I know many are raging at the heavily photoshopped images in the media nowadays, but this marvelous editing software can be a great resource in many circumstances, and there are numerous reasons to learn how to use Photoshop. You can use it for anything from managing and editing your family albums to creating the most beautiful artwork, as well as any other task in between. And there will still be plenty more good reasons to learn how to use Photoshop left once you’re done with all of that.
1. Pump up Your Resume
One of the best and most obvious reasons to learn how to use Photoshop is that it can be an invaluable skill to find a new, better paid job. Companies use marketing techniques that rely heavily on well-portrayed images, and if you can master Photoshop, they will want you by their side to help them catch the eye of as many clients as possible.
2. Save Time and Money
Regardless of the line of work you’re in, knowing even just a few basic Photoshop skills can help you save a ton of money and free up your time. You can create your own flyers, posters and business cards, or correct photography mistakes without having to pay – usually quite a lot – for outside help.
3. Express Your Creativity
Photoshop is not just for photographers; it’s also a great tool for artists. There are a wide array of brushes and color tools that will allow you to create the most impressive artwork; and with layered designs, transparency, size and perspective alteration, and all the other tools available in the Photoshop universe, there's basically no limit to what you can create.
4. Restore Old Photos
Have you ever wondered what those old vintage photographs of your grandparents looked like back when they were freshly made? Maybe one of them is in really bad shape, and you want to restore it before the damage becomes irreparable. With Photoshop, you can do all that in just a few minutes and enjoy timeless memories for a long time to come.
5. Coloring Effects and Black & White Images
One of the coolest reasons to learn how to use Photoshop is that it lets you alter the coloring of pictures basically in any way you want. You can easily enhance dull colors in an old image, change the color of a bad looking t-shirt, add a vintage look to newer photos, get rid of stains and skin discoloration, and even color black and white photos.
6. Fun Captions and Alterations
It you want your social media images to look more interesting, there are many fun ways of integrating text with images through captions, chat bubbles or anything else you may think of. As for photo alterations, there are so many opportunities to have a laugh with – or make fun of – your friends, that you'll need a lifetime to put them all into practice. Fast tip: try face swapping. It's an old trick, I know, but it's easy to learn and it will "never not be funny"!
7. Start Your Own Business
Finally, among the best reasons to learn how to use Photoshop is that you can use your skills to become a freelancer, or even start your own business. From creating beautiful artwork to altering photographs or putting together web design templates, Photoshop skills can cover just about everything you can think of – and can also bring you money!
There are no real limits to what you can use Photoshop for, as long as you add a little creativity and a lot of determination to the mix. Can you think of any other good reasons for learning how to use Photoshop? I’d love to hear them.