Tip: Start off with the presets
This might seem a little too obvious, however I think it is worth raising as there are some people who don’t believe in using presets.
I come across it all the time in forums, youtube videos, you name it. It seems that some see using presets as a weakness or a sign that you don’t know how to use the software correctly.
To think this is not the right way of thinking. I would always recommend applying a preset to your compressor, eq, amp, or whatever it is that you are using. Particularly if you are new to the plugin and testing it out.
After that you can tweak to your taste which will help you to learn as you create more music over time.
If you are new to producing music then it is a no brainer, open up the presets and start producing.
Open up a new prodject and complete an entire track using only presets in all plugins. Then see how it sounds.
If you are new to recording I bet you will be surprised how good it sounds.