5 Reasons Why Educators Should Learn Photoshop
1. Photoshop is simply powerful and flexible.
Adobe’s Photoshop is arguably the most powerful software used for photo editing, image creation, and graphic design.
There is no other program that is as robust and has the range of tools and design flexibility for creating and editing visual content. You can also add text content to your images.
When I have tried using other visual or image creation software, I have been frustrated by the limited range of tools and the lack of flexibility in the design, and I find myself quickly abandoning their software.
While some of the software on the web may be useful for small or specific tasks or for younger learners, once you know Photoshop, you will unlikely use anything else.
2. It's a universally acknowledged skill worth learning.
Photoshop is part of Adobe’s line-up of creative suite products and is the industry standard for most creative industries. It is a valuable and universally acknowledged skill worth learning and teaching.
Enhance your classes today in a myriad of ways through Photoshop, but teach skills that students can use for tomorrow…whether they use these skills to create a poster for a school project, an invite for a birthday party, or a flyer for a summer job that they are employed at.
It’s a practical tangible skill to have. It may even help your students get them the job!
3. Save money and create professional looking classroom
Instead of hiring someone to design a project poster or an event flyer for your class or school, create it yourself or have your students do it. And personalize it to your heart’s content until it’s just right.
4. It's more than just a software. It’s a creative outlet.
Photoshop is more than just a software program. It provides a way in which you and your students can express themselves creatively.
You've got the digital power and the creative outlet.
Create any idea or image imagined.
Turn a normal looking photo into a brilliant masterpiece.
Design a t-shirt logo, book cover, class flyer, project poster...
As they say, the possibilities are endless and only limited by your imagination.
5. Besides being practical, using Photoshop is also fun.
Think back to your childhood. Do you remember creating an object from Lego or Play-Doh? Or creating a drawing? Or doodling or colouring? Wasn’t it fun?
Well, you can pretty much do similar fun activities in Photoshop. You can color, draw, or create objects or images but with digital art power!
Whether a young learner or an adult, Photoshop is fun and can also be therapeutic for your soul.
Robin Blotie, a blogger, titles one of her posts,"Photoshop Therapy".
In the photo on the right, Robin shows how she made a woman fly through the power of Photoshop. Isn't that fun?
Photo credit: Robin Blotie