Photo editing software can be taught in the same way that a child can learn to read or write.
Software like Photoshop and similar programs are already in use by a significant number of professionals.
But a new study published by the University of Rochester Medical Center shows that those professionals are actually less effective when using the software than those who use other software.
It’s an important finding, because the study’s findings are potentially important for how doctors and other medical professionals treat patients.
“The reason that the software that you’re using has a lot of different effects is that you can learn the effects in different ways,” said Andrew C. Tung, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and head of the Department of Surgery at the UR School of Medicine.
“You can learn a little bit about how to be better with it and not have it affect your care.”
The researchers, led by Dr. Tund, used data from more than 5,000 patients from the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Advanced Care Research and Development to analyze their use of software and other tools.
They then created a training program that allowed the patients to learn and use the software.
The patients in the training program also used other software, including the free Adobe Photoshop CC.
But the patients who were using Photoshop and other free Photoshop tools only improved their performance compared to those who were doing their training on other software such as Microsoft Word.
“The training program made it very clear that you should not use software to learn about how Photoshop works,” Dr. Thomas G. Dolan, MD and his colleagues wrote.
The training included a short video of a doctor explaining how to use Photoshop and how to apply the software, as well as a presentation by a video game developer.
“Our findings suggest that there is no single software that is effective for all kinds of problems,” Dr Tung said.
There are two main types of software: those that work in conjunction with other software and those that don’t.
“A lot of people have a great deal of confidence that if they have a particular problem, that the other software is going to solve it,” Dr Dolan said.
“That’s a very good thing.
But in this study, we saw that if you had to train in Photoshop, you didn’t get better.
You got worse.”
The researchers did not study how much better people were able to learn when using other free software.
But they found that those who used Photoshop improved their work significantly more than those that used other free tools.
For example, those who had been using the free Photoshop CC for about a month improved their accuracy at a rate of about 17 percent, compared to about 7 percent for those who weren’t using Photoshop.
The study also found that patients who used free software improved their ability to learn to use the tool significantly more compared to patients who didn’t use free software at all.
“What you have is a patient that’s learning the software for the first time, but they’re learning the first piece of software because they’re doing it in their home,” Dr G. Daniel Schmitt, MD a physician and professor at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health, said.
“That’s not how it works.”
Dr. Schmitt said the results could have important implications for people who work with people with disabilities.
“People with disabilities, who are often very visually impaired, may be at risk for learning things from their own mistakes and from those that are created by others,” Dr Schmitt added.
“If they can’t learn from those mistakes and they can learn from others, then they can make better decisions in general.”
For more on training, see our previous story on how to improve your doctor’s productivity with free software and Adobe Photoshop.