When I turned photography into a profession, I understood that Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are a must.
While Lightroom had quite an intuitive panel and it was pretty easy to get started with it, Photoshop became a stumbling block. After continuous program downloading, installing and removing, I finally decided to start with the tutorials. It appeared much easier than I had expected before. If you are a beginning photographer, designer, developer or graphic artist, and this sounds like you, the following useful tools and tutorials will be a great help for you to get started with Adobe Photoshop.
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Before starting with advanced Photoshop tools, we recommend that you spend some time to get to know more about instrument panel. It is not that hard because toolbox is split up into four specific categories:
Further comes general information about some of them:
Layers are the most critical components of Photoshop. They may be a tricky thing, but if you understand their work principles, they will ease the overall process of photoshopping by unlocking software diversity. Remember to always name your layers, primarily if you are working on a project including a number of them, another way you will mix them up and waste time to figure out layers order.
For detailed information on adding, deleting, selecting and duplicating layers in Photoshop, check out the video tutorial.
If you want to add some design accent to your content and accelerate the workflow, custom brush tips are right for you. Thanks to extended brush settings, you will be able to change the size, transparency, and shape of the brush stroke. Brushes can be found on the toolbar on the left hand. To open brush options and settings, all you have to do is just click on the appropriate icon.
The settings will let you change the brush flow, opacity, etc. along with its size. Do not be afraid of experimenting with settings, so it will bring various style and look to your project. It is also recommended adding a new layer while working with brushes, so you will not paint over any of the other elements of your graphic.
If you are a beginner, you may not know that some repetitive no-brainer tasks like final image resizing and presets applying can get automated with the help of built-in Photoshop action. This is a recording of the editing process. Playing actions to saving, loading, editing, deleting, etc. are done in actions palette. On the very bottom of it, you will see the iconic bar. The icons are very similar to recording device controls and represent the same functions.
To find detailed instructions on how to record and save the actions, check out the tutorial.
The above-mentioned tools and tutorials do not guarantee that you will become top ‘shopper right away, but we do hope that they will become a powerful kick on your way to Photoshop mastery. To become a first-rate expert in photoshopping be ready to spend some time for learning and practicing and of course stay patient.
Wish you all the best of luck!
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