Saturday, March 15, 2008

You Suck at Photoshop

So Donnie teaches Photoshop techniques in a YouTube series called You Suck at Photoshop. This series is really cool if you are familiar with Photoshop, and strange and depressing if you're not. Donnie is the abusive teacher you don't wish on anyone. The episodes all have a background story, usually involving cynical Donnie and his failing marriage, or life.

In episode 4 he puts up his wedding band for sale, while teaching you how to use paths masks.

My favorite part is episode 5 where he is trying to cut out a complex hammock from a white background. Donnie explains how you, little buddy, can take your juice box and Fruit Roll-Up and use the magic wand tool... he'll see you in 6 hours... or you can Photoshop like a real person and use the "select color range" option. So sardonic. So right.

My least favorite part are the constant Skype interruptions, where his buddy tries to get him to stop Photoshopping and start playing World of Warcraft. Also, the strange panting at the end which paints all sorts of weird images in the imagination. We get it, Donnie's a loser nerd. An often super annoying nerd.

Overall, a solid B. The Photoshop techniques are great. The stories are fun, short, interesting, but could use more judicious editing. Like this post.

If I were smart, I would have ended this post right there. But I can't. Basically, there is no way the following is interesting to anyone, and I suggest even the strong pace themselves. But I just can't stop the compulsion... must post all episodes... for completeness!!! Enjoy.

All the Episodes So Far:
YSAP 1 covers distort, warp, layer effects;
YSAP 2 is about covering your mistakes with the lasso, marquee, Gaussian blur, multiply, opacity tools;
YSAP 3 covers the clone stamp and manual cloning;
YSAP 4 is about paths and masks;
YSAP 5 deals with selecting color range;
YSAP 6 shows how to use the liquefy filter;
YSAP 7 is about the patch tool and levels;
YSAP 8 covers 3d layers.

From Andrew T.


Justin Crisostomo said...

u know that the narrator is actually dane cook?

W. E. B. Du Blag said...


... Ooooooooooo.