10 Tips for Photoshop Beginners

Lesson 3 of 9

Start Learning Commonly Used Tools in Photoshop

 

10 Tips for Photoshop Beginners

Lesson 3 of 9

Start Learning Commonly Used Tools in Photoshop

 

Lesson Info

Start Learning Commonly Used Tools in Photoshop

Let's move on a tip to, uh start learning commonly used tools all right, so this is a really big one well, basically I want to show you guys some of the tools that were going to be using here on the left side of the screen and then we're going to show you some of the options that air that come along with these tools so here's my tool bar right here on the left and I have a lot of different tools now photo shop is really good because it tends to rank things based on use so the tools towards the top tend to be the tools you use a little bit more the tools on the bottom you really don't use as much so it's a good idea whenever you're in photoshopped this if you start from the top down, you'll be doing all right so we're going to start with basically the most commonly used tools and we're just going to give a quick overview of all of these and then if you guys have any questions in the audience, we've got a little bit of time to jump into more detail you do have any questions? Ok? Well, we...

're going to start up here with our selection tools and with each of these I'm gonna try to show you a couple of good tips and things like that so we're selection tools we have a marquee selection to we have a rectangular or elliptical marquis basically these make selections and we're going to be jumping into selections in the later tip. But these air your ways in which you can make a selection and the basic idea with the selection is once it's made let's say I decided to paint with the brush to paint with green the only thing that I can do right now is I can on ly paint inside of that selection, so even if I'm trying to paint, you can see on my entire document right now it's all gonna happen to my selection so any time you need to be restricted to just a certain area in your image selections of the way to go all right, so we have our marquee selection toe down from it is our elliptical marquis tool you khun creating lips if you wantto maintain the correct aspect ratio if you want to keep this either is a square or circle, you won't want to hold down the shift key and that's just gonna make sure that it's going in this case it will keep it a circle now oftentimes I'm like, I'm I want to select out her face like I want to create a circle on a phrase, so I'm gonna start here and then I do this and I'm like man it, I missed her face you guys ever do that where you like miss what you're trying to think this's not good well, there's a really awesome keyboard shortcut that you can use while you're making your selection and that's the space bar so the space bar is going to allow you to move your selection while you're making it check that out I'm making it I can adjust it and move it and continue to make it and I haven't taken my hand off my cursor yet so I can I can make my selection let go and then my selections applied and you could do this with any selection tool in photo shop, so make a selection it's right over here if you need it to be on her face, hold down that space barchi and you can move it while you're actually making that selection that's going to help out a ton never you guys were doing this sort of thing, okay, so we have our selection tools, our elliptical and are rectangular marquis very, very helpful whenever we're doing anything in photo shop you selection tools all the time okay now let's say we wanted to just duplicate her head to a new layer maybe we want to make like a little sticker or something like that and we just want this area there, but we're going to click on our background later and I have my selection active it's just move it down just a little bit I have my selection active I'm gonna hit controller command jay that's going to duplicate this on a new layer but if again if I'm in a selection the only thing that's going to duplicate is whatever is in this election so while selections active you're only going to be affecting that selection so controller command j will duplicate that layer and then now I need to do something with it maybe I want to move it around maybe I wantto size it things like that so we're gonna move on to our next tool which is the move tow all right and the move tool is I would say as far as commonly used brought a ce faras commonly used tools and photoshopped goes I had like a venn diagram you know like a pizza pizza chart like sixty percent of it would be like the move tool in the brush tool and everything else would would make up like little bitty slice is so moved tool in brush tool that's like if you got the move to win the brush tool down you're pretty good so we're gonna spend a little bit more time on those because those two are incredibly important okay move tool so basically with the move tool you can click anywhere in your image and drag around you don't have to be right on your right on your actual layer whatever it is so you can you can move it around. Now, at this point, you're like, ok, why has had important? All you do is move things around well built into the move tool is the transformed tool, and that is very, very important. So the transformed tool basically allows me to transform this layer into just about anything that I want. So they're a couple of ways to get to the transformed tool within the move tool first way is to just have this checked up at the top says show transform controls. So if that's checked, you can see I have little bounding box right around here and then it's really simple to make any adjustments I need. I could just click on any one of these corners and start adjusting my layer. I can click right outside and I can start rotating my layer as well. There we go now if I want to move any one of these corners individually, I've got some keyboard targets that are going to help out. We can hold down the control or the command key and click on any one of these corners and move them out, and we can actually work on changing things like perspective and scale and sizing. And for the last little guy we're going to cover here in the transformed tool we're going to right click and I'm gonna go down to a warp which is going to actually allow me to warp and move around some of these pixels in my image so similar if you guys have seen the look if I tool this is similar to the liquefy tool it's treats a grid in your image and allows you to like push and pull pixels around which is very very helpful all right we're gonna get that check box and we're going to move on to our tools we've got about four minutes left in this segment okay? So our marquee selection tool and are moved to running we're looking pretty good now we're lasso tool it's basically like a free form marquis tool so if I wanted to selection around her face I can use my lasso tool if it doesn't need to be a perfect circle whatever that's that's totally okay oftentimes you know a selection like that around someone's arm is all you need you don't have to go in and get the perfect selection for every single thing you do just sometimes a pretty good selection is just fine so I recommend using a lasso tool for that the magic wand tool is incredibly powerful this tool is going to select anything that's similar to wherever you click so let's say I click on her dress it's basically in a select everything that looks like her dress in the image now we have a lot of options for this tool the first and most important one is going to be our tolerance if we bring our tolerance up so let's say right now we're at forty if I go to eighty and hit enter now if I click on address it's going to select mohr of her dress so it's going to select mohr of the similar color whoever you click I can hold down the shift key a couple times there we go and that's going to continue to add to that selection so if I wanted to so select out this red door I can click there it's selecting pretty much all that red in that door if I were to bring my tolerance down to something like twenty and click in the same place it's only gonna select part of that door so for instance, if I wanted to change the color of this door I could turn that into a selection really quick I congratulate hugh saturation adjustment layer and I could change the hue of that door I could do that very, very quickly just using the magic wand tool making a selection and then changing the hue there all right? Well, you wanted to look a little bit better than that but for a quick example that's exactly what's elections are for they're selecting out party your image and then changing those whether it's lightning darkening changing the colors whatever you have it okay we have our eye dropper tool which this is built into the brush tool so if you're using the brush you'll which we're going to get to in just a second hold down the old or the option key and it will turn into the eyedropper so I never go over here just click on the eyedropper tool because I'm always in the brush fool anyway remember it's part of that like you know, sixty percent of things you use all the time in photo shop so hold alter option you can sample colors and I get that read from her lips and I could paint that you know if I wanted to I could create a new layer and I could put that same exact read from her lips there we go I could put that his fingernail polish if I wanted to very quick job turned out that way and then we need let's really there are you all right? So there's the idea selected color you can paint in an area and fingernail polish done all right next we're going to move on to our we've got a healing brush tool here we're going to be going into healing brush tool and clone stamp total it's got its own its own section so we're just going to go very briefly right now basically what a healing brush you will allow you to do is get rid of blemishes things like that so I can sample this place right up here paint over there and it's going to completely get rid of my blemish so healing brush tool will blend things together clone stamp tool is basically the exact same thing but it's a direct copy so clone stamp tool instead of wanting to blend so if I sample over here and start painting over here you're going to see it's a different it's a different color and it's not going to blend this back together so sample over here let's paint over here it's a little bit darker you're going to see it's just a direct copy there okay where is it with I used the healing brush tool and sampled over here it would actually take the texture from the area I sampled and the color from the area that I'm painting so when I let go they're going to blend together very very well so healing brushes for blending clone stamp is for direct copy all right and the last one we're going to cover is our brush you'll now this tool I spend a lot of time in here the reason is I spend a lot of time using layer masks in photo shop and the brush a ll combined with layer masks very very very helpful so a couple of quick tips for using the brush fool first we have our brush so let's just use a regular edge brush there ok what we're going to do is I'm gonna right click and I'm going to show you guys we have a bunch of different options that come default into photo shop I just remember I just recommend using a self brown brush most of the time okay you can change your sides of size and hardness right here with the brush tool but the easiest way to do this and this is great tip hold on the control and the option key if you hold down control and option at the same time you can click on your image and drag left and right and this is going to make your image this going to make your brush larger and smaller if I drive up and down you can see my hardness right there my screen my hardness is increasing and decreasing by driving up and down so really quickly I can drive drag left and right to make my brush larger and harder or soft at the same time now why is this helpful let's say I wanted to get rid of this detail right there okay this is just let's say this was a little bit distracting well we don't want to paint with like a soft edge black brush right there right like that it's going to cover our subject that doesn't look att what I need is a smaller brush that's a little bit has a harder edge, so we're going to drag this to the left and then dragged this down. So we have a small, hard edge brush now, and I can just paint black, which I hold alter option to sample that color. I just plain black right there, and there we go. I've just taken away all the detail from that area, helping to draw more attention to my subject. So a very simple way in which you can just use a brush tool. Nothing complicated here, but instead of you know, instead of having a brush that goes like this very quickly, hold control an option dragged to the left and down to go harder. And there we go, totally take care of that. And on a pc, I believe it is fault in control and right click and maybe someone in the chat room can double check that for me, because having used a pc and while right cool, and then if you do decide you have something you don't like in your image, you can use your razor tool to get rid of, to get rid of that thing. But that's, that's, pretty much it for are commonly used tools, so these other guys down here at the bottom blurs blur, tool, things like that, pencils you helpful. But to start off with, I would recommend sticking up here in this, uh, this top block of six or eight tools. You'll be in pretty good shape.

Class Description

Photoshop can be daunting for beginners and it is hard to know where to start. In this 90-minute Photoshop class, you’ll learn 10 actionable tips that will help you get the most out of Photoshop so you can start editing today.

Aaron Nace will start at the beginning. You’ll learn how to organize your files so you’ll always know where to find them. You’ll also learn about color settings, layers, masking and groups. Aaron will cover the commonly used tools in Photoshop and even teach you keyboard shortcuts so you’ll know how to work quickly and efficiently.


Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2

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Patricia Green
 

This was a very informative course, and perfect for a beginner. I came from Paint Shop Pro and so I knew some terminology and some of what might be possible with what tools, but Photoshop is a big new world for me, so this beginner course was just what I needed. Great instructor who is knowledgable and has a good sense of humor. I would recommend this class to beginners.