Photoshop For Beginners 101
Are you new to the world of Photoshop?
Then jump into Photoshop right now with my Photoshop For Beginners 101!
I've created a course that's catered towards those who want to break into the world of Photography and, more importantly, the world of professional retouching. Photoshop might appear like an intimidating programme if you're unfamiliar with creative, software, but this is where I step in.
It's a whole course on how to get into Photoshop, especially if you are a beginner.
Here are some bullet points that will be covered:
Photoshop is an image editing software developed and manufactured by Adobe System Inc. So, in simpler terms, it’s a very popular editing software used by photographer to edit or retouch images.
PLEASE NOTE: This class holds your Work files! Please move over to the download section and download your Two attached Work files.
This is literally the absolute start to Photoshop. This lesson will focus on setting up Photoshop and your layout, including colour themes. This is of course, essential in easing your workflow. By navigating to the “Window” drop-down menu, you will find all the essential menus that you need to set up your layout. Among the most essentials, you’ll find options, tools and workspace panels.
This is where we’ll focus on the workspace and the tool panel. We’ll discuss why we use the panels the way we do in order for you to understand our workspace.
In this section, we’ll focus on why we have the menu and what is available in the menu. The menu bar is located in the top of the screen and this is the space where you adjust aspects like keyboard shortcuts, apply filters, etc. You’ll become more familiar with the menu bar as the course progresses.
We’ll cover opening an existing and creating a new document in both Photoshop CS6 and CC. Creating a new document includes canvas size, resolution, colour mode, etc. To open an existing document you can simply drop it into photoshop, open it from the file menu or the icon at the bottom of your screen
In this section, I explain the most important tools to keep or use in your toolbar. Some of the most important tools I use in my workflow.
Here I discuss the different working techniques that we use. This segment focuses on the importance of working with the layers and how you can access these layers from different areas to create the same effect.
Layers form the backbone of the image you’re constructing. Layers are stacked on top of each other and the blending modes determine how the layers react to each other.
Opening up your normal pixel layer gives you a variety of choices of layer styles. All the effects you choose will be visible under your layer. Here you will find:
Blending modes allow you to set how the different layers react to each other. Stacking the layers on-top of each other will block out the layers underneath. Changing the blending mode will create a different effect with how the top and bottom layers react.
Masks are simple pixel areas that are visible or hidden on certain layers. For example; if you’ve applied a layer with a certain effect and you either want to reduce the effect or only reveal a certain part of the layer, applying a mask makes this possible. There are many techniques using tools to create effects before or after applying a mask. Two simple way to use masks:
Adjustment layers are layers where you can apply different effects to your image. There are several different adjustment layers that adjust various aspects of your image, for example, colour, brightness, colour balance, etc.
A smart object allows you to make changes to your image without overwriting the original image data and giving you the opportunity to make non-destructive changes to the layer.
Before we move over to the next chapter we’ll just cover some of the other panels that form part of our workflow They include panels like History, Colour Ranges, etc.
Quick Selection & Magic wand Tool
Clone Stamp Tool and Healing Brush Tool
Eyedropper tool, Colour Sample Tool and Red Eye Tool
Brush Tool and Pen Tool
Eraser, Blur and Smudge tool
Path Selection and Shape Tool
We include a PDF document with all the keyboard shortcuts in the Pro Product download. Keyboard shortcuts play an important part in creating a conducive workflow. Though you might not need or learn them all, getting to know the shortcut keys for you most essential elements will help you in the long run.
Transform selections on your image. There are a variety of options with different effects.
Colour Range helps to make selections based on the colour tones in an image. This can be used to quickly create selections.
This tool allows you to set anchor points and adjust them directly on your image. it allows you to warp the image to make changes.
Filters are effects that you can apply to a selected layer. External or 3rd part plugins is software that adds more filters to your selection.
It's a digital asset management app developed by Adobe Systems. It's an awesome tool for making pre-adjustment before heading into Photoshop.
A very important aspect of Photoshop is setting up your colour profiles before you actually start using Photoshop for retouching or graphic designing.
Additional to this course we've also added a list of bonus tutorials that would compliment this course as well as a lesson that will focus on the Wacom Pen Tablet and how to set it up.
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