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How to learn any software program

If you would like to learn a software program, such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or Dreamweaver, I have some suggestions to make it easier and faster for you. It will soud simple enough, but you would be surprised at how many times people get this wrong and end up being frustrated.

• Find out what the software program is for. Think of a software program as a tool in your toolbox. If you really don't know what the software program was designed to do, chances are you will be flying blind. Look it up on the web. Ask people.

• Use the correct software program for a particular need. Once you know what different software programs were designed for, choose the correct tool. If you need to create web pages, the correct tool is Dreamweaver. If you know Photoshop, you possibly could try to create a web page using it, but it will be a world of frustration for you. I call this "hammering in a nail with a screwdriver".

• Keep it simple. There are always about a dozen ways to do any given task in a software program. In Photoshop there are usually much, much more. Find the way that makes sense to you and do it. Don't let someone talk you into some convoluted, complicated, way of doing a task. Stick with what works for you. If there is another way that you discover later that makes more sense to you, you can change at that time.

• Learn best practices. This is all I teach. If you have guessed your way through creating something in a software program, and you don't dare open the file up again, you have made a mess. Throw it away and create it correctly.

If you would like to get personal on-site software training in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or Dreamweaver in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area, please contact me. Yes, I will also do a training session on setting up your blog on Google Blogger. Paypal accepted, morning appointments only.

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