Visitor I know, I know. You were just getting the hang of Illustrator and now Cap is switching gears and throwing Photoshop at you. Don't worry, a lot of what you learned in Illustrator is going to transfer over to Photoshop. You'll be fine.
Domain 3.0 Understanding Adobe Photoshop: 3.1 Identify elements of the Photoshop user interface and demonstrate knowledge of their functions.
The focus in this unit is to learn how to use Photoshop like a designer. I know most of you want to just jump into Photoshop and start it using, but understanding how to "think" Photoshop is very important. There are hundreds, even thousands, of Photoshop tutorials on the Internet that will show you how to make a particular project in Photoshop. However, they don't teach you how to "think" Photoshop so that you develop a solid understanding of how Photoshop works so that you can create your own projects.
David Gareth of TastyTuts will be leading you through the initial Introduction to Photoshop.
You'll notice several of the tools are going to look very familiar to Illustrator, but there is also going to be a whole lot of differences.
PANELS AND WORKSPACES
Understand how to customize the panel layout to create a more comfortable workspace.
RASTER IMAGE PRINCIPLES
Understand the basic principles of how images are represented and exist in Photoshop.
COMMON FILE TYPES
Understand the common files types you will need to be aware of as you begin to use Photoshop.
If you feel that you understand the Photoshop interface and the various file types you'll be working with, COMPLETE the mission.
It may not seem like much, but understanding the interface of Photoshop will make your life easier as we move forward.