A Short Tutorial on Photoshop
Digital photo editing and enhancement software can do wonders with our photos and we all have an exposure with them one way or the other. One of the most popular and powerful software in the digital photo editing and enhancement is Adobe Photoshop. Depending upon your proficiency level and requirement, there is no limit to what you cannot do to your photos with Abode Photoshop.
Please keep in mind that Photoshop is an advanced photo editing tool with professional quality features. Covering every detail in an article is next to impossible. Here are a few tips for starter level tutoring on how to go about using Photoshop features for basic photo editing.
What all you can do with Photoshop as a Starter
• Understanding what all you can do with Photoshop is the basic foundation to build any further. Photoshop in its starter level exposure allows you to edit with smart filters and layers, add layers, touch selections around fur or hair, adjust color, isolate objects using selection tools, re-size images, change resolution and much more. It also creates dynamic graphics for web and print. It is extremely useful for transforming graphics and photos to perfect format of your choice.
• One of its prominent features is Design Space which is a perfect platform for a UI designer. It provides designers a suitable and efficient work-space for digital designing related jobs.
Some of the Basic and very useful tools available for any level of use are:
• Photoshop’s Toolbox. It is the main feature for playing and editing with a photo. The toolbox in Photoshop has 4 unique categories so that finding the tool you need is never a hassle. Those categories are:
1. Selection, Slice and Crop Tools
2. Retouch and Paint Tools
3. Drawing and Type Tools aka Vector Tools
4. Measurement and Annotations Tools
Apart from these 4 sections Foreground and Background colors are two more important features. A little explanation of some more interesting features will give you a better insight into what all you can do with Photoshop remaining within the TOOL BOX.
• Marquee Tools for selecting objects such as squares, rectangles, and ellipses.
• Move Tool used to move objects, selections, and layers.
• Lasso Tools used to make irregular selections, magnetic lasso tool which follows edges of objects and polygonal lasso tool for polygon selections.
• Magic Wand Tool selects an area of similar colors e.g the white in the cloud logo.
• Crop Tool lets users to redefine active image area but do not resize the ENTIRE image. It’s like cutting a smaller picture out of a larger photo with a scissor.
• Healing tools in Photoshop are used to FIX imperfections in images, or correct blemishes and red-eye.
• Clone Stamp Tool allows a user to select a source starting point on an image, and paint elsewhere with that starting point as a reference point thus cloning the source.
• The Eraser Tool can be used to erase parts of an image, selection, or layer.
• Sharpen Tool sharpens edges in an image. Blur Tool blurs edges. Smudge Tool smudges any image.
• Dodge Tool lightens an image whereas the Burn Tool darkens. Sponge Tool saturates or de-saturates an image.
• Brush and Pencil tools paint strokes in graphics. These tools are highly customizable for effective painting.
• Fill Tools fill entire selections, layers, and areas with any solid color, or gradient.
• Type Tools allow creating and setting type in any image, vertical and horizontal types can be created
• Pen Tools create clear paths and shapes used as vector objects that can be scaled to desired size.
• Custom Shapes are vector objects that you can create on the fly selecting from a list of presets which include user created shapes.
To Select a Tool from the toolbox, simply click it once. If the tool displayed shows a black arrow at the bottom right corner, it means more tools of the type underneath it. To select one of the hidden tools, hold your mouse button keeping over it, release once you’re on the tool of your choice.
How to use Palettes in Photoshop?
Palettes are used to monitor and modify your documents. Understanding how to organize, use, and adjust palettes is essential to learn how to use Photoshop. Palettes include everything from option bar, toolbox, layers and colors windows.
• Arranging palettes
• Resizing, showing and hiding palettes
• Closing, Opening, and Resetting palettes
• Using options inside palettes
You can arrange palettes as per your personal taste to increase your efficiency by moving your most frequently used palettes to the most accessible point.
Drag and drop a palette tab into another group to move it to a separate palette group, or into a palette group of its own.
To move a palette group, just drag the palette with your mouse, and drop it into your desired place.
Dock Palettes with each other by joining their upper and lower edges.
Resizing, Showing, and Hiding Palettes
If you are working on palette with a large number of layers, styles, or colors, you can resize the palette by dragging the bottom right corner to a size of choice.
For hiding or minimizing a palette to save space, double click that palettes tab. You can re-expand a minimized tablet by double clicking it again.
Inside palettes, there are various settings for styles, color choices, opacity, and certain other values. That’s how you can operate some of them.
Click the arrow attached to the menu. A list of available inputs will drop down. You can click any of the values to select them.
Sliders function by grabbing or holding down your mouse button on the required one, and dragging it to your desired value.
Swatches & Styles
To select your desired color swatch, or layer style, simply move your mouse over it and click once.
How to become an expert in this field
It is just an introductory tutorial to let you understand some of the basic functions of Photoshop. The software is an amazing collection of most advanced features till to date.
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Experimenting and probing with professional guidance can make you as proficient as you want. The bottom line is that the range of possibilities with Photoshop is limitless. HAPPY PHOTOSHOPPING