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Kick Start Your Online Freelance Career With Some Basic Tools

Posted on August 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

Freelancing jobs are commonly found online. The jobs which are most in demand now are web design and development, graphic design, social media management and marketing, content production and marketing and project management.

Having skills and knowledge in one or more of these fields gives anyone, thinking of working as a freelancer an edge already. But having that knowledge is not enough. Every freelancer should have relevant tools readily available to him so he can start with an online job once he’s given the opportunity. He should not wait to be hired for the job before getting his tools ready.

The tools a freelancer should have would depend on the kind of jobs he can do. Below are some of the basic tools which should be prepared firsthand:

Email Account. This free resource is the primary means of online communication right now. If you still haven’t signed up for one then do so ASAP. Your email address will also be used for registration to other online platforms which you may need to accomplish your freelance job.

Messenger Accounts. Skype is the most popular messenger among freelancers but there are other choices such as GTalk, Hangout, Yahoo Messenger and even Facebook Chat. Messengers are essential for many employers who hire freelancers online because it’s a way for employers to personally talk and see their virtual employees either on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Team meetings may also be held using these messengers without the need for paying for expensive teleconferencing software. If webinars are necessary, online meeting software can also be easily found on the internet now.

Cloud Storage Service. Cloud storage is a tool which allows you to keep your files online. Google Drive, formerly Google Docs is a popular choice so is Dropbox, SugarSync and Box.Net. There are also storage platforms for specific purposes like Slideshare, Slide.Com, PhotoBucket and Flickr. It’s usually free to sign up for these resources or they ask for a minimal fee for larger storage capacity. Using cloud storage services is now seen as a need when doing your job online. These are secure storage tools which can be accessed anytime and anywhere because they are available via the internet. Sharing of files and folders are also often allowed in these tools allowing you to give access to your clients to the documents or other files they need.

Office Applications. Now the tools of your choice will vary based on the jobs you will perform. If you will do secretarial, administrative, accounting or writing jobs, you should have and know how to use applications like MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages or Numbers. For bookkeeping and other accounting jobs, there are online tools as well like Quickbooks, Freshbooks and Wave Accounting. The best friends of graphic and web designers on the other hand are Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and the like. Special tools are used by transcriptionists and video and audio creators and editors.

Personal Organization Tools. Your email and/or your cloud storage tool may also provide you with tools to organize your to-do lists. There are other cloud resources as well like Evernote, TeuxDeaux, Get It Done, TuDu List, Bla Bla List Stay Useful-Do, and Remember The Milk. I personally like Google Tasks because it’s integrated in my email already making viewing easier.

Project Management Tools. These tools will come in handy when you have landed a project or job already. Often employers have their preferred project management tools and they will just provide access to new hires. This is a big organization tool where several employees and the employer himself can collaborate to bring their tasks together and accomplish the project goals. Basecamp, Teamwork, Flow, HiTask, and Orchestra are only some of the popular resources for project management.

Learning Photoshop is Challenging and Fun

Posted on August 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Learning Photoshop is a challenging process that can be a lot of fun. But, let’s face it – Adobe Photoshop is a complex application that can be frustrating. More than a few budding graphic design artists have questioned their sanity while trying to master the intricacies of this program.

Like many advanced software applications, Photoshop is designed to be fully functional and useful for all levels of graphic design work. Beginners can learn to do simple photo edits rather quickly, while the pros will work with multiple layers and create stunning effects that are unrivaled. The tools and processes available are what makes learning Photoshop a little tricky. You have to learn in a step-by-step fashion. It’s difficult to just jump in and do much without mastering the basics first. I know, because I’ve been there and at one time almost gave up on learning it.

Time spent learning Photoshop can pay off handsomely, though. Aside from using the program for fun and personal productivity, there are many opportunities to make good money here. Since graphic design and editing isn’t the easiest thing to learn, there is great demand for people who are skilled and able to work with complex projects. Accomplished graphic design professionals are always in great demand, and there is more than enough work to go around.

One skill in great demand is web design. You can use Photoshop to create unique, stunning headers and site designs and businesses will pay you very well to do this. Web design isn’t a skill that any “do it yourself” type can pick up easily. You can’t go down to your local bookstore and purchase a book on web design and expect to whip up a professional quality site overnight. Not to mention the time required for learning Photoshop or another graphics editing program to create the actual design elements.

Adobe Photoshop tutorials were hard to come by before we had the Internet. At one time, you pretty much had to attend formal training classes held at local technical schools or universities. There has always been an abundant supply of books and manuals that focus on teaching Photoshop skills, but like many tutorials designed to teach professional level applications, they fell short of being practical for most students.

Now, you can find a nice selection of training courses for learning Photoshop online that begin with the very basics and work up to advanced topics in a step by step fashion, the way it should be. The best tutorials are video based, giving you the opportunity to literally practice the required skills as you watch the video. Supplementary training material can be printed from PDF files. This gives you the opportunity to master Photoshop using tools and presentations far superior to their predecessors, at a fraction of the cost.

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Options of Learning Photoshop Online

Posted on July 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

When you look for options of learning Photoshop online, you will be bombarded with so many online tutorials and video based courses that it is bound to leave you confused. First go through the guidelines given below for they will be able to help you with your online Photoshop learning.

When you are looking for a basics course in tutorials, you should first go through the course module as given in the program list. If it begins with basics and gives you an understanding of the concept and the structure of the software with an introduction, then it would be for beginners like you. But if it begins with some exercises teaching you how to make borders or shading etc. drop the tutorials for it is not for beginners like you.

After the basic introduction, the next lesson should be about learning to work with the software. Essentially in this module you should be introduced to all the features and tools of the software with explanation on each one’s utility and applicability. End of the tour, you should be clear on the capability of this Software.

Your next lessons should take you through the various filters and basic tasks that you can accomplish using Photoshop like layering, shading, removal of backgrounds, clone patterns, cleaning up images etc.

Through out the basic module you will continue to learn and strengthen your fundamentals as you learn to explore all of the software’s capabilities, tools and feature. This basic foundation will come helpful when you begin to work on advanced techniques.

You should take up higher advance level or modules only when you are very comfortable and have understood the basics of the Photoshop without a doubt and have mastered it with practice.

Now you can download the tutorials that are available on the internet and use them for furthering your knowledge. You will get two types of tutorials. One that deals with case studies, examples and practical steps and the other type deals more with theoretical aspects of the various features and capabilities. You will find it best to go through both the types and enhance your knowledge.

Learning Photoshop requires dedication and patience. You have got to first understand each of the tools and the features as well as capability of the software. This learning has to be backed with practical experience of trying out things on your own. Only when you have a complete hang of the software and its tools as well as applications are you ready to start taking assignments to work on.

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