Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Gettin' Edu-ma-cated

I was once told that I had a "curious mind". I am not sure if the person meant I tend to be inquisitive, or that they could not grasp how my brain functioned. I am always trying to learn one thing or another, and can tend to take on projects more for the learning experience(s) than any display of altruism. I like to try new things, although I can be impatient if I am not picking up on things quick enough for my personal preference.

When I get frustrated having problems learning a new program or procedure I try to find a step-by-step book to help. Sometimes I will take a class. Thankfully my job allows so much per year for professional development. So now....I am developing and spending three days at a training center for various Adobe products, enrolled in their Photoshop class. I've used Paint Shop Pro since when I was self-teaching myself all those years ago, it had the easiest learning curve and was also easiest on my budget. PSP's company was bought out by Corel some time ago (not sure what version they are on now, last I saw was 10 but I was still using version 7 since I got along with it!) and it seems my needs (and that of my employer) have progressed. So...just like switching to Dreamweaver from Front Page, I am now making the switch to Photoshop.

But I needed a little spoon-feeding of it since doing what I thought were the more simple things in PSP, I still haven't figured out in PS.

I also enrolled in an online course through the local community college to learn Adobe's Fireworks, another graphics program focused on the creation of images for the web. I paid for this one myself, since the other class pretty much spent my budget for the year. But I'm learning a LOT!

1 comment:

Historiadora said...

I forgot which Lt. American poet/writer used this on his toomstone,my deceased husband Peter and I chose to use it also but in the plural and I pass it on to you as a compliment and for your use if you wish: Aun apredio! ( I am still learning!) (Aun aprendemos! - We are still learning!) Nan Black