The web abounds with free tutorials on applications that I use, but I don’t often have time to spend on complex lessons, which is exactly why I’m finding some of the tutorials at Expert Village useful. The site houses how-to videos that are done in easy-to-digest formats. Expert Village provides how-to content on topics outside the sphere of technology, too, but its tutorials are quite good for commonly used applications. Here are some examples of what you can get out of the site.
It’s free to sign up at Expert Village (though you can view videos without signing up), and the site is search-driven. Do you use Photoshop (s adbe)? It’s one of the more complicated applications around if you really want to get good results. Check out some of the nearly 900 tutorials for Photoshop found here. Via a toolbar, you can sift the tutorials by Most Viewed, Newest and Most Rated. This three-minute video on how to create a slick logo in Photoshop is taught by a professional graphic designer and thoroughly goes through all menu and dialog box choices needed to build a good-looking logo. It gets a thumbs-up from the community rating the videos, but some tutorials get thumbs-down ratings.
Expert Village houses much less content on less popular applications. I couldn’t find any tutorials for a number of open source applications that I use, and I found only a handful of videos on Linux, with none on Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distros.
It’s still worth searching Expert Village, though, if you’re looking for sophisticated content on advanced topics. I found good tutorials on web design, HTML and many other topics. Try the site out if you’re looking for short-format video tutorials on applications you use or want to use.
Where do you turn for tech tutorials?