Wednesday, May 20, 2009

You can't teach an old dog (that would be ME) new tricks

I signed up a few weeks ago to take an online course -- Introduction to Photoshop CS4. I bought the Photoshop software several months ago, but shockingly, what I discovered (much to my extreme dismay) was that simply *possessing* the software doesn't magically impart the knowledge of how to *utilize* the software into your brain. Neither does installing the software, or playing with the software. Hmmmm. Who knew?

So a friend (Hi, Katie!) suggested an online course from a company (company?) she had used previously, and I signed up, thinking it would be a snap. I had already used previous versions of Photoshop, and was actually pretty comfortable with them --- I just needed someone to tell me how the new and improved bells and whistles work. I mean, I don't mean to be smug about it, but with the exception of the new features, I could probably TEACH the class, right? How hard could it be?


Could I have been more wrong???

Week One, people, and I've already had to ask for message board help twice --- IN WEEK ONE!!!

The other students are all "Hi, good to be back!" and "Hey, thanks for the quick refresher!" and "The homework this week was so fun and easy!!!" OK, you have to imagine the tone of voice and snippy little hand gestures I am seriously using to make fun of these people who I am clearly jealous of ..... Because, um, hello!? They all seem to know what the heck they are doing already, and I suspect a few of them are totally sucking up to the teacher {not really, but I'm being a poor sport about this} and I couldn't be more pathetic if I tattoo'd the word "NEWBIE" across my forehead.

As part of my homework, I was supposed to post a screenshot image, which I had no idea how to do. I was supposed to have this cool title bar above my images, which were not there. And tonight, while desperately trying to get my homework uploaded to share before the deadline, I realized that ............. I do not know how to upload my images so that more than one image at a time shows on a subdirectory on my website. So instead of sending one link, showing my five assignments ...... I had to send five separate links, thereby clearly labeling me The Biggest Doofus To Ever Take This Class In The History Of Doofus --es.

And not only is it the teacher who will immediately recognize my doofus-ness, but all students in the class have access to each other's homework images --- which basically means everyone in the class knows already --- remember, it's WEEK FREAKING ONE --- that I am clearly the class idiot.

Do they actually *make* virtual dunce hats??? Because I have a freakishly big head and will need one in XXL.


Dianna in Louisiana said...

Well Kristie, to your credit, you lost me at the second paragraph. I think it's really great that you are taking another photography type class. I can't wait to see what you learn!

Heidi said...

Don't worry, I've been playing with Photoshop for about a decade, and I still have no idea what the heck I'm doing!

Musings from Me said...

I took graduate classes last year in graphic design. Worked with Photoshop and InDesign. The learning curve was steep for both. My classmates were all younger than me. The class seeemed effortless for some of them. I would labor over every key stroke and still not have a project that I was happy with.

Angie said...

Kudos to you for signing up for the class anyway! Maybe you could buy the cliffnotes (Photoshop for Dummies??) and it might make it easier? I myself, know nothing about photography, photoshop, etc. (Other than the simple, point, zoom, press the button to take the picture!) So you are leaps and bounds ahead of me! (You're not worst, You're not the worst!) :) Good luck!

Bree said...

Kristie I don't know what you're looking to learn about in PS but there are tons of tutorials on the web that will take you step by step through different enhancements. Just search for them. There are groups that are solely focused on helping people learn PS :o)

M said...

Do they know your real name...perhaps you should have signed up as Dorothy or something! I like the virtual dunce hat thing...let us know if they make you keep your nose inside a circle in your monitor if your work is late or unfinished :)

Happy Thursday!

Amy said...

Maybe you virtual dunce cap could say "Newbie" on it, saving you the pain and expense of actually having the word tattooed on your forehead.

Katie said...

Hi Kristie!

For whatever it's worth, last course I took there I spent WAY more time trying to figure out how to post my work than I did doing the actual work.

I think I ended up with a blog at and that worked out nicely.