Journal Entry #1-Welcome to Photoshop

Soon, we are going to be starting work on our hyper-realism projects, so I thought now would be a good time to familiarize myself with the basics of Photoshop.  Since I am a beginner, I wanted to start with the most simple, yet still some of the most essential, tools.  I found this article from Mashable, written by Jacob Gube, that links to and explains twelve different detailed Photoshop tutorials, including ones on tools, layers, filters, and even some handy shortcuts.  For a novice like me, who sometimes cannot find a tutorial simply because I don’t know the name of a tool or function, it is extremely helpful to have several sets of easy-to-follow instructions neatly grouped together and labeled.