographic, a beautiful brochure, a nice café menu with prices on it, a simple 600×600 Instagram creative, and so many other tasks that you’ll practically wish a day lasts longer than 24 hours. That’s pretty much where and when your devotion kicks in to help you make it through. A devoted beginner can easily provide better results than a lazy expert anytime, and this has been proven so many times already.
Don’t stick to basic tools provided in the navigation bar
As it was mentioned above, the Toolbar does come in handy most of the times, but when it comes to multi layer image editing and merging, it just lacks options and shortcuts. A real enthusiast first explores every single option in the navigation bar at the top before getting their hands dirty. That’s the logic you should follow as well, provided you’re a Photoshop beginner. Even if you’re familiar with the basics, upgrading your knowledge always helps. The Internet is packed with Photoshop articles and videos which give opinions, tips and tricks that not only explain how to use and improve your Photoshop skills but to teach you some new techniques along the way as well.
Filters do NOT provide the finishing touch
Have you ever wanted to make your almost-completed image look and feel more original? Have you tried all those filters Photoshop has to offer?
If so, know that Photoshop’s set of filters can’t make any image stand out by making it grainy or glassy. Think about working with the picture’s brightness, contrast, and color saturation settings to at least get the perfect tones out of it. A filter should only be used to highlight certain details or to give it a more “artistic” feel.
And just how much money can decent Photoshop skills bring you? We’ve done our research, and truth be told, graphic designers can easily earn several thousand dollars (on average) per month! Obviously, there are no open-source stats on each designer’s monthly incomes, but observing the amount of money most freelance designers charge, we get to a whopping $1,500 earned on a monthly basis.
But the thing is, it’s not that easy to get to such an enviable monthly wage. By checking several dozen websites where graphic designers promote themselves, it’s almost dreadfully easy to find a person who has yet to receive a rating from their first employer. On the other hand, there are many creative ideas on making remote jobs work in designer’s favor – whether it’s starting a photography service, uploading YouTube tutorials, or creating stock images, the possibilities are endless!
“One of my main sources of income is teaching future designers how to create stunning visual pieces online,” says Marcelo Pena Costa, the long-time Zeqr expert in designing using Adobe Photoshop.
The Internet itself is full of possibilities when it comes to mastering or learning new skills from the comfort of your own home. Some people provide live lessons to anyone interested for an individual fee, while others upload YouTube tutorials.
Think you have what it takes to start diving into Photoshop and earn money with it? Then hop on the Adobe train and start working! Numerous businesses are on a constant lookout for designers.