Lots of people ask me how I learned to work on my own web site. My answer: I (like most everyone) have to learn by doing. And, yes, it was frustrating at first (for several weeks). But each frustration was overcome and the bits of knowledge began to coalesce into skills and gratification.
To get started, a friend or mentor may be best for some people to learn the basics. I prefer to just jump into the frying pan and started by learning how to use Dreamweaver using Lynda.com as my virtual tutor. All of the lynda.com lessons are video tutorials divided into manageable bits most two to five minutes in length. Lynda.com let me learn at my own pace at any time of day or night which was very practical in my chaotic schedule. The online instructions could be repeated over and over with no frustration on the instructor's part or I could jump ahead to a new topic or search for solutions to a particular issue.
It has worked so well for me that I have also learned PhotoShop, Illustrator, even Flickr and Twitter with Lynda.com.
I like it and continue to use it personally. For full disclosure, I signed up to be an affiliate with Lynda.com. But I would recommend this regardless because it is the best method I know of to show you how to increase your software skills. If you are like me, reading instructions from a book to learn how to use software is really difficult (for me almost impossible).
Lynda.com is now offering a free 24-hour trial membership. I recommend you take advantage of this offer. Each one of the images below will take you to Lynda.com. Give it a try for free and test it for yourself.
Added Benefits Learning these software skills adds benefits beyond just your web site. My newly learned Illustrator skills enabled me to learn how to format documents for a laser cutter when I was experimenting at the TECH Shop. I also jumped over to the Corel Draw tutorials because this software was used to run the laser cutter. On the right, you can see several pins made on the laser cutter from recycled game boards for the Pin Swap at the SNAG Conference.
Photoshop or Photoshop Elements is essential for editing your photos. The online photo editing applications may be good enough for your family photos, but they don't offer enough tools for professional quality images of your art or craft. You need the flexibility and tools that Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) offer to fix your photos.
Get the skills you need as a professional artist with Lynda.com on your home computer. No commute. No driving, no parking, no appointment necessary.