Do you remember what it was like when you first started learning how to use Photoshop? Aaron Nace of PHLEARN has shared a beautiful video that shows what it looks like when a pro teaches a newbie to use the program. What makes it extra fun is that Aaron’s student is his mom, and she uses Photoshop to edit one of Aaron’s childhood photos. It’s not just fun and heartwarming to watch, but it could remind you of your beginnings either as a learner or a teacher of Photoshop.
In the video, Aaron teaches his mom how to perform some of the minor edits. She crops a scanned photo of 4-year-old Aaron playing with a turtle at a museum. She also removes red eyes, clones out the stamps from Aaron’s hands, and even recreates film grain to make the edit more realistic.
I personally found this video super-fun to watch. I generally enjoy Aaron’s tutorials, and I think he is great at teaching. But I think this video goes beyond his usual tutorials. It can be useful for both learners and teachers.
This video shows a learner’s perspective, reminding us how difficult and confusing it is to encounter something you’re completely unfamiliar with. Aaron’s mom advises all of you who are new to Photoshop to do things one step at a time. She adds that you’ll often look at an image, see so many things that you want to fix, and it will feel overwhelming. But if you cut it down into small pieces, it will seem much more manageable.
In case you teach Photoshop, this video is a useful reminder of just how demanding it is to teach a total newbie something you are an expert at. Because being good at something is one thing, and passing that knowledge on to someone else is another. It can be frustrating for teachers, too.
So, no matter if you’re a Photoshop master or a learner who’s just starting out, you’ll need lots of patience, devotion to the task, and mutual understanding. And I think Aaron’s video is a useful, yet fun reminder of that.