The Essentials of Photoshop
• Image adjustments/Exposure
• Color balance
• Alter colors
• Image blend (combining images together)
• Image Size/Weight
• Lasso tool
• Magic wand
• Options for shape tools
• Adjustment layer and layer styles
• Spot healing brush
• And much more!
In addition to images, Photoshop is a useful tool in the creation of flyers, posters, web and app design, videos, as well as animations. With so many options, tools, functions, and capabilities, it can be overwhelming for those new to the program. However, there are a few basic tools and essential skills all Photoshop users should know in order to utilize the offerings of the application.
The first step to understanding the workings of Photoshop is to familiarize yourself with the dashboard display. On the right side of the screen, the layers tab, elements, and all other components of the project will be displayed. The left side of the program houses the specific tools.
Navigating And Creating New Layers
Photoshop gives you is the ability to create layers for your images. This allows you to easily hide, eliminate, or re-add edits to your projects. These layers serve as your canvas. Features within the layers tab allow you to control which layers do and do not appear. For example, by clicking on the eye, it ensures that layer will always be visible or by unlocking eliminates visibility without having to delete the layer. Layers can also be locked so that they will never be changed or accidentally deleted as you practice or add to your image. In terms of ordering the layers, the background layer(s) will be farther down on the display panel and the layers with content will be higher up. Note, so long as the layers are not locked, the layers can be dragged and dropped to rearrange the order.
Importing and Editing Images
Since Photoshop is an application designed specifically to edit photos, knowing how to import them in order to edit is a critical step. There are two ways to open an image
The left side of the display screen features the tools menu. Unless you are using Photoshop and/or other Adobe Suite programs on a daily basis, I imagine it is impossible to learn everything the program can do. However, even within my limited working knowledge, there are a few basic tools that should be utilized. Popular tools include the shape and text tools, the clone stamp tool, the pen tool, the quick selection tool, and the lasso tool.
Adding Text and Shapes
There are many resources that offer tutorials and ideas to ensure you know how to use and manipulate these tools to create dynamic images.
Clone Stamp Tool
The clone source panel, accessible through Window, gives you easy access to the available options for the tool. The panel allows you to set-up up to five samples/templates to clone objects to. This is the tool that allows you to retouch and remove objects from an image as well as being able to select and change colors. To show the power and significance of this tool, Adobe describes the functions of the tool below:
“The Clone Stamp tool paints one part of an image over another part of the same image or over another part of any open document that has the same color mode. You can also paint part of one layer over another layer. The Clone Stamp tool is useful for duplicating objects or removing a defect in an image.”
Even though you are editing images within Photoshop, the pen tool allows you to draw and edit vector paths and curves.
Quick Selection Tool
Selections allow you to isolate portions of an image in order to restrict editing within the boundaries. Though it can be used many ways, the following leads you to learn the basics of the quick selection tools.
The lasso tool allows you to trace, outline,
Exporting And Saving Projects For The Web
At this stage of design, you know that images need to not only be the right
As you begin to develop your skills and working knowledge of the Photoshop features, there are keyboard shortcuts you can learn to make the creation process faster. It is important to note that some of the shortcuts may differ between Mac and PC. Regardless of your project, these tools will assist with basic functions that can be built upon to truly master Photoshop.
For those wanting to learn more, the Photoshop User Guide is an incredibly easy, user-friendly source to help guide you.