Photoshop is an intimidating program—but with just one hour, you can learn all of the basics. Grab a photo you want to edit, and let’s get started! 82 options for the beginner and beyond pdf 13 13 2. 8 8 12l0 24c0 2.
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5 2 0 0 0. 9 0 0 0 0. Photoshop is the best program you can get for processing your photos, but it can be daunting when you first use it: it’s designed for professionals, after all. This guide is available to download as a free PDF.
Feel free to copy and share this with your friends and family. In this guide, we take a look at some Photoshop features you can dive straight into, even if you have little or no previous photo editing experience. You can get the basics sorted very quickly. You’ll be able to tidy up your shots, fix the colors, make them more punchy, and prepare them for printing or sharing inside just an hour. Start the clock, and let’s get going.
Like every other piece of software, you’ll find assorted options, from saving to editing to customizing the layout. Located down the left edge of the screen, this contains all Photoshop’s key tools. Where the icon has a small triangle in the bottom right corner you can access extra related tools by holding the mouse down on that icon. Many tools are related to graphic design, so you might never actually use them. We’ll explain the relevant photo-oriented ones as we encounter them. When you select a tool the Options bar will change to show options related to that tool.
This is where you can choose brush size and other more specific things. To the right of the screen you’ll find a column of panels, sometimes also called palettes. This includes the Adjustments and Layers panels, both of which you’ll use heavily as you start processing your images. When you select an option from the Adjustments panel it will open another new panel. This is effectively a dialog box containing various options and sliders for adjusting your image.
Click the double arrow icon in the top right to close it. Photoshop has several methods to support non-destructive editing of photos, and we’ll be using those here. In the simplest terms, non-destructive editing means you never directly edit the original image, so none of your changes are permanent. We’ll edit non-destructively using layers.
This includes adjustment layers, where color and tonal tweaks are placed on their own individual layer that sits above the original image. Clicking an option in the Adjustments panel automatically creates a new adjustment layer. Sometimes we will need to directly edit the image, so we’ll create a duplicate copy to sit on its own layer. The background layer will always contain an untouched copy of the original image.
Non-destructive editing is slightly more complex than directly editing an image, but it’s worth getting used to right from the start. Directly editing the original image is bad practice. You can open an image in Photoshop in the same way you open any other file in any other program. You can open more than one photo at a time. Each one will appear in its own tab inside the Photoshop interface.
If you’re working with a lot of images, you’ll be better off using a dedicated app to keep them managed and organized. Adobe Bridge is as good an option as any. It comes free with a basic, non-paid Adobe account, and it works with both Photoshop and Photoshop Express. The first thing you’ll want to do to almost any image is to crop and straighten it. This helps you tighten the composition and ensure your horizon is level.
This enables you to crop non-destructively. Drag the handles at the top, bottom, corners, and sides of the image inwards until you find the crop you’re looking for. Alternatively, if you want to crop to a specific size or ratio enter this in the Options bar. Now draw a horizontal line along the horizon. When you release the mouse button the image will rotate, and the corners will be cropped. Most cameras will automatically detect whether you shot a photo in portrait or landscape mode.